Mail: Swipe to Archive instead of Delete?

wildonrio

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I don't ever delete mail because it's pointless. I will never understand people who delete emails.

Mail on the iPhone lets you choose whether swiping a message will delete or archive it. Mail on Apple Watch seems to only offer the Delete option. I scoured the settings and couldn't find one that lets you swipe to archive. If anyone has found the setting, let me know!

EDIT: Solved! Thank you, bizzy045.

Thats the standard mail app on the watch..for archive to show up you need to set up archive instead of delete on your iPhone mail settings. Choose the mail account, the click on the account, then advanced...change the move discarded messages into "Archive Mailbox" then hit the <Account on the top left, and hit done. Now, when you go to your watch, and go to an email thats from this account, it will say archive when you swipe.
 
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wildonrio

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I always delete emails of no value like I won 10 billion dollars from Nigeria. There are times I want to delete after reporting a spam. I guess you will never understand me.
Those are 0.1% of my emails. And yes those are fine to delete, but you accomplish nothing by doing it. Just archive it into your 100GB of space or whatever they offer these days. Who knows, maybe one day you want to see how many of those emails you've gotten.
 

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Those are 0.1% of my emails. And yes those are fine to delete, but you accomplish nothing by doing it. Just archive it into your 100GB of space or whatever they offer these days. Who knows, maybe one day you want to see how many of those emails you've gotten.
Please. I have no reason so see how I won anything from Nigeria or how some girl from Russia wants to meet me. You may have more free time than me but I would never go and read these emails.

We all have choices so I choose to delete and you choose to save it for future use. Not me.
 
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dhlizard

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Please explain why. What do you accomplish by doing that? And do you honestly never think "Oh shoot, it would be nice if I still had access to that email"?
Once I read the "dribble" that is contained in most emails (too many people in today's world are infected with the "over-share" bug), I have it committed to memory and no longer need it. If it is vital to store it, then I will archive it or if it contains several points I need to follow up on.
Just what I prefer.
 

Glene

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I love people wHo issue orders to the masses...I'm retired and no longer get important emails...I delete 99 pct of mine and sleep fine doing that.
 
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LewisChapman

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I don't ever delete mail because it's pointless. I will never understand people who delete emails.

Mail on the iPhone lets you choose whether swiping a message will delete or archive it. Mail on Apple Watch seems to only offer the Delete option. I scoured the settings and couldn't find one that lets you swipe to archive. If anyone has found the setting, let me know!
I agree with your comment on not understanding people who delete emails. I once had a flatmate that was the 'lead tenant' for our flat, meaning he received all communication from the tenant and housing agency. Towards the end of the tenancy we were tying everything up with the terms and ensuring the finish date was what we thought it was. It turned out that he had been deleting all the emails he had read. :oops:

I love people wHo issue orders to the masses...I'm retired and no longer get important emails...I delete 99 pct of mine and sleep fine doing that.
I can appreciate the gentlemen who has retired and no longer receives important emails and so they are deleted but at the same time what space does this form of communication really take up!

Sometimes I think that maybe somebody is sat somewhere in Nigeria right now with hundreds of millions of dollars just really confused as to why nobody wants free money.
 

bizzy045

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Is that using the standard watch Mail app, or a third party app? If it's the standard Mail app, could you screen shot your settings?
Thats the standard mail app on the watch..for archive to show up you need to set up archive instead of delete on your iPhone mail settings. Choose the mail account, the click on the account, then advanced...change the move discarded messages into "Archive Mailbox" then hit the <Account on the top left, and hit done. Now, when you go to your watch, and go to an email thats from this account, it will say archive when you swipe.
 

wildonrio

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Thats the standard mail app on the watch..for archive to show up you need to set up archive instead of delete on your iPhone mail settings. Choose the mail account, the click on the account, then advanced...change the move discarded messages into "Archive Mailbox" then hit the <Account on the top left, and hit done. Now, when you go to your watch, and go to an email thats from this account, it will say archive when you swipe.
You, sir, are a genius. I had recently switched those so on my phone I could swipe right to archive instead of swiping left. But I guess that forced delete on the watch. Confusing settings. Thanks!
 

wildonrio

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I love people wHo issue orders to the masses...I'm retired and no longer get important emails...I delete 99 pct of mine and sleep fine doing that.
No order was issued. I am simply stating my confusion, and offering advice. Emails take up no space. Just save them all in archive, really. There's an archive button at the top of Gmail. It's as if it's deleted, but you can search it later on.
 

wildonrio

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I agree with your comment on not understanding people who delete emails. I once had a flatmate that was the 'lead tenant' for our flat, meaning he received all communication from the tenant and housing agency. Towards the end of the tenancy we were tying everything up with the terms and ensuring the finish date was what we thought it was. It turned out that he had been deleting all the emails he had read.
Thank you for understanding me! I feel like I'm getting thrown to the dogs here for even suggesting to not delete your 75KB emails when you have 15GB of free space. The space is free; use it.