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HalS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 7, 2013 3:53 AM

Can anyone tell me how to delete all my email in my inbox under iOS7?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,230 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 4:02 AM (in response to HalS)

    Tap Edit, then highlight each message you want to delete, then tap delete/trash. There is no "Delete All" for the inbox, if that's what you're looking for. If you want to do so quicker, login to your account online & delete there.

  • Patrick HB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 4:49 AM (in response to wjosten)

    I have deleted all mail on my Roadrunner mail server.  But I literally have hundreds of emails on my Ipad 2 after going to IOS7.  With IOS6 there was a way to delete them all from the inbox--cannot do that the same way in IOS7.

    Whern you say "login to your account online and delete there"...are you referring to the Roadrunner mail server...or something else?  Just want to make sure I understand you.

    Thanks

  • Johnerz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 3:06 PM (in response to HalS)

    I have this same problem. I recieved hundreds of work emails and selecting each mail to delete as a group is tedious and a step backwards form iOS6. In the past I had the simple option to  delete all.

    Now both my ipad and iphone have thousands of emails and i am supposed to select each one individually to delete as a group.

     

    I dont understand why the delete all option was removed. A rare but infuriating backwards step.

  • Anika Azimuth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 20, 2013 7:53 AM (in response to HalS)

    I'm having the same issue and when this is combined with no limit on the number of emails on an account it means I spend hours of time deleting individual emails! Please give us back control to delete all and to limit the number if messages.

  • therealexoboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 22, 2013 11:31 AM (in response to HalS)

    I seriously cannot believe Apple has left out such a critical function! Anyway... what I did was to set my mail software on my desktop to remove emails immediately from the servers as soon as they are retrieved.

     

    This removes them from my iPhone the next time it checks for mail. So, now all I have to do is save the ones I want and let the rest get automatically deleted the next time I use my desktop Mac.

     

    Not a very elegant solution. I, too, end up with over a hundred emails in my inbox for work, so it is a bit frustrating to have to do all that useless scrolling and marking and deleting....

     

    Don't forget, Apple, you are supposed to make tasks take fewer steps, not more!

  • lombardi.simone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2013 2:42 AM (in response to HalS)

    Found it!

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKa-KFjUIGE

     

    Select a message, hold the move button, deselect the message while still holding the move button.

     

    A new window appears allowing you to move all messages to the trash.

     

    Bingo!

  • BigNige Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2013 3:20 AM (in response to lombardi.simone)

    Doesn't work in iOS7

  • lombardi.simone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2013 3:24 AM (in response to BigNige)

    It does! I just did it on my Iphone 4s ios7, follow the instructions in the youtube video.

  • BigNige Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2013 3:29 AM (in response to lombardi.simone)

    It certainly doesn't work on my iPad, but it did in iOS6

  • BigNige Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2013 8:45 AM (in response to BigNige)

    OK, I have been doing more tests. It appears that it works sometimes, but not always. I don't know what causes it to fail.

  • Lyn99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 7:35 AM (in response to HalS)

    Click edit so the emails show up with the circle to the left. Mark all emails as read. Select the first email by pressing the circle.  Then press and hold the Move at the bottom. While holding the Move deselect the first email. Then release the Move.  If you have a lot of emails you have to wait some time while the process occurs, but eventually the screen will come up to ask where you want to move them. Select Trash and all will move there as a batch.  The Trash has an option to Delete All.

  • BigNige Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 7:56 AM (in response to Lyn99)

    Yes, this is the process. But it doesn't always work, I get it to work about 20% of the time, and never on one particular email account. What happens is that the Cancel option appears at the top, but nothing happens. I have waited for up to 10 minutes.

  • Patrick HB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 11:03 AM (in response to BigNige)

    Agree...actually I cannot get it to work at all on IOS7.  It used to work very sporatically on IOS6, but I cannot get it to work ever on IOS7.

  • MSDSC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to lombardi.simone)

    Thanks so much for this.  It works!

     

    The pathetic thing is that the IOS 7 User Guide says that you're supposed to be able to Mark All and then "choose an action"; this is under the heading "Delete, move, or mark multiple messages", which would imply that you can mark all for deletion.

     

    The good thing is that, even though the method described by you is seemingly completely undocumented by Apple, this behavior does exist and works.

     

    I must say, I'm new to the world of Apple, but leaving out a function as basic as this boggles my mind.  The more I see of Apple, the less impressed I become.

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