Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS How to Delete an Email Account on an iPhone Remove an email address and all messages or just disable an account by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 07, 2020 Ryan Perian iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email Removing email accounts from the iPhone Mail app is a straightforward procedure, although you should consider alternatives to cut down on email noise before you decide to remove an account. Instructions in this article apply to iOS 12. Directions are similar for recent versions of the Apple mobile operating system. How to Remove an Email Account from an iPhone Email accounts accessed through the Mail app are managed not from Mail, but from iOS. So to add or remove an account, you'll work through the Settings app, not the Mail app. Open Settings. Tap Passwords & Accounts. In earlier versions of iOS, tap Mail or Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then open Accounts. Select the email account you want to remove. Tap Delete Account. To confirm, tap Delete Account or, in some cases, tap Delete from My iPhone. Considerations for Email Account Removal Before you remove an email account, evaluate the implications. Deleting an Email Account Removes All Emails From the iPhone IMAP, POP, and Exchange, as well as accounts configured with automatic settings (such as Gmail, Outlook.com, and iCloud Mail), will have all content wiped from the iPhone — iOS Mail removes all emails and folders listed and created under the account. In other words, you'll no longer see messages in the Mail app. Deleting an Email Account From the iPhone Doesn't Delete the Account When an email account is deleted from an iPhone, the email account and address remain unchanged. You can still receive and send emails on the web or in other email programs set up to use the email account. Deleting an Email Account Doesn't Delete the Emails From the Server For IMAP and Exchange accounts, nothing changes on the server or in any other email program set up to access the same account. iPhone Mail stops accessing the messages and folders, and you are no longer able to send email from the account using that app. Nothing changes for POP accounts either. With POP, the iPhone may be the only place where emails are stored. This is the case if iOS Mail is set up to delete emails from the server after downloading them and the messages have not been saved anywhere else. Deleting Calendars and Other Features of Your Account Deleting an email account from an iPhone also removes calendars, notes, to-do items, and contacts that use this account. If you want access to those features, disable only the email for that account. Alternatives to Deleting an Account from Your iPhone You don't need to delete an email account from the iPhone entirely to remove or hide emails. Disable Email from Your Account To turn off an email account on the iPhone but not disable access to the calendar, for example: In the Settings app, tap Passwords & Accounts. In older versions of iOS, tap Mail > Accounts. Choose an email account. For IMAP and Exchange accounts, turn off the Mail toggle switch. For POP email accounts, turn off Account. On older versions of iOS, tap Done. If you don't see the Done button, the changes are saved, and you can exit the settings. Turn Off Notifications Only You can also disable automatic mail checking or notifications for the account. Then you can receive and send messages from the account, but it remains hidden from sight and out of the way. To turn off automatic mail checking for an account on an iPhone: From the Settings app, go to Passwords & Accounts. On older versions of iOS, tap Mail > Accounts. Tap Fetch New Data. Tap the email account. Select Manually. To find the Manual option on older versions of iOS, tap Select Schedule. Disable Notifications for New Messages To disable only notifications for new messages you receive at an iPhone email account, while the messages are still downloaded automatically and ready once you open Mail: From the Settings app, open Notifications. Tap Mail. Select the account for which you want to disable new mail notifications. Turn off the Allow Notifications toggle switch. Some older versions of iOS have different settings. If you don't see the above, go to Alert style when unlocked and select None. Also, turn off Show in Notification Center and Show on Lock Screen. Optionally, disable the Badge App Icon. Hide a Mailbox Within the Mail App To hide an account's inbox from the top of the Mail Mailboxes screen: From the Mail app, swipe left to display to the Mailboxes screen. Tap Edit. Clear the checkmark next to the mail account. To move an inbox or account, drag the three-bar icon (≡) next to the account to a different place in the list. Tap Done to save the changes. To open an account's inbox, go to the Mailboxes screen, select the account, and tap Inbox. You will receive notifications for emails from VIP senders. Notifications for these messages are handled separately; you receive them even if you have notifications turned off for an account. To change the VIP notification settings, go to Notifications > Mail > VIP. The same applies to thread notifications. If iOS Mail is set to alert you to replies you receive in a conversation, the settings for thread notifications apply instead of those for the account where you receive the email. To change alert settings, open the Settings app and go to Notifications > Mail > Thread Notifications.