How to Delete Multiple eMails in iOS

Feb 29, 2012 - 8 Comments

How to trash multiple emails in iOS Mail

Deleting a group of emails in iOS Mail is fairly straight forward, it entails manually selecting each specific email you want to delete, and then relocating them to the Trash.

This process of deleting multiple emails is the same on Mail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ll cover the exact steps to take.

How to Delete Multiple Emails in iOS Mail

The ability to delete multiple selected emails this way pertains to all versions of iOS, old and new.

  1. Open Mail app to the inbox in question and tap on “Edit” in the upper right corner
  2. Select Mail messages you want to delete so that a checkbox appears next to the email messages
  3. Now tap the “Move” button (the number of messages selected will appear alongside it)
  4. At the “Mailboxes” screen, tap on “Trash” to move all the selected emails to Trash and delete them

Essentially what you are doing is selecting groups of emails and then moving them to Trash where they are deleted.

Delete Multiple Emails in iOS

As you might have guessed, you can use this same technique to move mail messages from one mail folder to another.

Reasonably intuitive and a bit similar to marking multiple emails as “Read” in iOS, though there is some room for improvement in future versions of Mail app.

Keep in mind that modern versions of iOS Mail include a separate “Delete All” iOS Mail ability which is much more efficient than manually selecting emails to delete. The method described here is best for deleting groups of emails and not everything.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. parakeet says:

    Easier way:

    Tap “Mailboxes”

    Tap “All Mail”

    Tap “Edit”

    Tap to mark emails

    Tap “Delete”

    • rachel says:

      Easier way:

      Tap “Mailboxes”

      Tap “All Mail”

      Tap “Edit”

      Tap to mark emails

      Tap “Delete”

  2. Pixelfreak says:

    What is really annoying is there’s no way to select all of the mail at once. That’d be nice. Clicking on hundreds of emails to select them is a PITA

  3. Bert says:

    Yeah right tapping 200 mails manually. Thinking of a select button apparently is too much effort for user friendly Apple. Absurd and annoying.

  4. Dan says:

    This works on iPad 3 iOS 5

    Go to mail box

    Tap edit

    Pick one message to delete, red thing appears


    Hold move and select that same mail message

    Release the screen button and wait a few seconds, when the screen changes tap the trash to move 50 messages I one hit…

    Cool or what, select all would have been a better way mr apple

  5. Stan Bembenek says:

    This is the dumbest mail erasure method.

  6. eugenia says:

    i deleted all my emails from inboxes and all all of my flagged emails of course very important. i trashed them all completely all. how can i retrieve all of them. i did it this afternoon and im still trying.

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