Removing Previous Recipients in Apple Mail

A friend of mine had some difficulties sending email to a specific person. The mail kept getting bounced back. He is using Apple Mail in Yosemite. Apple Mail has had it’s share of problems, but this time it was on the mail user, not Mail.



My friend sent me the bounce back message. I noticed that the other persons email address was “”. I seemed to recall that particular service provider was supposed to be “”. The “H” had to go.

When my friend would email this person the “Previous Recipients” feature in Apple Mail would automatically populate the wrong address. You know how it is, you want to email someone and you just type in their name and go, without thinking about it. At one point my friend had typed in this persons address wrong and it had stuck. So, how to remove it?


All you have to do in Mail is navigate to the “Windows” menu and select “Previous Recipients”:

You will be presented with a list like this:

I have blocked out all the emails ofcourse. But, all you really have to do is select the offending email address and then click the “Remove From List” and the bad address is gone! Never to bother you again! If you have a bunch of emails in this list you can use the “Search” feature in the upper right corner of the window.


If you are getting email bounce backs then check that you have the correct recipient address. If you have a bad address you can remove it very easily.