We hope that you are way past the install and update related issues with iOS 10 on your iPhone and iPad. As with other new iOS updates, Apple tends to change things around. We at Appletoolbox have received many emails as well as comments around the functionality for deleting multiple mails and messages. The old familiar Trash All functionality that you used to see in iOS 9 at the bottom right hand corner has now been removed in iOS 10. That is one of the reasons you cannot find Trash All in iOS 10.
The Simple Settings Way
If your mail is defaulting to archive instead of delete, there is a way to change these settings. Making this relatively simple change makes deleting emails a heck of a lot easier than iOS’s default way (as listed below.) And though it’s not a true Trash All in iOS 10 and gets us a bit closer to our previous iOS Mail experiences.
To Change Mail Settings
- Open Settings
- Select Mail
- Tap on Accounts
- Open each mail account (gmail, outlook, yahoo, etc.)
- Tap on the account name (usually your email address)
- Select Advanced Settings
- Update the section “Move Discarded Messages Into:” from Archive to Deleted Mailbox
- Verify that the checkmark is now in line with Deleted Mailbox
Follow Step 4 for each of your email accounts and make sure to update the”Move Discarded Messages Into:” from Archive to Deleted Mailbox.
Now, when you swipe on individual emails inside the Mail app, the red trash option appears in the far right. Additionally, when using the Edit option you are now able to select multiple emails and trash them in one go.
Apple’s iOS Default Way to Trash All in iOS 10
We shouldn’t have to go in and make all these setting changes to get the trash and delete settings iFolks are so accustomed to! And we hope that Apple is listening and looking at this feedback. So consequently, make changes to future iOS releases for this functionality.
But currently, the default iOS way to do a Trash All in iOS 10 is a convoluted multi-step process. To be fair, their brilliant Apple Idea behind removing trash all was to make sure that we do not accidentally delete e-mails/messages.
Well…that wasn’t much of a problem for most of us…So, without further ado, introducing the crazy, convoluted, and frustrating Apple TRASH ALL WAY!
First Step Select the Mail Folder that you want to work with to delete your emails
Second Step Once you are in your mailbox, tap on Edit at the upper right corner
Third Step Next, Select all the emails that you want to delete. Unfortunately you have to do this one by one.
However if you know the sender or the subject for the emails that you want to delete, you can use the search box on the top and filter all the related e-mails to make it easier. Once you have filtered all the relevant emails that you want to delete, tap on Edit at the bottom right of the screen.
Fourth Step at the end of step 3, you have finally marked all the emails that you want to move to trash. Next tap on “Move “ at the bottom middle of the screen.
Fifth Step this should bring you to a screen with all your mailboxes. Choose the “Trash” folder and all the emails will be moved to trash.
We think that this workaround is pretty convoluted and will require some getting used to unless Apple makes changes.
Cannot Delete Individual Text Message in iOS 10
Since we are on the subject of “Deleting”/ “trashing”, we want to show you the steps for how to delete a single message from a thread of texts in iOS 10. We received a few e-mails and comments on this subject from some readers.
This is another element where there have been changes in iOS 10. In order to delete a single text from your outgoing text messages, you will first need to press and hold on a message.
Next, Tap on More in blue letter at the bottom of the screen. On the next screen, you can choose the delete icon to delete this single message or choose “Delete All” shown in the top left corner.
You can always provide your feedback to Apple as they make changes for the next iOS 10 releases. In order to provide your feedback to Apple, please click here
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Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the original editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.