My iPhone “Cannot Verify Server Identity”! Here’s The Real Fix.

You want to send an email to your friend, but you’re receiving a strange notification. The pop-up says that the Mail app cannot verify the identity of the mail server you’re trying to connect to. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone “cannot verify server identity” and show you how to fix this problem for good!

What To Do When Your iPhone “Cannot Verify Server Identity”

  1. Restart Your iPhone

    If you receive an alert saying that your iPhone “cannot verify server identity”, the first thing to do is restart your iPhone. This simple step can occasionally fix a minor software glitch that could be causing this error.

    To restart your iPhone, press and hold the power button until you see slide to power off appear near the top of your iPhone’s display. Use a finger to swipe the red power icon from left to right to turn off your iPhone.

    Wait around a minute, then press and hold the power button again to turn it back on. You can release the button once the Apple logo appears at the center of the display on your iPhone.

  2. Close The Mail App, Then Reopen It

    When the mail app isn’t working properly, try closing out of the app and reopening it. This can occasionally resolve minor problems if the app’s software crashed while you were using it.

    To close out of the Mail app, double-click the Home button, which will open up the App Switcher. Use a finger to swipe up on the Mail app until it no longer appears in the App Switcher.

    close app store on iphone

  3. Delete Your Email Account, Then Add The Email Account Again

    Deleting and reentering your email account information resets your email’s server identity certificates, which allow your email account to be verified by the Mail app.  Don’t worry — deleting an email account on your iPhone will not delete your actual email account.

    To delete an email account on your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap Mail -> Accounts. Then, under Accounts, look for the email account you want to delete and tap it. Finally, tap the red Delete Account button at the bottom of the screen, then tap Delete Account again when the confirmation alert appears on your iPhone’s display.

    Delete Mail Account

    To add your account back to your iPhone, go back to Mail -> Accounts. Then, tap Add Account and follow your iPhone’s prompts to re-enter your account information.

    Add an Email Account

  4. Reset All Settings

    When you reset all settings, all of the data from the Settings app on your iPhone will be erased. Software issues can be difficult to track down, so we’ll reset all settings to make sure we erase the problem completely.

    To reset all settings, open up the Settings app, then tap General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. If you have a passcode or a Restrictions passcode, you’ll be prompted to enter them. Once you do, tap Reset All Settings when the confirmation alert appears at the bottom of your iPhone’s display.
    General Reset Reset All Settings

Need More Help?

A while ago, we recorded a video showing you how to fix the problem when your iPhone cannot verify server identity. We hope you’ll check it out and subscribe to our channel while you’re there!

You’ve Got Mail!

The Mail app on your iPhone is working again and you can start sending and receiving all of your important emails. Next time your iPhone “cannot verify server identity”, you’ll know exactly what to do! Don’t forget to share this article on social media, and feel free to leave us a comment down below if you have any other questions!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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Reese Newman
1 month ago

I did all of the above. It worked for a little while, then the offending “Cannot Verify Server Identity” came back. So, I deleted all email accounts except my iCloud email account (because it’s not as easy to delete). The error message came back after a day of using my iPhone 11 (ios 14.7.1) WITH NO email accounts. I deleted Safari cookies. Still no joy. This error message is disturbing my written notes, messages, and anything else as it constantly pops up. It started after the last update to 14.7.1. I am at a loss for how to get rid… Read more »

Beadbroad
1 month ago

I have followed all the steps listed here, and still cannot get my phone to recognize my Outlook account. When it tells me that it can’t verify my account or to re-enter my password, it does not allow me to do so. All this started when I changed my password because I was getting a “Not Signed In To One Drive” message on my computer. I finally got tired of it and did a password reset so I could sign in and make it stop. I had no idea my Onedrive was my MSN/Outlook account. I. Hate. Outlook. I have… Read more »

Laurie
2 months ago

Check that the time & date are correct first. Mine was accidentally set for 1970. As soon as I corrected that, all was well.

alina
3 months ago

i have a bug in my calender app it says i have a virus. so I uninstalled the app, but when i re install the bug and message is still there. please help i use my calender a lot. thanks

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Colin Boyd
2 months ago
Reply to  alina

Hi Alina, sorry to hear about the bug! I’d recommend going to Settings -> Calendar -> Accounts. Under Accounts, check for any weird Calendars that shouldn’t be there. If you find any, just delete them and you should be all set. I hope this helps!

alina
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin Boyd

thanks it did!!!!

DMehtab
19 days ago
Reply to  Colin Boyd

This helped! Thanks!

Robert Browning
5 months ago

Thank you!

William
5 months ago

Still get it. Hotmail is the problem

kathy
4 months ago
Reply to  William

were you able to figure out how to fix it if Hotmail was the issue? I’d like to know if that’s causing my issues.

Thomas Chandi
8 months ago

Thank you so much for helping me! Thanks for being kind to give these tips to everyone. Now my Wi-Fi can be used at work as normal.

Mark
10 months ago

What if it’s a server you’ve never heard of, not sure you even want to confirm and are inno hurry to add but just want to get rid of the annoying message. I’m guessing it’s being generated from gmail but the server is Italian and I’ve never heard of it, nor do I regularly or even irregularly send email to or from Italy.

Amy Smith
10 months ago

Thank you! This was helpful.

breyah
11 months ago

keep saying cannot verify the identity of google and I cant connect to the internet without using data.

Dianne
11 months ago

It worked! Just by closing apps. Thank you. Great video. However with this problem I developed another problem. I usually get 10-20 emails a day. Now I’m getting 200. It’s all the emails I have deleted for the last week. Now what do I do? TY

Heather
11 months ago

My email account is not trusted what do I need to do

Ginger
1 year ago

I have the cannot verifiy server pop up on my phone except its for Hotmail. I do not have hotmail and I never have, also my husbands phone and mine are syncing and Im wondering if he might have a hotmail account and thats why im getting the notice on my phone?

