Delete emails on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With simple gestures you can take control of your inbox and delete one or multiple email messages at the same time.

How to delete multiple email messages

  1. Open Mail and go to your Inbox.
  2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner, then individually select the emails that you want to delete, or tap Select All.
  3. Tap Trash or Archive. If you only see Archive, touch and hold Archive to see other options like Trash Selected Messages.

How to delete a single email

  1. Open Mail and go to your Inbox. 
  2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner, then select the email that you want to delete. 
  3. Tap Trash or Archive.

You can also quickly swipe left over a single email to delete it. Or touch and hold the email from your Inbox, then tap the Trash button  in the menu that pops up.

If you're trying to delete a message from within the email, tap the Archive button  or the Trash button , then tap Archive Message or Trash Message.

Depending on the type of email account you have, you might see Archive instead of Trash when you try to delete emails. You can edit your mailbox behavior settings to change this.

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