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How to Swipe to Delete Messages in iPhone Mail App

  • You can swipe to delete messages in the iPhone’s Mail app, but you’ll need to enable this option in Settings.
  • By default, you will only have the option to “archive” these emails instead of deleting them.
  • To add “Delete” to the Mail app’s swipe options, head to the “Accounts” section of the settings menu.
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The default iPhone Mail app lets you perform common actions, like mark as read, report, and even delete, with a simple swipe left or right.

What’s confusing is that by default you can’t actually delete messages this way. Instead, your Mail app will “archive” them – deleting them from your inbox, but retaining the data.

Archiving your messages will preserve them if you need them later, but can quickly fill your phone with old files.

If you want to swipe to delete, you’ll need to enable it in the Settings app. Here’s how.

How to Swipe to Delete Messages in Your iPhone’s Mail App

The swipe options for the Mail app can be found in Settings. Here’s how to customize them.

1. Launch the Settings app and tap “Mail”.

2. Tap “Accounts”.

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Go to “Accounts” in your mail settings to add the option to delete with a simple swipe.

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3. In the list of accounts, tap the email account you want to add the delete option to. You will need to enable it manually in each account.

4. On the next screen, tap “Account” at the top of the page.

5. Tap “Advanced”.

6. Finally, on the Advanced page, under the “Move deleted messages to” section, tap on “Deleted mailbox”.

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The Advanced menu lets you choose to archive or delete messages with a simple swipe.

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7. Tap “Account” in the top left, then “Done” in the top right to save your changes.

Now, when you swipe left, you should see the “Trash” option, which allows you to delete the message.

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Swipe left to delete a message.

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