Lela anjani
1 year ago

Thank u so much sir for helping me , and thanks for being kind to give this tips to everyone. Now my wifi can be used at work as normal. I follow your “reset all setting “ steps. First step to restart don’t work. I appreciate your kindness! it really works! May god bless u ! If u help others for free, in future, other people will help u too sincerely! Amin.

kathy
4 months ago
Reply to  Lela anjani

Do you have msn? I have email an through hotmail but it’s [email protected]

Patricia
1 year ago

I have had this issue now for three months done all you suggest, have Apple Tech on it but can not fix it and it is driving me nuts. Happens 1 – 3 times a week. Only happens at home but then I do not go out much. I also get Account Errors can not connect to server but then it reverts back almost in seconds and email is fine. I have to do a hard restart several times a week, I have done network resets, forget this wifi, deactivated Apple mail many times since June. This is happening on… Read more »

kathy
4 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

mine usually happens when I am out and then I can’t find the information I need to contact for help since I can’t get to the internet.

Patricia
1 year ago

Hi, I am having the Cannot Verify Server Identity constantly on both my iphone and ipad since June this year. My ipad in the past week has done this almost every day but my iphone twice in 14 days. I have done everything except to reset ALL settings or Factory reset. I have an Apple Technician who wants to now escalate this to engineering but it can not be escalated until I can give them a screen shot of when it happens and get in contact with them within a 12 hour time span. This has been hard because it… Read more »

Essie
1 year ago

This was very helpful, thank you

Rick Annandale
1 year ago

I find that I simply turn off WiFi, wait a second or two, then turn it back on solves this issue every time.

Indra
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick Annandale

As easy as it can be, seems to work for me too, thanks!

Lynn
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick Annandale

Same here. Works every t8me

Mrs Umran Kaplan
1 year ago

I tried the steps and it didn’t work. SSL is turned on still no luck – I can’t figure out how to contact google . Help !

Patricia
1 year ago

Same problem with both my iphone and ipad but I can not find SSL and Apple have also checked this and they are investigating it further but it has been months.

matt
1 year ago

I did all for steps and it still does it. Any other ideas?

Vin
1 year ago

I believe Apple does this on purpose in updates to get people to upgrade! Did they not get caught once already. Always when new phones come out we see all these glitches in older phones.

Patricia
1 year ago
Reply to  Vin

I am starting to believe this because I am having this issue 1 -3 times a week now on both ipad and iphone. Iphone is 2.5 years old 8plus and ipad 18 months old top of the range. But my daughter who lives in a different house different Wifi is not having issues with her new iphone 10, 4 months old and she uses my wifi several times a week when she works from my home but her husband is having email issues. Different message but he email issues of account errors etc and his phone is the 7 and… Read more »

iphoneuser
1 year ago
Reply to  Vin

I totally agree! Apple tries to force everyone to update. This mail setting changed on its own. Everything was fine a couple days ago, but then the setting changed – and I did NOT do it.

qwe
11 months ago
Reply to  iphoneuser

issue also occur on iphone 11, sure upgrade is nice, but really?

cmac
1 year ago

I am unwilling to reset my phone. There has to be a better way. I understand if you call Google 24/7 you can get help.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you! It worked perfectly.

Anonymous
2 years ago

followed the above steps but only got a msg ‘these settings are installed by the profile “name”, no idea what to do next. appreciate the help

Anonymous
2 years ago

wow thank you

Anonymous
2 years ago

Simply going into the account settings and turning SSL off fixed the problem for me. I will add that the account was working with SSL until a recent iOS update 😛
Settings/Passwords & Accounts/(Mail Account)/Advanced/Use SSL/off

Patricia
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Been there several times and with Apple screen sharing and do not have SSL to select to turn off.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I can’t believe Apple hasn’t fixed this, yet. It’s been a problem for years.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Resetting! Thats the last thing I want to do. Step 1,2,3 do not fix the problem

Patricia
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I have done wifi resets, hard restarts and deactivated account etc etc the only thing I have not done is a FACTORY RESET as Apple advised not too. I have to try and catch the next message Cannot Verify pop up as I just did a hard restart so when the next one pops up I am to take a screen shot and contact my Apple Case Manager. The only issue is if it happens on a Saturday it is too late by Monday for her to take a log. So it needs to happen in a 12hour or less… Read more »

Anonymous
3 years ago

P.S. As someone else suggested, I would advise people to record or take a screenshot of their account settings before deleting the account because this information can be hard to find.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you! It worked just beautifully. Fortunately I didn’t have to do the last step and reset all of the phone’s settings to see the problem resolved.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Tried the “Reset All Settings” step and that worked perfectly and fixed everything! Thank you!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

please i followed your steps exactly but after reseting and going back to add new account, it doesnt work out. i click on google and it goes back again. please help me out.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You forgot to tell us to take a screen-shot of the existing account before deleting it – now I have to figure out the SMTP settings from first principles.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Got it! And its working again! First try options 1 & 2. If that doesnt work… do not delete your email or reset all your settings… cause that simply sucks. Go into your email account settings and turn on SSL in both your incoming and outgoing mail protocols. Go to Settings, and select Accounts & Passwords. Select your email account, and then scroll down to your OUTGOING MAIL SERVER and click on SMTP. On the next screen, click on the server identified directly below where it says PRIMARY SERVER. A bunch of settings will appear. Turn on the button that… Read more »

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not getting any from my gmail address now on phone. Mail is coming through on my iPad.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you. I followed your steps exactly. I still get the same message. When I click on details, this pops up:

Any other suggestions you have would be great! Thank you!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Food advice – worked perfectly. Thanks