How To: Delete Emails in Bulk from Your iPhone's Mail App

Delete Emails in Bulk from Your iPhone's Mail App

Deleting emails can be a tedious process on the iPhone, especially since the "Trash All" options have been removed when iOS 10 first came out. Though likely well intentioned, this change has placed an undue burden on all of us iPhone owners who now have to erase emails individually.

Erasing them individually can equate to a significant amount of wasted time — just check out the video below if you don't believe me. Thankfully, there's a little-known bug that you can still use to delete all unwanted emails in one go.

This simple trick will work in any one of your email folders, whether they're flagged or unread. So if you're interested in deleting junk email en masse, I'll show you how to take advantage of this nifty bug now, because it'll most likely go away with the arrival of future iOS updates.

Step 1: Filter Your Mail

For starters, go to any of the inbox folders you wish to purge of unread emails, such as Inbox, Junk, Archive, and so on. Once inside, tap on the three-line filter icon in the lower-left corner of the screen, where you can weed out your inbox by selecting either "Unread" or "Flagged" from the Include section.

Step 2: Save Any Wanted to Emails

The next thing you'll want to do is check to see if there are any emails you want to keep, so scroll through the filtered view to make sure you won't be deleting something important. If you find anything you don't want to delete, just select the email, then press the folder button at the bottom of the screen and move it to a different mailbox, then repeat Step 1.

Step 3: Start the 'Trash All' Bug

Once you're sure that only unwanted emails are left, it's time to proceed, so go ahead and tap on "Edit" in the upper-right corner. Once in edit mode, select just one email by tapping the circle to the left of it, then proceed to the next step.

Step 4: Perform a Bulk Delete

Now comes the magical part. Tap and hold the "Move" button located at the bottom of your screen, but don't let go just yet. Next, deselect the email that you chose in the previous step, then you can release your finger from the "Move" button. This will cause all emails in the filtered view to be selected at once, so tap "Trash" on the next screen to delete them all.

If you're worried that you might have deleted an important email, don't worry. You can still go to your trash bin and give it one final look before the emails are permanently deleted. Once you're certain that nothing important's been missed, tap on "Edit," then "Delete All" to fully purge your email app of any junk mail.

Did you find this little trick helpful? As always, share your findings and any other tips you may have by posting a comment down below.

Cover image and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks


This is genius-- thx!!

I use this and it works, to a point. The mails dissapear but the memory stays as a GB of mailbox data.

I wish this worked!! doesn't. When I push the move button to hold it down, Siri immediately comes on??

Totally amazing!

I was skeptical at first as this post is a little old, but it still works! Latest version of iOS 11.2.2 (I think). I had thousands of emails so I did have to repeat it a few times-it deleted about 500 at a time. Thanks!!!

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