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How to Delete All Emails on an iPhone

written by: dean0088•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/6/2010

With older versions of the iPhone it was necessary to delete all email messages individually. Here I show you how you can completely delete all emails from your iPhone in just a couple of moves.This is the fastest way to delete, move and control emails on the iPhone.

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    Biggest iPhone Email Problem

    Having extensively researched this article and tried in vain to find a magic 'delete all' button on the iPhone, I can safely say that there is no official way to delete all of your emails at once.

    Considering this product is from one of the biggest computer firms in the world, Apple, it's hard to believe that the absence of this feature was merely an oversight. Rather, I'd imagine they deliberately left it out for a reason. What's the reason for this exactly? Well nobody actually knows.

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    The Quickest Way to Delete Messages

    Unlike the first incarnation of the iPhone, whereby each message had to be deleted individually making deleting hundreds of emails slow and labourous, newer versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch have an updated email system. While it falls short of a 'Delete All' option, it does make the process five times as fast.

    Select Edit When on the inbox of your choice, select 'Edit' in the top right hand corner. This will take you into a screen which will allow you to change the status of emails on your iPhone such as what folder they're in. To the left of each email you want to delete, select the little clear circle so that a red 'tick' appears.

    Once you have all of your required emails selected, press the delete button at the bottom of the screen. This will move all of the emails into the trash folder where they will await complete deletion.

    You can also use this method to move emails to different folders in order to keep your emails organized. Simply press the move button (as opposed to the delete button) when you have your required emails selected and choose your desired folder.

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    Completely Deleting The Emails

    This process can be completely automated so that the step above can be considered the only step in deleting emails from your iPhone in the future.

    Go to the 'Settings' function on your iPhone and select the 'Mail, Contacts, Calendars' option. Having done that, choose the email7 Email account you want to configure and select 'Advanced'. Then, at the bottom of the resulting screen, choose how often you want the 'Trash Folder' (where your deleted emails were sent in the above step) to have its contents completely deleted from the iPhone. If you want your emails deleted almost right away select 'After One Day'. This will tell your iPhone to delete the emails permanently every day.

    Of course you can always go to the trash folder, highlighted to the right, and select 'Delete All' for the instantaneous clearing of all deleted emails.

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    The Importance of Properly Setting Up Email

    The best way to control email on your iPhone and to avoid having hundreds of emails in your inbox every morning is to route it all through one email account or to simply ensure all of your accounts are set up correctly. This will significantly cut down your deleting procedure by almost eliminating spam and organising your emails before they arrive on your iPhone.