Receiving and sending emails from an iPhone has become so commonplace that many people will use it as their primary means of email communication. Since email has been around for so long, and since it’s so easy to have additional email accounts for work, school, or other organizations, you may find yourself with a lot of different email accounts, some of which you might want to delete because you don’t need them anymore.
The iPhone 5 is a great device for viewing and managing your emails, but it is even more helpful if you are using it to manage multiple email accounts. You can choose to view all of your messages in one large combined inbox, or you can individually access each of your inboxes.
However, email accounts can be somewhat disposable, particularly if you set up a work email account on your iPhone 5 and then switch jobs. Or maybe you have decided to migrate to just one email account and have set up forwarding from your older accounts to that one.
But whatever the case may be, there are certainly occasions where you will find yourself wondering how to delete an email account on the iPhone 5. So read on below to learn how to do just that.
How to Delete an Email Account on the iPhone 5
- Open Settings.
- Choose Mail.
- Select Accounts.
- Touch the account to delete.
- Tap the Delete Account button.
- Select Delete from My iPhone to confirm.
Our article continues below with additional information on deleting email accounts from an iPhone 5, including steps and pictures for performing this action in older versions of iOS.
Removing Email Accounts on the iPhone 5 – Older Versions of iOS (Guide with Pictures)
If it important to note that, before you perform this action, you are going to lose all of the data for that account that is currently stored on your phone. So if there are a few important emails that you cannot access any other way, it is a good idea to forward them to one of your other accounts that will remain active. Once you have taken care of preserving the data from your phone that you might need in the future, you can proceed with the following steps.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon on the iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option and select it.
Step 3: Touch the email account that you want to delete.
Step 4: Tap the big red Delete Account button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 5: Tap the Delete Account button again to confirm that you wish to perform this action.
If you are using multiple email accounts on your iPhone 5, then you might be interested in knowing how to set the default email account. This is a useful trick if you find that you are constantly switching to a different account when you go to create a new message on your phone.
How to Delete Emails on iPhone 5
If you don’t want to delete an entire email account from your device, but you want to delete emails instead, then you can do so by opening your Mail app and selecting a mail inbox.
You can then swipe left on any email that you wish to delete, then tap the red trash can icon.
Depending on your email account settings you may not see a red trash can icon. If so then you can tap the purple “Archive” button, or you can tap the button with three dots and choose the “Trash Message” option. For example, the Gmail account I have on my Apple iPhone doesn’t give me the red trash can icon.
More Information on How to Delete Email Account on iPhone 5
When you press Delete Account during this process and remove the account from your iPhone’s Mail app you are also going to remove other associated data like calendars or notes. If you want to remove an email account but not all of that other data then you might prefer to tap the button to the right of Mail to disable that feature rather than tap Delete account and remove everything.
Choosing to delete and re-add an email account can be a good option if you are having issues with the account on your phone. Note that you will need to know the password and have the ability to complete any two-factor authentication or app-specific password requirements that may exist for the account. The iPhone doesn’t remember passwords for deleted accounts, so it’s like you are setting the account up again for the first time.
These steps are only going to work for the default Mail app on your iPhone. If you are using a third-party mail app then you will need to follow the instructions for removing an account for that specific app.
This will only remove the email accounts and their associated data from your iPhone. This email account will still be accessible from other devices, such as another phone, an iPad, or a laptop or desktop computer. If you wish to cancel the account directly then you will need to contact your email provider and follow their instructions to do so.
The iPhone’s Settings app is where you will go to make most of the changes that you need to make for your device. For many users, this will be accessible from the Home screen, but you may need to swipe down on the screen and use Spotlight Search to find it if you don’t see the app icon.
If you need to make other changes to your email account then you will need to open the Mail section on the Settings app and adjust the options accordingly. But if you need to change something about a specific account, such as any mail server settings, then you will likely need to select that account and tap the Account button at the top of its screen.
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