Google Productivity Pad: How to select multiple emails on an iPad

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How to select multiple emails on an iPad

Note: This post was written using iOS 6, the look of some icons might have changed and few features may have been added or moved in iOS 7 but for the most part it is the same.

Just a quick tip for email management on your iPad or iOS device. I will do a whole post on inbox zero and why it is a way to increase productivity later. But we will have a hard time achieving inbox zero from an iPad is we don't know how to select multiple emails at a time.

The reason for doing so is that you can do three things faster:

  • Move multiple emails into folders
  • Mark multiple emails as flagged or unread
  • Delete multiple emails

You have to do this all by hand if you don't know how to work with multiple emails at a time. This can be very time consuming if you deal with a high volume of email.

Here's how you do it:
Tap the edit button in your top toolbar (red arrow)

Your email list will change so that you have these options on the bottom: Delete, Move, Mark (orange box). You also now have the little select bubble (yellow arrows) next to each email.

Select all the emails you want to apply something to by tapping the bubble next to it, a check mark will appear. Then either delete, move, or mark them as you desire by tapping the corresponding button at the bottom of the screen.

There you have it, speed up your email processing, be more productive.

And remember, live better.

Apps used in this post: Mail, Skitch

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