My Mail App Icon Disappeared from My iPhone Home Screen. How Do I Get It Back? (iOS 12)

My Email Inbox Has Disappeared on My iPhone. How Do I Get It Back?

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Hey Sarah, 

My Mail icon is gone! How do I reinstall the Mail App?


Inbox Zero

Dear Zero,

You're not the only iOS user who has reported that their iPhone mail icon has disappeared. The ability to delete stock apps from iOS devices is probably the reason your email icon is gone. Most likely, you somehow activated the delete feature and accidentally deleted Mail app. Here’s how to get the mail app back on iPhone. And how to reinstall other stock apps you may have accidentally deleted.

To reinstall the Mail app:

  • Open the App Store app.
  • Tap the search icon.

  • Type Mail in the search field.
  • Locate the missing Mail app icon and tap the cloud icon next to it to download.

Additionally, you may need to:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Passwords & Accounts

  • Scroll down Accounts to a mail account you want to use and tap on it.
  • Toggle the Mail setting to the on position and then return to Accounts.
  • Repeat for each account you want to use.

Hey Sarah,

I inadvertently deleted the All Inboxes mailbox on my iPhone! I tried to restore it with your featured article How to Reset iPhone Network Settings, but that didn't put my email inbox back. Is it gone forever? (It wasn't in Trash or Junk either.)

I hope you have a solution.


Inbox Out

Dear Out,

Don't panic! Your All Inboxes mailbox isn't gone forever. It's likely it was just accidentally disabled, not deleted. Here's how to fix it:

  • Open the Mail app.
  • Go to the Mailboxes view. 
  • Tap Edit. 

  • You should see a list of inboxes, including All Inboxes. Tap the circle next to All Inboxes to enable it. Enabled inboxes have a blue circle next to them.

  • Tap Done in the upper right corner. This should restore your inbox.

Let me know if this works!

Yes! It did work. Thanks so much! So happy to have my email inbox back!


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.