How to Delete All Emails in a Folder in iOS Mail

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iOS Mail on iPhone and iPad lets you delete all messages you see in a folder with just a few taps.

Delete All Emails in a Folder in iOS Mail

To delete all messages present in an iOS Mail 9 folder:

  1. Open the folder from which you want to delete the messages.

  2. Tap Edit near the top right corner.

  3. Tap Delete All.

  4. Tap Delete All again in the menu that has come up. The Mail app will delete all messages in the folder, not just those you have fetched to the device; if more messages are on the server, they will be deleted as well. Deleting all messages does not work in iOS Mail smart folders (such as Unread, VIP or Today).

In addition to deleting, you can also move all messages in a folder and act on them in other ways.

In iOS 10 or later, to delete all messages from a folder you must:

  1. Open the folder.

  2. Tap Edit.

  3. Tap each message to make sure it is selected.

  4. Tap Trash.