How To: Apple's Mail App in iOS 13 Has New, Faster Ways to Select Multiple Emails

Apple's Mail App in iOS 13 Has New, Faster Ways to Select Multiple Emails

Normally, when you want to select multiple emails in the Mail app, you'd hit "Edit," tap all the bubbles next to the emails, then mark them, move them, or trash them. But in iOS 13, there's a much faster way to do it on your iPhone.

While you can still tap "Edit," select all the bubbles next to the emails you want, and perform the wanted action, I'm not sure I'll personally ever do that again unless I'm cherry-picking emails here and there. Instead, whenever there is a group of emails you want to select, where one email is after the other, you can select the group faster by swiping.

After hitting "Edit" in an inbox, folder, filtered results, or search, slide one finger up or down on the bubbles next to the emails to highlight them all automatically — no taps needed. Just slide, release when all emails are selected, and perform the intended action as normal. But that's not all: there's an even faster way.

Instead of hitting "Edit" in the Apple Mail app, use a two-finger swipe gesture to select multiple emails right away. Slide two fingers up or down from the first email you want to select, then let go when all of the messages you want our selected. It's super fast. Then mark, move, or delete as necessary.

Sliding with one finger (left) vs. with two fingers (right) in iOS 13.
Cover photo and GIFs by Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

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