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

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

The nice thing about owning an iOS device is that it provides many opportunities to personalize your experience. The Mail app is no exception. Your default settings for left and right swipes in the Mail app let you quickly Flag, Trash, Reply, Forward, Mark as Unread, Move to Junk, Move Message, and Notify Me with the left swipe, or simply Mark as Unread with the right swipe.

If you’d like to change the swipe settings, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Swipe Options.

A screen will appear that shows you the current settings. 


Tap Swipe Left to change the setting to None. Tap Swipe Right to offer Trash as an action for those accounts that include Archive as a default action for swiping left. 



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