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How to Delete a Folder in iPhone Mail

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A folder, at its time, is the most useful thing to have. It keeps close mail that belongs together. What if you no longer need to have the emails separate from others, or when you no longer need the emails themselves?

Fortunately, deleting folders is just as straight-forwardly accomplished a task in iPhone Mail as was setting them up and works both locally and with IMAP and Exchange accounts.

Delete a Folder in iPhone Mail

To delete an email folder in iPhone Mail:

  • Go to the Mailboxes list of the account from which you want to delete a folder.
  • Open the folder you are going to delete.
  • Make sure the folder contains no emails you want to keep.
    Move any messages you want to retain to a different folder, possibly one created for the occasion.
  • Go back to the Mailboxes list.
  • Tap Edit in the top right.
  • Now tap the folder you want to remove.
    • Standard folders — your inbox, say, the trash or, for some accounts, the archiving folder — cannot be deleted.
  • Select Delete Mailbox.
  • Tap Delete Mailbox again.
    • Note that iPhone Mail will delete the folder including all its contents; the messages will not be moved to the Trash folder but disappear immediately.
  • Tap Done.

(Updated October 2011)

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