How to Set Default Accounts for Mail, Contacts, and Calendars on iOS



It’s pretty likely that if you use iOS on a regular basis that you have more than one account loaded for email, contact, and calendar syncing.

If you’re running more than one account it’s easy to get things confused and save the wrong account as default. Check out the steps below to set the default account for mail, contacts, and calendars and keep yourself on track.


Even though most of us have multiple email accounts, there’s usually one account that we send from on a regular basis. You can set that frequently used account as default so every time you open mail on your iPad or iPhone it sends from the right account.

Open up the Settings app and scroll down until you find Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap on it. Here, scroll down to the Mail section and tap on Default Account.


Finally, tap on the account name that you want to send from by default.

This won’t affect the email account you reply from, but only what account comes up by default when starting a new message.


You can sync contacts from multiple accounts to your iOS device into a nice, combined list but when you add new contacts these will always save to the default account unless you change it. This doesn’t really affect you if you’re only on your iPhone, but if you’re syncing accounts to other devices or systems it’s easy to lose contacts in the mix.

In the same Settings area that you found your mail settings, scroll down until you see the Contacts section.


Tap on Default Account and choose the account you want to save new contacts to by default. If you have an email account that you don’t see listed under contacts, go back and tap on the account in the main accounts list and turn on Contacts for that account.



The last default you should set up is calendars. Just like with your Contacts, the big reason your default calendar matters is when you view events on other devices or computers.

If you’re not syncing a certain calendar on the desktop, but saving events to it on your iPhone, you can easily miss events and show up late.

On the same Mail, Contacts, Calendars page scroll down until you find the Calendar section.

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Just like with Contacts and Mail, tap on Default Calendar and choose the account you want to save new events to by default.



Setting a default account for your Mail, Contacts, and Calendars will only affect the account that comes up by default, but you can always set an email to send from another account, and just as easily set events and contacts to save to other accounts.

By setting defaults you’re only making the addition of these items and sending of email a little simpler and quicker.

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