How to Delete All Emails on iPhone/iPad At Once

The Mail app on the iPhone and iPad has a handy feature that lets you delete all your emails at once. It’s the single most efficient way to clean up a cluttered inbox in one fell swoop.

How to Delete All Emails on iPhone/iPad At Once

The Mail app on the iPhone has a few interface quirks that you might not have noticed, or might not have even thought about. I’ve been using the iPhone for several years now and I’m still learning new things—here are some tricks that will help you get the most out of your iPhone’s Mail app.

  • If you’re using multiple email accounts with your iPhone, you can force a refresh by tapping the “Edit” button in the lower right corner of the screen, then tapping each email to open it individually. This will cause the Mail app to refresh its cache of emails and update what’s shown on your screen instantly.

  • if you have more than one page of emails, this won’t show you all of them. The trick to fix it is simply to swipe left or right until they start refreshing again.
  • Quickly go through your inbox by swiping left or right instead of tapping through each message individually.
  • Swiping will move you to the next message in line without opening it, so if there are messages stuck together (in a long thread, for example), swiping will separate them and let you continue down the list smoothly.
  • To quickly delete an entire conversation from your inbox without opening any of the messages, long tap and delete it.
  • Clear as many emails from your inbox as possible when you’re done with them. The iPhone’s built-in Mail app will leave a message in the inbox for as long as you have it set to sync at—which is usually every 15 minutes—even if you’ve already read and dealt with it. This wastes space and makes it more difficult to keep track of what’s important.
  • Don’t receive push notifications for email. They’re incredibly distracting, and I’m surprised that they’re turned on by default. You can adjust this in settings, so turn them off and only receive notifications when there’s an email that you actually need to see right away.
  • Use folders or labels instead of flags to organize messages. Flags are great if there’s one or two emails that need follow up, but when you have thousands of emails in your inbox, flags become useless. Use folders and labels to sort your emails into categories instead.

How to delete all emails on iPhone and iPad at once

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the mailbox you want to delete emails from (e.g., Inbox, Sent, Trash, etc.).
  3. Tap “Edit” in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap “Select All” at the bottom of the screen. It will highlight all of the emails in that mailbox.

    select all mails in iphone
  5. Now, Tap the trash can icon at the bottom of the screen to delete all the selected emails.

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If you don’t see the “delete all” option then follow the below steps to change your default option in the inbox.

Set Delete as your default option in Inbox

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Mail → select Accounts.
  3. Now, tap on your mail account.
    Here, I choosing Gmail.

    open mail accounts
  4. Tap on Account → select Advanced.
  5. Select Deleted Mailbox under Move Discarded Messages Into.

    enable delete all settings

    save mail settings

Now you’ll see “delete all” option instead of archive option in your mail app.

Swipe to delete emails on iPhone and iPad

Swipe all the way to the left on a particular email to delete the entry.

Swipe to delete emails on iPhone and iPad

you can change the swipe options for individual email messages to make deleting emails more efficient.

Here are the steps to change swipe options for emails in the inbox on an iPhone:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and select “Mail.”
  3. Tap “Swipe Options.”
  4. Tap the option you want to change (e.g., “Swipe Left” or “Swipe Right”).
  5. Choose “Delete” as the action you want to perform when you swipe in the desired direction.

Once you make this change, you can quickly delete emails in your inbox by swiping in the direction you selected.

Note that this will only apply to the emails in your inbox and not to emails in other folders.

This is why we are publishing this tutorial today. We know that it will be helpful for many iPhone and iPad users who want to clean their inbox at once. Just check the easy steps above and you can delete all messages at once in iPhone Mail app.

If you feel that deleting all emails at once from Mail app on iPhone or iPad is a good idea, by all means go ahead. Just be careful.

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