The stock Mail app in iOS is one of the features of Apple’s mobile platform that is used by almost all iPhone and iPad users. There are a few pretty good alternative email clients available for iOS (like Sparrow and the official Gmail app), but none of them have the completeness and efficiency offered by the stock Mail app. However, once you take away the fact the Mail app is developed by Apple, it is a pretty minimalistic and simple one that does not have too many complicated options. While this can prove to be a good feature for most users, for anyone wishing to have a few advanced features in Mail, the app is sure to be a bit disappointing, and, at times, annoying. If you are a regular user of iOS’ Mail, you are sure to know that there is no way of selecting messages in bulk, and you have to tap each email separately if you want to move lots of them to trash or have to mark them as read. Check is a new Cydia tweak that resolves this issue, and using it, you will be able to select or deselect as many messages as you want, and that, too, with just a couple of taps.
Check can be downloaded from the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store, and the tweak won’t cost you anything at all. The whole package is just 20kB in size, and does not take away any of the existing features of the stock Mail app. So, you have absolutely nothing to lose by installing Check on your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It doesn’t require any setup or configuration as well, and everything works automatically. In order to use Check, just launch the app, go to your Inbox or any other folder in the Mail app and do the following.
- Hit the Edit button located in the top right corner.
- Once you have entered editing mode, long-press on any email thread in the folder. Once you remove your finger, you will notice that the selected mail is now flashing.
- This selected mail acts as a starting point for the portion of the folder that you want to delete. To specify the other end of the selection, scroll to the last mail you want to delete and tap it once. Check selects all the items located between the two mails, and you can delete, move or mark them with ease.
If you want to deselect items in bulk, that can be done as well, and you will have to long-press a selected item to make it flash. After that, you can define the other extreme by tapping another selected item once. Check is a free tweak, and is compatible with all iDevices running iOS 5 or later. You can grab it from the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store.