Daily Tip: How to mark an email as unread on iPhone, iPad

Ever wonder how to mark an email message as unread on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? It may seem as though Apple forgot to include this basic feature in the mail application, but they didn't - it's just hidden away. We'll show you how to find it after the break!

Marking an email as unread is actually rather simple, yet just as simple to miss.

  • Tap "Details" in the From field
  • Tap "Mark as Unread" in the subject field

That's it! Hope the little tip helped you out. If so, let us know in the comments below!

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Leanna Lofte

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There are 12 comments. Add yours.

Geo Coldz says:

I didn't know contact pictures appear in emails.

Rick Emery says:

Geo, pictures only appear if they are in your Address Book for that user.

Elijah says:

I've had every iPhone since it first came out and JUST figured this out a week ago haha. Oops.

jpoates says:

I wish apple would implement flagging an email for exchange users. This is nearly a necessity for business users. I don't like having to mark messages unread, but it is a better option than moving them to another folder to remind me to follow up.

Yvonne says:

If I could now see my unread folder that would be helpful!!

Doug says:

What about marking a bunch of email as "read" instead of having to open each one? I have to deal with a lot of work notifications that I don't want to have to open.

Chris Parsons says:

@Doug - Apple forgot to include that button, lol. If Jailbroken though you can install MarkRead from Cydia. See: http://cocoanuts.co/

Carolyn says:

Just got the iPhone4 from Verizon. Does anyone know how to mass delete emails? It was so easy to do from my Blackberry Storm, but can't seem to figure it out on the iPhone. Hate having to open each and every email to delete each one individually.

Leanna Lofte says:

When viewing your inbox, tap edit at the top right. Then tap the emails you wish to delete and hit delete!

Carolyn says:

Thank you so much for the info. That certainly makes deleting those pesky emails so easy!

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Lissatucker555 says:

um, but for yahoo emails, you have to click "details" and then click on the little square..