Daily tip: how to create HTML rich e-mail on your iPhone using Markdown Mail

Curious how to create rich, HTML email iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? iOS may show you fancy emails but it doesn't natively support creating them. However, there are tons of apps available that allow you to do so. Which one you choose is really a matter of preference. I've tried a couple and found Markdown Mail to be my personal favorite. Obviously you'll have to learn markdown if you don't already but I promise, it's dead simple. There's even a link in-app to a help page with all the syntax. Jump through to see how using Markdown Mail (or any other HTML e-mail app) can allow you to create HTML rich e-mails.

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I use Markdown Mail because it's simple to learn and integrates perfectly with the default mail app. You can simply create your e-mail in Markdown and send it without having to copy/paste anything over to the mail app.

  1. Launch Markdown mail and tap the plus sign under drafts.
  2. Type your e-mail in markdown format.
  3. If at any time you want to preview what you've written, tap the circular icon to the right of the trash option.
  4. Once you're done, tap the mail envelope on the bottom right. A mail message will pop up, simply type in the sender and subject and you're done!

As a side note, you can also choose to e-mail the markdown version as well. To do this, tap the arrow icon (bottom left) and choose e-mail markdown.

If you guys use a certain app to create HTML rich e-mail, let us know which one in the comments. If you decide to try out Markdown Mail, let us know how it works out for you!

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Allyson Kazmucha

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Daily tip: how to create HTML rich e-mail on your iPhone using Markdown Mail


There is one thing I would like from the email client on the iphone, let me add a picture to an open or already existing email...I
m baffled it's not allowed yet...

There actually is, but it's not obvious how to. When you're writing your email, hit the home button (since the mail app is native to the iPhone and 1st party, this'll work, even before iOS 4), then go into your pictures app.
Locate the image you want to use, view it full screen, then tap and hold on it. The "Copy" pop up will show up.
Tap that, then reopen your mail app. The draft you were writing will still be there. Double tap, then select "Paste", and it'll put the image in for you.
You can do this with as many images as you want.

This is one of my pet peeves with iOS, that there's no API or system-wide way to do rich text. I'm hoping that Apple will deal with it soon but who knows when they'll get to it. It would be nice if you could do rich text with Mail and Evernote and all the other text editing apps.

Absolutely magnificent app. I actually went to Youtube to search for a video walkthrough for MarkdownMail and found Ally's video. Watched it and immediately went to the App store and paid for it...

MailSig. Not quite full HTML email but great for HTML signatures. It's template driven, looks good and easy to use. Setup your signatures, then tap one and it's inserted into an email. Works for replies too. I upgraded from the Lite version within 5 minutes of using it.

Chris (above) hits the nail on the head for me.
I want to use Rich Text in so many places and iOS is mostly a plain text environment.
Do you know of a note taking app with iPad support which allows for rich text (including bulleted lists and nested bullets?). I've searched but there's nothing out there as far as I can see.
If Markdown Notes comes out, I'll be first in line!

Am I the only one missing that you can't seem to use the markdown apps to reply to meesages, only to create new ones? Or is there a workaround?

I was the author of this post, and I’m afraid I’ve never heard of such a thing . I did a quick search to see if any blogging platforms say they are blind friendly, and I didn’t come up with anything.
I will certainly keep an eye out for you, and will drop you a note if I discover anything.