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If you are experiencing the frustrating issue of deleted emails reappearing on your iPhone, you are not alone. This problem can occur due to various reasons, including incorrect settings, syncing issues, or even a glitch in the email app itself. In this guide, we will explore some possible causes and provide troubleshooting steps to help you resolve this issue.

Possible Causes and Solutions

1. Incorrect Mail Settings: One common reason for deleted emails returning is incorrect settings in the Mail app. To address this, follow these steps:
– Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
– Scroll down and tap on “”Mail.””
– Select “”Accounts”” and choose the email account where you are experiencing the issue.
– Tap on “”Account”” again, then scroll down and select “”Advanced.””
– Under the “”Deleted Mailbox”” section, ensure that “”Trash”” is selected as the destination for deleted emails.
– If it is set to “”Archive”” or any other folder, change it to “”Trash”” and save the settings.

2. Syncing Issues: Sometimes, syncing problems between your iPhone and the email server can cause deleted emails to reappear. To troubleshoot this:
– Open the Settings app and go to “”Mail.””
– Tap on “”Accounts”” and select the problematic email account.
– Disable the “”Mail”” toggle to turn off email syncing temporarily.
– Wait for a few seconds and toggle the switch back on to re-enable syncing.
– Check if the issue persists by deleting a test email and ensuring it does not reappear.

3. Glitch in the Mail App: Occasionally, the Mail app itself may have a temporary glitch causing deleted emails to come back. To address this:
– Close the Mail app by double-clicking the home button (or swiping up from the bottom on newer iPhones) and swiping the Mail app away.
– Restart your iPhone by holding down the power button until the slider appears, then slide to power off.
– Once your iPhone is off, press and hold the power button again until the Apple logo appears, indicating it has restarted.
– Open the Mail app and check if the deleted emails still reappear.

4. Software Update: If none of the above steps resolve the issue, it is worth checking if your iPhone’s software is up to date. Apple frequently releases updates that address various bugs and glitches. To update your iPhone:
– Open the Settings app and go to “”General.””
– Tap on “”Software Update”” and check if an update is available.
– If an update is available, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.
– After updating, check if the problem persists.


Experiencing the recurrence of deleted emails on your iPhone can be frustrating, but by following the steps outlined above, you can often resolve the issue. Start by ensuring your mail settings are correct, then address any syncing issues or glitches in the Mail app. If all else fails, consider updating your iPhone’s software. Remember, if the problem persists, reaching out to Apple Support or your email service provider can provide further assistance tailored to your specific situation.”