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Filter Mailboxes in iOS 10

If your e-mail load is like mine or just someone who’s an organization freak ( OK, also me ) then you will love some of the filtering features in iOS 10. I use my phone exclusively at times so being able to better navigate through my Mail app helps a lot. Apple has enhanced the Mail app in iOS 10 to help you filter your email and focus on what’s important. The filters are like searches in that all they do is show messages in the current mailbox that match the filter, hiding everything else. They don’t move or modify messages in any way, but allow you to quickly access the e-mails you need.

To start using these filters in iOS 10 tap the Filter button in the bottom-left corner. By default, mailboxes are set to show only unread messages. You can click or tap Unread to bring up all the preset filter choices which fall into four categories:

E-mail Account: This section appears only if Mail checks more than one account. These choices tell Mail to include mail from specific accounts. Perhaps you want to be able to stay more focused while at work, you can specify to look only at your work e-mail account. When you’re at home, you can help yourself to disconnect from office concerns by only viewing your personal account. You will want to make sure to specifically select “all mailboxes” or individual accounts depending on your viewing and filtering preferences.

Status: You’ll likely want to keep Unread selected most of the time, after all half the point of these features to keep things more filtered and organized! You can also select flagged e-mails specifically, a huge time saver for me when I’m planning my meetings.

Addressed: Sometimes it may be helpful to see only messages that have your address in the TO line, versus those where the sender CC’d you. These options will also hide most mailing list messages, automated e-mails and marketing offers.

Attachment and VIPs: I am constantly having to reference e-mails with specific attachments that I need so this is a huge time saver for me when I am on the run. Being able to specifically pull up e-mails with attachments has really saved me from unnecessary headaches while on the move. You can do the same with VIPs, I must admit though that I do not use this feature. I tried to use VIPs once but quickly found I put too many senders in my VIP list so it didn’t save me any time.

Any of these filter options can be easily turned on and off with a quick tap, so as your needs change so can your filters. Give filters a try, hopefully you find them as useful as I have!

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