How to Delete a Folder in the iOS Mail App

Remove folders from your iPhone or iPad

It's easy to create folders in the iOS Mail app. While they're being used, they're one of the most useful things to have. A folder keeps mail together when they should belong together and can quickly declutter an inbox. 

However, if you no longer need to have the emails separated, it's extremely easy to delete the folder... just make sure you've moved any emails out of it first.

Note: See How to Delete All Emails in a Folder in iOS Mail if you'd rather delete all the messages in a folder instead of delete the folder itself.

Important: Deleting an entire email folder will permanently remove any messages that are inside; they will not go into the Trash folder and will not be recoverable.

How to Delete an iPhone Mail Folder

Open the Mail app and then follow these steps:

  1. Find the email account that you want to delete the email folder from, via the Mailboxes screen.


    Whether you have one or multiple email accounts in the Mail app, they'll all be listed on this screen.
  2. Open the folder you want to remove and make sure there aren't any emails in there that you want to keep.

    If you do want to keep one or more messages, move them to a different folder or to the Inbox.
  3. Tap Mailboxes at the top left of the screen to return to the list of folders.
  4. Tap Edit from the top right corner of the screen.
  5. Scroll down and select the folder you want deleted.

    Note: You cannot delete some built-in folders like Inbox, Sent, Junk, Trash, Archive, and All Mail.

    Important: if you have multiple email accounts set up on your device through the Mail app, please make sure that you've selected the correct folder in the correct account. You might have a folder in both accounts with the same name, so it's imperative that you delete the right one. If it helps, tap the small down arrow next to any account that you want to hide from view.
  1. In the Edit Mailbox screen, choose Delete Mailbox.
  2. When given the confirmation prompt, choose Delete.
  3. You can now tap Done from the top right of the Mailboxes screen to exit Edit mode.