I have had people ask why they can’t delete their Gmail e-mail when they know they had been able to in the past. Instead, all you are allowed to do is archive the e-mail. Having experienced this myself, I can tell them just what to do. I have noticed that this most often happens after upgrading the iOS. This recently happened after I installed iOS 4.2 beta on my iPad. This can happen on your iPhone or iPod Touch too. Of course, sometimes it is caused by accidentally bumping of the setting switch.

So here are some screen shots to walk you through the settings so your e-mail can be deleted instead of being archived.

Notice that when the edit button is pressed, there is only an Archive or Move button at the bottom.

Notice if an e-mail is selected, instead of a trash can icon on the top right there is only a archive box.

To correct this concern, select the “Settings Icon” from the Spring Board. Once the Settings appear, select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and then select your “Gmail” account. At this point you will see a dialog box open with your different options. You will see an option of “Archive Messages”. Switch this off.

As you can see, on a selected e-mail, there is now a trash can on the top bar (or you can swipe and select delete).

Also, if you have selected edit for doing multiple e-mails at once, there is now a “Delete” or “Move” button.

Now that wasn’t hard was it?