I accidentally set one of my contacts to be a VIP in Mac Mail, it then added this folder in the image below into the sidebar, when i removed the VIP status of that contact the VIP folder still remained in the sidebar.. any idea how i can remove it ?


  • Comment not answer because I am not sure if this will work, but can you not just drag the folder away?
    – stuffe
    Aug 8, 2013 at 10:17
  • I tried that but it didnt work, found the answer though, once there a no contact in VIP if you close down your machine, reopen it and reopen mail.app the VIP goes
    – sam
    Aug 8, 2013 at 10:23
  • Excellent - you can answer your own question with that (there may be a delay before it allows this) but it's worth including it when you are allowed.
    – stuffe
    Aug 8, 2013 at 10:39

8 Answers 8


I found what worked was:

  1. Remove all VIP contacts
  2. Close Mail
  3. Reboot the machine

Upon reopening Mail, the VIP section in the sidebar is now gone.

UPDATE - At the time of writing this initial post i was running OSX 10.9.

  • Not working on Sierra 10.12.4
    – FLX
    Apr 11, 2017 at 12:54

Got this working in OS X 10.10, Yosemite:

  1. Close Mail.app.
  2. Go to ~/Library/Mail/V2/MailData/.
  3. Edit VIPSenders.plist and remove all the senders.
  4. Save the file.
  5. Select the file and press Command + i to see information about the file.
  6. Check Locked under general info.
  7. Reopen Mail.app.
  • Thanks, but didn't work for me with OS X 10.10.5... Jul 10, 2018 at 12:43
  • ... until I removed the "VIP" search tag on the Mailboxes bar. I then tested, and I didn't need to lock the VIPSenders.plist file at all. Jul 10, 2018 at 12:49

OS 10.11.6 Open the email in the VIPS folder. Click the star next to the "From" email. That removes it from the VIPS folder and the VIPS folder goes away. If you have more than one email in the VIPS folder, you will need to repeat for each email and then the VIPS folder goes away.

  1. close Mail app
  2. cd ~/Library/Mail/V5/MailData/
  3. rm VIPs.plist
  4. rm VIPMailboxes.plist

OS: 10.13.6

  • After cd to ~/Library/Mail, cd to a folder starting with V, then cd to MailData. Mine was ~/Library/Mail/V7/MailData/
    – ANSerpen
    Sep 10, 2020 at 7:53

The way in which to remove a favourite from Mail is simple, highlight the account, for instance if John Smith was a favourite, highlight their name, click on the little settings bar below, thats next to the new mailbox icon, and then click 'Remove from VIP's'.


In Mojave 10.14.5:

  1. Remove stars from VIP contacts
  2. Select any inbox but VIPs
  3. Restart Mail

What worked for me:

  1. Go to Library/Mail and (depending on your system, V2 or V3) one and find Data and then VPIs.plist and delete it.

  2. Create a new mailbox and rename it whatever then simply select that dummy mailbox and quit Mail.

  3. Reopen Mail and the VIPs mailbox should ne be there. Delete the dummy Mailbox.


Go to your VIP folder and open an email from the person you want to take off the VIP status.

Scroll over to the email on that person's name in the email heading, and it will be highlight.

To the right of the person's name you will see an arrow. Click on it. From here there will be an option to "Remove from VIP list".

If you have no more names in the VIP folder, then at this time the folder will disappear.

If you have other names in the VIP folder, then the folder will remain until it is empty of all names.

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