Delete Mail in iOS Mail Right From Notification Center

Clear unwanted messages without opening the Mail app

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Having the Mail app on your iPhone deliver new message alerts to the Notification Center adds convenience in more ways than one. Along with knowing instantly when new emails arrive, you can also decide what to do with them from the same screen. You don't have to open iOS Mail to delete emails; you can do that from its Notification Center alerts.

These instructions apply to devices running iOS 8 and later.

How to Delete Messages in iOS Mail From the Notification Center

To move a message to the trash folder from an iOS Mail alert in the Notification Center:

  1. Email providers such as Gmail let you decide whether to trash or archive messages when you delete them from the Inbox. If you want to change this, adjust the settings to make sure discarded messages go to the trash.

  2. On iPhone 6S or later, tap an email alert in the Notification Center to open an options menu. On earlier phones, swipe left on the notification.

  3. Tap Archive or Delete (depending on the phone settings) to remove the email from the Inbox.

    Archiving an email from an alert in the Notification Center
  4. The message will move accordingly.

How to Delete Mail in iOS Mail From a Banner

If your Mail notifications are set to include banners (alerts that show up at the top of the screen) when you get a new message and the iPhone is unlocked, you can also delete and archive messages.

Either press (with 3D Touch) or swipe down (if the phone doesn't have 3D Touch), then tap Delete or Archive.

Archiving a new email from a banner on an iPhone