Accessing emails from the desktop has become a story of the past. It is either the laptops or mobile phones that are now used to access emails. For instance, the iPhone allows you to set up an email account in its settings which makes life much easier.

However, in case you change your email or just simply want to remove your email from the iPhone then you can do that easily too. It is a pretty straightforward process, and anyone can do that. You will also read the alternative options that you can use instead of deleting the account. Let’s start with the main topic though.

How to Delete an Email Account from an iPhone:

You sure access the emails in the Mail app, but you set up the account in the settings. So, for deleting the email account, you will need to do the same. Here are the steps that you need to follow.

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Passwords and Accounts. If your device is running on older version iOS then you will need to tap ​Mail or Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then open Accounts.

3. Now choose the email account you want to remove. For instance, if it is the Gmail account then tap Gmail.

4. Next, hit the option Delete Account.

5. Hit the option Delete Account again to confirm your action.

6. The account will be removed from your iPhone.

You need to understand that deleting the email account from iPhone doesn’t delete the email account itself. You will still be able to receive emails and send emails if you log in from the web or any other email programs that allow you access to your email account. However, deleting the email account from the iPhone wipes out all the data (emails) from your iPhone. You will only see the Mail app, but no content inside.

Disabling the Email Account:

Remember, deleting an email account from an iPhone also removes calendars, notes, to-do items, and contacts that use this account. You can also disable the email account instead of deleting it entirely. For instance, if you want to disable an email account but do not want access to the calendar to be disabled then you can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Passwords and Accounts. If your device is running on older version iOS then you will need to tap Mail or Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then open Accounts.

3. Choose the email account.

4. Now for IMAP, just toggle off the option Mail and leave the rest toggle on. Doing this will disable the emails, but the rest of the features won’t be disabled.

Fetch Data Settings:

If the primary reason for deleting/disabling email account is the unwanted notifications or flooded inbox then you can disable automatic mail checking or notifications for the account. Doing this will allow you to send/receive emails, but the notifications won’t appear on the screen. Here is what you need to do:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Passwords and Accounts. If your device is running on older version iOS then you will need to tap Mail or Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then open Accounts.

3. Tap on the option Fetch New Data.

4. Now choose the email account.

5. Under the select schedule section, choose the option Manual instead of Fetch.

6. This is it, now you will not see any emails notification unless you open the account through the Mail app and then fetch them manually.

Disable Notification for New Messages:

If you have set Fetch New Data to Manual then you won’t see the notifications and nor will the Mail app fetch the new mails automatically. So, if you want the mail app to fetch data automatically, but do not want to see the notifications for new messages then you can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Notifications.

3. Next, tap on the option Mail.

4. Now choose the account for which you want to disable the notifications.

5. Locate the option Allow Notifications and toggle its switch off.

Remember, if you are using the older version of iOS then you won’t be able to disable the notification via the aforementioned method. Instead, you will need to go to Alert style when unlocked and select the option None. Also, turn off ​Show in Notification Center and ​Show on Lock Screen.

Bottom Line:

So, this article explained the method of removing the email account from your iPhone entirely. In addition to that, you also read a few alternatives that can be helpful in different scenarios. Removing an email account is a good option only if you are not using that email account or want to add another email account.

If you just want to limit the access or notifications for the email account then it would be better to opt for the alternative options described in the article. Adding the email account is pretty simple as well so if you regret your decision of deleting an email account, you can add it any time.