How to Empty Trash on iPhone (12 included)

Having the habit to empty trash on iPhone is always useful. Just like Recycle Bin on Windows and Trash on Mac, there are also this kind of apps on iPhone that recycle files you deleted. You need to remove these trash files to free up space and avoid the iPhone storage almost full warning.

Here comes the question, how to empty iPhone trash?

In this post, we will show you how to empty trash on iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4, etc. running in iOS 18/17/16/15/14/13. You can take this guide to get rid of unwanted iPhone trash easily.

Empty Trash on iPhone

Part 1: How to empty trash on iPhone Mail

You may have many email accounts attached to your iPhone, allowing you to check all your email addresses on the go. The deleted mails and spam will take more and more memory in trash folder. Empty iPhone trash in mail is easy, and you should follow the next steps to clear mail trash periodically.

Empty Trash on iPhone Mail
Step 1:
Unlock iPhone and open the "Mail" app. Tap the email account you want to empty the trash.
Step 2:
Tap "Trash" to enter the "Trash" interface.
Step 3:
Tap the "Edit" button on the top-right corner and then tap the "Delete All" option to delete all the mails in the trash folder. You can also go to the "Junk" folder to remove all junk mails with this method.

Part 2: How to empty Trash on iPhone Photos

To empty trash on iPhone Photos app, you should take the following guide.

Empty Trash on iPhone Photos
Step 1:
Unlock iPhone and open the "Photos" application.
Step 2:
Tap on "Album" and then scroll down to the "Recently Deleted" folder.
Step 3:
Tap "Select" > "Delete All" > "Delete X Items" to confirm the operation to empty trash on iPhone Photo.

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Part 3: How to empty Trash on iPhone Notes

Similar to the Mail and Photos app, there is also a "Recently Deleted" function in Notes app. Once you delete notes, you can access in the "Recently Deleted" folder. To empty trash on iPhone Notes, do the following:

Empty Trash on iPhone Notes
Step 1:
Unlock iPhone and open the "Notes" app.
Step 2:
Find and enter the "Recently Deleted" folder.
Step 3:
Tap "Delete All" to empty trash on iPhone Notes app.

Note: For some iOS versions, you may not find the "Recently Deleted" folder on iPhone Notes.

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Part 4: How to empty all trash on iPhone completely

With the methods above, you can easily empty trash on iPhone Mail, Photos and Notes. But if you want to remove all unnecessary iPhone trash files or clear different kinds of trash separately, you need to rely on the professional iPhone Trash Eraser. First, you can free download and install it on your computer.




  • Erase various content and settings permanently and thoroughly.
  • Clear trash from text contents, like Contacts, Text Messages/iMessages, Call history, Calendar, etc.
  • Empty trash from media files like Music, Videos, Photos, TV Shows, Voice Memos, App, etc.
  • Selectively clean up unnecessary files to free up your iPhone storage space.
  • Support iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4, iPad Pro/Air/mini, etc.
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Step 1:
Launch iPhone Trash Eraser
Launch iPhone Trash Eraser

After downloading, install and run this powerful iPhone Trash Eraser on your computer. Connect your iOS device to it with USB cable.

Step 2:
Choose devices and erase level
Choose Erasing level

Once iPhone is connected to computer, choose your device and the erasing level (Low, Middle and High level). Then, click the "Start" button in the right side in the interface to empty all trash on iPhone completely.

Step 3:
Empty all trash on iPhone
Comfirm Erasing All Data

Then, enter 0000 to confirm the erasing operation. Finally, click the Erase button to erase all data on your device.

After a while, all the unwanted trash files on iPhone will be removed permanently.

Part 5. FAQs of Emptying Trash on iPhone

How to delete trash on iPhone Photos?

Open Photos and tap All Photos, then tap Select. Tap multiple photos, or slide your finger across multiple photos to select more than one. Tap the Trash button, then confirm to delete the items.

How do I empty Gmail trash on iPhone?

On your iPhone, open the Gmail app . In the top left, tap Menu .Tap Trash, then Empty Trash now.

Is there a trash folder on iPhone?

There is no Recycle Bin nor Trash folder on iPhone.


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