The Gmail is the email client offered by Google for free and accounts for the largest ad revenue for the company. Here is how you create folders inside it.

Create Folders in Gmail App

If you are using one the apps for Android from Play Store or for iOS devices from ‘App Store’, you can do a bunch of stuff here. You can read about this here in an article by Google support.

  • There are ‘Folders/Labels’ as described by Google for Gmail. These have additional benefits and also behave like traditional folders.
  • But, it also tells that you cannot create ‘Labels’ from the Gmail app, meaning you will have to do it on a computer from the web browser.
  • You can create these ‘Labels’ and then categorize your emails accordingly. In Gmail, ‘Labels’ work better than folders. For example, deleting an email deletes it from all the ‘Labels’.
  • So, you don’t have to go and delete it from all your folders separately, or go and copy and paste them into several Folders one by one. You just select an email and assign the ‘Labels’ you wish to.
  • There is no desktop app, but you will have to use the web browser ( on your Mac and PC, or you can also setup your mail client on your computer.

Create Folders in Gmail on Mac

When you are on the Mac, you have to rely on ‘’ that you can download and use on your device. But, if you wish the Mail app, then you can configure it to use Gmail as your mail client as Apple offers all major clients like ‘Yahoo’, ‘AOL’, iCloud and more.

  • So, most people use their email mail client on Mac, and here the Folders are called ‘Mailboxes’. When you open the mail client, you can find the upper ‘Menu’ tab with ‘Mailbox’ after file, edit, and view.
  • On the left column, you can see a whole bunch of folders, which are mailboxes, and on the main screen which takes all the space; you have your emails, one after another.
  • You go to Mailbox, above, and click on it. Then, you click on ‘New Mailbox’, and then select the ‘Location’. This can be your Gmail account or anywhere on in your iCloud – account or even on your Mac’s hard drive.
  • Now, you can just drag and drop messages if you want to into this new ‘Mailbox’ or ‘Folder’.

Create Folders in Gmail Mobile

When using Gmail on mobile using your iOS or Android app, you can create ‘Labels’, but not nested ‘Labels’. Also, you can use the browser-based email, but that will not be efficient.

  • When you ‘Tap and Launch’ your Gmail app, you can see all your email right away in front of you. This is the default screen.
  • On the top-left corner, you will find the ‘Three Horizontal Bar’ icon also called hamburger icon. ‘Tap on it’ to expand and a ‘Drop-Down Menu’ appears.
  • There, you can scroll to find ‘+ Create New’ which means a new ‘Label’. Add a ‘Name’, and tap on ‘Done’.
  • Open any email you wish to move to this new ‘Label’, tap on it, select multiple if you wish to, and then tap on the ‘Three Dots’ (horizontal in iPhone and vertical in Android).
  • Then, tap on ‘Change Labels’, and from the list select the label you just created. Finally, tap on the ‘Tick’ icon to confirm the action.


  • Gmail is the most widely used email service client, and you can find tons of apps and mail clients (desktop apps), and mobile apps.
  • The default website is used the most, because of the obvious advantages it comes with.

How do I organize Gmail into folders?

Create a label:
  1. Open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings. See all settings.
  3. Click the Labels tab.
  4. Scroll to the Labels section and click Create new label.
  5. Enter the label name and click Create. You can also create nested labels, which are like subfolders.

What is the difference between labels and folders in Gmail?

Gmail uses labels instead of folders. However, labels function almost exactly the same way folders would on any other email service. The trick for using labels as folders is to use the “Move to” option. This will move a message — or a thread of messages — out of your inbox and into the label.

Can you create new labels in Gmail app?

On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app . To the left of a message, touch and hold the letter or photo. touch and hold any other messages you want to add labels to. Tap Change labels.

How do I organize my Gmail labels?

  1. On a computer, open Gmail. You can’t edit labels from the Gmail app.
  2. On the left side of the page, hover your cursor over your label’s name.
  3. Click the Down arrow .
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Make changes to your label.
  6. Click Save.

Why can’t I move emails to folders in Gmail?

Clear the cache and cookies from the browser

If refreshing doesn’t work then log out of the Gmail and clear your web browser’s cache and cookies. Make sure that you’re using the updated version of the browser. Now login into your Gmail account and try to drag the mails to the labels.

Why can’t I drag my emails into folders?

Make sure that the Outlook window is active, and press the ESC key several times. After that, you should be able to use the drag & drop feature again. Use the Folder List view.

How do I move bulk emails to a folder in Gmail?

How do I enable drag and drop in Gmail?

The new drag-and-drop feature in Gmail was made available Wednesday for Chrome users. When you open an e-mail and hover over the attachment, you’ll see a little tooltip that says “Click to view OR drag to your desktop to save.” If you drag it to your desktop, the file appears on your desktop.

How do I drag emails into folders?

Move messages into a folder
  1. Select an email message.
  2. Drag and drop it into a folder. Note: To move more than one email, select an email, hold down the Shift key and select other messages, and then click, drag, and drop them into a folder.

Why is drag and drop not working?

The solution: Left click a file, keep the left click pressed and then hit the Escape key. When drag and drop doesn’t work, left click a file in Windows Explorer or File Explorer, and keep the left click mouse button pressed. Try to drag and drop again. This feature should work now.

How do I drag attachments in Gmail?

How do I copy and paste attachments in Gmail?

On your desktop or file explorer, copy any file you want to include as an attachment in Gmail by selecting it and hitting Ctrl/Cmd+C, or choosing ‘Copy‘ from the right-click context menu. Visit Gmail in Chrome, and while composing a new email message or reply, hit Ctrl/Cmd+V to paste the file as an attachment.

How do you drag an attachment?

How do I drag and drop photos to email?

Click the image and hold down the mouse. Drag the image to the place in the email message where you want it to appear. Release the mouse button.

How do I drag and drop photos into Gmail?

How do I insert a picture into the body of an email?

Insert a picture into the body of an email message

Position your cursor where you want the image in your message. Select Insert > Pictures. Browse your computer or online file locations for the picture you want to insert. Select the picture, then select Insert.