How to Delete All Emails on iPhone

According to recent statistics, global spam volume represents around 60 percent of total email traffic volume. It’s no wonder then that iPhone users are looking for ways how to efficiently clean up their inboxes and reclaim all lost storage space. In this article, we introduce several methods how to delete all emails on iPhone, some of them more time-consuming than others

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How to Remove an Email Account from iPhone

Removing an email account from the Mail app is arguably the simplest way how to instantly mass delete emails on iPhone. Yes, this option is what some would call “nuclear” as it means that you will no longer be able to receive new emails.

  1. Open the settings app
  2. Click on the Mail category (it may also be called Contacts or Calendars, depending on your version of iOS).
  3. Select the email account you wish to remove.
  4. Click on Delete Account.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking on the Delete Account option again.

Don’t worry: removing your email account from your iPhone doesn’t delete the email account itself. You will still be able to access all your emails from the web or using a different email app. Removing your email account from your iPhone also doesn’t delete the emails from the server—only from your iPhone.

How to Delete Emails on iPhone Individually

Although being very time-consuming, removing emails individually gives you the most control over which emails you keep and which you remove. This method is best for those with relatively small inboxes, but we wouldn’t recommend it for anyone else. Today. There are much better ways how to delete emails on iPhone, including those described later in this article. But if you want to prune your inbox one-by-one, this is how to do it:

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Find an email you wish to delete.
  3. Swipe over the email from the right side of the message to the left with one finder.
  4. Tap on the Delete button.

How to Delete Multiple Emails on iPhone

Usually, it’s easy to tell which emails can be deleted just by reading the subject. If your inbox consists of a mix of personal conversations and marketing garbage, you might find it useful to know how to delete multiple emails at once:

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Click any folder that contains emails that you would like to delete.
  3. Click on the Edit button.
  4. Click on each email that you would like to delete to mark it.
  5. Click on the Trash button in the bottom-right corner to deleted selected emails.

This will move your emails to the Trash folder. To delete them from the Trash folder, navigate to it and repeat the process. Yes, this means that you have to repeat the same procedure twice, but the second round should be quicker since the Trash folder contains only the email you wish to delete.

How to Factory Reset and iPhone

Sometimes, emails are just one of many things taking up free space. If you would like to erase your iPhone completely, you can do so by performing a factory reset to delete all data and settings. We strongly recommend you make a backup beforehand because otherwise you couldn’t go back and restore your iPhone to how it was before.

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  3. Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes and click the Restore option in the Summary panel.
  4. Click Restore again to confirm.
  5. Set up your iPhone as new.

How to Mass Delete Emails on iPhone with CleanEmail

All the above-described email cleanup methods have their limitations. If your inbox contains years’ worth of emails from many different senders—some worth keeping and some not—neither deleting everything at once nor deleting individual emails one-by-one is a good option. Instead, we recommend CleanEmail for iOS, which is a powerful email cleanup utility designed to help you organize, remove, label, and archive your emails with a simple click.

CleanEmail is smart. It can understand and automatically sort out your inbox without infringing on your privacy. By analyzing email headers that contain subject line, sender and recipient information, dates, email size, and similar metadata, CleanEmail groups similar emails together, allowing you to manage them in bulk without any effort at all.

For example, it can separate bounced emails notifications from notifications from project management tools, large emails from emails from dead ends, junk emails and spam from social network notifications, emails you’ve sent to yourself from emails you replied to, or subscriptions and newsletters from finance emails, and much more. CleanEmail also has the so-called Smart Unsubscribe feature to make sure that newsletters, unwanted subscriptions, and other unwanted emails will not show up in your mailbox.

In other words, CleanEmail is a one-stop-shop for email management, and we strongly recommend it anyone who is wondering how to delete emails on iPhone. Best of all, CleanEmail supports a number of different email services, including but not limited to Gmail and other services that use a protocol called OAuth2 to control inbox access.

How to Keep Maintain Zero Inbox

With a clean inbox, your next goal should be to maintain Zero Inbox. To achieve it, we recommend you deal with new emails as soon as possible and immediately unsubscribe from any newsletter you don’t want to receive. If you’re inbox gets out of hand anyway, you can always run CleanEmail again and easily go back to Zero Inbox.

It’s also useful to have a dedicated inbox for marketing emails, so you can delete it entirely from time to time and keep your main inbox cleaner.

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