Access Drafts from Mail in iOS Quickly with a Tap and Hold

Oct 12, 2012 - 2 Comments

Mail icon for iOS For most iOS users, if you need to access the Drafts folder, they will tap back from their Mail app inbox to Mailboxes, and then tap on Drafts to access any email drafts on an iPhone or iPad. But that’s not necessary, and there’s actually a super fast shortcut to access the Drafts folder of iOS Mail app with a simple tap-and-hold trick.

To quickly jump to a list of all Drafts in Mail app for iOS, all you need to do is tap and hold on the Compose icon in the primary Mail app mailbox screen. The little button to press and hold is in the lower right corner of Mail app.

Doing so will present you with a list of all messages stored as drafts in the current mail account, and you can scroll down to access drafts saved far in the past.

Access email drafts in Mail app for iOS

If you don’t see the message you’re looking for immediately, you can use the pull-to-refresh gesture to download the most recent ones from the mail server.

This works on all modern versions of iOS, though it can be styled slightly differently depending on which release is on your particular iPhone or iPad. Here’s what it looks like in a prior version, whereas up top is the modern iOS Mail app appearance:

Open Drafts quickly on iPhone and iPad

Do note this is different from holding the Compose icon on previous versions of iOS, which jumped directly to the last saved draft instead. Now, with new releases, you will access the entire drafts folder. So useful!

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


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  1. JN says:

    Excellent tip – thanks!
    …but – has anyone figured out how to actually use drafts in iOS?? They are there, but I have never figured out how to actually edit and send from Drafts?

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