How To Use Mail - iPhone 5C


Learn how to use mail on your iPhone 5c.

Write messages

Mail lets you access all of your email accounts, on the go.

Insert a photo or video. Tap the insertion point. Tap the arrows to see more choices.

Quote some text when you reply. Tap the insertion point, then select the text you want to include. Tap left arrow share icon, then tap Reply.

Send a message from a different account. Tap the From field to choose an account.

Change a recipient from Cc to Bcc. After you enter recipients, you can drag them from one field to another or change their order.

Get a sneak peek

See a longer preview. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Preview. You can show up to five lines.
Is the message for me? Turn on Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Show To/Cc Label. If the label says Cc instead of To, you were just copied. You can also use the To/Cc mailbox, which gathers all mail addressed to you. To show or hide it, swipe to the right (or tap Mailboxes), then tap Edit.

Finish a message later

Save it, don’t send it. If you’re writing a message and want to finish it later, tap Cancel, then tap Save Draft.

Finish a saved draft. Touch and hold Compose. Pick the draft from the list, then finish it up and send, or save it again as a draft.

Show draft messages from all of your accounts. While viewing the Mailboxes list, tap Edit, tap Add Mailbox, then turn on the All Drafts mailbox.

Delete a draft. In the Drafts list, swipe left across a draft, then tap Delete.

See important messages

Gather important messages. Add important people to your VIP list, and their messages all appear in the VIP mailbox. Tap the sender’s name in a message, then tap Add to VIP. To show or hide the VIP mailbox, tap Edit while viewing the Mailboxes list.

Get notified of important messages. Notification Center lets you know when you receive messages in favorite mailboxes or messages from your VIPs. Go to Settings > Notification Center > Mail.

Flag a message so you can find it later. Tap Flag icon while reading the message. You can change the appearance of the flagged message indicator in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Flag Style. To see the Flagged mailbox, tap Edit while viewing the Mailboxes list, then tap Flagged.

Search for a message. Scroll to or tap the top of the messages list to reveal the search field. You can search the current mailbox, or all mailboxes at once. Searching looks at the address fields, the subject, and the message body.

Search by timeframe. Scroll to or tap the top of the messages list to reveal the search field, then type something like “February meeting” to find all messages from February with word “meeting.”

Search by message state. To find all flagged, unread messages from people in your VIP list, type “flag unread vip.” You can also search for other message attributes, such as “attachment.”

Junk, be gone! Tap Flag icon while you’re reading a message, then tap Move to Junk to file it in the Junk folder. If you accidentally mark a message as junk, shake iPhone immediately to undo.

Make a favorite mailbox. Favorites appear at the top of the Mailboxes list. To add one, tap Edit while viewing the Mailboxes list. Tap Add Mailbox, then select the mailboxes to add. You’ll also get push notifications for your favorite mailboxes.


Save a photo or video to your Camera Roll. Touch and hold the photo or video until a menu appears, then tap Camera Roll.

 Use an attachment with another app. Touch and hold the attachment until a menu appears, then tap the app you want to open the attachment with.

 Include attachments in your reply. When you reply to a message, attachments aren’t included. To include them, forward the message instead.

 See messages with attachments. The Attachments mailbox shows messages with attachments from all accounts. To add it, tap Edit while viewing the Mailboxes list.

Work with multiple messages

Delete, move, or mark multiple messages. While viewing a list of messages, tap Edit. Select some messages or tap Mark All, then choose an action. If you make a mistake, shake iPhone immediately to undo.

 Organize your mail. Create mailboxes to organize your mail. Go to the mailbox list (if necessary), then tap Edit to make a new one, or rename or delete one. (Some built-in mailboxes can’t be changed.) There are several smart mailboxes, such as Unread, that show messages from all your accounts. Tap the ones you want to use.

 Recover a deleted message. Go to the account’s Trash mailbox, open the message, then tap Trashfolder icon and move the message. Or, if you just deleted it, shake iPhone to undo. To see deleted messages across all your accounts, add the Trash mailbox. To add it, tap Mailboxes, then tap Edit and select it from the list.

 Archive instead of delete. Instead of deleting messages, you can archive them so they’re still around if you need them. Turn Archive Mailbox in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > account name > Account > Advanced. To delete a message instead of archiving it, touch and hold Bin icon , then tap Delete.

 Deal with a message without opening it. Swipe left on a message, then tap Delete or Archive. Or tape More to move, forward, reply, flag, or move it to the Junk folder.

 Stash your trash. You can set how long deleted messages stay in the Trash mailbox. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > account name > Account > Advanced.

See and save addresses

 See who received a message. While viewing the message, tap More in the To field.

 Add someone to Contacts or make them a VIP. Tap the person’s name or email address

Print messages

Print a message. Tap , then tap Print.

Print an attachment or picture. Tap to view it, then tap and choose Print.

Mail settings

 Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, where you can:

  • Use a different mail signature for each account

  • Add additional mail accounts

  • Bcc yourself on every message you send

  • Turn on Organize by Thread to group related messages together

  • Turn off confirmation for deleting a message

  • Turn off Push delivery of new messages, to save on battery power

  • Temporarily turn off an account


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