Changing the Swipe Options for Mail on your iPhone

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If you’re a person who likes to modify what your iPhone does when you swipe right or left in the Mail app, then you’re in luck! Though this option has been available since iOS 8, it’s not something that everyone thinks about changing when using their iPhone. It’s an easy change and you may find that it helps to speed up your mail managing experience. Follow the steps below to learn how to make changes to your swipe actions.

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Changing the Swipe Options

You will need to be in the Settings section of your iPhone, so navigate to that screen.

Step 1. In the Settings section, scroll down until you find Mail. Tap on Mail to open it.

Click on Mail in the Settings section

Step 2. Tap on Swipe Options. It will be under the Message List section.

Click on Swipe Options

Step 3. Select the swipe action that you want to modify. In the screenshots that follow you will see that the Swipe Left action is already set to Flag, and the Swipe Right action is set to Mark as Read.

Select Swipe Action to modify

Step 4. Note that the actions available to either action is not the same. Check out the screenshots below to see the available options (as of iOS 13.1.2).

Swipe Left actions
Swipe Right Actions

You will the new action checked when you select it from the list. Each change is automatically saved.

Congratulations! You now know how to make changes to the swipe actions in the Apple iOS Mail client. For more information on Apple Mail, please see our iPhone articles on the InMotion Hosting Support Center website.

Arnel Custodio Content Writer I

As a writer for InMotion Hosting, Arnel has always aimed to share helpful information and provide knowledge that will help solve problems and aid in achieving goals. He's also been active with WordPress local community groups and events since 2004.

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6 thoughts on “Changing the Swipe Options for Mail on your iPhone

  1. How do you “Move Discarded Messages Into area to the Deleted Mailbox instead of the Archived Mailbox”. This article doesn’t answer the question of how to Delete email using the swipe method. We don’t want Move or Archive, we want Delete.

    1. Hi Peter,

      You should be able to set the Move Discarded Messages Into area to the Deleted Mailbox instead of the Archived Mailbox.

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