How to Mark eMail as Unread in iOS
One of the many subtle changes to iOS after 6.0 is how marking emails works in the Mail app. While there used to be a very obvious “Mark as Unread” option sitting atop each open email, that action has been moved to a new flag menu that rests in the toolbar of messages. If you’re confused by the change, here is how to mark emails as unread:
- Open a Mail message and tap the flag icon in the lower left corner
- Tap “Mark as Unread” from the popup menu
Of course this works the same on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later.
Once you get used to it, the change is for the better since the toolbar stays visible all the time, whereas before you had to navigate back to the top of an email to mark it as unread. Nonetheless, the minor change has caused a fair amount of confusion, and a lot of people seem to rely on this in order to later address emails that are important. I know I use the feature constantly for that purpose as a way to filter out the email onslaught from what matters and what doesn’t, and if I’m surrounded by people who couldn’t find Mark as Unread than certainly others are in the same shoes too.
Currently there does not appear to be way of marking multiple messages as unread, though a group of emails can be marked read just the same as before.