Confession: I have no idea what happens when I "archive" something in Gmail. It's like half deleted?

8:32 PM · Apr 27, 2021

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Replying to @ConnorMEwing
Before Gmail and its giant amounts of storage, people used to delete their email pretty routinely. This had the side effect of making your inbox neat. Gmail wants you to keep everything forever, but people still want a neat inbox, hence archive. 1/x
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Internally, it also likely transfers the email contents to a different category of storage, something slower but cheaper.
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Replying to @ConnorMEwing
Agreed. Is there an archived folder? I am worried I archived an important email and can no longer find it!
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There's an "All Mail" folder. You can find your "archived" messages there. Basically, archiving just means to remove the InBox tag from the message, so it won't appear in the virtual Inbox folder.
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Replying to @ConnorMEwing
The worst. It’s why my inbox stays full. I can’t delete emails from my phone.
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Replying to @ConnorMEwing
I had a phone that had an "archive" button related to my email. If I accidentally hit it, the email went down some kind of wormhole never to return.
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Replying to @ConnorMEwing
It helps to have a good archivist.
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Replying to @ConnorMEwing
Email purgatory.
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Replying to @ConnorMEwing
It's my favorite thing to do! They are saved, rather than deleted, but they are no longer in my In Box. All good, for an Inbox 0 person. I delete about 75% and archive the rest, with labels.
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