How to flag emails on iPhone and iPad

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If you're like me and many people, you use the Mail app for everything work-related, and there's nothing wrong with that. Your email is such an important tool, especially now that working from home has become more common. However, it can be tricky to keep your Mail app organized. If you get many emails a day, you'll need to find a system to declutter your digital workspace. Enter the flagging feature. You can flag emails on iPhone and iPad to organize them and give them a priority to know what's urgent and what can wait.

There are many ways to flag emails on iPhone and iPad. Here's what you need to do:

Why should you flag emails?

Flags are simply a means of marking messages. Why would you flag a message? Here are a few reasons:

  • As a reminder to come back to the message later and follow up on something in it.
  • To mark a message that applies to a particular project or topic.
  • To mark time-sensitive messages.

How to flag emails on iPhone and iPad

It's really easy to flag emails on iPhone and iPad. You just need to follow a few steps:

  1. Open the Mail App.
  2. Open any email message. It can be located in any mailbox, not just the inbox.
  3. Tap the Action button. It looks like a reply arrow.

How to flag emails on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Open the Mail app, open an email, tap the Reply button (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Flag.
  2. Choose the color of the Flag you want to use.

How to flag emails on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Flag, choose the color of the flag you want to use. (Image credit: iMore)

How to flag emails from your inbox

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Select the email message you want to flag.
  3. Instead of entering, swipe the email to the left.
  4. Tap on Flag

How to flag emails on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Open the Mail app, swipe the email to the left, tap on Flag (Image credit: iMore)

How to flag several emails at the same time

Flagging emails can take too much time if you're doing it individually. Fortunately, you can flag several emails at once right on your iPhone and iPad. It's straightforward to do!

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. On your Mailbox or Inbox, tap on Edit in the top right corner.
  3. Select all the emails you want to flag.
  4. Tap on Mark on the bottom left corner.
  5. Now tap on Flag

How to flag several emails on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap on Edit, select the emails you want to flag, tap on Mark, tap on Flag (Image credit: iMore)

Display the flagged emails on iPhone and iPad

Built into Mail is a Flagged mailbox that will present all flagged email messages from all your mailboxes, which is super-convenient.

If it doesn't already appear in your list of mailboxes, here's how to display it.

  1. Open the Mail App.
  2. Tap on Mailboxes on the top left corner
  3. On the list of mailboxes, tap Edit.
  4. Tap the circle for the Flagged mailbox.

How to display flagged emails on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Open the Mail app, in the list of Mailboxes, tap Edit, tap on the circle for flagged mailbox (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Done.
  2. Tap the Flagged mailbox to see all the messages you've flagged.

ow to display flagged emails on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Done, Tap the Flagged mailbox (Image credit: iMore)

Congratulations! Now you can flag emails on your iPhone and organize your emails with just a few taps. You're ready to master your Mail app.

Raise the Flag

What uses have you found for flagging email messages? Let us know in the comments below.

Updated October 2020: Updated for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

Mike Matthews is a writer at iMore.com. He has used Apple products all the way back to the Apple II+. He appreciates no longer having to launch apps by loading them from a cassette tape recorder.

4 Comments
  • I don't get the flagged messages to show in the flagged folder if they are anywhere but my inbox. Any other mailbox folder I have set up does not show the flagged messages in the flagged folder as you suggest in this article.
  • Funny enough, flagging any email, anywhere in your stash, works when using the macOS mail app. Big disconnect in UI between the two.
  • They need to redesign the whole mail app. It’s boring to look at
  • None of Apple's apps are supposed to be exciting to look at, they're supposed to be clean and simple. Skeuomorphic design ended when iOS 7 was released