My Mail App Icon Disappeared from My iPhone Home Screen. How Do I Get It Back? (iOS 13 & 14)

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

Need iPad and iPhone help? Sign up for iPhone Life Insider and one of our editors will personally help you with all of your iPhone troubleshooting and iOS-related issues. Here’s a question from an Insider who has an app icon missing: they somehow made their Mail app icon disappear from their iPhone. Plus I've got some bonus advice for anyone whose All Inboxes inbox has vanished from their Mail app. If your Mail app icon is missing on your iPhone, or if you can't find All Inboxes in the Mail app, then keep reading.

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Mail App Icon Missing on iPhone

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 (or that another built-in app is missing). The ability to delete stock apps from iOS devices is probably the reason your Mail app icon disappeared from your iPhone. Most likely, you somehow activated the delete feature and accidentally deleted the Mail app. Here’s how to get the mail app back on your iPhone, and how to reinstall other stock apps you may have accidentally deleted.

How To Reinstall the Mail App:

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap the search icon at the bottom of the screen.

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


This works with any built-in app that goes missing from your phone. If you find these tips about apps helpful, you may want to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter to stay in-the-know on updates for the new iOS and features.

How to Retrieve Mail from a Previously Inactive Email on iPhone

Another thing to keep in mind is that once you're retrieved your iPhone Mail app, you may need to reactivate the applicable email account in your Settings in order to get your email inbox back to the way it was. Here's how:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Passwords & Accounts.
  3. Scroll down Accounts to a mail account you want to use and tap on it.

  4. Toggle the Mail setting to the on position and then return to Accounts.

  5. Repeat for each account you want to use.

All Inboxes Option Disappeared on iPhone

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. There's an easy way to get your All Inboxes mailbox back on your iPhone.

How To Fix All Inboxes Disappeared: 

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Go to the Mailboxes view by backing out of whichever inbox you're currently in, if you're in one (usually by tapping the upper left corner).
  3. Tap Edit

    Go to Mailboxes view to restore missing inboxEdit Inboxes to get back All Inboxes
  4. You should see a list of inboxes, including All Inboxes.
  5. Tap the circle next to All Inboxes to enable it. Enabled inboxes have a blue circle containing a check mark next to them.
  6. Tap Done in the upper right corner. This should restore your All Inboxes inbox in your iPhone email.

    Tap on circle next to All Inboxes to add it back to your MailSave All Inboxes to your Mail app by tapping Done

Let me know if this works!

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

More Hey Sarah: How to Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.