How to Delete Mailbox on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

To delete a mailbox on Mac, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Mail App

To begin, open the Mail app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Access Mailbox Preferences

In the Mail app, click on “Mail” in the top menu bar and select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Navigate to Accounts

In the Preferences window, click on the “Accounts” tab. Here, you’ll see a list of all your email accounts configured in the Mail app.

Step 4: Select the Account

Select the email account that contains the mailbox you want to delete from the list on the left-hand side of the window.

Step 5: Open Mailbox Behaviors

In the selected account’s settings, click on the “Mailbox Behaviors” tab. This tab allows you to manage various aspects of your mailboxes.

Step 6: Choose a Mailbox to Delete

In this tab, you’ll see a list of mailboxes associated with your selected account. Locate the mailbox you want to delete and click on it to select it.


If you’re unsure about deleting a mailbox, make sure to backup any important emails or move them to another mailbox before proceeding with deletion.

Step 7: Delete Selected Mailbox

Once you’ve selected the mailbox you want to delete, click on the “-” (minus) button located at the bottom left corner of the preferences window. A confirmation dialog will appear.

Step 8: Confirm Deletion

The confirmation dialog will ask you if you want to delete the selected mailbox. Click “OK” to proceed with the deletion.

Step 9: Verify Deletion

After confirming the deletion, go back to the Mail app and check if the mailbox has been successfully deleted. It should no longer appear in your list of mailboxes.


If you have any important emails in the deleted mailbox, they will be permanently removed. So, ensure you have backed up or moved them prior to deletion.

That’s it! You have successfully deleted a mailbox on your Mac using the Mail app.

  • Troubleshooting tip: If you encounter any issues while deleting a mailbox, try restarting the Mail app or your Mac and repeat the steps above.
  • Caution: Be careful while deleting mailboxes as it can result in permanent data loss if not done correctly.

I hope this guide was helpful in assisting you with deleting a mailbox on your Mac!

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