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Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by doris ganton, Jul 17, 2015.
how can I delete the entire sent folder at once on my iPad 3 ?
Hi Doris - you're unlikely to receive a response until you explain your situation better, i.e. you are using an iPad 3 as above - what iOS is installed? Are you talking about the stock Mail App on the iPad? What email accounts do you have setup on the iPad? What 'sent folder' are you referring to? May just get potential posters started? Dave
Oops. These threads need to be merged. (for a moderator todo, hopefully)
The answer is that there is no good way to delete all emails in the Sent folder at once. I believe there is a trick that works (or used to) but I don't remember the method. With luck someone will wander by who remembers.
Depending on your account type, the best way is to use the provider's app (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) which usually has this extra feature; or to go to the website version of your email and do it there.
The good news is that for most account types the iPad does not store an infinite list of your sent emails. Instead it keeps the most recent emails on the iPad, but the older ones will only be on the server; only downloaded onto the iPad again if you scroll back in history or do a search.
It is possible to remove all emails in the Sent folder of the stock email app at once, and no trick is necessary to do that.
Open the "Sent" folder of one of your accounts on your iPad, tap "Edit":
At the bottom, "Delete All" will appear. Tap it to remove all the emails in that folder.
Hope that helps.
On my iPad Air 2 running iOS 8.4 there is no Delete All option, it seems that I have to mark them individually and then trash them. This may be due to having more than one email account set up on my iPad, though.
Sorry, my iPad Air's software is iOS 9 public beta. I've just checked on my iPhone, and it's not possible yet.
This should be the right procedure:
In the Sent folder of an account, tap "Edit":
It will look somehow like this:
Checkmark the very first email. Then tap "Move", and don't lift your finger:
While holding "Move", uncheckmark the email you've checkmarked before.
Now let go of the "Move" button. The next thing you'll find is something like this:
Select "Trash" to move all of the emails in the Sent folder there.
It worked on my iPhone, so it should also work on an iPad running iOS 8.4.
Hope that helps.
Thanks, but.......somehow it deleted all my inbox as well. Can't find the sent file that should be in trash either. Very strange.
Oh, nice feature for iOS 9! Looking forward to it. Thanks, Johanna