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I have an iPhone 4S. Software 5.0.1

I have configured the Mail to GMail. Now, I want to delete the mailbox. Here is what I do.

  1. Click on the Mail icon
  2. Click on Edit
  3. Click on [Gmail]
  4. Click on Big Red button called Delete Mailbox
  5. Click on Delete Mailbox prompt
  6. I get an error message as below - Unable to Delete Mailbox. The mailbox could not be deleted on the server.

I have tried it multiple times but to no avail.

Any suggestions / thoughts?

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You should delete the inbox in your settings...

Settings < Mail, Contacts, Calendars

Select your account and hit the delete button. It will completely delete the account from your iPhone, not the GMail servers.

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[Gmail] and its children (Important, Spam, Starred) are not regular mailboxes (or tags, as internally used by Gmail), they are linked to specific Gmail functionality and therefore cannot be deleted. You can delete tags/mailboxes that you defined.

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Vlad: Thanks! So, how do I not allow it to sync and remove the emails as such from Mail i.e., I do not want anyone (folks at home) to click on the Mail and read my email. – Kanini Feb 20 '12 at 16:18
Ignore me. Removed it from Settings. – Kanini Feb 20 '12 at 16:26

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