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I have a iPhone 4S running iOS 6. Spotlight seems to find deleted e-mails on iPhone, how can I delete e-mails permanently from Spotlight results?

Could this potentially be a bug in iOS 6? I am thinking it sounds like a bug.

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Any suggestions? – Cell-o Feb 1 '13 at 11:53
So, other then Spotlight, you cannot find the email on your phone? If you tap the Spotlight result, does it bring you to the message? If you are using a service such as Gmail are you possibly archiving the messages and not actually permanently deleting? – bassplayer7 Feb 1 '13 at 14:43
So as you mentioned I have been using hotmail as e-mail service and if I tap Spotlight search then I should be seeing deleted e-mail messages. – Cell-o Feb 1 '13 at 15:51
I am trying to understand your situation. I'm afraid I don't understand what exactly you were saying in the comment (other then that you use Hotmail). So you do want to see deleted messages? Maybe you could try answering some of the questions in my comment above? – bassplayer7 Feb 1 '13 at 15:58
Are you sure you are deleting your mails and not archiving them ? – Matthieu Riegler Feb 2 '13 at 0:08

i have just hopefully cured my problem - delete all the stuff you want gone, go backup your device, then go to delete all data and settings on your fone and choose restore from back up - then your device should be as it was but without the old deleted data saved

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From what I have read there is no current way to permanently delete the cache from the iPhone, but the best thing you can do is go to Settings » General » Spotlight Search and from here deactivate Mail so that the e-mails don't show up in Spotlight search.

I strongly hope that Apple adds a option to clear the cache on their devices.

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