I’ve been forcing myself to use the default iOS Mail App to make sure I take advantage of all the features and functionality before I label the app wack, and adopt a 3rd-Party iPhone mail app.
So late last week, I flagged several emails in my inbox to quickly access those messages at a later date. So when the time came to find those emails, I could not find the Flagged email folder. So after some trial and error (and when I say trial and error, I mean searching Google), I was able to figure out how to enable additional iOS Mail smart folder options.
What Are iOS Mail Smart Folders
The short version – Instead of digging through your entire mailbox on your iPhone or iPad, you can enable Smart Folders to quickly view emails that match certain criteria like (you guessed it) messages that you have flagged “important”. Additional handy smart folders include unread messages and messages with attachments.
Enabling Smart Folders
Of course, not all Smart Folders are enabled by default, which was the case of the Flagged folder that held the messages I was saving for later. To see and enable all available smart folders:
- Open Mail
- Make sure you’re in the all the Mailboxes view
- Click “Edit” in the upper right corner of the screen
From there, you will be able to see all the available mailboxes that you can hide/unhide, in addition to the ‘Smart Folders’ you can toggle including:
To or CC
All Sent All Trash
Once you decide which Smart Folders to enable that makes sense for you, those folders will now be available right from the Mailboxes section of the Mail app. The Whole point of this exercise is to quickly access the emails you need to see, instead of digging through your all the messages in all your inboxes.
The default iOS Mail Apple Smart Folders is one of those hiding in plain sight iOS email features that really helps to quickly filter the emails that you will eventually get around to, from the emails you know you will NEVER get around to.