Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS How to Swipe to Delete (or Archive) Gmail Messages on iPhone Quickly delete or archive Gmail messages with a swipe by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on January 29, 2020 reviewed by Jessica Kormos Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jessica Kormos is a writer and editor with 15 years' experience writing articles, copy, and UX content for Tecca.com, Rosenfeld Media, and many others. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 26, 2020 Jessica Kormos iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email Swiping to delete or archive an email makes managing your Gmail messages more accessible in the Mail app for iPhone. After changing a simple setting on the phone, a Trash or Archive option appears when you swipe messages. Use the trash option on your iPhone to delete emails instead of archive them. Or, if you want to keep emails when swiping them, but not remain in the Inbox folder, switch the swipe option to perform an archive. These directions apply to iOS 12 but might also work in older versions of iOS. How to Enable Swipe to Delete or Archive Emails Here's how to turn on the option to delete or archive emails with a swipe: Open the Settings app. Go to Passwords & Accounts (formerly Accounts & Passwords). Go to the Accounts section and choose an email account. Tap the email address again where it says Account. Scroll to the bottom and select Advanced. In the Move Discarded Messages Into section, choose either Deleted Mailbox or Archive Mailbox. This determines whether you see a Delete button or an Archive button when you swipe in Mail. Confirm that Deleted Mailbox redirects to Trash if you want to swipe to delete emails. When you set swiping to Archive instead of delete, set the Archive Mailbox to All Mail. With archiving set as the action that discards mail, you can delete from the archiving button but not by swiping. Instead, select More > Move Message, then select Trash. Tap Account at the top of the screen, or swipe in from the left, to return to the previous screen. Finish by selecting Done. How to Swipe Email Messages When you're in the Mail app, and viewing the emails from the account you edited above, swipe from right to left on an email to see either a Trash or an Archive option (depending on your settings), a Flag option, and a More option. Tap Trash (or Archive) to process the email. If you set the option to Trash instead of Archive, and you want to archive a particular message, go to More > Move Message > All Mail.