Deleting a mailbox from your iPhone 6 may seem like a simple task, but it can be confusing for many users who are not familiar with the process. A mailbox is where all your emails are stored, and deleting a mailbox can be necessary when you want to declutter your email app or remove unnecessary accounts.
To delete a mailbox from your iPhone 6, you will need your device and access to your email accounts. It is also essential to ensure that you have backed up all critical emails in the mailbox you want to delete before proceeding.
What Should I Pay Attention to?
Before deleting a mailbox, there are a few things you should be aware of:
- Deleting a mailbox may result in the loss of all emails stored in that mailbox.
- Ensure that you have backed up all important emails before deleting a mailbox.
- If accounts are linked, deleting the mailbox may result in the removal of the entire account from your device.
- Delete only the mailbox you intend to remove as deleting the wrong mailbox may lead to the permanent loss of important emails.
- Ensure that you have the correct passwords for the email accounts, as you may need them to remove the mailbox.
Method 1: Deleting the Mailbox from the iPhone Mail Application
Deleting a mailbox from your iPhone Mail application can be achieved by following these steps:
- Open the Mail app on your iPhone 6 and navigate to the account that has the mailbox you want to delete.
- Tap on the ‘Edit’ button located at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
- From the list of options, select the mailbox you want to delete.
- Tap on the ‘Delete’ button and confirm your action.
- Easy and straightforward to follow.
- Deleting the mailbox is permanent, ensuring that it doesn’t show up again.
- This method may result in the removal of the mailbox from other devices where the email account is active.
- Deleting the mailbox may result in the loss of all emails stored in that mailbox.
Method 2: Deleting the Mailbox via the Settings Application
Another way to delete a mailbox from your iPhone 6 is through the Settings app by following these steps:
- Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone and scroll down until you see the ‘Passwords and Accounts’ option. Tap on it.
- Select the email account which has the mailbox you wish to delete and tap on it.
- Tap on the mailbox you want to delete and then tap on the ‘Delete Mailbox’ option at the bottom of the screen.
- Confirm your action by tapping on ‘Delete’ again.
- This method allows you to delete the mailbox from other devices that share the same email account.
- Deleting the mailbox via this method ensures that the account remains active, and you won’t lose any emails in other mailboxes.
- Deleting the mailbox via this method may be confusing for users who are not familiar with navigating the Settings app.
- There is a risk of accidentally deleting the entire email account when deleting mailboxes via this method.
Method 3: Removing a Mailbox from an Email Service Provider
Deleting a mailbox from your iPhone can also be done by removing the mailbox from your email service provider. This method works best if you no longer require the mailbox or if you want to remove the mailbox from all devices connected to the account. The steps for this method will differ based on your email service provider. Generally, you would navigate to the settings of the email service provider, select the email account, locate the mailbox, and then delete it.
- Delete the mailbox from all devices connected to the email service provider.
- Permanent removal of mailbox from the email service provider.
- Not all email service providers allow mailbox removal.
- This method may be confusing for users who are not familiar with accessing the email service provider settings.
Why Can’t I Delete the Mailbox?
There are a few reasons why you may be unable to delete a mailbox on your iPhone 6, including:
- If the mailbox is a default mailbox, such as ‘All Sent’ or ‘Trash,’ you cannot delete them from your iPhone 6.
- If there are synced email accounts attached to the mailbox, you may be unable to delete it from the iPhone 6. In this case, ensure that you check the linked accounts before deleting the mailbox.
- If the mailbox is an iCloud mailbox, ensure that you have disabled the iCloud email account before trying to delete the mailbox.
After deleting a mailbox from your iPhone, it is advisable to check other devices connected to the email account to ensure that the mailbox has also been removed. As earlier mentioned, ensure that you have backed up crucial emails before deleting the mailbox. In addition, to avoid confusion, it’s best to notify email recipients of the mailbox’s removal and provide an alternate email address.
Q: I accidentally deleted the wrong mailbox. Can I recover the mailbox and its email contents?
A: Unfortunately, if you have permanently deleted the mailbox, it may not be possible to recover the contents. However, if you have created a backup of your iPhone 6 data, you can restore your iPhone to the previous backup and recover the contents of the mailbox.
Q: I deleted a mailbox, but the emails still show up on my iPhone 6. What do I do?
A: Try closing and reopening the Mail application or rebooting your iPhone 6. If the emails continue to show, ensure that you have deleted the correct mailbox and follow the appropriate method to delete the mailbox.
Q: I am unable to delete a mailbox, and I have followed all the steps. What else can I do?
A: Check that you have followed the correct steps for the method you chose. If you are still unable to delete the mailbox, ensure that there are no email accounts linked to it or try deleting the mailbox from the email service provider’s settings.
Q: Can I delete a mailbox from my iPhone 6 without affecting other email accounts?
A: Yes, you can delete a mailbox on your iPhone 6 without affecting other email accounts. To achieve this, use method one, which deletes the mailbox from the iPhone Mail application.
Q: Is it possible to delete a mailbox while maintaining access to an email account?
A: Yes, it is possible to remove a mailbox while still having access to the email account. Use method two to delete the mailbox via the Settings application.
Deleting a mailbox on your iPhone 6 is a necessary task to declutter your Mail application and remove unnecessary email accounts. The three methods listed above provide viable alternatives to remove a mailbox from your iPhone 6. As always, ensure that you have cleared any crucial emails before deleting the mailbox and check for linked accounts before proceeding. It is also advisable to notify email recipients of changes you have made as a precaution.