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Thursday, August 7, 2008

TIP: iPhone Email Batch Delete

With the iPhone 2.0 upgrade you will find that Apple has added the ability for users to delete or move multiple message from your email inbox to a folder or delete them. In the original version of iPhone, you have to perform these basic functions with messages one at a time.

When you are in your email inbox and you press the Edit key in the upper right hand corner a blue/gray bar will appear across the bottom with two buttons: Delete and Move. Down the left side of the message summary, you'll see round buttons and if you press them it will place a check mark next to the message you wish to act upon. You may select consecutive messages or intermitten ones and then either press the Delete button to remove them or Move button to store them to another folder.

7 comments:

Jill Matrix said...

Genius. Thanks.

msk007 said...

Why not add a 'Select all'?

duck2011 said...

That's what it really needs, a select all. Blackberry has a 'delete previous' and you can select that and it deletes everything that was before. I get at least 50 emails a day and it's a pain to have to touch each one to select it.

David Martin agent 417 said...

I now have 980 e-mails on my i-phone and don't know how to get them off without the one-on-one edit or batch edit, which is not working. the little circle does not appear.... and several message have a file of their own with two or more messages. I am frustrated, no apps to help with this? David Martin dmartin@murney.com

Vivi said...

It drives me crazy when I have to delete one by one the e-mail messages from the iphone. I cannot keep up with it and apparently Apple has not comeup with any solution, except telling customers to get an imap account which ATT does NOT support. So I am screwed!
Does anyone have any suggestions other than checkmark them and then delete all, which you still have to checkmark one by one! DUHHH!

john h said...

I hear you bro. I just spent 30 minutes deleting email from my Bulk Mail on my iphone. If you can mass deleted mail in the trash why cannot they have the same for Bulk Mail?

dogoftheopera said...

I may be crazy, but here goes. I had over 600 gmails on my iPhone and was laboriously tapping the little circles next to each one to do what they laughingly call a "batch delete." On a whim, I went to Gmail on my desktop and deleted all my messages on the gmail server. Then when I went back to my iPhone all my emails were gone!!! I was really happy, but I'm not sure whether this is real. I'll try it again when I accumulate some more gmails. If it works, then yippee!