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How To Disable the Troublesome Gmail Promotions Tab

When Google introduced the Promotions tab in Gmail, it caused a lot of legitimate newsletters to be hidden from view. Here’s how to manage or disable it.

Google set up tabs in Gmail to make management of your inbox easier, but the search giant decides where to put your email. Unfortunately sometimes Google decides to stick a newsletter or items you want to see in the Promotions tab or vice verse. Here’s a look at managing the tabs and disabling them all together if you want.

According to Google, the Promotions tab is for: “Deals, Offers, and other marketing emails.”

The problem I have with that description is “other”. I’ve noticed newsletters that I want to read daily end up in the Promotions tab. Newsletters that are not marketing at all, but letting me know what articles I can read on a website. In my opinion the Promotions tab seems like the “pseudo spam” tab.  If this is the case for you, it’s easy to move them to your primary tab which is ideally where all of your important mail should be.

To move a message from Promotions to Primary, just do a simple drag and drop.

move to primary

Then after moving your message to your primary tab, make sure to verify you want it to come there all the time.

Confirm move to Primary

Now ideally, that should be the last time you have to think about it, and the newsletter or message you want will always appear in your Primary box.

Disable Promotions or All Gmail Tabs

If you’re just sick of dealing with the tabs in general – get rid of them. Click the plus icon next to the Promotions tab.

Choose Gmail Tabs to Display

Then simply select the ones you want to get rid of and click Save.

Disable Tabs

All done. You’re Gmail box will look like it used to before the annoying tabs were added. If you want them back you’ll need to go into settings and turn them back on.

Get tabs back

What’s you’re opinion on the tabs in Gmail? Do you like them or are you going to turn them off?

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. KONRAD POTH

    The tabs seem to work well for me and I have been able to sort incoming mail to the proper tabs. My only real objection is that I cannot rename tabs or create new tabs of my own.

  2. Dave

    Got rid of mine, as I use Thunderbird. Bad enough having to go to the web page to check the spam folder for stuff that shouldn’t be there without having to fiddle around with other tabs.

  3. Vicky Tagli

    Got rid of them. Unnecessary.

  4. Kate Yare

    Drag and drop never works. Gmail conversation dragged from Promotions won’t “stick” in Primary.

  5. ferg

    if i disable promotions folder , what happens to the email in that folder ?

    if i open a email in promotions folder and click on the box ‘not promotios’ ,email is not moved to inbox and seems to be gone for good !

    Any ideas ?

    • Steve Krause

      Good questions. I’ll have to test it out. My assumption is, if you click “Not promotion”, it should start to arrive back in your inbox. If it’s not there, check your SPAM folder. And, after disabling your Promotions tab, all the email should be back in your inbox OR your SPAM folder if it hits those triggers as SPAM…

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