How to Delete an Email Account on an iPad

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Whether you don't use a particular email address or no longer have access to it, learning how to delete an email account on an iPad can come in handy. While you might expect it to be possible to do this through the built-in Mail app, it's not.

If you want to learn more about deleting an email account on your iPad, look no further. This article will tell you everything you need to know about it.



How to Delete an Email Account on an iPad

The Mail app is Apple's default app and can adapt to different email services like Gmail, Yahoo, etc. Even though it's the default email app, you can't use it to delete an email account. For this, you will need to access your settings.

The steps for deleting an email account vary depending on the iOS you are using.

If you have a newer iPad, follow these steps to delete an email account:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Tap on “Passwords and accounts”.
  3. Choose the account you want to delete.
  4. Tap “Remove account”.
  5. Press "Delete".

Otherwise, follow these steps:

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Tap "Mail".
  3. Tap "Accounts".
  4. Select the account you want to delete.
  5. Tap “Remove account”.
  6. Press "Delete".

If you have an older iOS running on your iPad, follow the instructions below to delete an email account:


  1. Open the settings.
  2. Tap "Mail, contacts, calendars".
  3. Select the account you want to delete.
  4. Scroll down and tap "Delete Account".
  5. Tap "Delete" to confirm.

How to Delete an Exchange Email Account on an iPad

Exchange is Microsoft's default email service and Apple's Mail app supports it. If you no longer want to use an Exchange account on your iPad, you'll need to delete it through your settings.


If you're using a newer version of iOS on your iPad, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your settings.
  2. Select “Passwords and Accounts”.
  3. Select the Exchange account you want to delete.
  4. Tap “Remove account”.
  5. Confirm by pressing “Delete”.

If you don't see the "Passwords and Accounts" option, follow the instructions below:

  1. In the settings, tap on "Mail".
  2. Select "Accounts".
  3. Choose the Exchange account you want to delete.
  4. Tap “Remove account”.
  5. Confirm by pressing “Delete”.

The steps for deleting an Exchange account on older versions of iOS on iPad vary slightly:

  1. Go to your settings.
  2. Choose “Mail, contacts, calendars”.
  3. Tap the Exchange account.
  4. Scroll down and tap "Delete Account".
  5. Press "Delete".

In some cases, you may not see the option to delete Exchange account. The most common reason is that your employer is the only one who can manage email accounts on the iPad. If you're not sure what permissions you have, contact your IT department.


How to Delete a Gmail Email Account on an iPad

Gmail is one of the most popular email services today and can be integrated into your iPad using the Mail app. If you've decided you don't want to use a Gmail account anymore, you can remove it from your iPad through Settings. The steps vary slightly depending on the operating system you are using.


If you have a newer iOS on your iPad, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to your settings.
  2. Tap on “Passwords and accounts”.
  3. Tap the Gmail account you want to delete.
  4. Select "Remove account".
  5. Press "Delete".

If you don't have the "Passwords and Accounts" option in your settings, follow these steps:

  1. In the settings, select "Mail".
  2. Tap "Accounts".
  3. Select the Gmail account you want to delete.
  4. Select "Remove account".
  5. Tap "Delete" to confirm.

Older iOS users should follow these instructions instead:


  1. Go to settings.
  2. Tap "Mail, contacts, calendars".
  3. Tap the Gmail account you want to delete.
  4. Select "Remove account".
  5. Press "Delete".

If your employer owns the iPad, you may have limitations on what you can do on it. One of the limitations is often managing your email accounts. We recommend consulting your IT department if you are unable to delete the account.

Additional FAQs

Why can't I delete an email account from my iPad?

Several factors can prevent you from deleting an email account from your iPad.

The first action you need to take is to restart your iPad. There might be a temporary issue preventing you from using the “Remove” option and restarting the device may fix it.

The most common reason why you can't delete an email account on your iPad is that your work or school owns the device. Also, if you were asked to install a configuration profile, it could prevent you from managing your email accounts. Configuration profiles contain settings that impact the control you have over iPad.

In some cases, you might be able to delete the configuration profile. Here's how:

1. Open Settings.

2. Press "General".

3. Tap "Profiles & Device Management" or "Profiles".

4. Select the profile and press "Delete profile".

5. Enter the password and press "Delete".

Once you have deleted the profile, you can try deleting the email account. If you don't know the password or don't see any profiles listed, the only solution is to talk to IT.

Manage your email accounts on iPad

Apple's Mail app lets you manage multiple email accounts at once, regardless of provider. If you no longer wish to use an email account, it is possible to delete it via your settings. However, this option isn't always available, and it's usually because your work or school owns the iPad and has set some limitations.

We hope this article helped you learn how to delete an email account on your iPad. Along with that, we hope you learned more about how to stop receiving emails without deleting the account.

How many email accounts do you have on your iPad? Have you ever tried to delete some of them? Tell us in the comments section below.

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