Mail App Disappeared from iPhone? How to Find & Restore It (iOS 15 Update)

Is your Mail app not showing on iPhone? If your Mail app icon disappeared from your iPhone Home screen, we can help get it back!

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How to Find an App on iPhone & Reinstall It

Here’s a question from an Insider who has an app icon missing: they somehow made their Mail app icon disappear from their iPhone. If your Mail app or another app icon are missing on your iPhone or you accidentally deleted your Mail app, then keep reading to find out how to reinstall it.

Mail App Icon Missing on iPhone

Dear Expert, 

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.

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How to Put an App Back on Home Screen

Once you reinstall the app, it should show up on your last Home screen. You can leave it there or move it to a more convenient location. To do this:

  1. Locate the Home screen that has the newly downloaded Mail app. You can swipe between them or tap on the dots at the bottom of the screen.

    locate app on iphone
  2. Tap and hold the background until the icons jiggle. This indicates that you are in Home screen editing mode.

    how to put app back on home screen
  3. Drag the app to reposition it; you can drag it across Home screens by pulling it up to the edge until you see a different home screen.

    how to get phone app back on iphone
  4. Tap Done when you are happy with the location of the Mail app.

    how to get mail app back on iphone

Pro Tip: Just because your iPhone Mail app icon is gone from your Home screen doesn't necessarily mean that the app is no longer on your iPhone. You can store apps in your App Library without having the icon on your Home screen to reduce clutter on your phone. Read this next if you are wondering how to find a hidden app on iPhone.

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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.

    Open settings to fix mail icon missing on iphone issue
  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 these steps for each account you want to use.

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All Inboxes Option Disappeared on iPhone

Dear Expert,

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.

    locate app on iphone
  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).

    Go to Mailboxes view to restore missing inbox
  3. Tap Edit

    Edit Inboxes to get back All Inboxes
  4. 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 containing a check mark next to them.

    Tap on circle next to All Inboxes to add it back to your Mail
  5. Tap Done in the upper right corner.

    Save All Inboxes to your Mail app by tapping Done

This should restore your All Inboxes inbox in your iPhone email. 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 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.