Rebuilding the Spotlight Search index for email on iPhone
Boom! It was pretty simple to fix.
It’s been frustrating me for a couple of years now how the Spotlight Search index on the iPhone seems to “hang around” much longer than one wants. The problem arises when deleted emails apear in Spotlight search results.
The fix is simple:
- Find the mailbox for the messages which have been deleted that keep appearing in Spotlight under Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > [account where email is set up] and toggle the Mail option off. It might take a few seconds.
- Verify the deleted messages don’t appear by running another search,
- Then go back to Settings and toggle the Mail option back on. Your emails should return and the Spotlight index should be free from those rogue messages.