Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

If I'm off-line, and I send an e-mail, it stays as "unsent message".

Is there a way to cancel or delete or edit those unsent messages? (using the default e-mail app)

enter image description here

share|improve this question
Swipe and delete? Works on mine. – George Pearce Jan 4 '12 at 16:36
works on mine also. – lennard Jan 4 '12 at 22:25
@iampearce where's this option? – Tom Brito Jan 5 '12 at 17:31
Swipe left on the message and hit delete. :) – George Pearce Jan 5 '12 at 18:01
@iampearce there's no message, just a text on the bottom "1 Unsent Message". Please, see my screenshot update. – Tom Brito Jan 5 '12 at 21:44
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Go back as far as you can in the Mail view. There should be an Outbox folder.

The unsent mail will be in there.

Then you can use the "Swipe to delete method" or tap "Edit" button and delete away.

share|improve this answer
Great! I think the text about the unsent message should be a link to that Outbox. Thanks! – Tom Brito Jan 6 '12 at 13:01

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.