How to Avoid Accidentally Deleting Mail on iPhone

We’ve all been there: we get swipe happy while checking our email and accidentally delete an email we needed to read. Shake to undo on the iPhone is helpful in this situation, but if you’re chronically deleting emails you needed to read, consider turning on a feature that asks you if you’re sure you want to delete an email before it’s deleted. You can turn this feature on in Settings on the iPhone. Here’s how to avoid accidentally deleting mail with iOS 11 on iPhone.

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How to Avoid Accidentally Deleting Mail

  • Open Settings.

  • Tap Mail.

  • Under Messages, toggle on Ask Before Deleting.

  • Now, when you go to delete an email, your iPhone will create a pop-up message asking if you’re sure.

Confirm Delete and the message will still be deleted. And there will be no more accidentally deleting emails you need.

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