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How to Delete Email from the iPhone

Updated on November 30, 2017

Ever since my first iPhone, like many users, I have had to learn about its functions that are simply not documented in obvious ways. It seems Apple wants the user to explore and become frustrated about their device. Many times, I have downloaded apps for a function that seem to be missing in the iPhone. In the past, these have made things easier for the user.

I have always found the iPhone's email system rather dated and cumbersome ever since my first with iPhone 4. The email leads the user to believe that they cannot delete huge chunks of emails from their intake. For people who receive large amounts daily, this lack of function forces them to download alternate email apps that allow this. I kept wondering, how can this iconic iPhone not allow this? Did they just forget about it? It seemed every new iPhone that came out, this simple function was never improved.

Then, like a discovery of a new world, I found out how to do this! To delete all your email, do the following:

1. From your Inbox, press Edit, in the upper right corner.

2. Select the first email only.

3. Select Move from the bottom of the screen.

4. As you press Move with your right finger, deselect the first email with your left finger.

5. The screen changes, select Trash. All the emails in the Inbox will be deleted. But not really. They are just moved to the Trash folder from the Inbox. To remove the trash, do the following:

6. From the Trash folder, select Edit.

7. Select Delete All at the bottom of the screen.

The question that begs asking is, why does Apple allow this convoluted method to really delete emails to exist in even the latest iPhones? There are many email apps that offer a fast and easy way to do this basic function. Yet, Apple does not seem to think it is important for the user, not only because they never streamline it but they don't even tell users how to do it unless you hunt for an answer!


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      Dianna Mendez 5 weeks ago

      Good information to know.

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      Madan 6 weeks ago from Abu Dhabi