If you use Mail on iOS 7, you should have a look at the customization options the app offers. In addition to allowing you to show or hide your accounts – if you have more than one email account – you have many choices for what to display on Mail’s main screen.
Tap the Edit button to see your options. You can show or hide any accounts you’re using, but you can also choose to show a number of “sort-of-smart” mailboxes. (These mailboxes are hard-coded in Mail; you can’t create your own smart mailboxes.)
The preset choices are as follows:
- All Inboxes: this is a single mailbox that groups all the messages in your different inboxes.
- VIP: this shows mail from correspondents you have set up as VIPs.
- Flagged: all emails that you’ve flagged.
- Unread: all your unread emails.
- To or CC: messages sent where you are either the To or CC recipient; this excludes mailing lists.
- Attachments: all messages with attachments.
- All Drafts: all draft messages you haven’t yet sent.
- All Sent: all your sent email.
- All Trash: everything in the Trash.
But you can also add any other mailbox on your email server: just tap Add Mailbox, then navigate to a folder or mailbox. This can be useful if you use server-side rules to filter your email and move it into specific mailboxes.
You won’t want to use all of the above, as Mail’s main screen will be cluttered. But you’ll find that using some of these can make it easier to manage your email. Try some of them and see if they help.