iOS 17 Guide: Changing Default Email Account on iPhone

Changing the default email account on your iPhone can be a real game-changer, especially if you’re someone who juggles multiple email addresses. Whether it’s for work, personal use, or a bit of both, having the right default email account can make your digital life a whole lot easier. So, let’s dive in!

You can also check out this video about changing the default email account on an iPhone for additional information.

How to Change Default Email Account on iPhone iOS 17

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it’s important to understand what we’re about to do. By following these steps, you’ll be able to set your preferred email account as the default one on your iPhone. This means that whenever you compose a new email or click an email address link, your iPhone will automatically choose this account for sending emails. Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1: Open Settings App

Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Once you’ve located the Settings app, usually found on your home screen with the gear icon, tap on it to open.

Step 2: Scroll to Mail

Scroll down and tap on the “Mail” settings.

In the Settings menu, you’ll have to navigate a bit to find the “Mail” option. It’s usually grouped with other system preferences like “Contacts” and “Calendars.”

Step 3: Select Default Account

Tap on “Default Account” under the Composing section.

You’ll find the “Default Account” option towards the bottom of the Mail settings. It’s specifically under the section labeled “Composing.”

Step 4: Choose Your Preferred Email Account

Select the email account you want to set as the default.

Here, you’ll see a list of all the email accounts you’ve added to your iPhone. Simply tap on the one you wish to set as the default.

After completing these steps, your chosen email account will now be set as the default. When you compose an email, this is the account that will automatically be used to send it unless you manually select a different one.

Tips for Changing Default Email Account on iPhone iOS 17

  • Before changing your default email account, make sure that all the email accounts you want to use are already added to your iPhone.
  • If you use different email accounts for different purposes, label them clearly so it’s easier to choose the right default.
  • Remember that changing the default account only affects the account used when composing new emails. It won’t change the way you receive emails.
  • If you have an email account for work and one for personal use, consider setting the one you use most frequently as the default.
  • Keep in mind that if you ever delete the default account from your iPhone, you’ll need to set a new default.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I have only one email account on my iPhone?

If you only have one email account added to your iPhone, that account will automatically be set as the default. There’s no need to change anything unless you add another account.

Can I change the default email account for specific apps?

No, the default email account setting applies to the entire iOS system. However, some third-party apps may have their own settings for email accounts.

Will changing my default email account affect my contacts?

No, changing your default email account will not affect your contacts. Your contacts are stored separately and are not linked to your default email account.

How do I add a new email account to my iPhone?

To add a new email account, go to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Add Account, then follow the on-screen instructions to set up your new email account.

Can I have more than one default email account on my iPhone?

No, you can only have one default email account on your iPhone at a time. However, you can switch the default whenever you need to.


  1. Open Settings App
  2. Scroll to Mail
  3. Select Default Account
  4. Choose Your Preferred Email Account


Switching up your default email account on an iPhone with iOS 17 is a piece of cake. It’s a process that can save you time and hassle, especially if you’re someone who juggles multiple email addresses. By setting a default account, you streamline your emailing process, ensuring that you’re always sending from the right address with just a tap. Plus, don’t forget that even after you’ve set a default, you always have the flexibility to choose a different account when the need arises.

So, why not take a moment to review your email accounts and decide which one deserves that default spot? Whether it’s for better organization, efficiency, or simply to make sure you’re sending those work emails from the right address, taking control of your default email account is a smart move. And hey, if you ever change your mind, you now know exactly how to switch things up again! Happy emailing!

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