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How to delete all emails at once in Mail app on iPhone

We’ve all experienced the overwhelming feeling of being swamped with email. So it’s useful to know how to delete all your emails at once on your iPhone to save time and effort.

In this article, I’ll show you can quickly get rid of emails in Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or any other accounts you’ve added to your iPhone or iPad. This can help free up space and keep you organized. Here’s how to take control of your inbox.

How to delete all emails at once on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Mail app on your iPhone.
  2. Enter your Inbox → tap Edit.
  3. Tap Select All if you wish to delete all your emails.
    Alternatively, you may just select the emails you wish to delete.
    Edit Inbox to Select All email
  4. Tap Delete at the bottom-right → select Delete All to confirm your choice.
    Delete all email to confirm
    If you see Archive instead of Delete at the bottom right, then follow the steps mentioned below to change your default option in the inbox.

Set Delete as your default option in Inbox

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Mail → select Accounts.
  3. Now, select your mail service provider.
    Here, I am going with Gmail.
    Select Email service provider from Settings
  4. Tap Account → select Advanced.
  5. Select Deleted Mailbox under Move Discarded Messages Into.
    Deleted Mailbox option in Advanced Account option
    That’s it! Now, you’ll see Delete instead of Archive in your Inbox, and you can trash messages conveniently.

Note: Remember to select the specific email ID from which you wish to remove emails if you have multiple Gmail accounts

3 Alternate ways to delete email from Mail app on iPhone or iPad

There are a few other ways to delete emails in the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s a list.

Move to delete

  1. Open Mail app → tap Edit
  2. Select the emails you wish to delete.
    You may also tap Select All if you wish to delete all your emails.
  3. Tap Move located at the bottom.
  4. Tap Bin to transfer all selected emails to the trash at once.
    Move all selected emails to the Bin

Swipe to delete emails on iPhone and iPad

This method is only viable if you seek to delete one particular email at a time.

  • Swipe all the way to the left on a particular email to delete the entry.
  • However, if you want more control over that mail, swipe halfway to the left and select from options such as More, Flag, or Delete.
    Swipe halfway to the left to delete email

Press and hold to delete mails in Mail app

If you’re old school, you can simply long-press the email and select Delete Message from the context menu.
Press and hold to delete email

This method can get very annoying if you seek to delete multiple emails. So, I’d suggested going with the other methods mentioned above.

What’s the difference between deleting and archiving email on iPhone and iPad? 

All deleted emails are transferred to the Bin folder. Meanwhile, an archived email is forwarded to the Archive folder, which can be accessed anytime in the future.

How to permanently delete emails on iPhone and iPad? 

Navigate to the Bin folder and select the emails you wish to delete permanently. Next, tap Edit→ Select All→ Delete. These steps will permanently delete all emails on your iPhone.

Can deleted emails be recovered?

Deleted emails will be in the Bin for 30 days. If the emails are deleted from the bin or have crossed their due time, they cannot be recovered. 

Wrapping up…

This is how you can delete all emails at once on your iOS device.

So now you can quickly trash all emails on your iPhone whenever you need to start with a blank slate. If you’re not a fan of the default Mail app on your iOS device then you might also want to check out our selection of the best email apps for iPhone and iPad. And if you’re looking for any other email tips, let us know in the comments below.

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