Quickly Delete an Email Account from Your iPhone

What To Know

  • To remove an email account: Settings > Mail > Accounts > choose email account > Delete Account > Delete from My iPhone. 
  • You can remove any email account, including Outlook or Gmail.
  • Deleting a synced email account removes all associated emails and folders from your device, but they remain on the server. 

Is your Mail app cluttered with inactive email accounts? If so, you can easily remove the email account from your iPhone. Unsyncing an email is a straightforward process, and the steps are the same whether you're deleting a Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook email account. Below, we'll cover how to remove an email account from your iPhone.

How to Remove an Email Account on iPhone or iPad

For more great iPhone tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. The steps below will work for the iPhone 5s and later models. If you're not sure what iPhone you have, we've got you covered! Now, here's how to remove an email account:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

    tap iphone or ipad settings app
  2. Tap Mail in your list of apps.

    tap mail in ipad or iphone settings
  3. Tap Accounts to view a list of your synced email accounts.

    tap accounts to see all email accounts synced with iphone mail app
  4. Tap the email account you want to delete or unsync from your iPhone's Mail app. In this case, I'm deleting my Gmail account.

    tap the email account you want to delete from iphone
  5. If you want to remove this email account from your Mail app, but keep the Contacts, Calendars, or Notes data associated with this account, tap the Mail toggle to disable it. (The toggle will be gray when disabled.)

    Tap the toggle next to Mail to remove this email from your Mail app.
  6. Tap Delete Account if you want to remove the email account and all associated data. 

    tap delete account to delete the email account
  7. Tap Delete from My iPhone or Delete Account to confirm.

    tap delete from my iphone to remove email from iphone

That's it! Now you'll have one fewer email account synced with your iPhone Mail app. If you change your mind about deleting an email account, learn how to add an email account to your iPhone, so you can get it back in your Mail app.

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Note: If you want to view emails from this account after you remove it from your device, just log into your email account on a browser. Your emails will still be stored on the server.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.