How to Mark Multiple Emails As Read in iOS 5 [iOS Tips]

How to Mark Multiple Emails As Read in iOS 5 [iOS Tips]
How to Mark Multiple Emails As Read in iOS 5 [iOS Tips]

In iOS 5 Apple implemented a handy feature that lets you mark multiple emails as read. In the stock Mail app, multiple emails can be selected and marked quickly to save you the time and hassle of having to go through each individual message one by one. 

Previously, you could only perform batch actions like this in Mail via a jailbreak tweak.

To mark multiple emails as read, navigate to the inbox you want to use in the Mail app. The action will also work in All Inboxes.

Tap Edit in the top right corner of the inbox and select all of the unread emails that you want to mark as read. Once selected, tap the Mark button in the bottom right hand corner and select the Mark as Read option. It’s that easy!

The same action will work for marking read emails as unread. You can move and archive multiple emails by selecting multiple messages as well by tapping the Edit button.

  • d_n

    And here’s how to delete all emails at once on iOS 5…

  • John Howell

    On a slightly related topic, I realized this week that if a user sends an email to me from Outlook and requests a “read receipt” and I read/open the email on my iPhone that a read receipt is automatically sent back to the user. I called Apple and they were unable to help me disable this functionality and suggested I contact Microsoft as this is something that would have to be handled within the Microsoft Exchange environment.  I think it’s ridiculous, especially since IOS5 has a feature to disable read receipts within the iMessage settings.

  • Bob

    That’s an interesting feature much easier than the mail features in previous IOS versions.

  • Erik

    How about a quick way to “Select All” emails?

  • GH

    So, This site is becoming an “iOS for dummies” book.  Can you write  post about how to use the phone.app?

  • MacGoo

    Grow up – it’s a helpful iOS hint that I was actually pretty excited by – I’ve lamented the lack of this feature since I bought my first iOS device. Don’t click articles just to troll the comments please.

  • GH

    Not trolling, grow up please. 
      This is COM, you clearly haven’t been here long enough to learn to respect posts, and point out flaws in others.

  • MacGoo

    I may have misread your intentions and thought you were trolling. It has happened before, and it will happen again. But suggesting a comment should go unchallenged and uncriticized just because it’s on this blog is ludicrous.

    I respect posts that are respectable, and challenge posts that appear to be otherwise. I point out flaws occasionally too. Those of us who are unable to take constructive criticism in stride (and into consideration) should probably avoid posting comments in the first place. I get my fair share, and try to handle it with dignity.

    Incidentally, if you have a moment go to the top of this comment thread. See the little icon next to the word “DISQUS” that looks like two people, one in front of the other? Click it. My avatar is in the “most commented” and “most liked” column. I point this out not to toot my own horn, but to show you I’ve been here a while. I know the “rules”. I try to play by them. Sorry if I offended you, but I’m not here to coddle (or be coddled by) anyone.

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