How to delete emails on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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

How to delete emails

To delete a single email or multiple emails:

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

You can also quickly swipe left over a single email to delete it. To undo deleting an email, shake your device, then tap Undo.

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.

Edit mailbox settings

To manage your iCloud email account, which ends with icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts.
  2. Tap the iCloud email account that you want to manage.
  3. Tap iCloud, then scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Mail.
  4. Tap Advanced.

If you have another type of email account:

  1. Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts.
  2. Tap the email account that you want to manage.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Advanced.

From here, you can also choose whether to delete or archive messages. When you swipe left over a message that you want to discard, you'll see Archive or Trash based on the settings you select. Depending on your email provider, you might also have the option to remove emails automatically after a certain period of time.

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