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How to mark all your emails as Read on iPhone, iPad and Mac


Nobody reads all of their emails. We use our email address for a lot of reasons. One of the most common uses of our email address is to subscribe to any email newsletters or mailing lists. That is fine to an extent. In most cases, we care about those emails for a couple of weeks to a month. Then we lose our interest over them.

Yet, those emails keep on coming. Also, you might receive emails regarding sales, coupons, promotions etc. which you might not look into. At the same time, there are other emails which we don't open as we come to know the gist of it by just looking at the preview on the notification bar. Over time, these unread emails start to gather dust in our inbox.

At some point, we need to tidy up our inbox. Luckily, there’s good news if you are a user of an iPhone, iPad or a Mac. Because there is an easy way to mark all of the unread emails as read on both iOS and Mac. You can actually implement this within just a minute.

We will be sharing the method in a step by step manner down below. So, let’s begin…


For iOS users:

  • Open the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap on the ‘Edit’ button form the top right corner of the screen
  • Next, tap on the ‘Mark All’ button from the bottom left corner of the screen
  • In doing so, a pop-up menu will appear. Tap on the ‘Mark as Read’ button from the popup menu
  • That is all. All of your emails on your iPhone or iPad will be marked as read instantly

Now let’s learn how to do it on Mac.


For Mac users:

  • Launch the Mail app on your Mac
  • Now, click on the ‘Inbox’ option from the left sidebar (if you want to mark all the incoming emails as read). You can also click any other mailboxes (VIPs, Drafts, Sent etc.) from the left sidebar
  • Then click on the ‘Mailbox’ option from the top menu bar and a sub-menu will appear
  • And finally, click on the ‘Mark All Messages as Read’ option from the sub-menu
  • That’s it



  • Depending on the version of the OS (Operating System) of your iPhone or iPad, the ‘Mark All’ option might not be available on your device. However, it will be available on Mac. So, you can mark the emails as read from a Mac if you have to. That change will reflect on any other devices (if you use that same email account on all those devices)


Last Words:

If you have read the tutorial above, you should know how to mark all of your emails as ‘Read’ on your iPhone, iPad or even Mac. We tried to describe the methods as simple as possible. So, from now on, you won’t have any problem to declutter your inbox.

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