How to Archive, Mute, and Snooze in Gmail

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

What happens when you Archive an email in Gmail

  • When you archive an email, you remove the Inbox label from it
  • Then you can only find the email by looking it up via the search bar or checking the All Mail label.
  • If you have applied another label to the archived email, you can also find it there.
  • Archived emails come back to your Inbox if someone replies to them.

What happens when you Mute an email in Gmail

  • Like Archive, Mute removes the Inbox label.
  • If you have applied another label to a muted email, you can find it there.
  • Otherwise, you can only find it by looking it up via the search bar or checking the All Mail label.​
  • Muted emails don’t go back to the Inbox if someone replies.

What happens when you Snooze an email in Gmail

  • Snooze hides an email for a specified time, and then it comes back on top of your Inbox.

How to Archive, Mute, or Snooze emails in Gmail

Step 1

How To Archive, Mute, And Snooze In Gmail - Step 1

If you have enabled the Hover actions setting as shown here, four quick-action icons appear to the right while hovering over an email in the emails list – Archive, Delete, Mark as read, and Snooze.

How To Archive, Mute, And Snooze In Gmail - Step 1

Once you click an email to view it or select one or more emails at a time by checking the boxes to their left, some basic options appear on top.

You can click Archive or hit Snooze there or click the three dots (More) icon, and then you’ll see Mute. 

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