To organize your Gmail account, you can create folders to organize your emails. Folders are called "labels", but the concept is the same. You can create a new label using the web version of Gmail or the iPhone and iPad app (Android users cannot create new labels in the app). Once the label is created, you can use it to categorize your emails on all versions of Gmail, including the Android application.
Method 1 of 2: Create a new folder on the web version of Gmail
Step 1. Open Gmail
Log in to Gmail on your usual web browser. If you are already logged in, this will open your inbox.
- If you are not yet logged in, first enter your email address then click on FOLLOWING. Enter your password then click on FOLLOWING.
Step 2. Choose an email
Check the box to the left of an email to select it.
You must select an email before you can create a label. You can always remove the email from the label later
Step 3. Click the Labels icon
This icon is at the top of the inbox, just below the search bar. Click on it to open a drop-down menu.
If you are using the older version of Gmail, this icon will be positioned at 45 degrees
Step 4. Select Create
This option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu and opens a pop-up window.
Step 5. Enter a name for your label
In the pop-up window, click Enter a new label name then type the name you want to give to your label.
Step 6. Place the label in another
If you want your label to be nested in an already existing label, check the box Nest label under then pull down the menu Please select a parent label to choose the folder you want to place it in.
Basically, it's about placing one folder in another
Step 7. Click Create
This option is at the bottom of the pop-up window. Click on it to create your label.
Step 8. Add emails to your label
Once the label is created, you can start adding emails to it.
- Select an email by checking the box on the left (if you want to add several emails to the label, check the box next to the emails in question).
- Click on the icon
- In the drop-down menu that appears, select the label to which you want to move the email (s).
Step 9. Display the emails of your label
If you want to display the content of your label, do the following:
- place your mouse cursor over the list of locations (for example Mailbox) in the left menu;
- scroll the menu to the label you want to display;
- If you are using the older version of Gmail, you may need to click More at the bottom of the menu to display all locations.
- click on a label to display its content.
Method 2 of 2: Create a new folder on mobile
Step 1. Open Gmail
Tap the red "M" icon on a white background to open the Gmail app. If you are logged in, it will open your inbox.
- If you are not yet logged in to your email address, select your account or enter your email address followed by your password.
- Again, you cannot create a new label on Android, however you can add emails to existing labels and view their content.
Step 2. Press ☰
This button is located at the top left of the screen. Tap on it to open a pop-up menu.
Step 3. Scroll down to the Create Label option
This option is at the bottom of the context menu.
Step 4. Enter a label name
In the text field that appears, type the name you want to give to your label.
Unlike the web version of Gmail, the application does not allow you to create a new label in an existing label
Step 5. Press DONE
This option is located at the top right of the menu and allows you to create a new label in which you can add emails.
Step 6. Add emails to your label
To add emails to your label:
- long press an email to select it and then tap the other emails you also want to add;
- Press on ⋯ (if you are using an iPhone) or ⋮ (if you are using an Android);
- select Edit labels;
- tap the labels you want to use;
- finish by pressing
at the bottom right of the screen.
Step 7. Display your labels
To view a list of available labels, press ☰ at the top left of the screen then scroll down to the section Labels.
Tap a label to open it and view all the emails it contains
- Creating labels in Gmail is different from creating a folder in the Google Inbox.
- By default, emails that you add to a label continue to appear in the inbox (as well as in the label). To no longer display them in the inbox, you can archive them, which will make them disappear from the inbox without removing them from their respective labels.