Unsubscribing from newsletters is about more than just spam. Most of the newsletters that fill our inbox are not selling medicine or offering prize money – they’re genuine newsletters from trusted companies we ourselves subscribed to at some point in the past. It might have been absentmindedly, when creating an account on a website, or willingly, for something we really wanted to stay up to date about.
The problem starts when there are just too many of these newsletters, and the really important emails get drowned in a tide of things we don’t really need. If there’s one or two newsletters you want to get rid of, you can always unsubscribe from newsletters manually, but what if you want to do a real spring cleaning? Get rid of 10, even 20 different newsletters? You’d be surprised, but this can be done in seconds, using one of the following tools.
Unroll.me is a brilliant solution for those who want to completely get rid of some newsletters, and stay on top of their favorite ones without the inbox clutter. At this time, Unroll.me only works with Gmail/Google Apps email accounts, but they are working on solutions for other users.
To start, simply log in with your Google account, and let Unroll.me gather all your subscriptions into its rollup. If you have many, this could take a few minutes. When it’s done, Unroll.me will present you with a pretty long list of emails, some of which may not even me newsletters. Simply go over this list and click the minus icon to unsubscribe.
When your done, you can use Unroll.me to create a rollup of all the subscriptions you chose to keep getting, and stay updated on everything from one spot. You can filter your rollup by categories, add items to favorites, and more. Unroll.me also keeps a list of all the newsletters you unsubscribed from, so you can easily re-subscribe if you change your mind.
Swizzle Inbox Manager (Formerly Unsubscribr)
A little while ago, Justin told you about Unsubscribr. This was a brilliant service, which unfortunately not longer exists, but it’s not offered in a similar capacity under the name Swizzle Inbox Manager, or more specifically, the Swizzle Sweeper.
Swizzle works with many email services, and quickly (or slowly, depends on how full your inbox is) scans your emails to find newsletters and subscriptions. It does a pretty good job at distinguishing regular emails from actual newsletters. You can then proceed to unsubscribe from any unwanted newsletter, and even use Swizzle to delete older emails from your inbox.
Swizzle can be set to remind you to perform a scan again in 3 months, and it even includes a deals/newsletter browser, where you can read and look for deals from your favorite brands, without having to subscribe to their newsletters.
If you actually like most of your newsletters, but are fed up with daily deals in particular (and let’s face it, there are a LOT of them), UnsubscribeDeals can help you. Not only will it unsubscribe you from any daily deals email you choose, you can also use it to curate your very own daily deals email, including only activities you care about, in only one email.
UnsubscribeDeals scans your email for a limited number of subscriptions. The list includes LivingSocial, Groupon, Google Offers, AmazonLocal, Yipit, and 7 other services. After choosing which you want to unsubscriube from, UnsubscribeDeals will automatically do the dirty work for you. You can then move on to creating your own daily deals email using the website’s interface.
You can choose to get a daily or weekly emails, including only the deals you really care about.
If for some reason you’d like to have the unsubscribing party on your iPhone or iPad, you can download the free Unlistr, which also comes in a Pro version for $1.99. Unlistr works with various email accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and others, and scans your inbox for subscriptions on your iOS device. You can then choose which newsletters are no longer wanted in your inbox, and unsubscribe from them all with one tap.
Another option is unsubscribing through Gmail, which sometimes offer an unsubscribe button within the email body. To find this button, open the newsletter you want to unsubscribe to, click on “Show details” and choose “Unsubscribe from this sender”.
While this is a great way to unsubscribe from newsletters on the go, I couldn’t find many newsletters that actually included this option, but it never hurts to try.
No matter which service you choose, cleaning you inbox is the first step a clearer mind and to increased productivity. Let us know in the comments which service is your favorite, and, of course, if you know another service for bulk unsubscribing I missed!