Deleting a Single Email address on the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by bmstrong, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

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    Okay. Let me see if I can articulate this correctly:

    When you open Safari on the iPhone to a page. Say Yahoo. I press the plus or the "Send Link" on the bottom bar. The first field is the email address. I type a letter, say R, and the iPhone shows a list of all the "R" email addresses I have sent to previously.

    Ron@whatever. Rob@whatever. Rick@whatever.

    How do you delete a single email address from this list? Not a blanket reset, just a couple select one's. I've got a couple email addresses that are no longer in use that come up and it gets a tad annoying.
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    You should just be able to remove them from your contacts. Otherwise you need to apply the ones you want to a contact then clear the history.

    TEG
     
  3. domness macrumors 6502a

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    As said above, the email addresses are stored within contact information- (well all mine are anyway). So all you'd have to do is goto the contact on the phone area on the iPhone, and then edit the contact details and remove their email address there.
     
  4. jefdiesel macrumors newbie

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    deleting email addresses that are not saved contacts

    my problem ( and i think the original posters) is deleting emails that are NOT contacts, but somehow are still saved as previous sent addresses, and pop up like a suggestion when you type in a new email address

    my example is from buying stuff on craigslist, all the email addresses are sale-1234345@craigslist, and when i ever i email anyone beginning with S i get sale-12345, sale-234456, sale-34567, sale-56789 as the first choices.

    if i had a friend named sally, i would have to type S-A-L-L just to get past these disposable addresses that I no longer need.

    they show as grey only, not black like contacts, and even if you add them to a contact, and then delete the contact, the address stays.

    in fact, they even seem to stick around from deleted accounts. I use a spam filter email for craigslist, and I deleted that account from my phone, and the email addresses still show up in my other email accounts.

    has anyone got any ideas?

    running 1.13 jailbroken et al
     
  5. gaiking macrumors newbie

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    I had an issue with one of my contacts that was caused by this. It seemed that my iphone was getting confused because the auto populate feature for email addresses was interfering with the contact email. I spoke to apple and was told that the ONLY way to delete the email addresses in the auto populate feature is to do an iphone restore and choose to restore as a new phone. Do not restore from backup because it wont delete any of the saved addresses. You must basically wipe out the iphone and start over as if new. I had to wipe my iphone and now there are no unwanted addresses and my mail application works the way it should.

    One drawback is all my web apps are gone from my iphone homepage and I have to re-sync to get all my photos and music back on.

    WARNING: What ever you do ...make SURE that you backup ALL photos that you took using the iphone. And make sure the pics are actually transferred onto your computer otherwise the restore will delete them forever.
     
  6. AlexRus macrumors newbie

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    If you still interested I found a simple solution.
    Write and send five empty letters to addresses beginning with the same letters.
    4Example - you need to get rid of address john@gmail.com - write and send five letters to ja, jb, jc, jd and je (you can add @somewhere.com if you'd like to). Look at the result. Enjoy.

    PS. This method is not exactly "delete" unwilling address but replace it in the list. It is easier when reset the iPhone without restoring from backup.
     
  7. movehere macrumors newbie

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    hi! did you someone answered you Q.?

    hi! jefdiesel i have exact problem as yours..did somebody gave you a solutions??i can't find answer to that for a week...and its making me crazy..i need to delete those contacts too..

    thanks!

    deleting email addresses that are not saved contacts

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    my problem ( and i think the original posters) is deleting emails that are NOT contacts, but somehow are still saved as previous sent addresses, and pop up like a suggestion when you type in a new email address

    my example is from buying stuff on craigslist, all the email addresses are sale-1234345@craigslist, and when i ever i email anyone beginning with S i get sale-12345, sale-234456, sale-34567, sale-56789 as the first choices.

    if i had a friend named sally, i would have to type S-A-L-L just to get past these disposable addresses that I no longer need.

    they show as grey only, not black like contacts, and even if you add them to a contact, and then delete the contact, the address stays.

    in fact, they even seem to stick around from deleted accounts. I use a spam filter email for craigslist, and I deleted that account from my phone, and the email addresses still show up in my other email accounts.

    has anyone got any ideas?

    running 1.13 jailbroken et al
     
  8. ckurt25 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone come up with anything better than completely wiping the phone?
     
  9. scottpbutler macrumors newbie

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    RE: Deleting a Single E-mail Address on the iPhone?

    AlexRus--

    First of all, I love your ingenuity. I find myself coming up with hacks like that (i.e. "Hmmm, which is going to get alphabetized first--the asterisk or the dash...") every day. ) Although not a "solution", a great hack nonetheless!

