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Updated on Mar 1, 2019. Posted on Oct 5, 2015

This Genius iPhone Trick Will Help You Clear Your Entire Inbox

And no, you don't just use "Delete All."

Hi, my name is Jess, and I have a problem.

The problem is that I have about 12,000 unread emails too many. And that's just in my personal inbox.

But then I discovered this Apple Mail swipe trick that made deleting my email seem (almost) like a game.

For some reason, the default when you left-swipe in Apple Mail is to move the message to archive instead of to the trash. But you can change that!!!!

Archive is a super-useful tool for organizing email, but it shouldn't be the DEFAULT for messages you want to get rid of quickly.

First, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Then, select the account you want to clear...

...and go to that account.

Select "Advanced."

Then, change the selection under "Move Discarded Message Into" from "Archive Mailbox" to "Deleted Mailbox"!

Now you can go through your inbox at a super-rapid, Tinder-style pace, sending all those annoying unread messages directly into the trash!

Do not go to Archive! Do not collect $200!

The new peek-and-pop 3D touch feature on the iPhone 6s is super-useful for this task.

When I wasn't sure where to send a particular email, I pressed on the subject a little harder, and it popped up with a preview instead of having to wait for the full message to load.

Accidentally delete something you wanted to keep? Just shake your phone to Undo.

To get through SO MANY emails without going numb or spraining a finger, I kept my deleting sprees to 5–10 minute batches.


Whenever I had a moment of downtime — waiting in line, standing on the subway, waiting for pasta water to boil — I would spend at least 5 but no more than 10 minutes deleting emails with a quick swipe.

It took around three days to get through all 12k emails with this five-minute method.

Go ahead, try it out!

Change your settings, then start deleting for five minutes and see how many you can get through!

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