The majority of email providers offer so much storage capacity that it’s often unnecessary to delete messages purely to save space. Instead of sending messages to the trash, Mail can be set up to archive messages. Managing emails is basically the same, but instead of deleting a message, it’s moved to a separate archive folder.

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Mail > Account
  • Tap on an email account that you would like to enable archiving on
  • Tap Advanced and change the option for “Move Discarded Messages Into:” to Archive Mailbox

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In Mail, any action that would previously delete a message now archives it within an “Archive” folder instead. If you still want to delete a message, tap and hold the Archive button when viewing a message brings up a secondary menu.

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