How to Delete Suggested Email Contacts in Mail on iPhone

One of the most convenient features of the iPhone's Mail app is its ability to autofill email addresses based on your recent activity; but what happens when friends, family, and coworkers switch accounts? Mail will keep right on suggesting the old email address, even after you've updated to the new one in your Contacts! Don't worry though; there's a way to delete outdated contact information in your Mail app so that your iPhone will start using the new, correct address every time. Let's get started learning how to get rid of the old email addresses now. 

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Related: How to Delete a Contact on the iPhone 

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To remove old contacts from the Mail app:

  • Tap on the Mail app to open it.
  • Now tap on the write new email icon at the bottom right of your display.
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  • Start typing your contact's name into the "To" field.
  • Recent contacts will appear with a lower-case i in a circle next to them; tap the i next to the old email address you'd like to remove.
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  • Now tap Remove from Recents to stop your iPhone from suggesting this email address in future.
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.