Daily Tip: How to change the amount of lines shown in an email preview

Curious how to change the amount of lines shown on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch email preview? If you get a lot of email, it is really handy to see a preview  of the first few lines to know if it is important enough to read and deal with. If you're concerned about privacy, you may prefer to display nothing at all. Out of the box, the iPhone and iPad only show the first two lines of text from an email but that can be changed to show much more, or nothing at all.

  • Click on Settings
  • Click on Mail, Contacts and Calendar

  • Scroll down to Preview
  • Click on Preview
  • You will now see a screen that lists the number of lines of text you will see in an email preview

  • If it is set on two lines, this is how it will look

  • Change the setting to your preferred amount of lines, four in this example
  • When set at four lines, you can now see much more of the email message without opening it.

That is all there is to it, simple but a very handy tweak.

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