    Let me throw this one at you. The person I e-mail all the time's address starts "ken@..." The person I would delete from the auto-pop list if I could starts "kassidy@..." So I can't create your 5 empty addresses because "kassidy@..." pops up right when I hit "k". Once I've hit "ke", the one I very much don't want to see is already gone.

    Now, I know I'm getting greedy trying to work with just the first letter, but any thoughts? :)

    Thanks!

    Scott Butler
    scottpbutler@gmail.com
     
  10. miamialley macrumors 68030

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    I'm having the same problem, my girlfriend changed her email address, so I deleted it and put the new one under her contact info. However, when I type the first two letter of her name "TH" the first address that comes up is her old one (that I have deleted from her contact info). I can't make it go away...


     
  11. Pennine macrumors 6502

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    I'm having the same problem, please could anyone help
     
  12. Niva3 macrumors newbie

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    Did you get an answer yet

    Did you find out how to delete a single address
     
  13. luckman212 macrumors newbie

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    yes, please if anyone knows a real way to do this besides completely wiping the device. Can't believe they didn't think of a way to achieve such a simple task. Things like this make me sometimes wonder if the engineers actually *USE* the products they develop for.
     
  14. bmstrong thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Bumping this back up to the top! I'm still in need of a solution.
     
  15. luckman212 macrumors newbie

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    i wound up giving up :mad: :mad: :mad:
    i just backed up the info i needed, did a full restore, and painfully pieced back all my apps, config & data. ugggggghhhhh

    I would have jailbroken and deleted these 2 files:
    /var/root/Library/AddressBook/AddressBook.sqlitedb
    /var/mobile/Library/AddressBook/AddressBook.sqlitedb


    but i have a 3gs w. 3.1 firmware and as far as I know its still not jailbreakable.
     
  16. Mik0l86 macrumors newbie

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    I figured out a way to delete the email addresses, it's not very difficult. It worked without a problem on my phone.

    You're iPhone will have to be jailbroken so you can ssh into:
    /private/var/mobile/library/addressbook

    You then copy out AddressBook.sqlitedb
    It would be best to create a backup of this just in case something goes wrong.

    Then what you'll need to do is open the file with a SQLite Database manager, I for example downloaded Visual SQLite (for free) off of download.com.

    Then after installing and opening the file (AddressBook.sqlitedb) you can go ahead and delete the contact you wish to remove by:
    Under Table selecting: ABRecent
    Selecting the Table Data tab
    And then scrolling down, finding the person, and....delete

    So then you save the file, ssh it back to the same folder in your iPhone, replacing the existing one. I first rebooted my phone before checking to see if the address was gone.
     
  17. luckman212 macrumors newbie

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    is it safe to jailbreak 3gs running 3.1.2 ? using blackra1n?
     
  18. OhioLefty macrumors regular

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    Thanks Mik0l86,

    I've been looking for a way to do this for about three months. I did exactly what you said and it worked perfectly!

    Thanks again...
     
  19. suryagullapalli macrumors newbie

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    upgrade jailbroken iphone 3g from version 2.2.1 to 3.1.2


    Thanx a ton Mik0l86...... i tried and it was perfect... now I have one more question... do u know how can I upgrade my jailbroken iphone 3g from version 2.2.1 to 3.1.2 it would be of great help thanx in advance

    Cheers
    Surya
     
  20. smallard macrumors newbie

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    You CAN do this!

    You CAN delete those pesky email addresses from the cache - you do NOT need to jailbreak your phone or restore it to the factory defaults. Just use this app:

    http://www.icopybot.com/itunes-backup-manager.htm

    Works great.

    Only downside is that the software only works on PC at the moment.

    You can also do things like copy your SMS messages off your phone.

    SM
     
  21. luckman212 macrumors newbie

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    Well the other "downside" is the program is not free. Apple should really provide some way to do this without requiring a jailbreak or buying some odd 3rd party program.
     
  22. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    This does the same thing, it works on Mac or Windows, it's free, and you don't have to JB, to use it.
    http://www.macroplant.com/iphoneexplorer/
     
  23. luckman212 macrumors newbie

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    I tried downloading & running that app JamesMB but I didn't see any way to make any changes to the addressbook data using it? Unless I'm missing something obvious, this seems to be a 'read only' kind of thing unless the phone is JB. If you know how to do it, please post a bit more detail...
     
  24. JamesMB macrumors 68000

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    If you read post 16 above, you will see that you need:
     
  25. luckman212 macrumors newbie

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    Um right, but post 16 starts off by saying "You're iPhone will have to be jailbroken....." so, with a non-JB iphone + the iPhone Explorer software, how is this possible??
     

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