How to See All Unread Emails in Mail on iPhone & iPad the Easy Way

Mar 15, 2017 - 5 Comments

View Unread Emails in iOS easily

The latest versions of Mail in iOS allow iPhone and iPad users to quickly filter their email inbox to display unread messages with the simple touch of a button. The unread email message toggle will instantly change the currently viewed inbox in iOS Mail to display all unread emails in the active inbox, it’s simple and fast, but easily overlooked.

If you haven’t seen this feature before, here’s where to find it and how to use it so you can quickly show all unread email messages on your iPhone or iPad.

Note this is a different feature than using the dedicated unread email inbox in iOS, and it offers a faster approach to quickly toggle to view new messages in the currently active inbox (or all inboxes if you’re showing them all).

How to View All Unread Email Messages in Mail for iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Mail app in iOS if you haven’t done so yet
  2. From the primary Inbox window, look in the corner for the tiny round button with three lines through it and tap on that to immediately toggle the display only unread email messages in the current Mail inbox
  3. View unread emails in iOS easily

  4. Browse through all unread emails in the iOS mail inbox as desired
  5. Showing only the unread emails in iOS inbox

  6. Toggle the button again to return to the regular inbox view, showing all messages read and unread included as usual

You can mark emails as read or unread from this screen and they will show or hide depending on their status and the view you are using. For example, if you showing the Unread messages but you read a message or mark an email as read, or mark everything as read, it will no longer be visible in the Unread messages view.

You’ll need a modern version of iOS to have this feature, if you haven’t done so yet be sure you update your iPhone or iPad to the most recent versions, a minimum of iOS 10.0 is required to have the Unread email messages toggle.

Other versions of iOS also support the unread email inbox, which remains a valid approach if you don’t want to deal with the toggle


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


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  1. Harold Blevins says:

    This shows unread email in your inbox. is there a setting to show all unread emails? This is when you have outlook rules that move incoming mail to set folders (so its not in the inbox). In outlook you can see all unread emails whether in the inbox or folder, can you do the same for iphone or other smart devices

  2. Jenny Adams says:

    Send Me this stuff- I share with my Father to help on delete his emails on cell phone teach how to go threw it and make update to bye Computer

  3. Tim says:

    My previous iOS allowed me to set my iPhone to where it would only receive emails that I had not already reecived/opened in that same email account from my work laptop. (They would still be received on my laptop regardless…which is a good thing, for follow up when on the road, etc.)

    Now, with the new iOS, I get every email that I ever received in my email account, whether I already opened it or not at work on my laptop. This costs me a lot of time – deleting emails from my iPhone that I have already read, taken action on and have deleted from my laptop.

    Is there any way to set my iPhone to only receive new, unopened emails? This is so frustrating!

  4. Gelphyn says:

    This is a very neat and useful tip.

    Given the number of other similar tips perhaps it would be a great idea to create a Listing of all such Previously Reported Tips?
    This could take a form of a simple list or better on a Spreadsheet.
    Keep up the god work, thank you,

  5. Kellen says:

    Great tip for iPhone workers.

    I almost always only show my unread inbox, I find it most useful to show the unread emails in Mail app on my iPhone because then it works like a to-do list sort of. If it’s unread, I haven’t dealt with it yet.

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