The unread emails were mine on my phone. They are a yahoo account that I use for logging into fb and other sites that require an email to log in or sign up. I also use it for online orders etc.
Well Foggy, if you had my friends and family, you would have plenty of forwarded and spammy emails. I kept asking them not to send them to me and they ignored me and continued to do so. I no longer use an email address to keep in contact with anyone on a personal level. It is strictly for business. My kids and Ray are the only people that can email me.
Part of the problem is talked about here:
I am just really bad about deleting email. I skim it and if it's important, I open it. If it's not, it usually sits unopened. Once in awhile I go on a deleting spree. The fastest way to delete this many emails and not delete anything important is to use the method that I have used for years. I do a search for the name of a company that I have many emails for that I know are not important and I don't need any of them. (for example, my online pharmacy- as long as I don't have any medications that are in transit, I can safely delete all of them) I then select all for that search and delete them. Then on to the next company that I know I don't have any important emails from. I never end up deleting all of them because there are way too many emails and it's too time consuming but it cuts down quite a bit.
Here is my total across all of my accounts:
In my thunderbird account, I have 6,831 emails (51 are in my spam folder and this also includes many folders that have emails in them that are sorted also) This is the email total (not unread) Thunderbird doesn't tell me how many unread vs. total
In my yahoo accounts total-3571 unread LOTS more if you include read
Grand total 10,402 Yahoo unread and Thunderbird read and unread