For those who have known iOS 9, you may remember a handy feature in Mail: select all. In click, you could all the messages of an e-mail box or a folder to do what you want (mark as read, move to a folder including the trash …). This practical feature disappeared with iOS 10 and even having waited for iOS 12 has still not added this option. What some may miss on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. However, with a little manipulation, you can reproduce the possibility of selecting everything to move everything. If you move everything to the trash, it’s like deleting your emails.
Method 1: select 1 to 1 to delete
Before deleting an entire folder, let’s see together how to select emails one by one. The point here is not to open an email, delete it, and start over for each email. This could quickly be tedious, especially during a large household.
You are not going to open or delete them one by one, but select them one by one to delete them all at once.
1.1. Open Mail on your iOS device;
1.2. Go to an e-mail box, in a folder (Reception, Drafts, Sent, etc. or a custom folder);
1.3. Press on Edit, top right ;
1.4. Tap each email you want to select;
1.5. Type Basket, at the bottom right.
Your entire selection will then be moved to the Trash.
Method 2: Select all to mark everything as read
All Mark as read or all of it flag are the only 2 options where it is simple, in one click, to select everything.
2.1. Open Mail on your iOS device;
2.2. Go to the folder of an e-mail box;
2.3. Press on Edit, top right ;
2.4. Press on Mark all, at the bottom right ;
2.5. Type Mark as read or Flag.
Method 3: Move everything to the Trash to delete everything
To move everything in the Trash, you will have to… use strategy! It is not complicated, but it is not a clearly defined option. You will need 2 fingers.
3.1. Open Mail on your iOS device;
3.2. Go to the folder of an e-mail box;
3.3. Press on Edit, top right ;
3.4. Tap one (and only one) email to select it;
3.5. Keep pressed Move ;
3.6.Without letting go Move , press the selected email again;
3.7. Let go of everything;
3.8. The list of folders appears, touch Basketto delete all emails from the folder.
Between step 3.7 and 3.8 it can take time depending on your device and the number of emails in the folder. It can be instant (or almost). But if you have a device that is not very recent or if you ask to move more than 30,000 e-mails, you may believe that your iPhone is crashing (the touchscreen no longer works). To be sure that this is not a bug, check at the top right that the loading icon is spinning.
With iOS 13, Mail will undergo a big update, do you think this functionality will come back?