5 New iOS 8 Mail App Features You Probably Didn’t Know
There are numerous email clients for the iPhone. Some convert email into a task management system while others treat it as a file cabinet. It’s clear that there’s no one way to approach email. You need to determine what works best for you. This might even be the Apple Mail app, the one that came pre-installed on your phone. In terms of mail apps, it’s quite basic. However, the iOS 8 update added some impressive features. It introduced new gestures and improved email composition. Continue reading to discover all the new features of the app.
1. New Gestures
Just like the Messages app borrowed features from Snapchat and WhatsApp, the Mail app has also incorporated functions from Mailbox, allowing for convenient access to managerial tasks through gestures.
If you swipe on a mail, you can tap options. Swiping quickly selects the furthest option.
These options can be customized in the Settings app. So you can have one swipe gesture for archiving a message and another for flagging it.
2. Thread Notifications
If you get a lot of email but don’t want notifications, you may still need to be notified about certain things. That’s where thread notifications come in. When you turn them on, you’ll only be notified of new messages in that thread.
To enable thread notifications, tap the bell icon in the Subject field and select “Notify me”.
3. Handoff Support
If you have a compatible Mac running Yosemite, you can start typing a message on the iPhone, switch to the Mac, and continue using your Mac’s Mail app.
When your iPhone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network, the Mail icon will show up in the Mac’s Dock. Clicking it will take you directly to the written message.
4. Quickly Hide Compose Windows
Veteran Mail users must be aware that there was no way to simply back out of a compose window. You either needed to cancel it or save the message as a draft. Now, if you’re working on a message and need to go back and look at another email, it’s easy to do so.
Swipe down from the top bar to save the current state in the bottom bar. Tap again to go back to it.
5. Add Events and Contacts from App
If you receive mail from an unknown sender, Mail will prompt you to add them as a contact. It will use the information in the email signature to fill in the details. The Mail app can also allow you to accept event invitations with a single click.
How Do You Email?
What email client do you prefer? Are you an Inbox Zero person or do you have 1000 pending emails (like me)? Let us know in the comments.
Mail Alternatives: If you’re still looking to replace your Mail app, check out these 4 unique mail apps for iPhone.
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