iPhone – How to Delete Email Instead of Archive

In the native Mail app on your iPhone you may have notice that if you swipe a message left it is Archived. If you have a Gmail account this means that the message is moved out of your Inbox into the All Mail folder, which I bet you never look at. The effect is the Archived mail never disappears, it just goes to live somewhere else.

If you truly want the option to delete email, this is how you change the swipe option:

  1. Go to Settings

    Mail, Contacts, Calendars

    .

  2. Select the Gmail account in question.

  3. Select Account

    Advanced

    .

  4. In the second section called “Move Discarded messages into” change Archive Mailbox toDeleted Mailbox

    .

    The messages will then be deleted instead of archived.

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