How to Archive Emails on iPhone 13 Mail | Hiding Email Messages

Need help removing emails from the iPhone Mail inbox without having to delete them? If so then you can use the iOS archive function to send these emails to the archive folder. Read on to learn how to archive emails on iPhone 13 Mail (iOS 15).

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Archiving Emails in iOS 15

Archiving email comes in handy when tidying up a cluttered inbox without having to move the emails to the trash folder.

Archiving refers to the process of moving a message from the inbox to the archiving folder. Others would make use of this feature to remove a certain email from the inbox folder for safekeeping. 

The point of archiving is to give you a specific location to store emails that you no longer need to access to. This therefore helps keep your inbox clean while keeping all attachments and other embedded files safe.

In prior iOS devices, archived messages in the stock Mail app are sent straight to the Archived folder. But that has changed with the iOS 15 update. Now, archived messages in the iOS Mail are already sent straight to the All Mail or archive mailbox folder.

If you’re new to the iOS platform and need some input on how to archive messages as well as retrieve (unarchive) an email message on the iPhone 13 Mail app, I’ve laid out a step by step guide for you to refer to.

Easy Steps to Archive Emails on iPhone 13 Mail app

The following steps are also applicable when archiving email messages on other iPhones running on the latest iOS version (iOS 15 or later). 

However, there may be some slight variations on the actual interface as screens and menu items vary between device models and service providers.

Just follow these steps whenever you’re all set to begin.
Step 1: Tap the Mail icon from the Home screen to open the Mail app.
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Step 2: If you’re routed straight to Mailboxes, tap Inbox. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
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Step 3: To archive individual email messages, swipe left on the message then tap the Archive icon.
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Step 4: To archive multiple email messages, tap Edit from the Inbox menu. Edit mode will then be activated for the Mail app’s inbox. This means that you can now edit any of the email messages or screen items.

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Step 5: Select the messages by tapping to mark the radio button before them. 

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Step 6: After selecting all the email messages that you’d like to archive or remove from the Inbox, tap Archive at the bottom.

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Step 7: The selected email(s) will then disappear from the Inbox folder and be transferred to your email account’s All Mail folder.

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To archive other emails, just repeat the same steps.

Archived messages remain in the All Mail folder until you send them to trash or delete them permanently.

Retrieving Archived Email Messages in iOS 15 Mail

As mentioned earlier, all archived messages in iOS 15 are directly moved to the All Mail folder. Thus, that is where you should go if ever you would want to retrieve any of your archived emails. 

To make it simpler, I’ve summed up the steps as follows:

  • Open the Mail app.
  • Select Mailboxes and head over to the All Mail folder. There you will see all emails received on your account including the ones you’ve previously archived.
  • Find the archived message that you’d like to retrieve. 
  • Once you found the message, swipe left on its preview and then tap the More icon. 
  • Select the option to Move Message from the pop-up menu. 
  • On the succeeding window, select the folder that you’d like the archived message to move to. Just tap on the desired folder and the archived messages will then be transferred.

If you’re using a Gmail account, archived messages can also be retrieved using Gmail’s search function. Any of the archived messages can therefore be returned to your inbox, if needed.

Having Trouble Archiving Emails?

If by any chance you will encounter an error when attempting to archive or retrieve archived emails, just reboot your iPhone to clear out any errant cache that might have caused conflicts with the Mail app. Also ensure that you’ve signed into the correct email account on the Mail app. Furthermore, ensure that your iPhone has a stable internet connection.

Keeping the iPhone software updated is also recommended to ensure optimum performing among iOS apps and services.

And that’s all about archiving emails on the iPhone 13 (iOS 15) Mail app.

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