People subscribe for updates such as for upcoming offers, discounts, or new products. However, retailers often ignore your preferences and start sending emails every other day, which may not even bring anything valuable or useful to the table.
Since you’re disinterested in the bulk of these emails, you may allow them to languish in your inboxes unread which obscures the important ones that require immediate action.
Every email newsletter has an unsubscribe link; however, going through each mail and manually unsubscribing from it can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Fortunately, you can unsubscribe in bulk without going through them message by message. Here is how you go about chipping away the unwanted messages and tidy up your inbox.
If you have a Gmail account, you can block apps from accessing your data through the Google Account security page. So go to myaccount.google.com/permissions, then search for the apps you want to unsubscribe from and click remove.
Alternatively, you can use Gmail Unsubscriber, an open source Google Script that allows users to remove their addresses from junk emails. So the Google script will parses this content and finds unsubscribe link, and automatically unsubscribe your email.
You may sometimes be required to send a message to a given email address to request to be unsubscribed. Google script will do exactly that if that is needed to remove you from an email list.
This is the best way to bulk unsubscribe from all newsletters because you don’t have to grant a third-party service access to your Gmail account.
Third-Party Unsubscribe Tools
At times you may opt for third-party email unsubscribe tools, but this means that you will permit them to look at your messages. Therefore, this service will not do much without allowing them to go through your newsletters and other messages. It’s important to sign up with services or apps that you trust because most of them work with marketing research companies that require insights about businesses and are likely to sell data generated from your inbox to them.
The following are some of the third-party unsubscribing tools that you can use.
This is one of the popular unsubscribing tools you can use to remove your email address from newsletters you don’t want. The tool uses a simple web interface to scan and highlight all your subscriptions.
Once Unroll.me highlights the newsletters, it will give you three options, namely; Add to Rollup, Unsubscribe or Keep in the inbox. So you should hit the Unsubscribe button for newsletters you don’t want to hear from again. But for those that you want to keep, you should add them to Rollup. This service works as a grid that allows you to add or remove subscriptions any time you want. It also gives you a weekly or monthly update about your new subscriptions.
Unroll.me works with Google, Outlook, Yahoo, and AOL as well as on both Android and iOS. However, it’s known to sell data it collects to marketing companies seeking insights into business and email trends.
Individuals who are comfortable having data identified from their inbox sold to other companies can sign up with unroll.me, but don’t sign up if you wouldn’t like it.
This is another alternative to Unroll.me that also sells anonymized data to marketing research companies. However, data is not directly connected to your personal email address and name but about the businesses that sent the newsletters. With your permission, Cleanfox will immediately scan your email, highlight all newsletters in your inbox and allow you to unsubscribe from them or sift through them. The service is available on Android, iOS, and the web, and the firm transfers proceeds from selling this data to the WeForest project.
Although Mailstrom doesn’t sell aggregated data, it set you back after paying $60 per annum or $7 per month. You have an option of starting with a free trial and then sign up for its service if you like it. Further, it works with Google, Yahoo, and Outlook accounts, and aside from unsubscribing from email newsletters, Mailstrom offers advanced email filters according to senders, time, and more.
So Mailstrom will scan all emails and uncover all the newsletters in your inbox. Next, you will look through them and click the unsubscribe link button to remove your email address from these newsletters. This is an automatic, quick, and easy way to deal with bulk newsletters.
The tool works like unroll.me. When you sign up with Unlistr, it will ask you to select the folder or inbox you want to clean up. Then it will scan what you have chosen and present a list of senders, which you will click on the Unsubscribe button or To keep button. One challenge with Unlistr is that it ignores the “to keep” newsletters in future scans.
Further, although the tool is free for Android and iOS, you have to pay an annual subscription fee of $20 for Outlook.
The article has told you about the built-in Gmail tool, which is the best option because, aside from being free, it doesn’t sell data identified from your email to marketing research companies. Still, you can opt for free service from unroll.me, Cleanfox, and Unlistr, but they will repay themselves by selling anonymized data from your inbox. More so, you can pay to have Mailstrom scan and unsubscribe you from newsletters that you no longer need.
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