Although with the advent of iOS 10, You can choose to delete the iOS Mail app and use a third party e-mail client, habits often rule our behavior and we stick to what we know best from our past experiences. If you are a regular Apple iOS Mail user, here are five basic tips to get the best out of your Mail experience using iOS 10.
Tip # 1 What’s with the Filter button at the bottom in iOS 10?
You can now quickly filter messages in the iOS 10 Mail app with just a tap.
When viewing a mailbox, tap on the filter icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.
If you are new to this, it may look a little weird since the default filter is set to show you only unread messages.
To get the best out of this feature, test out the various filter settings. Once you tap on the filter icon as shown above, proceed with tapping on the Filtered by Message.
You can change the filter by tapping on Filtered by: Unread at the bottom of the screen and selecting the category (or categories) you want to see.
Tap the filter icon again to turn it off.
Tip # 2 Using Threaded Conversations in iOS 10 Mail
iOS 10 brings a new look to the concept of threaded conversations on e-mail.
You no longer have to jump in and out of messages to select a different message within the thread.
The feature is enabled by default, but you can go into Settings > Mail > Threading to customize the order the messages are displayed in.
You can also choose to turn this off in the settings.
Tip # 3 Using and Saving Drafts in iOS Mail
Sometimes, while you are composing an email, you need to look at another email as reference. We have all been there where you wanted to quickly look up an old email or emails before you finish your current email and hit send.
In order to accomplish this in iOS Mail, all you need to do is Swipe down on the title bar of a message you’re writing. When you’re ready to return to your message, tap its title at the bottom of the screen and it brings you back to your e-mail draft.
If you are writing a message that you want to save as a draft and complete later, tap on Cancel followed by Save Draft.
You can retrieve your draft email when you want to complete it by touching and holding the “compose new message” icon.
Tip # 4 Siri has gotten Better in iOS 10. Take it out for Test-Ride
You can easily check your new emails using Siri without opening your Mail or checking your notifications.
Just invoke Siri by pressing the home button and say “ Any New e-mails from Apple This week? ”
If your iPhone is unlocked, it will show you all the new emails matching the criteria otherwise it will request you to unlock your iPhone by providing your credentials and then show you the matching emails.
With Siri, it pays to smarten up your contacts in the contact app by using fields such as Nick Names and Related.
Tip # 5 Couple of Shortcuts to Remember in iOS Mail
Adding attachments to your emails hasn’t fundamentally changed in iOS 10. In order to add attachments like an image or video to your e-mail, simple double tap on the message body, choose Add Attachment and select files form your iCloud Drive.
You can also choose the Insert Photo or Video option.
If you would like to see a longer preview of your emails you can choose to set this up in your iOS Mail Settings.
Tap on Settings > Mail > Preview and choose the best one that suits your needs.
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We hope that these tips were helpful. If you have a favorite iOS Mail tip that you would like to share, please provide your feedback below using the comments.
If you happen to be seeing smaller font size on your emails since upgrading to iOS 10.0.1, you may want to restart your iPhone or iPad. Several users who have had this issue with their emails have found that restarting their device helps with this issue.
If you are exploring potential new e-mail clients to replace your iOS Mail, please check out our review of some of the apps here along with the review of the new Alto.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the original editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.
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