How To Qucikly Delete Gmail Messages In iOS 7 Mail App

Despite the myriad of changes that have come to the iPhone with iOS 7, the stock Mail app hasn’t undergone a major overhaul. Admittedly, there are a few UI changes, but no big features have been added or taken away. There is a minor change though, but since email plays such an important role in our daily life, this seemingly insignificant alteration has been bothering a lot of users. If you are a Gmail user but have so far avoided the official Gmail app for iOS, you have likely encountered the ‘Archive’ button that shows up in Mail every time you try to delete a message. Things were this way in iOS 6 as well, but in the previous version of the OS, it was quite easy to change this setting. iOS 7 has buried the option deep inside the Settings app, so you might not be able to discover it straight away, and that’s what we’re going to help you with.

Method For Individual Messages

iOS 7 Long-press Archive
Not a lot of people know this, but you can easily use the archive icon inside mails to trash messages. This option has been around in the Mail app since iOS 6, and works on all services that support archiving. To call it into action, open a message from an account that prefers archiving over deletion. In the bottom bar, you’ll see a box icon. Long-press it and a menu will appear with the ‘Trash Message’ option in it, which lets you easily delete the current mail.

Method To Batch Delete

iOS 7 Discarded Settings iOS 7 TRash iOS 7 Bulk Delete


While the first method is sufficient for most situations, you can’t delete a lot of messages in bulk with it. To do this, you have to replace the ‘Archive’ option with the ‘Trash’ one for good. Do the following to accomplish this.

  1. Launch the stock Settings app.
  2. Tap the ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’ option.
  3. Enter the Gmail section of this menu. It might be named anything, depending upon what you chose as its display name when setting up the Mail app.
  4. Tap ‘Account’ and scroll to the bottom of the screen.
  5. You’ll see a submenu labeled ‘Advanced’ here; tap it.
  6. Inside Gmail’s advanced settings, check the ‘Deleted Mailbox’ option located under the ‘Move discarded messages into’ heading.
  7. Go to the previous screen and hit the ‘Done’ button in the top-right corner.

From now onward, you will see ‘Trash’ instead of Archive whenever you swipe across a message. Entering edit mode and selecting multiple emails will also bring up the trash option in the bottom-right corner.

For more useful iOS 7 tidbits, read our posts on the update’s lesser known features and a compilation of useful iOS 7 tips and tricks.

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