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How do I delete my email app?

Answer

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Tap Menu My apps & games.
  3. Tap on the app or game.
  4. Tap Uninstall.

You can’t. Really, this is just a setting that allows you to see which apps are set up to receive email on your device. You’ll need to delete them the normal way: by going into your app list and deleting it from there.

Why then would I want this? Can I hide my email app in some way?

No, not really. It’s simply a list of all the ways you have access to receiving emails or other messaging services on an Android phone or tablet. If something is checked on here, it means you will get emails about whatever service that may be. For instance, if Gmail is checked, every time someone sends you an email — even if they’ve sent you mail before — it will send you an email telling you that you’ve got mail.

So why would I want to see this?

You might not. But if have multiple email accounts and want a central location to find them all, or if you have the “Email” app set up (which doesn’t work as well as Gmail) and still want to get notifications for your normal Gmail account, then this is one way of checking them both together — which does make some sense. These apps aren’t hidden, they’re just listed here in one place instead of scattered throughout your device’s software. Having them all listed in one place makes it easier for someone who has more than a few different active emails on their smartphone or tablet device.

There are a few apps that I’m seeing on this list that I don’t think belong there. How do I fix that?

You can go into your device’s settings, then look under the “Accounts” heading and find where it lists all your email addresses associated with your device. From there you can turn each one off if necessary.


I don’t want to see this list at all. How do I get rid of it?

While the list is pretty useful, you might not like seeing it every time you open your email app. Fortunately, Google has made it easy for Android users to turn this off quickly. Simply go into your device settings and find “Accounts.” There will be a section under accounts called “Email;” there should be an option that says “Default Email App,” which lists all the apps that are allowed to receive emails on your smartphone or tablet. Just tap on that and select either Gmail or something else entirely — but know that if you change this setting, you’ll no longer see the full list of active emails associated with your account in your Settings menu.

Does Android N have anything to add to this system?

Not really. It just adds two new options for dealing with them: You can view the most recent 50 emails addressed to you (like an inbox) or view only unread ones sorted by which account they’re associated with (which could be helpful for finding messages about services you use). Other than that, nothing has changed — or will be changing, based on the settings. So don’t expect anything major from this system.

I’m not sure I like seeing all my email accounts listed in one place like this. Can I hide it?

Nope! You’ll have to get used to that list appearing here — you can’t remove it or hide it and there won’t be any options for doing so soon, either (here’s hoping Android O changes this). Fortunately, you shouldn’t need too: Many apps now allow you to “silence” emails from showing up in your notification tray or on your lock screen unless you really want them to — Gmail does this by default if an account is set up with Priority Inbox enabled. So if you’d rather not see any of your emails on the lock screen unless you absolutely have to, then use Priority Inbox.

Also: You can simply long-press on each email account listed here and it will tell you which apps are using that account — if you don’t want them to be able to do so, go into those app’s settings and disable their access to that account from there.

That was easy! Anything else I should know?

Yes: this is where all your connected accounts for social media or other services will appear as well. If something isn’t working right with one of them, going into its associated app’s section in here might help you fix the problem. It also won’t let you delete the accounts here, either. So if you want to get rid of them, go back into the Accounts settings in your phone’s or tablet’s main Settings menu and remove them from there instead.

So how do I access this list?

You can jump directly to this section of your device’s software by pressing on the “hamburger” menu icon in the corner (that three-line icon) then tapping on “Settings”. From there, tap on the “Accounts & Synchronization” heading followed by checking the box next to where it lists any email accounts that are connected with a green check mark underneath it — at which point you’ll see all your apps show up below it, including their associated account types. From here, you can choose to add the account or remove it from your device.

Note: This works for social media accounts and other types of apps as well — all of which will also show up in this section of your phone’s software one way or another. So if something isn’t working correctly, either go into the “Accounts” list above and remove it (and its associated app) by long-pressing on each entry under the green check mark or tap on its name instead to jump directly into its associated Settings menu for more info or an option to delete it altogether. Again, that’s a great feature to use if you’re having issues with any type of connected service.

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How do I delete my email app?

1. Open the Google Play Store app.
2. Tap Menu My apps & games.
3. Tap on the app or game.
4. Tap Uninstall.

What happens if I delete email app?

Your email address is active, but emails sent to your phone will no longer be received as you chose to disable the app.

Will deleting email account delete emails?

Deleting a Gmail account is permanent. All of your emails and account settings will be erased, and the address will not be available for anyone else to use in the future.

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