About a year ago, we served up eight gotta-know tips for iOS Mail users —everything from how to change the size of your message previews to how to dictate your mail messages.
Now, we’re back with six more ways to make the most of Mail for iPhone and iPad, including a couple of nifty tricks for iOS 10. For starters, we’ll show you how to tinker with the new mail filter, as well as how to tweak iOS 10’s threaded messages view. You’ll also learn how to customize the Mailboxes screen, pick your own message-swipe options, and more.
Customize your swipe options
You don’t have to settle for Flag, Mark as Read, and Trash as your only choices when swiping inbox messages to the left or right.
Ben Patterson You can pick Archive as one of your “swipe right” options in Mail for iOS.
If you like, you can swap out one of your left- or right-swipe actions with Move Message (to file a message into a new folder) or Archive (which lets you toss a message into your All Mail pile).
The Trash option isn’t listed under the Swipe Options setting ( Settings > Mail > Swipe Options ), but you can, in fact, move the Trash action from “swipe left” to “swipe right.”
The trick: if you have Archive Mailbox selected as your default for “discarding” a message (tap Mail, tap the name of your account in the Accounts section, then tap Accounts > Advanced and choose your default action under the Move Discarded Messages Into heading), pick Archive as your “swipe right” option. When you do, Trash will (confusingly) appear when you swipe right, while Archive will be a swipe left option.
Change your default mail account
Left to its own devices (no pun intended), iOS will generally pick iCloud as your default mail account. If your main mail account is something other than iCloud, there’s an easy way to pick a new default.