Delete emails on your iPhone or iPad

You can use simple gestures to delete emails and select Bin or Archive as the default option.

iPhone showing Mail app with three messages selected 

Delete multiple emails at the same time

  1. Open Mail and go to your Inbox.
  2. Tap Edit in the top right-hand corner, then individually select the emails that you want to delete, or tap Select All. To select multiple emails quickly, swipe down through the tick boxes.
  3. Tap Bin or Archive. If you only see Archive, touch and hold Archive to see other options such as Bin Selected Messages.

To delete a large number of emails, you may find it easier to use your email provider's website.

Set Bin or Archive as your default option

Depending on the type of email account you have, you may see Archive instead of Bin when you try to delete emails. You can edit where your deleted messages go in your Mail settings:

  1. In the Settings app, tap Mail.
  2. Tap Accounts.
  3. Tap your account.
  4. Tap your account once more.
  5. Tap Advanced.
  6. Select Deleted Mailbox or Archive Mailbox to send discarded messages there.


iPhone showing one email being swiped to the left 

Swipe to delete and other ways to discard one email

  • Swipe left quickly over a single email.
  • Touch and hold an email from your Inbox, then tap Bin Message from the menu.
  • Tap the Archive button or the Bin button from within an email.

You can also use the steps to delete multiple emails to delete a single email.

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