iOS 4.0’s release seems like an eternity ago, but it’s still one of my favorite iOS updates ever due to the unified email box.

The unified email box is a method to view all of your email in one spot; a culmination of all of your email accounts if you will.

But there is one standing issue that comes from having all of your email bunched together in one box — it’s difficult to tell where the email originated.

Wouldn’t it be great if it were easier to discern which emails came from which account? That’s where Color Mail Labels comes in…

Color Mail Labels is a simple but effective jailbreak app for the iPhone that adds a touch of color to your email.

With this app you can easily assign a different color label to each email account to make each easier to identify.

Once you install this app, an app icon for ‘MailLabels’ will be placed on your home screen; opening it brings you to a list of all of your email accounts.

You can configure the color of each account by tapping on it and specifying your hue of choice. There are HSV values, RGB and HEX values for hardcore color enthusiasts.

For the rest of us, there’s your standard touch enabled palette that makes it easy to pick your favorite color.

After you’ve configured your color, you can go into the app’s settings to designate a style of label.

There are multiple styles including dots, squares, and dates, but I much prefer the big rectangle selection to all of the others. The large nature of the rectangular labels makes your accounts easy to identify in a hurry.

Once you’ve setup these options you’re good to go, just hop over to your unified inbox and marvel at the touch of color littering each email. Next, you’ll probably start to wonder how you ever lived without this feature.

Color Mail Labels is available for jailbroken iPhones and can be downloaded via the Cydia store for $0.99.

What do you think?

  • Xepptizz

    I’m hardcore and use one mail adress only

    • Jon Garrett

      lol, hardcore uses 10 plus emails. 🙂

    • Jon Garrett

      lol, hardcore uses 10 plus email addresses. 🙂

      • Xepptizz

        Say that again after sifting through 50+ emails containing spam, work, idb notifications and personal mails

  • six4seven

    Wow, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    For those of us with personal and work email accounts on the iPhone, this is the perfect solution!

    Thanks for the post.

  • Bytenapple

    Great way to organize emails. By the way, i know this isn’t related to rhis article but Cydia 1.1 was just released and it has been greatly improved.

  • Jason Masters

    I hope this doesn’t get petitioned for the use of rainbow colors did the lbgt community endorse this tweak ??

  • Luis

    this implementation is horrible, altering the default white background would have been way more space efficient and elegant

  • Melvyn

    I just bought this based on this post. Not pretty, but functional. My problem is with the blue circle used by the mail app to show new mails. When that’s overlaid things get really ugly. Still, it serves its purpose.

    • Melvyn

      Switching to “Colored Date” style improves things slightly. I agree with Luis though about the idea of utilizing the background instead.

  • I could add the option to alter the background color as well but the issue with that was that if you chose a dark color it becomes unreadable

  • Melvyn

    eni9889, I think allowing as many options as possible would be the best approach. Personally, I’ll set two very faint background colours which make it clear to me which accounts are the sources of the emails. In my opinion this would make a great addition to your already excellent tool.

  • Jelia

    Too bad it does not recognizes Exchange Account, they all get the same color as my YAHOO account, would been better to not receive any color, hope future fixes will make this software more viable.

    • lewis

      I had this problem – for me i upgraded to 4.2.1 and it resolved it.

  • Gorgonphone

    im hardcore and want to know why the is still no “SELECT ALL” button for this mail app

    • Gorgonphone


      • Are you talking about my app or the actual iOs mail app? I could add that option 🙂 tot he default Also, I will be adding option for background soon keep on the lookout

  • Background color has been added should be in update 1.0-20


    • lewis

      I upgraded and now all my colors gone no matter what settings I do. what gives?

  • where did you update from? its not on bigboss yet

    • Bullet933

      Busted!!! LOL

  • I am thinking of making this app free how do people feel about this?

    • i paid for it a long time ago, so free now doesn’t matter. i WOULD however like it to work with 6.1! i miss this sooooooo much!

  • Fernando Matias

    Hello, pls someone knows if this tweak will be updated to ios7?