How to Delete Email on the iPad

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Deleting Email on the iPad
Screenshot of iPad

If you like to keep your life organized and your inbox clean, or you don't like junk mail clogging up your inbox, you need to know how to delete email on the iPad. It soon overwhelms you if you don't. AppleĀ made this task simple in its Mail app, where there are three ways to delete email. If you use the Yahoo Mail or Gmail apps or access them with the iPad's Mail app, the process is just as easy.

Tap the Trash Can in Apple Mail

The easiest and most familiar way to delete a single message on the iPad is to select the email and tap the Trash can. This deletes the mail message you currently have open in the Mail app. The Trash can icon is located inĀ the top-right corner of the Mail screen.

Apple Mail delete using the trashcan

This method deletes the email without confirmation. It goes to the Trash folder, where it can be retrieved if you make a mistake.

Swipe the Message Away in Apple Mail

If you have more than one email message to delete or if you want to delete a message without opening it, you can use the swipe method. A swipe from right to left on a message in the Inbox, reveals three choices: Trash, Flag, and More. Tapping the Trash icon deletes the email.

Apple Mail on iPad slide and select trash option

If you are in a hurry, you don't even need to tap the Trash button. If you continue swiping all the way to the left edge of the screen, the email message is automatically deleted. You can use this method to delete several emails quickly without even opening them.

Delete Multiple Email Messages in Apple Mail

Want to delete more than a few email messages? Swiping to delete is fine if you want to get rid of a couple of emails, but if you need to do a serious cleaning of your inbox, there's an even quicker way.

  1. Tap Edit at the top of the Inbox list of emails.

    Selecting Edit in the iPad Mail app
  2. Tap the circle to the left of each email you want to delete.

    Selecting emails for deletion in iPad mail
  3. Tap Trash at the bottom of the screen to delete them.

You can also use this method to move the selected emails to a folder, mark them as Read or Unread, or move them to your Junk folder.

How to Delete an Email From the Gmail App

If you use Google's Gmail app for your inbox, you can delete messages using the Trash can method similar to the Mail app. It's located at the top of the screen.

You can also delete or archive messages by swiping on the message in the Inbox. Delete is the default when you swipe from right to left, but this option can be modified in Gmail.

Deleting email in Gmail app in iPad Mail

If you access Gmail from inside the Mail app, it works the same as Apple Mail. The app has a separate mailbox section for each email provider with all the same options.

How to Delete an Email Message in Yahoo Mail

The official Yahoo Mail app makes it simple to delete a message. Slide your finger from the right side of the message to the left to reveal the Delete button. You can also tap the message in the Inbox and select the Trash can button at the bottom of the screen to delete the highlighted email message.

Deleting email in Yahoo app on iPad

Yahoo Mail can also be configured to be accessed in the Mail app.

Where Deleted Emails Go and How to Recover Them

Email services apps Yahoo and Gmail each have a Trash folder that contains deleted emails. To view the trash folder and undelete any messages, open the app and look for the Trash folder. A tap on the Trash folder opens it. You can move any email you want from there back to the Inbox or another folder.

If you access your email in Apple Mail on the iPad:

  1. Open the Mail app and go to the Mailboxes panel. It contains separate sections for each email service that you access through the Mail app.

    Mailboxes panel in Mail app
  2. Scroll down the Mailboxes menu until you locate the section for the mail provider you seek. Tap the Trash folder for the provider to open it.

    Gmail section of the Mail app
  3. To undelete a mail message, move it from the Trash folder to the Inbox folder. Select the message you want to undelete and tap the Move button. In Mail, it is the button at the top of the screen that looks like a folder.

    Moving an email from the trash folder in iPad Mail
  4. After tapping the Move button, choose a destination folder from the side panel. For example, tap the Inbox folder to send the message there.