11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2010 6:05 AM by Dai Bach y Soldiwr
Rick F Level 1 (0 points)
Is there a way of deleting the entire inbox of a mail account without going through each individual e-mail?

iMac, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)
    Not exactly but you can press the Edit button at the top right and individually select all the emails to delete at one time. You can also access them from a computer and delete them all from there.
  • Ian Lancaster Level 2 (155 points)
    As an iPhone user of three days, this is a disappointment... I too want to be able to do a simple "select all" to delete all emails in my iPhone inbox. Selecting each email individually under "Edit" is a pain - 100 individual selections every day - no thank you! How do I tell Apple that this is a feature for the next iOS upgrade?
  • mathieuvp Level 1 (0 points)
    if I delete mails from my iphone are they deleted as well from my hotmail account?

    and does the iphone uses a lot of storage for mails?
  • bill billybob Level 4 (1,035 points)
    From my experience, the answer is yes. If you delete a message from your iphone, the message gets deleted from Hotmail inbox. Does anyone know how I can change this setting so that I can delete messages from my iphone but have them remain in my inbox on my computer?

    Thanks in advance
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    It depends on how you access the Hotmail account on your iPhone.

    If you access the account as a POP account, deleting a message with the iPhone has no effect on messages stored on the server unless you have the option to remove messages from the server when a message is removed from the account's Inbox mailbox.

    If you access the account as an Exchange account, deleting a message from the account's Inbox mailbox also deletes the message on the server.
  • bill billybob Level 4 (1,035 points)
    I was doing it via the Exchange server setting that I setup my hotmail account with when I got my iphone last month. I chose to do it this way because I did not know of any other way to set up mail on my iphone. Is there another apple sanctioned way to set up my iphone to send/receive mail via my hotmail account? You mentioned the POP method?

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    There are two ways to access a Hotmail account with the iPhone's Mail app.

    Creating the account as a POP account with instructions for doing so available on Microsoft's Hotmail website.

    Creating the account as an Exchange account, which is new for Microsoft.
  • frane Level 1 (5 points)
    One of the email accounts on my iPhone4 is a work email account through Microsoft Exchange. How can I prevent an email from being deleted from my work email when I delete it off of my phone? I'd like for it to remain on my work email's server but not my phone.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    You can't - not with an Exchange account or with an IMAP account. All server stored mailboxes with an Exchange account and with an IMAP account are kept synchronized with the server.
  • ninjazor187 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having some of the same problems.
    I have my 3 hotmail/live accounts setup thru the POP3 method yet it does not delete the msgs from the server when I delete them off my phone and I only have 2 folders, Inbox and Trash.
    I created an exchange account for one of them but it only recieved the newest msgs, I want my whole inbox/account like it did with my Gmail account.

    Anyone help me out.
  • Dai Bach y Soldiwr Level 1 (0 points)
    In common with others who have posted here, I find that I have set up via Exchange and IMAP, so that the thousands of emails on my home computer are all duplicated on my iPhone4. So be it.

    In which case the second part of mathieuvp's question becomes important: Does the iPhone use a lot of storage for emails?
    Apart from undoing the original setup (which I don't know how to do) is there another way around this difficulty?