1. Massie's Avatar
    I know this was an issue for a long time in the native Mail app, but is there a way to make swiping a mail in the Gmail iOS app bring up the Delete option instead of Archive?
    03-25-2013 11:23 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Try Settings>> Mail>> Accounts... select the Gmail account... if you have the option for Archive Messages... toggle it to 'off'
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    03-25-2013 11:33 PM
  3. WreakingHavoc's Avatar
    I know this was an issue for a long time in the native Mail app, but is there a way to make swiping a mail in the Gmail iOS app bring up the Delete option instead of Archive?
    I haven't looked into it but what about if you go to Gmail using your desktop or laptop computer and change the archive settings there so that when you archive it goes directly to your trash.?


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    03-25-2013 11:35 PM
  4. Massie's Avatar
    Try Settings>> Mail>> Accounts... select the Gmail account... if you have the option for Archive Messages... toggle it to 'off'
    This is for the dedicated Gmail app, not an account using the iPhone Mail app. (Although I did try it anyway; no dice.)
    03-26-2013 12:02 AM
  5. Massie's Avatar
    I haven't looked into it but what about if you go to Gmail using your desktop or laptop computer and change the archive settings there so that when you archive it goes directly to your trash.?


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    Hmmm...I'd be glad to try it out, but I couldn't find that option in my settings on the desktop. Is it just in the Gmail settings?
    03-26-2013 12:14 AM
  6. dwayne.williams's Avatar
    This is for the dedicated Gmail app, not an account using the iPhone Mail app. (Although I did try it anyway; no dice.)
    Yes it is. Did you try it?


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    03-26-2013 06:53 AM
  7. Massie's Avatar
    I'm not sure what you mean by yes it is, but as I mentioned in the post you quoted, I did try changing that settingit only affects the behavior in the Mail app, not the Gmail app.
    03-26-2013 08:08 AM
  8. kch50428's Avatar
    Are you 'grandfathered' and using Exchange sync from your phone?
    03-26-2013 08:37 AM
  9. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I'm not sure what you mean by yes it is, but as I mentioned in the post you quoted, I did try changing that setting—it only affects the behavior in the Mail app, not the Gmail app.
    Keith is right in the directions he gave you to toggle off the Archive for the Native app. You might go to the Gmail info on Google and find out what can be done with it but with the Gmail app I do not think you can do what you want.
    03-26-2013 09:11 AM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    That toggle off thing I only see on my iPhone... because I just changed devices, and no longer have the ability to use active sync... my iPad is still on active sync, and that option does not exist in the stock app to toggle archive on/off... and I have no experience with the Google mail app... don't use it.
    03-26-2013 09:16 AM
  11. Massie's Avatar
    Thanks guys...I do use Exchange on four other accounts and am familiar with how to archive/delete on those accounts, but this account is not an Exchange account. It is also the only one I use with the Gmail app instead of the native mail app. If anyone has any experience with using the Gmail app, feel free to chime in!

    It may well be that it simply isn't possible.
    03-26-2013 09:39 AM
  12. kch50428's Avatar
    It may well be that it simply isn't possible.
    Perhaps it is on the GMail app on an android phone....
    03-26-2013 09:47 AM
  13. WreakingHavoc's Avatar
    I was playing with the settings in the Gmail app and can't find any way to change the swipe action to delete, except in the All Mail folder. I'm sure you are aware that you can just tap the little box on the left side of an email in the list and select the emails that you want and the delete button would be at the bottom.


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  14. rpr564's Avatar
    I just tried your suggestion, and it worked perfectly. Thank you very much for this advice, much appreciated.
    08-07-2013 05:54 PM
  15. WreakingHavoc's Avatar
    I just tried your suggestion, and it worked perfectly. Thank you very much for this advice, much appreciated.
    Who's suggestion worked?


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  16. modifiers's Avatar
    Hi. I am currently using the exchange settings, but found out the same issue.... when I delete it archives.

    So it seems that the way to go is to use IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV protocols. Disadvantage is that you'll loose push... it'll go to 15 mins cycle.

    You can see how to do this from this article:
    After ActiveSync: Setup your iOS device to sync with Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts - TechRepublic

    Then on a web browser, access gmail. From the web go to SETTINGS--> Forwarding and POP/IMAP

    1. Make sure IMAP is enabled.

    2. Go to: "when I mark a message in IMAP as deleted" and turn OFF auto-expuge (option selected: Auto-Expunge off).

    3. That will enable the ability to select options on the next field, "when a message is marked as deleted and expunged from the last visible IMAP folder".

    Now change from the default Archive the message to Immediately delete the message forever.

    Perhaps not as elegant as the active sync solution, but if you setup the IMAP+ CARDDAV + CALDAV you'll have all items sync and be able to delete permanently.
    09-04-2013 06:39 AM
  17. Massie's Avatar
    Thanks for the thought, but this thread is about the Gmail app, not using Gmail in the native Mail app.
    09-04-2013 08:01 AM
  18. Godsdragon's Avatar
    Try Settings>> Mail>> Accounts... select the Gmail account... if you have the option for Archive Messages... toggle it to 'off'
    Thank you..

    On my iPad mini, it goes like this: Settings>Mail>>accounts> select Gmail> select account (on top--(shows your Gmail address)>select advanced>select deleted mailbox> select done
    11-09-2013 01:39 PM
  19. keredd1010's Avatar
    Awesome! Thank you for that! It was driving me crazy!
    11-14-2014 03:41 PM
  20. skottmorris's Avatar
    If you make this change, all Archived messages will be Deleted. I want to Archive and Delete. Can you change the swipe action to Delete like Android or is this just a limitation on the iOS gmail app?
    07-07-2015 08:13 AM
  21. HankAZ's Avatar
    If you make this change, all Archived messages will be Deleted. I want to Archive and Delete. Can you change the swipe action to Delete like Android or is this just a limitation on the iOS gmail app?
    How to use trash and archive options at the same time in iOS 8 Mail

    1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
    3. Tap on any of your accounts that you want to use trash and archive options with under the Accounts section — if you're using iCloud mail, scroll to the bottom instead and tap on Mail under Advanced and skip to step 5.
    4. Tap on Account at the top.
    5. Tap on Advanced at the bottom.
    6. Under Mailbox Behaviors, make sure you have options set for Deleted and Archived boxes to where you want them.
    7. Under the Move Discard Messages Into section, choose Archive. (To have a TrashCan icon, choose Delete, instead.)
    8. Tap Account at the top to return to the previous menu.
    9. Tap Done at the top of the next screen to save any changes.
    10. Tap the back button in the upper left corner to return to the previous menu.
    11. Tap on Swipe Options under the Mail section.
    12. Set Swipe Right to Archive.

    While this seems a little funny, it does work. You'll notice when you choose Archive, a small note will appear underneath that reads
    [Accounts that include Archive as a default action for swiping left will offer Trash for swiping right.]

    This means that since we've set up archive as the default option in step 7, choosing archive for swipe right will actually allow it to become a trash option instead. This means swiping right offers trash functionality now and swiping left offers archive options. Voila! You can now use both in one quick swipe in one direction or the other!
    07-07-2015 10:24 AM

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