How to Unflag All Emails in iPhone Mail

How to Unflag All Emails in iPhone Mail

Flagged emails in the past for… well, who knows really? If you have flags on emails all around your folders, you can start fresh. Find out here how to unflag all emails fast in iPhone Mail.

First, Sticking to Its Roots

This plant is native to the European continent, and it is sticky.

Its roots in particular ooze a white sap that has been used as a glue and, sticking dutifully to mucous membranes, found to soothe sore throats longer than tea or honey.

In the 18th century, French pâtissiers developed a new, culinary use for the sap. I think you might guess what that led to when I tell you the common English name for the plant: marsh mallow.

Now, if you have green, blue, yellow, red and orange sap sticking to all kinds of emails on your iPhone, we can get that off while the s’mores are roasting:

How to Unflag All Emails in iPhone Mail

Time needed: 2 minutes

To remove all flags from all emails in an account using iOS Mail on an iPhone:

  1. Open the Flagged folder under Mailboxes in iPhone Mail.

    No “Flagged”: See below for adding the Smart Folder collecting flagged emails.

  2. Tap Edit.

  3. Slide down to the left of the messages until all are selected.

  4. Tap Mark.

  5. Select Unflag from the menu that has appeared.

    Unflagging all emails for an account in iPhone Mail

Add the “Flagged” Folder to iOS Mail

To access the Flagged folder in iPhone Mail:

  1. Go to the Mailboxes screen.
    Here’s how: Swipe in from the left in Mail until you reach the Mailboxes screen.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Check Flagged.
  4. Now tap Done.
    Making the “Flagged” folder visible in iPhone Mail

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Unflag All Emails in a Particular Folder

To remove flags only from all emails in a single folder using iPhone Mail:

  1. Go to the folder in which you want to unflag all messages.
  2. Tap the filter button in the bottom right corner.
  3. Now tap Filtered by:.
  4. Select Flagged under INCLUDE.
    Only “Flagged”: Only select Flagged to see all flagged emails.
    Filtering for flagged emails in iPhone Mail
  5. Tap Done.
  6. Now tap Edit.
  7. Use your finger to select all visible emails.
  8. Select Mark.
  9. Choose Unflag.
    Still there: Mail will keep the messages visible under ti Flagged filter for the time, but the flags have been removed.
  10. Tap the filtering button again to return to seeing all messages in the folder.

How to Unflag All Emails in iPhone Mail: FAQ

Does “Flagged” collect emails across folders?


Under Flagged, you will find collected flagged emails from all an account’s folders.

(How to unflag all emails in iPhone Mail tested with iOS 17; first published May 2024)

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