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How do you remove email addresses from autocomplete?

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Steve Price2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jun 16, 2012 1:14 PM

How do I remove email addresses from the autocomplete list in iPhone or iPad Mail apps? I know how to do this in Mac OS X Mail.  But the iOS Mail apps don't seem to provide a way to remove old, dead or unwanted email addresses that you don't want autocomplete to list when you start typing in an email address.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,530 points)

    Can't do so on an iOS device, at least you can't right now. Restoring your phone as a new device in iTunes is the only way to delete this data. Either that, or you live with it.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,530 points)

    Well, don't know that Apple feels this is a bug, as it's been this way since the first iPhone was released, and numerous requests have been made to add this ability to the iOS.

  • LRich3001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This occurs with Mac Mail on the computer too and it's driving me crazy!  Deleting an old address from the Previous Recipients list does NOT stop the autofill from putting in old addresses.

  • _Greg_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 or later

    1. Open Mail.
    2. From the Window menu choose Address History or Previous Recipients.
    3. Select the address(es) to remove, then click Remove from History.

    Mac OS X 10.1.5

    Open Address Book, locate and select the address(es) to remove, and click Delete.

  • Kaka Dongguan Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)



    This is not a bug. A you said before, it is just an auto filling, the iOS search in your contacts list some information that is similar as you are writting.This is not a previous recipients, like in your MAC.


    For an example, if in your contacts list you have: Steve Jobs


    when you start to write St.... in email, the iOS will automatically brings to the list: Steve Jobs



    Check itt by yourself. I hope it will clarify your question and cure your headache.

  • jwwalke Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Actually there is a way to clear the old email address.

    From your iPhone start typing the name of the person you would like to email.

    When you see the old email address then click the arrow to the right of that old email and click "Delete from Recents"

    This will solve the problem that you are having.

  • Russfromtx Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:11 PM (in response to jwwalke)

    Actually I tried this on my iPad just now, and it worked like a charm. Thank you!

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)

    Steve Price2 wrote:


    I wonder if this feature was just released with iOS 6?

    It works perfectly.  Now I can easily remove all unwanted email addresses from the recent remembered list on all my Apple mobile devices.  Great!

    Yes, it's new with iOS 6. You see, Apple does pay attention to requests!

  • kstaffan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not for me - the problem is now MUCH worse.  Yes, I can now easily remove the few addresses that I've actually recently used, but they're the ones I want to stay.  What I want to delete is the tons of email addresses that are now there because of the integration with Facebook - email addresses I never expect to use directly.  Is there any way to get rid of THEM?

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)

    As that is an entirely different issue, I'd suggest you search the discussions (use the Search Discussions box at the upper right) and review one of the several threads out there on the matter. I don't know the answer myself. Sorry.


    Best of luck.

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