Quickly Open Last Saved Email Draft in iOS

Feb 23, 2012 - 4 Comments

Open recent draft in iOS

It’s easy to lose track of drafts in iOS’s Mail app, typically when you close one the draft gets placed into the Drafts folder, which has to be accessed by tapping back out of the Inbox and into Drafts. Those extra steps often make it easier to just compile a new mail message instead of retrieving a past draft, but as Gizmodo shows us there’s a nice little feature in iOS that allows for quick access to the most recently saved email draft:

  • Save a draft in Mail app
  • Hold down the compose button in the lower right corner of Mail to return to the draft

This should work on any iOS 5+ device although it’s probably most useful on the iPhone. If you don’t have a recently saved draft, holding down the compose button will just create a new blank email.

Nice tip and image with a sufficient number of arrow pointers from Gizmodo

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. KKDK says:

    Really a good tip, thanks for sharing.

  2. Ned says:

    Great tip! This will save me some time…and taps!

  3. Peter says:

    Doesn’t seem to work for me. Running a 4S with the latest iOS.

    I do have 3 different email accounts, which might have something to do with it.

  4. […] is different from holding the Compose icon on previous versions of iOS, which jumped directly to the last saved draft instead. […]

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