iOS 5 Features: Mark email as flagged or unread

iOS 5 adds lots of big new features, but also many more small tweaks like the ability to mark email messages as flagged or unread.

When reading an email, the word Mark appears in small blue text to the right of the date and time. Tap on it and options come up to flag a message or mark it as unread. Flag literally puts a tiny red flag icon on the message to help you find it later. Mark as Unread puts the little blue dot back so you can easily find and re-read it again.

Once a message is marked with a Flag or marked as Unread, tapping the Mark text brings up alternate options -- Unflag and Mark as Read.

You can also mass mark or unmark messages using the Edit button in the mail box messages list view.

iOS 5 should be released to the public in early October.

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Foamys King says:

It has been possible to mark emails as unread since ios 3. Just show email details (hidden by default) and "Mark Unread" option appears.

Jim says:

Where can I find it? I have iOS 4.3.5, but can't seem to locate it.

Xlnt74 says:

Whtat is new is that the feature is no longer hidden.

Kit_Kallisti says:

What I really want it to be able to mark everything in all my mailboxes as read en mass. I hate having to run through all mail on my Mac, on my iPhone and my iPad to set them all as read.

Foamys King says:

What you want is email based on imap. It uses a primary server to keep all clients in sync.

Billy Chapel says:

Outlook task integration coming soon?

Dallison13 says:

If you create a task in outlook, assuming its an exchange account, it will sync with Reminders in ios5. Although I guess this is slightly off topic.

Dallison13 says:

Outlook task integration works in Reminders.app

FlopTech says:

Bounce. I wish iOS Mail let you bounce messages with the simulated "couldn't be delivered" message. I wish Lion Mail had that too.

Tim Canner says:

How about adding a star for us Gmail users?

JNM says:

This is just now coming to iOS? A little late aren't we?

Dallison13 says:

Seems logical that it would but so far, no. Device flagging only.

Jason Deno says:

Does anyone else feel that some of these features take away from the simplicity of the interface?

Carlos Carles says:

I'm still hoping for "mark as spam" and it'll do the back end on gmail and ymail.

Stephen S says:

How about "DELETE" instead of "archive" for gmail accounts?

Ambiorix says:

Go to your Gmail account in preferences and turn archive off

madrigalz says:

About time, now delete all mail :)

MrTacky says:

@Rene - Any idea (please say it's true!) if flag will translate to star in Gmail? I'm an iPhone & Gmail luver and want them to play nice, finally...

MrTacky says:

Any hope "flag" might translate to "star" in Gmail? I luv my iPhone and Gmail web client and want them to work together. Apple has shown it will work with Gmail by integrating the archive feature into the Mail.app (yes you can disable it). Here's hoping they do it again.

Charles_carl says:

Like someone stated earlier, "mark unread" already exists today so its not a new feature. I would also like to add attachments from within mail. Like multiple pictures for example

Xlnt74 says:

It's simple to attach multi pics. Just copy & Paste. It's been that way a long time.

Reallytipb says:

Are you serious? This feature had been on my iPhone ever since 2009. I can see TiPb quality go down by the years.

Delrahim69 says:

When will we be able to delete all?? I hate having to select every email to delete them.
When I have 50 or more emails selected it starts to lag, does this happen to others?

Muhammad Mursaleen says:

Any one now the relase date of iPhone 5..

iUser says:

So… how do I now see ONLY my flagged messages?
I dont want to scrol, and scroll, and scroll through all my email to look for flagged messages.

Tony says:

Yes I can flag it but still need to scroll through to find that flag again!
Why no search flag function?