If you’re an adult person living in a developed country in the 21st century, then chances are you spend a lot of time on the internet, and you’ve probably been forced to give your email out to one too many retail businesses, service providers, scumbag online marketers and websites you forgot even existed.
Over time, all of that consumer e-loyalty can turn into a big unstoppable pile of garbage filtering through your junk folders and sometimes even your inbox.
What a pain.
Of course, you could hypothetically set aside four hours of your precious time to go through them all and search frantically for the unsubscribe button on every one of them.
BEHOLD, Unroll.me: The neat little tool that connects to your email and lets you unsubscribe in bulk from all those awful email newsletter updates that you don’t care about.
I covered Unroll.me on About.com when it first came out, and since then, the service has seen some great improvements.
Of course, the best part about it is that it’s completely free to use.
But before you get started, you need to make sure you have compatible email account.
Unroll.me can only connect to a few of the most popular email service providers, so if you’re getting pounded with subscription newsletters at your work email or something, then you might actually have to take four hours out of your day to unsubscribe from all of them manually.
At this point in time, Unroll.me currently only supports email addresses from Gmail, Outlook, MSN, Hotmail, Windows Live, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud.
When you first sign up by simply plugging in your email address, Unroll.me will automatically start scanning all your messages so it can find all the subscriptions that you have.
Unroll.me connects to your email by IMAP, and then logs in using OAuth or by encrypting your password.
If you’re worried about giving Unroll.me access to your inbox, you can read more about their privacy and security details here on their FAQ page.
Well, would you look at that — I managed to rack up 88 new subscriptions since I last ran this thing through my Gmail account.
Unroll.me will list the names and websites of each subscription you have, in alphabetical order, along with two different actions you can take.
Those two actions are of course Unsubscribe, and Add to rollup.
You can go crazy with that unsubscribe button (as long as you share the joy with others on social media after you unsubscribe from your first five) and feel the deep satisfaction of deletion through each and every click.
But if you come across something that you actually want to keep receiving emails from, then you can consider adding it to your rollup.
The Rollup acts as a digest for all the subscription emails you receive throughout the day — rolled into one convenient daily email.
It just gives you another way to keep your inbox clean and subscription emails to an absolute minimum, without feeling forced to unsubscribe from absolutely everything.
You can edit the subscriptions contained in your rollup any time you want.
Now, go forth and seek freedom from email by unsubscribing from everything in your inbox that’s completely useless.
I just unsubscribed from 56 email lists and boy did it ever feel good.
According to its website, Unroll.me helped stop one billion subscription emails from being sent out in 2013.
That’s a ridiculous amount of email.
It’s 2014, email has gotten crazy, and we all need something like this.
Photo via David Goehring
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