How to Avoid Accidentally Deleting Mail on Your iPhone

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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 starting with iOS 12 on your iPhone's Mail app.

Related: How to Change What Left and Right Swipes Do in the Mail App

To turn on Ask Before Deleting for the iOS Mail app:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap Mail.

  3. Under Messages, toggle on Ask Before Deleting.

  4. Now, when you go to delete an email, your iPhone will create a pop-up message asking if you’re sure. (Note: This tip will not work if you swipe to delete your emails.)

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

    Now you can intentionally delete emails instead of accidentally!

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