How to Prevent Email Account Deletion on an iPhone

Deleting an email account on an iPhone is a surprisingly simple thing to do. This article can walk you through the steps that will allow you to delete an account in under a minute.

But if the account has been added on someone’s device that may have trouble re-adding the email account in the future, such as a child, or an employee of your company, then you may prefer that they not be able to make any changes to their email accounts.

Fortunately, there is a menu on the iPhone that you can configure, which will block or restrict access to certain options and features on the device.

Our guide below will show you how to enable these restrictions so that no one can delete an email account without a passcode that you set.

Block the Ability to Delete an Email Account in iOS 8

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus in iOS 8.4.

Note that following these steps will also prevent the device user from editing or adding email accounts.

If you wish to make any changes to the email accounts on the iPhone, then you will need to follow these steps again to re-enable account changes on the device.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Select the General option.

open the general menu

Step 3: Scroll down and select the Restrictions option.

open the restrictions menu

Step 4: Tap the blue Enable Restrictions button at the top of the screen.

enable restrictions

Step 5: Create the passcode that will be required to make any future changes to settings on the Restrictions menu.

enter a passcode for restrictions

Step 6: Re-enter the passcode that you just created to confirm it.

re-enter the restrictions passcode

Step 7: Scroll down and select the Accounts option under Allow Changes.

select the accounts option

Step 8: Select the Don’t Allow Changes option.

block account changes

Now that you know how to prevent email account deletion on an iPhone, you can make sure that those accounts will remain on the device unless you choose to remove them yourself.

There are many other settings on this menu that can be useful as well. For example, you can block certain websites on the device if you are configuring it for a child or an employee.

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