If you fire up the Gmail app on your Android handset today, you might start to think that Google has lost the plot. Rather than making it easier to deal with your emails, a strange change actually makes it more difficult.
For anyone who likes to keep their inbox nice and tidy, the 'Empty trash now' and 'Empty spam now' options provide a quick and easy way to purge a bunch of unwanted emails en masse, but these options now appear to have vanished.
The disappearance of these options means that deleting spam requires each message to be manually selected, then sent to Trash. The you'll have to wait for the delete messages to sit in Trash for 30 days before they are deleted.automatically.
Or, at least that's how it seems. In reality there's no need to panic. The removal of the two emptying options that has people talking in the Gmail Community forums (opens in new tab) isn't a strange decision by Google, but a bug that the company is aware of.
Bash the bug
Thankfully, resourceful Gmail users have discovered a couple of workarounds. Just flip your phone round into landscape mode, and you should find that the emptying options show up again. Another option is to open a message in your spam folder or trash, and then return to your inbox. Again you should find that the emptying options have rematerialised.
In the same forum thread, product expert Andrew Hatchett explains that Google is aware of the problem and that engineers are currently researching a fix. There's no way of knowing quite when this fix will appear, so you'll have to make do with the workaround for now – or you can perform your mass deletions using the web-based version of Gmail which does not have the same problems.
- We've rounded up the best Android apps
Via Android Police (opens in new tab)