When it comes to dealing with emails on your iPhone, you may be surprised at how much space can be taken up. Apple has slowly but surely been updating the official Mail app with better features over the years, and the same is true with iOS 12.
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However, there are still some qualms when it comes to actually delete emails entirely from iPhone. Luckily, changes have been made in the Settings which make it possible to delete emails completely from iPhone.
Delete emails completely from iPhone
If you are tired of seeing your Mail application full with emails that are too old and won’t go away, here is what you will have to do. Usually, we try to find ways for you to fix issues in just a few steps, but this one is a bit more in-depth.
- Open Settings
- Select ‘Accounts and Passwords’
- Choose the correct email account
- Select the same email account again
- Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘Advanced’
- Under Mailbox Behavior, select ‘Archive Mailbox’
- Tap ‘On the Server’
- Select ‘All Mail’ from “On The Server”
- Go to the previous screen and tap ‘ Move Discarded Messages Into”
- Select ‘Deleted Mailbox’
- Click ‘Done’
Now that you have gotten all of the settings inputted correctly, the next move is to actually delete emails completely from iPhone. In order to do so, there are only a few steps left to be at “Inbox Zero”:
- Open the Mail app
- Tap ‘Edit’ in the top right-hand corner
- Select all of the emails you want to be deleted
- You can only delete up to 150 emails at a time
- After the emails have been deleted, go to the trash and delete
- Repeat process until emails are completely gone
Once completed, all of the emails will be deleted and you will no longer have to worry about extra storage being taken up. Since we chose to remove emails from the server, you will not even see the emails appear when using the desktop Mail application.
At this point, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention a few things about the steps above. Specifically, when it comes to selecting the “Deleted Mailbox” for your discarded messages.
You are provided with either the Deleted or Archive mailbox when you are at this point. If the Archive Mailbox is selected, then all of your previously received emails will go back into the “All Mail” section in the Mail app.
The other thing we would like to point out is when you are selecting the option of “On The Server”. From here, you are provided with the ability to either select “On My Phone” or “On the Server”.
The reason you want to delete these from the server and not just your phone is so that they are deleted from your email account specifically. Otherwise, the emails will only be deleted from your phone and could reappear of your email services “glitches”.
Apple’s Mail application is arguably one of the best ways to manage your emails from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. This is just another way of proving how to can customize and create the best experience possible on your devices.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know if you run into any issues. If so, drop a comment below and we’ll be more than happy to help figure out how to delete emails completely from iPhone and save you some space on your device.