13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 24, 2014 4:28 AM by Steve Nicholls
Vinnyrocks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I delete mass emails at once on the iPhone 5


iPhone 5
  • 1. Re: Delete mass email at once
    imaybeawhile Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)

    You can not.

     

    You need to do so using a mail client on a computer - or manually one by one on the iPhone

  • 2. Re: Delete mass email at once
    w8nduck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    check this link out.. it worked for me on the iphone 5.

     

    Open inbox; hit "edit,"; check one of the emails; hold down "Move" button and tap the checked email; it should uncheck, then release.  A message reads Move email plus (#of others in inbox);  tap "Trash" and all should move to trash.   It has worked for me... several times

  • 3. Re: Delete mass email at once
    thedragonb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This worked for a second.. but then all the emails appear back in the inbox for some reason.

     

    I think the only solution is deleting the mail account and re-adding it back again.

     

    I connected my POP email addresses and I can get 500 emails after 4-5 days of not checking. Apple really needs to add a DELETE all message function or a select all + Delete option to their MAIL app. It's so frustrating to have to manually selected messages individually to delete! 500 taps in EDIT mode is not a TIME SAVER! I'm better off deleting my POP account and creating a new email account again than spending time tapping over 500 times!

  • 4. Re: Delete mass email at once
    Eileen0914 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem. I went to the server for the pop a/c and deleted every message in all the folders.

    Then I deleted the mail account on my IPhone and re-added it.  The 4000+ emails were gone! I think that is the only way on the Iphone.

     

    Apple really should have a way to select multiple messages to go to trash without marking each one separately.  Maybe ask twice if you are sure you want to send them to trash.  Hard to believe anyone would make the mistake twice and then you could always move it out of trash if you had too.

     

    Do the above once you will be glad to get ridof the mass mess.

  • 5. Re: Delete mass email at once
    Davep007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Press edit in your email inbox. Then select the first email by making the circle red next to the first email or any one email in your email box.  Then put one finger on the move button on the bottom of the screen that has now become active since you selected one email.  Now with your finger still on the move button press the original email again that you had originally selected. When you deselect that one email with your finger still on the move button it will,pause for a second. And then it will bring up a move screen. It will ask you where you want to move the emails to. You can simply click on the trash folder and it moves them all to the trash. It will also show you how many emails you moved.

     

    The question I have to all that read this and enjoy this feature that I have found is why does it work perfectly on my iPad while it ***** on my iphone. On my phone it moves them back while on my iPad they stay put.  It is supposedly the same operating system.  ?????

     

    Any help you have for me would be great.

     

    Finally mass email deleting is available.  Now it just needs to be slightly fixed for the phone. It is perfect. On the iPad.

  • 6. Re: Delete mass email at once
    gpsach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did what Davep007 suggests, but the emails came back, even after I had deleted them from the server!

    Any real solution to mass email deletion on iphone5S?

  • 7. Re: Delete mass email at once
    Davep007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Strange that is works perfectly on the IPAD like that. they never come back on the Ipad and it is perfect. I thought the two devices ran on the same exact operating systems. Maybe there is just a setting on the phone that makes it different. I need to explore the settings and see if there is something that is different between the two devices that makes it different on the phone.

  • 8. Re: Delete mass email at once
    ecollinsii Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There are several good suggestions in this thread - but an alternative is simply to select one email and repeatedly hit the Trash button. It will trash each message in order from latest to oldest. I'm a 4S user and the "move" strategy does not seem to work on the 4S, but at least this is a little faster than manually marking messages in the Edit function. Everyone agrees that Apple just needs to provide a Select All or Delete All for the mail function on IPhones. But until then - this works with small volumes of mail (<500). For those with more the Apple account strategy would probably work best. I just hate lugging a PC when I don't have to, and I don't like the hassle of deleting and re-establishing Apple accounts because it fouls up ITunes.

  • 9. Re: Delete mass email at once
    suzqco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Seriously Apple? How did you guys not think of this initially or at least fix it already?!

    I just deleted my email accounts on my phone so that I dont have 20K+ (literally) emails that I DON'T need to have on my phone.

     

     

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  • 10. Re: Delete mass email at once
    KeithPython Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem so I followed the steps outlined below:

    Press edit in your email inbox.

    Then select the first email by making the circle red next to the first email or any one email in your email box. Then put one finger on the move button on the bottom of the screen that has now become active since you selected one email.

    Now with your finger still on the move button press the original email again that you had originally selected. When you deselect that one email with your finger still on the move button it will,pause for a second. And then it will bring up a move screen. It will ask you where you want to move the emails to.

    You can simply click on the trash folder and it moves them all to the trash. It will also show you how many emails you moved.

     

    The problem was it kept returning the e-mails to the inbox. So this time I went into the inbox, selected Mark All, and marked all as read. Then tried the same steps above. That moved the e-mials to the trash folder whereby I deleted them.

  • 11. Re: Delete mass email at once
    rtabliago Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Empty the trash and they won't come back.

  • 12. Re: Delete mass email at once
    raddbrad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    None of these techniques permanently work for me. Whenever I mass delete my email using the techniques described, they always come back even after I delete them from the trash. After I am finished, my trash is empty, but all the emails are back in my inbox. Obviously they are still on the mail server and being 'pushed' to my inbox. I wonder if this has something to do with gmail. Wouldn't it be fitting for Google to annoy Apple by frustrating Apple's users to death.

  • 13. Re: Delete mass email at once
    Steve Nicholls Level 4 Level 4 (1,485 points)

    It does make sense for Apple to make a 'Select All' option for the Inbox, you can 'Delete All' when you're in your Trash/Bin after selecting Edit so why not the option to do it to get items in to the Trash/Bin in the first place? Very odd.