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How to remove autocompleting zombie contacts from iPhone Mail

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Addresses aren't as easy to delete as they once were.
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The Mail app on your Mac and your iPhone/iPad does a lot for you, which is usually good. But sometimes it’s a little too helpful, like when it keeps autocompleting an old, unused email address for one of your contacts. Most of us just start tapping a name into the To: field, and pick the top result from the list. But Mail will sometimes put “zombie” addresses in there, addresses that you have deleted from your contacts, but which are being remembered anyway.

Today, we’ll see how to get rid of those zombie email autocompletes.

iOS Mail filters quickly tame overflowing mailboxes

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A mailbox, aka a postbox, or even 'pillar box."
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The iOS Mail app gets overlooked by power users, but it’s still the default for most people, unless they’re using Gmail in the browser. And that’s not a bad thing, because Apple’s Mail app has gotten pretty great in recent years, from smart mailboxes, to swipe gestures, to iOS 11’s drag-and-drop. Today we’re going to take a look at a feature so hidden you may never have seen it before. It’s a filter than can be applied to any folder, letting you see just mail with attachments, mail addressed directly to you, VIP mails, and more.

These are all the things Spotlight can find on your iPhone and iPad

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A picture of a light, to illustrate Spotlight search.
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Spotlight is Apple’s search technology for Mac and iOS, and it can help you find almost anything. Not just stuff on your iPhone, either. Spotlight can also help you find nearby places, look up words in a dictionary, and even do currency and unit conversions, all from one search box. Let’s take a look at everything Spotlight can do on your iPhone or iPad.

7 hidden tips and tricks every iOS Mail user should know

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If you use the default iOS Mail app on a regular basis, here are 7 tips and tricks you definitely need to know!
If you use the default iOS Mail app on a regular basis, you definitely need to learn these tips and tricks.
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app-factor-logo-thumbnail No matter how many email apps I try, I just keep coming back to the stock iOS Mail app. While some of the things I’ve come to love about the iPhone’s built-in Mail app are obvious, some are not — such as shortcuts or gestures that make using it even more intuitive. Here are a few favorite iOS Mail tips I think everyone should know.