Rearrange Order of Mail Accounts and Mailboxes Easily on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Oct 6, 2012 - 8 Comments

Mail allows you to change the order of mail accounts and mailboxes easily Have multiple inboxes and different mail accounts set up on your iPhone or iPad? Changing the order of your mailboxes is easier than ever in iOS, you don’t even have to go into Settings with new versions of the software. Instead, if you want to arrange the order of mail accounts and mailboxes in Mail app, you can just use the following quick tutorial right from the Mail app to have them appear however you’d like.

How to Change the Order of eMail Accounts & Mailboxes in iOS Mail

This works the same on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, as long as the iOS version is even somewhat modern it will allow this arranging feature:

  1. Open the Mail app if you haven’t done so yet, then tap back into “Mailboxes”
  2. Tap “Edit” to enable the ability to change the mailboxes
  3. Now tap and hold on a mailbox, then then drag mailboxes as desired into the order you wish them to appear in
  4. Tap “Done” when finished

Here’s what this looks like in modern versions of Mail app, notice the little handlebars on the side of the inbox and mailbox names, those indicate they can be dragged up or down to change the order in which they appear:

Change order of mailboxes in iOS

This is a great change for those of us who manage multiple inboxes, since it allows you to keep your most important mailboxes on top.

Indeed this feature exists on prior releases of iOS too, and this is what the rearrangement of mailboxes looks like in the pre-redesigned iOS Mail app, it may look a little different nowadays but the function is identical.

Rearrange Mail inboxes in iOs

Managing a ton of email is never fun, combine this with VIP lists in OS X and iOS and it gets quite a bit better though. As long as the same mail accounts are used with iCloud, the VIP lists will sync from the Mac out to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and vice versa.

Thanks for the tip Mithilesh!

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

8 Comments

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  1. kevin says:

    Call me dumb but I didn’t even know you could have multiple inboxes, great idea hidden in what looks like a good tip. Thanks guys.

  2. William says:

    Oh now THAT is useful! I’ve been wanting to be able to re-arrange my eMail addresses into a more meaningful order for years.

    ~W

  3. Greg Baumgartner says:

    That is an awesome tip- with multiple email accounts I had no idea such an easy method existed to put them in a workable order. Thanks for the tip!

  4. judy p says:

    FINALLY!!! Someone who knows what they are talking about. I have tried many different things that people suggest but this WORKS!! Bravo to you.

  5. Philipp says:

    What about having a separate home screen icon for each mail inbox?

  6. Ann says:

    Thank you sooo much for posting this! What a great tip – I’ve been wondering for quite some time! Thanks again.

  7. Carrie says:

    Thank you!!!!!! This tip is SO very helpful!

  8. Chimpidi says:

    Simple and Excellent tip. Helped me a lot.

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