How to create HTML email signatures on your iPhone and iPad

How to create HTML email signatures on your iPhone and iPad

If you've got an iPhone and iPad, you most likely have all your mail accounts linked to it through the Mail app. Not only can you create multiple email signatures for each account, you can also add HTML links such as links to a website or email address. This is a great way to give people you email access to useful information without them having to ask for it.

  1. Send yourself an email message from your computer or device that already has HTML signatures set up on it. It can be just a blank email with your signature.
  2. Open the email in the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad.
  3. Press and hold down on the signature in order to bring up the selection tool. Move the anchors so you have the entire signature highlighted.
  4. Tap on Copy.
  5. Press the Home button to return to your Home screen.
  6. Launch the Settings app.
  7. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  8. Tap on Signature under the Mail section.
  9. Tap on the account you'd like to add the signature to if you have signatures set up per account.
  10. Tap in the signature field to bring up the selection tool again.
  11. Tap Paste in the popup menu.
    1. Shake your iPhone and tap Undo in order to remove any automatic formatting iOS may have done. This will bring back any colors or other HTML content that may not have shown up in the original paste.

That's all there is to it! Just be sure to check spacing after pasting since sometimes that doesn't copy over correctly. Once you're happy with the way your signature looks like, you're done!

Note: Originally published, January 2013. Updated, July 2014.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to create HTML email signatures on your iPhone and iPad


I like the post, and love that now in iOS 6 you can do HTML signatures!

But.... Did you know.... You can create an HTML link in your signature to would auto dial you on FaceTime, or Skype?

For instance, in my email signature, I have the below

Simon Hardy | Mobile Security Architect | FishNet Security | +44 (x) xxxxx xxxxxx | +1 (xxx) xxx xxxx | FaceTime | Skype | LinkedIn

When someone gets my email, they see that FaceTime, Skype, and LinkedIn are all HTML links, and when they click them they will either dial me on FaceTime (if they click it from an iPhone, iPad or Mac), dial me on Skype (if they are on a device with Skype installed) or will take them to my LinkedIn profile.

It's really easy to do this...

For a FaceTime link, all you need to do is set the URL of the word you want in your signature to this...


Where "YourAppleID" is either an email address or phone number that someone can FaceTime you on.

Skype is just as easy....

For a Skype link, all you need to do is set the URL of the word you want in your signature to this...


Where "YourSkypeID" is Skype username where someone can call you on.

Not sure if this will help anyone, but I've found it really useful and folks seem to enjoy to ease of use!


That works fine for hyperlinks themselves but does anyone know
A) how to include a picture associated with the link
B) how to get iphone to retain such in INCOMING signatures when replying or forwarding. At the moment, I see the images as email attachments no longer embedded / referenced by hyperlinks

I would love to find this answer as well! I can get it show correctly in the settings, but then it disappears when I actually send/receive emails back.

You should insert the image into the html signature using web url e.g.:
<img src="http://..." />
Then it will appear in any mail you'll send

Have had this for some time on my work email

I have my name set up as a mailing link and the word "iphone" in "Sent from my iPhone" that is the tel: link

Did not know about the automatic formatting, will have to adjust that.

Also I use this signature in outlook sometimes when I want to justify a short reply to an email ;)

A photo of the Texas Instruments logo would make it perfect.

Sent from the iMore App

Except the "Shake" doesn't work on my iPad.... Any ideas?

Also, if you select having a separate signature for each account, it won't let you Paste in the field... Works when combined, but not when separated.


I tried this and it doesn't work for me. It looks perfect when I paste it but reverts to plain text once I close it and go back in to look at the signature. I've tried it with and without "Shake to Undo" and get the same results.

If I send an email from my PC to my phone it displays correctly. Any ideas?