Deleting old e-mails from new ipad mini setup

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  1. newminiipadowner

    newminiipadowner iPF Noob

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    I can't believe there is not a way to delete bulk old e-mails that were transferred from my aol old mail account that now show up in my ipad inbox without going through and selection each one. My old asus netbook at least had a way of deleting all!
     
  2. J. A.

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    Hi, welcome to iPF!

    It is possible to remove all emails at once from the Inbox.

    First, open your Inbox, tap "Edit" - "Mark All" - "Mark as read". That done. Select "Edit" again. Now check mark the first email. Tap and hold "Move" at the bottom. Unselect the check marked email, then lift your finger from "Move". You may need to wait a little, until you'll see all your emails, like this:
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    Then select Trash at the left.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Stupid POP3 accounts. This is often the result of adding a POP3 account to a new device, or deleting and re-adding it to a device.. It, the server, has no way of knowing what emails left on the server are new, so it gives them all to you again.

    Anyway, if your provider has a webmail site, try selecting and deleting old emails there. Even the trash, if you are certain you don't need anything that is in it.

    And if they offer an IMAP or Exchange server, switch.

    That's not to excuse Apple from the lack of a select all/delete option. It's rarely needed for the Inbox, but when it is needed it's usually a desperate need.

    The Trash and Junk folder do have a select/delete all feature.
     
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    Thank you.

    It is kind of crazy, and obviously a bug rather than a feature. How the heck did you ever discover it?
     
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    I'm good at googling. :cool: Actually, I was searching for a way to do this in iOS 7, as it was possible with iOS 6.
     
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    Must be me....now I see 1122 in my inbox but when I click on it it says "no mail"....I give up. Shouldn't be this difficult. Thanks for your trying to help. If I can't figure it out tomorrow I will take it back for a refund on Monday.
     
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    When you look at the Mail app, not opened, does it show a number, like this:
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    If it does, this is the number of unread emails. Mark them as read the way I described it in your thread.

    If you don't see this, they are already marked as read, and all you have to do is to delete them, using the method I posted above.
     
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    Yes and the number is 1,122
     
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    Is it possible to mark them as read the way I described it?

    If not: please post a screenshot of the Inbox in your thread, it will show us what we're dealing with. To post a screenshot on your iPad, press Home and Power button simultaneously and shortly. You'll hear a shutter sound, and the screenshot can be found in the photos app afterwards. To get the picture into your post, tap "Upload a file" next to "Post Reply". On the next popup, select "Choose file" and then "Choose Existing" and "Camera Roll". The picture will start loading. When it's finished, select "Full Image" or "Thumbnail".
     
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    Wow, let me work on this in the morning. Just tried to do what you said about sending a screenshot and had trouble doing it. Thanks...
     
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    No problem. If it would be easier to follow my instructions with the help of pictures, just let me know.
     
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    To twerppoet:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I rarely use Apple's Mail app so if I ignore it for more than a couple of days (as I often do) I'm left with the tedious and oh so annoying task of deleting my emails one by one. It's a little convoluted but it gets the job done. Great detective work.

    How to on YouTube:
     
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    Wrong person. Johanna is the one who came across this solution. Thanks for finding the video. Very nice.
     
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    I've tried your method for emptying my inbox, but I have so many emails (1000+) that my iPad times out while I'm waiting for the emails to change before deleting. When I open the mail app again nothing has changed other than all the emails are now marked unread. Is there a way to change this?
     

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