How to Prevent Sent Gmail Email From Appearing in Your iPhone Inbox

Older versions of Gmail and iPhone Mail did not play well together

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Unless you are using Gmail and Apple iOS Mail versions from 2007, you won't encounter this problem. However, if you are, here is some information that may help you out.

Gmail used to have a setting that resulted in a copy of every sent email appearing in the iPhone Mail inbox, but that setting has been removed and Gmail and iOS Mail handle emails more efficiently in all recent versions of the software.

The Problem: Sent Gmail Messages Arrive in iPhone Mail Inbox

Do you get a copy of every message you send from iPhone Mail — in your iPhone mail inbox? If you use Gmail with said iPhone Mail, this is to be expected and, for the most part, ignored.

If you cannot get used to deleting these messages, however, and do not plan to access your Gmail account with another mobile device or email program, you can prevent Gmail from sending these copies.

Prevent Sent Gmail Messages Appearing in Your iPhone Mail Inbox

To stop Gmail from pushing a copy of each message you send from iPhone Mail to your iPhone Mail inbox, remove Gmail as a POP account and add it as an IMAP account.

If you prefer simple and speedy POP access:

  1. Tap Settings on the iPhone's Home screen.
  2. Go to Mail.
  3. Now tap Accounts.
  4. Choose your Gmail account.
  5. Tap Username under Incoming Mail Server.
  6. Remove "recent:" from the username. For example, if the username is, make it
  7. Tap Save.

The Price You Pay for Not Receiving Sent Mail

Note that the copy you get in your Inbox when you send from iPhone Mail is an unfortunate side effect of the recent mode, which serves a useful purpose.

Gmail's recent mode sends all connecting email programs or mobile devices the last 30 days of Gmail mail. With recent mode turned on, you can access all your mail on all programs and devices, provided you check once every four weeks.

With recent mode turned off, you may not be able to access messages already downloaded to iPhone Mail if you connect to the same Gmail account with, your desktop email program or another device.