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Delete a card without having to archive first.

I have always been able to delete a card without having to archive first. In fact I still am able to delete without having to archive while using my phone. However, when I try with my iPad, I am required to archive first before given the option to delete. AE9A217F-9409-4499-A152-BDAFA86CF314.jpeg

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The android version is different from IOS, so there is nothing special about it, this is how it should be. On IOS this is kinda of a security step, to save your data in case that you will need, so I can always restore it. The android phones do not require this, which is an advantage for some, and disadvantages for others, depending on the situation. If you want to read some more information about how to clear space on the iPhone, you can check the guide and see in details all the steps that you have to do, easy and understandable for everyone.

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Hi @Dawn Caraway 

I think this is specific to the Android app - on the iOS apps (iPhone / iPad) you need to archive then delete like on the web browser.

This isn't a new feature either as far as I'm aware, it's been like that for quite some time.


Thanks for taking the time to answer. And I have to say that I’m surprised that more people are not complaining about this. It IS a new thing. I have always been given the option to delete or archive. My muscle memory still prompts me to delete and I don’t have the option until after archiving.  And, as seen in the picture, my phone continues to give me both options. But about 2 weeks ago, my iPad stopped giving me the option to delete until after I archive. It’s pretty frustrating. I could just archive, but, then I’d feel like old have to go in my archives periodically and delete from there. Just another unnecessary step. 


Otherwise, I love this app!!

Hi @Dawn Caraway 

Is your phone Android or OSX? My iPhone doesn't have the option to delete or archive - it follows the same deletion path as the web browser.

The intent of archive then delete is to ensure users don't accidentally delete cards - as deletion is permanent, whilst archives can be restored. I think that makes sense in a lot of cases.


Thanks again Stephen. Are you able to view the picture I included with my original post? I included it so that it would be clear what I am able to do on my phone. It is an IPhone, IOS. And you can see that there is an option to archive OR delete. Before 2 weeks ago, my ipad was the same. I did not have to archive before deleting. That changed 2 weeks ago. I realize it makes sense for some people, but I dislike the extra step. I suppose I’ll get used to it. 

And I still think its odd that it changed on my iPad, not my phone. It just occurred to me that I just upgraded to the 2020 IPad Pro from a 2018 version. So maybe that had something to do with it. 


I still love the app. Thanks for hanging in there and helping me think this through. 

Hi @Dawn Caraway 

It could be based on which iPhone / OSX you are running - or which version of Trello you have on your phone.

You can check which version you're running in case this is an older version by:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > iPhone Storage
  2. Locate Trello in the app list and click into it
  3. View the version in the top area

^ I'm using the version 2020.9.1 - if you're using an older verison, it might be delete is still available as a direct action within it, but when you update it it might not be.

It might also be worth reaching out to Trello support to see if this is specific to a version, OSX or iPhone model, just so you know for future reference. Trello support can be reached via:


That’s exactly it! I’m still running the older version on my phone. 2019.12.1. And the app must have updated to the latest version on my iPad when I got the new device. 

OK. Now I know I’m not crazy. Thanks again. 

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