How To Delete Multiple Emails at Once On Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

by mysticgeek on March 14, 2011

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If you have email delivered to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, it can be annoying deleting several emails individually. Here we take a look at how to delete multiple emails at once.

1. Open your email, and after you checking it, there might be several you’ve already read on your computer, other device, or just want to get rid of. Rather than go through and delete each one individually, you can select several and delete them at once. Open your email and click the Edit button at the top.

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2. Now you’ll be able to tap next to the emails you want to delete and a red check will display. On the iPad they will be listed as pages stacked on the right. After you’ve scrolled through and selected the ones you want to get rid of, and tap the Delete button at the bottom.

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3. If you’re using Gmail or another client that supports the creation of folders you can also archive them or delete them by moving to the trash.

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4. The process is essentially the same with the iPhone or iPod touch as well. While in your email tap on Edit.

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5. Then Delete or move your email to a different folder or the Trash.

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6. If you prefer to delete your email individually, one trick is to go into Settings and turn off Ask Before Deleting.

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7. That way you won’t have to deal with confirming you want to delete the mail when you tap on the trashcan icon.

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That’s all there is to it! If you have a lot of email you want to delete from your iOS device, this method makes it a lot easier.

  • Horace

    How about “mark as read” for multiple emails? Thanks.

  • Greg

    This is just the description of how to delete emails from the list view. You still have to click each email. What people are asking for is a way to select multiple emails with one click like you can with cntl click or shift click on the pc. If you have 200 emails you want to clean out it is very tedious to click on each one.

  • DebD

    Thank you very much!

  • Polly

    I can’t believe that after all this time we still don’t have a delete all function or the ability to have folders without having to use a third party email program. It’s a MAJOR diappointment and a constant source of frustration

  • http://michaelfoxemail@gmail.com Michael

    This tip is useless – this is just normal operating procedure. I want to be able to select a range of emails without clicking on each one, and then delete or move them.

  • Framerman

    1. Go to your inbox
    2. Press Edit
    3. Tap any message once to select it
    4. Press AND HOLD the Move button
    5. While still holding the Move button, tap the message you selected
    6. Release the Move button
    7. This will bring up a dialog box asking you which folder you’d like to move all your messages to – just select the Trash folder and you’re all done