How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad

If you use a Gmail account in the stock Mail app on your iPhone or iPad, you may have noticed that whenever you try to delete an email by swiping left, you get an Archive option. If you would prefer to delete those emails in the Mail app, you can set Gmail to delete Instead of archive on your iPhone or iPad.

How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad

Learn how to set Gmail to delete instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad

  1. To set Gmail to delete instead of archive, first, launch Settings from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Mail. How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad
  3. Next, tap on Accounts to adjust the settings for the email account that is linked to the iOS Mail app. How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad
  4. Select the Gmail option under Accounts. How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad
  5. Tap on your email address next to Account. How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad
  6. Next, tap Advanced to access all the options for your Gmail account. How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad
  7. Tap on Deleted Mailbox to change the default for discarded messages. How to set Gmail to delete Instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad

Now that you have set Gmail to delete instead of archive, when you swipe left on an email to remove it, it will be moved to the Deleted Mailbox rather than the Archive Mailbox. This will stop your archived emails from appearing in the All Mail section within the Mail app.

It is important to note that this post only refers to using Gmail in the native Mail app, not the Gmail app itself. If you use Gmail’s own app on your iPhone or iPad, changing these settings will not affect the mail behavior.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to set Gmail to delete instead of archive in stock Mail app on iPhone & iPad. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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