Why does my iPhone Gmail say archive instead of delete?

Apple has added support for Gmail's archive feature with iOS 4. When swiping across a message you wish to delete, the red button that appears says archive instead of delete.

To disable Gmail archiving for an account, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars
2. Select the Gmail account you want to change from archive to delete
3. Touch Archive Messages -> OFF

Now the delete behavior you were used to with iPhone OS 3.x is restored. For those that want to archive their Gmail, the archived messages are hidden from your Inbox. Archived messages can be found in the All Mail folder of your Gmail account.

I tried this and it did not change to delete even with archive turned off. Any other fixes?

I would try again. I just did it on my phone and it worked

it only partially works. turning 'archive off' changes swiping from archive to delete but if you want to delete multiple messages or threads using the 'edit' button -like i do every morning- you still only get 'archive' as an option sucktastic.

What am I doing wrong I can't seem to get to the app to delete my archived msg

You have to check the deleted messages option that is above the archive option, and then go back one screen and it will show the the "done" button in the upper right corner, press that and your 'archive' button should be no more.

My phone does but where on iPad, I don't see the references for unchecking archive.

This worked!! Thank you!


Did you go 2 screens back press a button that says, "Done" ? This worked for me!

Omg thank you so very much for your post!

I'm not a Mac idiot but this has been driving me craaaaazy for like 1 month. I ignored it- as I was on vacation and just kept archiving anything that showed up on my iPhone.

Thank you.

Great things you’ve always shared with us. Just keep writing this kind of posts.The time which was wasted in traveling for tuition now it can be used for studies.Thanks
צלם חתונות
צילום אירועים

Or it could be used to grammar check your Israeli Hebrew to broken-English translator....

Or it could be used to grammar check your Israeli Hebrew to broken-English translator....


my iphone battery is going out quickly and i have noticed when this started to happen my email also started having problems. It looks like my email is always trying to send an email but it never sends so it keeps trying over and over. Have any solution?

yeah your sent items folder or your outbox might be full. also i have vrzn iphone and i have delete when i press edit and can select multiple messages to delete. i wonder why the posts above they can delete single items, but not multiple?

I just noticed this. I have gmail set as an Exchange account. When I use the iOS mail app, a swipe shows Delete not Archive like you see when using the gmail app. But the "Delete" is actually archiving the mail. I tested and verified. Not what I want at all.

When I look at my gmail account I don't see an option to turn off Archiving in my gmail Exchange setup. I prefer to use the built in iOS mail app as I've noticed lots of emails that don't display properly through the gmail app.

So any way around this in my situation?

I have the same issue and I have tested/verified this as well. Any update on the issue yet? Opening the email and using the delete icon yields the same result as swipe to delete.

Thank you for pointing this out. I have been messing with Gmail's settings but didn't think that this was due to iPhone settings.

I just hit "EDIT" and move the email to the "TRASH" folder.

Great. Thanks. I always wondered why it did that on some emails.

Thanks for this. The archiving was getting rather annoying.

Having a bad day at the office? Are there thoughts ravaging your mind that you desperately need answers? Have you dropped the questions believing that you cannot find the answers? Here’s your chance. Ask the saint. Ask The Saint

Thxs so useful!!

there is no "archive" button in my settings on my iphone 5

Mine neither

My phone also doesn't have the archive off button in settings. There is nothing that mentions archive at all, across all my settings. I have the latest iPhone and iOS.

You need to go into advanced dude.


You can change this settings in the Settings app for Gmail if you want to move discarded messages to the deleted mailbox (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > [Account name] > Account > Advanced – Deleted Mailbox/Archived Mailbox under Move Discarded Messages Into: section).

I used this to help a family member in setting up iphone. Thanks.

I used this to help a family member in setting up iphone. Thanks.