Unread email messages in the Mail app on your iPhone are usually identified by a small blue dot to the left of the message. If you open the message and read it, then return to the inbox, that blue dot should be gone. But not every email needs to be read, and if you are trying to clear all of the unread messages from your inbox, then the prospect of doing that for each individual email can be fairly daunting.
Fortunately the Mail app in iOS 9 on your iPhone includes a quick way for you to mark every email as read on your device. Our guide below will walk you through those steps so that you can remove that red circle with the number on it and start with an inbox of messages that are all marked as read.
Here is how to mark all of your emails as read in iOS 9 –
- Open the Mail app.
- Touch the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.
- Touch the Mark All button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
- Select the Mark as Read option.
These steps are also shown below with pictures –
Step 1: Tap the Mail icon.
Step 2: Tap the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen. Note that you will need to be in your inbox already for this to work. If it says Mailboxes at the top of the screen, then you will need to select the All Inboxes option, or the specific inbox of the account containing the messages that you wish to mark as read.
Step 3: Tap the blue Mark All button at the bottom-left of the mailbox.
Step 4: Tap the Mark as Read option to complete the process. Note that it may take a minute or two to mark all of the messages as read if you had a lot of them in your inbox.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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