Disable iOS Mail App And Switch To a Third Party Client

Disable iOS Mail App And Switch To a Third Party Client

Disable iOS Mail App And Switch To a Third Party Client

If you’re an iPhone user, you’ve probably used Apple’s Mail app before. While it’s not bad, it’s also not great. Sure, it covers the basics, but if you want more functionality, the Mail app falls short. There are better, faster, and more reliable email clients available. Personally, I prefer Gmail’s official app because it handles multiple accounts with ease. Some of my colleagues at Twothirds.Us prefer Mailbox for its superior email management system that transforms your email into a to-do list.

Installing a new mail app doesn’t stop the default Mail app from working and notifying you. Unlike Android, you can’t choose defaults for mail and browser on iOS. Now that you’ve finally parted ways with Mail app, what do you do? Do you disable the app or just turn off the notifications? What’s best for you? Read on to find out.

Disabling Mail Accounts

To revert the Mail app to nothingness, disable Mail in your email settings. Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap a linked mail account, then disable Mail. Repeat the process for any other linked email accounts on your iPhone/iPad.

What does this mean? It means that when you open the Mail app, it will ask you to sign in. It won’t look for mail, download any, or notify you about them. The Mail app has been silenced.

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This can be problematic for some users. In iOS, you cannot choose a default mail app. So, when you hit the “Mail” button from the sharing menu in any app, it will still open in the Mail app’s popup box. You cannot share it until you add an email or turn the app on again from the settings. At present, the only solution is to manually copy and paste the photo or text from the app to your preferred third-party mail app.

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Disable iOS Mail App And Switch To a Third Party Client

If you share a lot, there is a way to have your cake and eat it too. Keep the mail running in the background without notifying you. That’s what we are about to learn.

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Disabling Notifications for Mail App

To make your Mail app notifications more concise and less intrusive, follow these steps:

1. Go to Settings -> Notifications Center.

2. Scroll down and tap on the Mail app.

3. In the Alert Style box, switch from Banner to None.

4. Scroll down and disable every option.

5. This way, the Mail app won’t appear on the lockscreen or Notification Center.

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Just sit back, relax, and let the third-party app you logged in to do its work. The Mail app will also function without bothering you. And if you want to share something via email, you can still do that.

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To save battery life and bandwidth, disable Push notifications in the Mail, Contacts, Calendars settings page.

How do you manage email on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know in the comments below.

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