How to Delete All Mail on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Delete All Mail on Mac

If you are looking to clean up your Mac’s mailbox and want to delete all the emails in one go, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps required to delete all mail on your Mac using the built-in Mail app.

Step 1: Open the Mail App

To get started, locate and open the Mail app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or use Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space and typing “Mail”.

Step 2: Select All Emails

Once you have the Mail app open, click on the mailbox from which you want to delete all emails. For example, if you want to delete all emails from your Inbox, click on “Inbox” in the sidebar.

To select all emails in that mailbox, press Command + A or navigate to Edit > Select All from the menu bar.

Step 3: Move Emails to Trash

With all emails selected, right-click anywhere within the selected area and choose “Move To” from the context menu. Then select “Trash” from the submenu.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + Delete as an alternative way to move selected emails directly to Trash.


If you have multiple email accounts set up in Mail app,

  • All mailboxes: This option will delete all emails across all accounts.
  • This mailbox: This option will only delete emails within a specific mailbox of a selected account.
  • This conversation: This option will delete all emails in a particular conversation thread.

Step 4: Empty Trash

After moving all the emails to Trash, it’s important to empty the Trash folder to permanently delete them from your Mac.

To do this, right-click on the Trash folder in the sidebar and choose “Erase Deleted Items” from the context menu. Confirm the action when prompted.


Be cautious when emptying the Trash as deleted emails cannot be recovered.


Congratulations! You have successfully deleted all mail on your Mac using the Mail app. Regularly clearing out your mailbox can help improve performance and keep your email organized.

Remember: Always double-check before deleting emails permanently, as recovery may not be possible.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to ask!

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