How to Delete the Mail App on a Mac


If you don’t use Mail for macOS, removing the app from your Mac makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, this is not easy, convenient or practical.


Let’s check out what it takes to delete the Mail app on a Mac and discuss whether you should go ahead or just disable and hide the app instead.


Can you delete the Mail app on your Mac?

The Mail app is a built-in Apple app that macOS secures using SIP (or Security Integrity Protection). SIP is a feature that prevents the user from modifying the contents of system-related data, which means that you cannot remove Mail like any normal application on a Mac.

You have the option to disable SIP and delete the Mail app afterwards. However, it is a complicated process, and you cannot reinstall the software afterwards without factory resetting your macOS installation.

Various Mail-related preferences—such as setting a default email client—are also tied to the Mail app, which complicates matters further.

A much better way (and the one we recommend) is to disable and hide the Mail app. It uses only a small amount of storage (about 50MB), so it’s not as if the app alone affects how much space you have.

Whether you want to delete the Mail app from your Mac or just want to disable and hide it, this tutorial will walk you through the two methods in detail.

How to disable and hide the Mail app on a Mac

If you want to disable and hide Mail on your Mac, you have to stop your email account – or accounts – from syncing with the app and remove it from the Dock and Launchpad. If you have a third-party email app for macOS installed, you can also configure your email preferences to set it as the default app.

Start by unlinking your online accounts from Mail.ru. To do that:

  1. open the Apple list and choose System settings.
  2. Click Internet accounts in the sidebar.
  3. Select the email account that syncs with Mail.
  4. Turn off the switch next to Mail.

Unlink an email account from Mail for Mac.

You can repeat the above for other email accounts that sync with the Apple Mail app.

Hide the Mail app from the Mac Dock

Next, hide the Mail app from your Mac’s Dock; Just controls-Click on the Mail app in the Dock and select Options > Remove from the dock. If Mail appears automatically when you start your Mac, also deactivate the Open at login to choose.

Remove the Mail app from the Mac Dock.

In addition, you may prefer to hide mail on Launchpad. A quick way to do this is to check out a file Mail symbol in Applications folder in Finder.

Change the default email client on Mac

If there is an alternative email client on your Mac, you can finish things off by setting it as the default client. The most direct way to make the change is through the Settings pane of the Mail app.

  1. Open the Mail app and select Mail > settings in the menu bar.
  2. under default general tab, open the drop-down menu next to default email reader.
  3. Select the client application you want to set as default—for example, Microsoft Outlook.

Change the default email client on a Mac.

The new email client should appear automatically when you select an email address or open the macOS Share menu.

How to permanently delete the Mail app on your Mac

We understand that not everyone wants to hide or disable the Mail app. For permanent deletion, you must disable Security Integrity Protection via macOS Recovery, use Terminal to delete the Mail app, and manually delete any remaining Mail-related files and folders through the Finder.

Enter macOS Recovery and disable SIP

macOS Recovery is a special user environment that allows you to manage advanced macOS features. Provides a terminal console that you can use to disable SIP. To reach it:

  1. Boot your Mac into macOS Recovery. If you are using an Intel Mac, just press and hold poultice + s when you start the computer. If you are using an Apple Silicon Mac, perform a cold start while holding down File power key and select Options > Complete in the startup options screen.
  2. Enter your Mac administrator password if prompted.
  3. Choose services > lounge from the menu bar.
  4. Type the following command and hit Back:
    csrutil disable
  5. Quit the Terminal window.
  6. Restart your Mac normally – click an Apple logo and selection restart.

Disable SIP on a Mac.

Uninstall the Mail app from your Mac

With SIP out of the way, it’s time to remove the Mail app from your Mac. You have to launch Terminal again but in normal desktop mode.

  1. to open launcher and choose else > lounge.
  2. Copy and paste the following command:
    sudo rm -rf /Applications/Mail.app
  3. He presses Back.
  4. Type your Mac administrator password.
  5. He presses Back repeatedly.

Uninstall the Mail app on your Mac.

Check your Mac’s Applications folder; The Mail app should no longer be there.

Delete the remaining Mail app files and folders

If you want to delete leftover mail-related files and folders from your Mac, you have to remove them manually via Finder. Any locally stored emails will be lost forever. If there is no copying on the Internet server, it is best to move the leftovers to an external storage device.

To do that, controls-tap on discoverer icon in the Dock and click Go > Go to the folder from the menu bar. Then visit the following directories:

  • ~/library/containers
  • ~/library/mail
  • ~/Library/Preferences
  • ~/library/application scripts

Delete remaining items related to Mail for Mac.

Use the search bar in the upper-right corner of the Finder window to search for it com. apple.mail inside each directory and drag the files or folders that include the name to the Trash. You have 30 days to restore the files if you want them back.

Re-enable SIP on your Mac

Security Integrity Protection is critical to the security and stability of macOS and acts as a deterrent against malware. After removing the Mail app from your Mac, you have to re-enable SIP.

To do this, revisit macOS Recovery, open Terminal, and run the following command:

csrutil enable

Hide or delete the Mail app on your Mac

You won’t gain much by uninstalling Mail on a Mac, so it’s more convenient for you to disable and hide the app.

However, if you end up removing the app but need it again, there is a way to restore the operating system without losing your data.