When it comes to deleting the emails from your inbox on the iPhone, iPod or iPad, it can be a little bit tedious. However, not many people are aware of a small change that can be made in Settings that changes the Archive function into a Delete function, with a swipe gesture. You can also use this to delete multiple emails at once.
Here’s how to do it on iOS 6 :
- From your Home screen, open Settings
- Navigate to Mail, Contacts and Calendars
- Choose your email account that you use
- Locate Archive Messages, Tap to disable it
- Close down Settings and open your Mail app
Enable Delete on iOS 7 :
Archive has now been changed to Delete so all you need to do is swipe across the screen, right to left, on any email to delete it. You can also delete more than one email at once – tap on Edit and then select the emails you want to delete. Then just carry out the same swipe gesture.
A Swipe to Delete gesture can be used in quite a few places across iOS, including podcasts, music, call lists, etc. And, because it’s so popular, it’s now become a default function within iOS 7. So, those of you who have the new firmware, there’s no need to switch off Archive. Instead, when you swipe on iOS 7 you are given a box with 2 options – More and Trash. Clicking on More takes you Archive, as well as a couple of other options.