How do I delete Gmail messages instead of "Archive"?

Archive email OffStarting with iOS 4, the Mail app started archiving instead of deleting Gmail messages. This can be a little confusing because it's not immediately clear where this "archive" is.

To see your archived Gmail messages:

  1. Open Mail

  2. Tap on Mailboxes on the top left of the screen

  3. Tap on All Mail under the Gmail folder to see all your messages, whether they are archived or not.

Delete Gmail messages instead of "archiving" them.

To stop archiving Gmail messages (so you can really delete them):

  1. Open Settings> Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  2. Tap on Gmail account.

  3. Swipe Archive Messages to OFF.

May-June 2011
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