1. paulek's Avatar
    One of my frustrations with switching to the iPhone 5 from the Galaxy S III is the inability to delete all emails easily (rather than individually). I used K9 mail for my Galaxy and it has a Select All - Delete capability. Does anyone know of a similar program for mail on the iPhone 5?
    10-19-2012 04:26 PM
  2. Chris Parsons's Avatar
    One of my frustrations with switching to the iPhone 5 from the Galaxy S III is the inability to delete all emails easily (rather than individually). I used K9 mail for my Galaxy and it has a Select All - Delete capability. Does anyone know of a similar program for mail on the iPhone 5?
    There are no programs that 'tap into' mail that can change how it functions unless you are jailbroken and being an iPhone 5 owner, safe to assume that is not the case here. Your best option would be to look for an alternative mail client that would better suit your needs. Sadly, I don't know of any good ones beyond GMail and even saying GMail is good on iOS as a standalone app is a bit of a stretch IMO.
    10-19-2012 08:37 PM
  3. lvavila's Avatar
    Sparrow is pretty nice
    10-19-2012 10:19 PM
  4. End_User's Avatar
    +1 for sparrow. If it had push notifications (used to have them using a jailbreak tweak before I upped to ios6) it would be the perfect mail app.
    10-19-2012 10:45 PM
  5. Rickcwilson's Avatar
    Are there any other ones other than sparrow and gmail?
    10-19-2012 11:06 PM
  6. John Yester's Avatar
    Sparrow also, but I don't delete emails. I run gmail exchange so no reason to delete them... I always need access to messages from a few days to weeks ago. but also you can search using email exchange.
    10-20-2012 06:21 PM
  7. chobbs1's Avatar
    I don't have an answer accept to say that I have never had the need to delete "all" my emails. I read then delete the ones I don't want. It has worked for me. Perhaps all you need is a little time to adjust and you'll find you might not have needed that particular feature? In any case I hope you find what you need.

    Cheers!
    10-21-2012 11:01 AM
  8. sjsplaty's Avatar
    I actually think its ridiculous that now that we are on to the 6th iteration of iOS, we still don't have a way to "Select All" or "Mark All as Read" or "Delete All". It's bad enough that it took all this time to have multiple email signatures, which is a necessity if you have multiple business email addresses. What I don't understand is, if Android or BB or Microsoft OS's had this problem, everyone would be screaming about it and saying how terrible they are as operating systems. Why are we, as Apple users, content to accept these limitations so many years after the original iPhone was released?
    10-22-2012 07:07 AM
  9. Massie's Avatar
    Personally, I have no use for thisI rarely delete many emails, and never all of them at oncebut for those who would like it, try this:

    1. Go to your inbox
    2. Press Edit
    3. Tap any message once to select it
    4. Press AND HOLD the Move button
    5. While still holding the Move button, tap the message you selected
    6. Release the Move button
    7. This will bring up a dialog box asking you which folder youd like to move all your messages to just select the Trash folder and youre all done

    - - - Updated - - -

    Edit (source): http://www.jasonelk.com/2011/02/how-to-delete-all-your-mail-at-once-on-your-iphone-4/
    tumnus, olliegrl, emjayess and 1 others like this.
    10-22-2012 07:40 AM
  10. dougef2's Avatar
    Tried it numerous times - does not work (iPhone 5).
    10-22-2012 01:59 PM
  11. Massie's Avatar
    Tried it numerous times - does not work (iPhone 5).
    Odd, I'm on a 5 and it seems to work for me...do you get this far?



    I haven't taken the final step only because I don't actually want to delete my mails.
    10-22-2012 02:16 PM
  12. emjayess's Avatar
    Wow, that's awesome! Never knew that--thanks!

    By the way, how did you come across that one?! Seems pretty obscure etc.

    Personally, I have no use for this—I rarely delete many emails, and never all of them at once—but for those who would like it, try this:

    1. Go to your inbox
    2. Press Edit
    3. Tap any message once to select it
    4. Press AND HOLD the Move button
    5. While still holding the Move button, tap the message you selected
    6. Release the Move button
    7. This will bring up a dialog box asking you which folder you’d like to move all your messages to – just select the Trash folder and you’re all done

    - - - Updated - - -

    Edit (source): How to delete all your mail at once on your iPhone 4 (updated for iOS 6, including iPhone 4S and iPhone 5) | Jason Elk
    10-22-2012 02:39 PM
  13. dougef2's Avatar
    Odd, I'm on a 5 and it seems to work for me...do you get this far?

    http://i.imgur.com/QymAq.jpg

    I haven't taken the final step only because I don't actually want to delete my mails.
    Yes. I tried it numerous times. It looks like it works. Then you leave the inbox. Return to the inbox and the messages are still there.
    10-22-2012 03:23 PM
  14. Massie's Avatar
    Just Googled "iPhone mail delete all" and it came up on the first page.
    10-22-2012 03:29 PM
  15. bobbob1016's Avatar
    I don't know of a way to delete all, without a jailbreak that is. However, there is How to Mark All Emails as Read on Your iPhone I used it to mark messages as read, I'm not sure if it will delete them though.
    10-22-2012 03:49 PM
  16. Massie's Avatar
    Yes. I tried it numerous times. It looks like it works. Then you leave the inbox. Return to the inbox and the messages are still there.
    That's a drag, sorry. Is everyone else who has tried this experiencing the same behavior?
    10-22-2012 03:53 PM
  17. RockBaron's Avatar
    That's a drag, sorry. Is everyone else who has tried this experiencing the same behavior?
    Yes. Not working for me either
    01-21-2013 10:22 AM
  18. Scubasa1's Avatar
    It seems to work Fine on the iPad 2. But since getting my iPhone five this does not seem to work.
    02-02-2013 10:56 AM
  19. sklatta94's Avatar
    I too think this is ridiculous....how absurd to not be able to select all or select a group like you can on your computer. I only use my ipad to review emails but now I have 1000 emails and Im freakin tired of clicking on each and every one each and every time to delete it. When I replace my iPad, I may just go to another brand of tablet because of this feature alone. Same crap on the iPhone too...I can't believe there's no fix for this. Apple is losing their mojo
    02-12-2013 03:23 PM
  20. John Yester's Avatar
    You can go buy what ever you want.
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    02-12-2013 03:33 PM
  21. Massie's Avatar
    For jailbreakers, there is a solution: Flex patch highlight: 5 essential enhancements to iOS
    iOS Gravity likes this.
    02-12-2013 05:43 PM
  22. Sammi Maon-Lovell's Avatar
    Massie, thank you, thank you! I have a two mail accounts for testing purpose, sign-ups, or junk. Unable to delete all email messages has been driving me nuts! So thank yhou for sharing a workable workaround. Geez, Apple, could it have been a little more obvious.... LOL!

    NOTE: Successfully took steps on my iPhone 5.
    01-14-2014 12:24 PM
  23. Rick Evans's Avatar
    It works, but then they all come back, tried everything
    03-07-2014 04:15 AM
  24. Rick Evans's Avatar
    same here IPHONE 5
    IOS7
    03-07-2014 04:16 AM
  25. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    same here IPHONE 5
    IOS7
    Please select the "Reply with Quote" option so that we can know to whom you are responding. Thanks...
    03-07-2014 09:38 AM
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