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iPhone Tip: Enable Mail Smart Folders

Enable Mail Smart Folders to quickly view certain emails that match certain criteria.

I have been forcing myself to use the default 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 later. So when the time came to find those emails, I could not find the ‘Flagged’ email folder. So after to 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 only see certain emails that match certain criteria. Smart Folders enabled, you can quickly view certain types of folders 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:

  1. Open Mail
  2. Make sure you can see all the Mailboxes you’ve currently signed in to
  3. 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:

  • VIP
  • Flagged
  • To or CC
  • Attachements
  • Thread Notifications
  • Today
  • All Drafts
  • All Archive
  • All Sent All Trash

Once you decide which Smart Folders to enable that makes sense for you and how you triage email, 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 inboxes.

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