iPhone Mail: Mark All As Read

I finally fixed Mail on my iPhone.

The key to the puzzle: the ability to mark all emails as read, right in the Mail app on the iPhone.

Thanks to Suji, here’s how to do it:

  1. Select “Edit”
  2. Select one email
  3. Hold the Mark button (do not let go)
  4. Deselect the email
  5. Press the “Mark As Read” button
  6. Viola!

I verified that this worked for me on my iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1. This works on iPad as well, and seems to work in all versions of iOS 5.

This was a critical step, since the red “100” badge on my Mail app made the notification unusable.

I also did a few other tricks:

  1. Use an iCloud mail account, but only on my iPhone
  2. Customize Mail’s Notification settings in the Settings app

What tricks have you found for using Mail on the iPhone?

4 Responses to “iPhone Mail: Mark All As Read”

  1. thuy says:

    I would imagine you have a 5 digits (if not 6) on your Mail application on your iOS devices :D

  2. Jennifer says:

    thank you, thank you for this tip! I recently switched from blackberry to iphone, and it was driving me crazy that i couldn’t quickly mark all as read. This is awesome!

  3. wpillar says:

    Works on iOS 6. Thanks so much for posting it.

  4. Nigel says:

    Thanks for this! Amazing how I seem to spend so much time searching online to find ways to “trick” apple into doing the most basic things! I had over 11,000 emails and ten unread ones buried in there somewhere. Thanks for saving me hours. No thanks to Apple.

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