How to Add a Mailbox Folder to your iPhone

I get a lot of email. More than I would like to but it all serves a purpose. When I look at my email on my iPhone or iPad, I don’t want to see my ‘old’ email that I’ve already read, just my unread email.  So I added an ‘Unread’ folder to my Mail application. It’s very easy to do.

STEP 1:  Open Mail and tap on ‘Mailboxes’ in the top left corner.

STEP 2:  Tap ‘Edit’ in the top right corner.


STEP 3:  Tap the circle next to ‘Unread’.


STEP 4:  Tap ‘Done’ in the top right corner.

STEP 5:  Tap ‘Unread’.

You will now only see unread messages. If you want to see all messages, go back to your ‘Mailboxes’ list and tap ‘Inbox’. As you read your email, the read messages will be deleted from the ‘Unread’ folder the next time you open it.


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Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at

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