Having multiple email accounts is pretty standard as most of us use different email services. Thankfully, the Mail app in Mac allows you to organize all your accounts in one place securely.

Mail App on macOS

Mail is one of the most frequently used apps on your Mac. The app keeps your Macbook sync to the internet, so you can continue to receive messages all the time.

However, if you don’t want to receive the messages, you can quickly sign out from the Mail app on your Mac.

If you don’t know how to remove an email account or sign out your account from the mail, this article shall help you understand everything.

Sign Out Duration

Generally, at least one of our accounts links with our device permanently. It keeps us from regularly signing in to a mail client.

So, if you have an account link with your Mac, it depends on whether you prefer to sign out permanently or temporarily.

Temporary of Permanent Sign Out

If you’re planning to sell your mac book, you might want to remove your account information permanently.

On the other hand, if you’re upgrading the system preferences, you may want to secure your account information temporarily.

Hence, we will look at both methods of securing your email address and removing an email account from the mail.

Here is how it works:

Why is Mail App Slightly Different from the Other Web Mail Services

One of the distinguishing actors of Apple’s Mail app is that users are not looking to reuse the email account shortly.

Generally, when you log out from the mail app, you don’t want to receive the messages on that system anymore.

Moreover, it also signifies that you don’t want to keep any email downloaded via Mac mail.

On the contrary, when you remove any mail accounts from an email client, Gmail or outlook clears the cookies from the browser keeping your session data.

Removing Email Accounts From Non-Mac Systems

Unlike the Mac book, it doesn’t download the data from your internet accounts. So, removing a statement in the mail from any other system may not be as significant as compared to the Mac.

How to Log Out From Your Email Account In Mac Mail

To log out from an email account from the Mail app on Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to the Mail app.
  2. In the ‘Mail’ Section, go to ‘Accounts’ present at the top.
  3. On the left, you can select the email account you want to log out from.
  4. Untick or deselect the ‘Mail’ option present at the right.

You can select multiple internet accounts too. Once you have disabled the store, you cannot use it on your Mac anymore. You will need to re-enable the account if, in the future, you wish to use the account again.

Permanently Deleting a Mail Account in Mac or Mail App

If you have had enough of your current account on your Mac, you can permanently disable or delete it. Here are the steps:

  1. Click on the Mail icon to open the Mail app on your Mac. It will open in a pop-up window.
  2. Go to the Mail menu and click on Accounts at the top.
  3. On the left, select the account that you want to disable permanently.
  4. Now, click the Remove button to get rid of the accounts from your computer.

After removing the accounts, you will no longer receive any emails, and all the stuff downloaded from the iCloud will be removed from your computer.

Want to Log Back On in the Mac Mail App?

If you temporarily disabled the account in the mail and wish to log back on, there can be two scenarios. Firstly, you could have disabled the account, or you might have removed it permanently. Here is how to log back on in both cases.

  1. Click the Apple Icon
  2. Select System Preferences from the top.
  3. In System Preferences, click on Internet Accounts.
  4. In Accounts, select the account, then click the Mail option on the right.

You have successfully enabled the email account and now start receiving your Mac’s emails and messages.

Logging Back On After Removing an Email Account

If you remove the account permanently, you first need to add an account to your Mail app. For this, click the button to start the Mail app and then follow the standard procedure to add an account to your Mail App.


There can be many reasons why you need to sign out from Mac. So, whether it’s about signing in or removing an account, the mentioned methods allow you to access the mail account through the Mail app easily.

Generally, these methods are independent of your account type and apply to the Mail app for macOS.