Apple Mail outbox disappears

Apple Mail outbox disappears · Here’s how to get it back

Sometimes the smallest little bugs can really tick you off and although we don’t know why it happens there are usually easy fixes for it. For instance, may Mac users will start to panic when they notice the Apple Mail outbox disappears and they have no explanation why. Perhaps there’s an important message that you MUST send stuck in the outbox. It’s hard to track it down if you can’t find the outbox! Here is a simple solution to get the Apple Mail outbox back from hiding. It’s pretty easy and we hope it helps you out.

Retrieving mail after Apple Mail outbox disappears

If you find yourself in a pickle where your Apple Mail outbox went missing, here is a easy solution to get it back.

Here the outbox is missing

1. Compose a new message and in the recipient box type a single word (not anemail address).

Type one word

2. When the mail comes up with a error just click on the “Try Later” button.

Click the Try Again button


3. When the window closes you should see your outbox back.

Outbox should be back

4. Even though sometimes the outbox doesn’t really show unless you have mail in it. I have had some users panic when they don’t see it.

Easy fix! Let us know if this solution worked for you by entering your message in the comments below. Next time your Apple Mail outbox disappears, now you know how to track it down. Good luck!



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  • Rodney Weed

    Did not work for me at all. The option to try later never came up. The error message “Cannot append to the outbox” did come up.

  • murlou

    great thanks

  • Arno

    When your outbox doesn’t appear after these steps, try quitting the Mail app and reopening. This is when my outbox finally appeared. I am told that dragging it to the favorites bar will keep it visible for future uses.

    • Hali

      I lost about ten important messages in my outbox and even though I composed a new email for the outbox all my messages are gone! Nothing has sent or saved in drafts 🙁

      • kea rensch

        i am having this trouble right now…had a message sitting in my outbox that has now disappeared all together. help!

  • Jonathan

    very helpful and simple – thanks!!

  • Arun

    awesome. thank you. I can see my outbox now…

  • David

    Thank you!

  • This is smart. Thank you!

  • BJ Pup

    Thank you. It worked.

  • Michael Metzger

    March 2017, worked like a charm, thanks

  • air

    Oh cool! Can you also explain this? I have been seeing this forever at the bottom of side bar and it is annoying. How can I get rid of it?