How to Minimize (& Maximize) Emails in Mail App on iPhone
If you spend a fair amount of time emailing from the iPhone, you’ve almost certainly come across a situation where you’ll be writing out an email, but need to get data or information from another email in your Mail inbox. That used to be a challenge, but modern versions of the Mail app in iOS support a really great minimize email feature, which, just as it sounds, allows you to minimize a current email composition or reply, return to the primary Mail inbox screen (and access other emails), and then be able to switch back and maximize that recently minimized email message.
The email minimization feature in Mail app works very well but is not well known, but this is one of those tricks that once you learn, you’ll be using it on the iPhone all the time.
Minimize & Maximize Emails in Mail App for iOS
This is best walked through so that you can understand how mail minimize works. For this purpose, just open the Mail app and compose a new email message, then do the following:
- Tap and hold on the top of the new mail message (or email reply) where the email subject sits, then drag it all the way down to the bottom of the iPhone screen, as you do this you’ll notice the Mail app Inbox becomes visible
- That email will now be minimized and you have full access to the Mail inbox, outbox, sent, drafts, etc
- When you wish to open and return to the minimized email message, simply tap on the minimized email subject header at the bottom of the Mail app to maximize and re-open the email
This works for new email compositions, email replies, and email forwarding, it’s a really great feature that is incredibly useful to have on the iPhone (just like minimizing is very useful on the desktop).
You can even have multiple emails minimized, and when accessed, you’ll have a neat little flip menu of email replies and compositions to see:
Used in conjunction with the long-tap to open email drafts in iOS Mail app, you’ll be a mobile email machine in no time.
The email minimization feature requires modern versions of iOS, if you don’t have this functionality available on your iPhone Mail app, you likely need to update system software to a newer version.
If you enjoyed this trick, don’t miss these 10 Mail tips for iOS, which are sure to further improve your iPhone email prowess.