12 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2011 7:20 PM by betsyapple
Jim_ Crawford Level 2 (395 points)
When you have 400 messages to delete a "select all" would be handy. Any work around for this?

Latest IMac, macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • jaxjason Level 4 (3,535 points)
    I don't think I have seen. Delete all in almost any email app. It is kinda assumed you want to keep something.

    You do use the edit button on the email app, not trying to swipe to delete them all, right?

    Jason
  • ADub128 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree, a "select all" in iPad Mail would be great. It's a real pain to select each message individually to delete or move them. I haven't discovered a workaround yet.

    I use iPad Mail to quickly review messages, but I do my e-mail "heavy lifting" on my laptop -- that's where I keep my messages. I want a quick way to clear the iPad inboxes ...
  • red555 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    Be sure to let apple know your desires:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 (9,330 points)
    I guess you're not using mobileme (or some other imapi service). I use the iPad to read/reply and my computer to organize.

    Glor
  • ADub128 Level 1 (0 points)
    @Glor -- no, not using IMAP or MobileMe; using POP for multiple email accounts. Even if I were using IMAP, I'd still like to be able to select all messages somehow.

    @Red555 -- got it, I'll send a note to feedback. Thanks for the tip.
  • bruxxx Level 1 (30 points)
    I have to say I think it would be a bad idea for Apple to implement this
    because of the possibility of users losing important emails that might
    not be replaceable or recoverable.

    As much as you or I might need that, I think the iPad should look at itself
    as a reader of convenience, and not a full mail management device. It is
    so easy to get confused because of the limited view of what you are doing,
    or fat finger something and then be sorry.

    What the iPad gives to me is the ability to check for important emails,
    read them and even reply to them whenever I can, which I really value.
    While I think is it a pain to delete spams one by one, l have already
    gotten ahead of myself in clicking and knocked a few legitimate emails
    out of my inbox. I'm guessing that is their judgement on that, and I
    think it is a good call.
  • ADub128 Level 1 (0 points)
    When I delete all, everything is moved to Trash, so I can find the lost email there if I make a mistake.

    Unfortunately, my email volume is high enough that deleting even a few emails is like playing a video game ... select, select, select, select ... delete ...

    I'll manage, but I think things could be a lot more efficient.
  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)
    I would like the option to delete all as well but if you used IMAP, this wouldn't be such a problem... you could delete them using a webrowser or other email client on your computer and then you don't have to delete them off the iPhone because everything is synced to the server.

    Message was edited by: paulcb
  • red555 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    It's possible to make the mass delete capability switch-selectable. That way the user could take on the risk or block the ability.

    Just a thought...
  • plpme Level 1 (0 points)
    The only option I see, is to delete the account and create it again. It takes me about 2 minutes to do it.
  • JonW Level 1 (40 points)
    I agree, this would be great. For iPhone too.
  • betsyapple Level 1 (0 points)

    I only use ipad email to check for any emails on the road—the laptop I plug into is where I manage my email with much better filtering. It will duplicate any responses I make on my iPad and that is my master email. So that's why a delete all will be very useful on an Ipad. Until it is a standalone device I'll always use the home base laptop as the master console.

     

    That is why I say PLEASE! Have a delete all. Somewhere. Please. Without having to click on hundreds of emails. Please!