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This Genius iPhone Trick Will Help You Clear Your Entire Inbox

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

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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.


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.

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!