Unsubscribe from mailing lists with Unroll.me
When I returned from my recent holiday, I had 5,000 unread emails in my inbox. Of those, only a handful were important or contained appealing competitions! It took me a week to sift through them all, and it was then I realised that something had to be done about all the junk…
Unroll.me offers a good solution. Log in with your email address and password, and it scans your inbox to find the lists you’re subscribed to. You can choose to unsubscribe, add to a daily email (the ‘Rollup’) or leave untouched.
To get started, go to http://unroll.me and enter your email address. Accept the T&Cs, then input the password for your email account (current email providers supported are Outlook.com, Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo!, AOL and iCloud). Unroll.me will then start trawling through your inbox to establish the mailing lists you’re on. This could take some time – in my case, about half an hour!
When it’s finished, you’ll be presented with an alphabetical list of the mailing lists you subscribe to – I had a whopping 1702!
Click through to unsubscribe from each one quickly and easily – after clicking five, you’ll be asked to send a Tweet or Like Unroll.me on Facebook to continue. You can find out more about the Unroll.me unsubscribe process here.
If you don’t want to unsubscribe, then leave the mailing list name untouched in your list. Or add that email to your Rollup list. The Rollup is a single daily digest which you can choose to receive in the morning, afternoon or evening – then you can scan through to see if there’s anything of interest! The emails included in the Rollup are also filed into am ‘Unroll.me’ folder in your email client, so you can always access the originals.
After about half an hour of clicking away, I had unsubscribed from a whopping 1403 mailing lists, left 23 emails untouched and added 276 to my Rollup. That’s a pretty major de-clutter!
As for the daily ‘Rollup’ email – it features neat thumbnails of each email so you can scroll through and click if you spot anything interesting… such as a competition! Clicking will open up that email on the Unroll.me website, but remember you can find the original emails in your ‘Unroll.me’ folder in your mailbox too (remember to clear this out regularly!). You can also check out all your daily Rollups online by logging in at unroll.me.
When you receive your daily Rollup there may be a blue banner at the top to say ‘We found X new subscriptions in your inbox. Why not roll them up or unsubscribe?’. Click it to go to Unroll.me and check the ‘New items’ folder, where you can unsubscribe, add these new senders to your Rollup or leave them in your inbox.
I signed up to Unroll.me ten days ago and I must say I’m really impressed. I’m now only getting the important stuff – such as ‘Congratulations’ emails! – in my inbox. And each evening I whizz through my Rollup quickly on my iPhone to check I’ve not missed anything important. I feel de-cluttered and relieved!
If you decide to try Unroll.me, let me know how you get on – I’d love to know how many mailing lists you were subscribed to!
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2015: Unroll.me now have a mobile app available for OS devices – find out more here. Whoop!