How to Change an Email Account Password on the iPhone 5

Last updated: December 14, 2016

Occasionally weak email passwords will get hacked, or an undesirable person might gain access to your password. Whenever your email password is compromised, it’s important to update that password as soon as possible. For most Web-based email providers like Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook, you will do this through a Web browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. But if you have your email account synced on your iPhone 5, you will need to update to the new password on there as well. So if you’ve recently change your email password and you are no longer getting new messages on your iPhone, then follow the steps below to update to the new password on your device. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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How to Change an Email Account Password on an iPhone 5 in iOS 10

The way that the Mail app operates on your iPhone in iOS 10 is a little different than it used to be in earlier versions of iOS. For many of the popular email providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook, the Password field won’t appear at all unless the Mail app is unable to connect with your email provider.

If you have already updated your email password with your provider, and you don’t use app-specific passwords with that provider, then you will be able to change your iPhone 5 email password by going to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Selecting your email account > Account. Your iPhone will then prompt you for your password.

Steps for changing a Yahoo Mail password on an iPhone in iOS 10 are shown below. Note that these steps assume that you have already changed the password on Yahoo’s website. If not, you will need to go to and change your password first.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

tap settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Mail option.

open the mail app

Step 3: Tap the Accounts button at the top of the screen.

select the accounts option

Step 4: Select your Yahoo account.

select your yahoo account

Step 5: Tap the Account button at the top of the screen.

tap the account button

Step 6: Tap the Re-enter Password button. If you don’t see this yet, then exit out of here, open the Mail app, and swipe down to force Mail to try and download new messages. Once it is unable to connect to the Yahoo server, you will be prompted to enter the new password.

tap the re-enter password button

Step 7: Enter your email address, then tap the Next button.

enter your email address, then tap next

Step 8: Enter your password, then tap the Sign In button.

enter your password, then tap sign in

If you had previously added a phone number to your account, or if you have enabled two-factor authentication, then you will need to select your phone number and enter the verification code when you receive it.

With other email providers, such as many internet service providers and AOL, you can change your email password by going to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Selecting your account > Account > Password.

Changing an Email Password in iOS 7

Some email providers, such as Gmail, can be configured with two-step verification. This can require you to create an application-specific password, which you will then enter instead of the new password that you just created. Click here to learn more about Google’s application-specific passwords. You can learn how to change your email password on the iPhone 5 by following the steps laid out below.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the iphone 5 settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.

how to change your email password in ios 7 on iphone 5

Step 3: Select the email account for which you want to change the password.

select the email account to edit

Step 4: Touch the Account button at the top of the screen.

touch the account button

Step 5: Tap inside the Password field.

tap inside of the password field

Step 6: Delete the current password, replace it with the new password, then touch the Done button.

enter the new password, then touch the done button

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