You can now remove recent email addresses from Mail

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  1. HazyCloud, Sep 23, 2012
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    HazyCloud

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    This is something I've seen others complain about on here, as well as myself. Before, if you typed a letter when addressing an email, you'd see all the email accounts you've ever sent an email to. To remove these you had to restore as new as that was the only way to get these deleted from Mail.

    Now, Apple gives us an easy way to remove them. Just click on the > button and you'll be given the option of Create New Contact, Add to Existing Contact, or Remove From Recents.


    EDIT** It appears they are also synced via iCloud. I just opened my iPad which had a few for the letter 'A' and now they are gone even though I didn't remove them from the iPad, just the iPhone.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Whilst seemingly a small change, this is really useful. I had an address in there for a works email from my previous job and it was quite annoying having to have the nimble fingers of a surgeon to avoid sending mails to the wrong address.

    It should be noted that you can only delete the addresses from the recent list if they are not stored anywhere in your contacts, which makes sense.
     
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    HazyCloud

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    This is true. If you'd like to remove a certain email address that's stored in one of your contacts, you'll need to remove it from Contacts. If it still shows up, go back to Mail and remove it from there.
     
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    interconnect

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    Where exactly is this option?
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    As you start to type the email address and the offending one appears, you will see a blue arrow beside it.

    See the attachment below;
     

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  6. macrumors 6502a

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    When you click the blue arrow, you now have the option to remove the address from your recents list for good.

    Again, please see the picture below. Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to add multiple pictures to the same post from my iPhone, sorry.
     

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  7. interconnect, Sep 23, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012

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    interconnect

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    Unfortunately I don't have that option... I just checked. I wonder if it's because I'm using Gmail configured as an Exchange account.

    Also, since I setup Facebook integration now all my Facebook contacts show up in that list. I've chosen to hide them by going to "Groups" in Contacts and deselecting the Facebook contacts, but they still show up in the recents... anyone discover a way to clear them out (aside from the way above where I'm assuming you'd have to go one-by-one)?
     
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    This was a LONG overdue change that was very much appreciated.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Meaning of Recent

    How long are contacts kept on this 'recents' list? Why do some addresses get tagged in the drop down as 'recent' whilst others, equally unused and expired, don't?


     
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    HazyCloud

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    I honestly don't know. I can't seem to find any rhyme or reason why they act they way they do. At least we can remove them.
     
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    Is this option available in newer versions of iOS?
     
  12. macrumors P6

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    Yes, it's still there.
     

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