New in iOS 7: smart ‘send from’ in Mail

By , Jul 25, 2013

iOS 7 (Mail icon, teaser 001)

Just a quick note regarding a nice little feature discovery in Apple’s stock Mail app in iOS 7 that I haven’t seen reported on thus far.

Prior to iOS 7, creating a new message in the stock Mail app would normally default to your ‘send from’ email address specified in the Settings app. iOS 7 has changed this behavior, for the better.

You see, Mail in iOS 7 is smart enough to over time learn who you’re emailing and changes the ‘send from’ value accordingly to match the recipient’s domain. I’ve included screenshots and the full description right after the break…

I fired up the mail app and hit the New Message button to create a new email message to Sebastien. As you can see on the left screenshot, the Mail app defaults to my personal Gmail ‘send from’ address because that’s the way I set it up in iOS 7 Settings.

However, as soon as I chose Sebastien’s iDB email address in the TO field, Mail automatically switched the ‘send from’ value to my iDB email address (which I had set up in Settings, of course).

iOS 7 (Mail, Send From 001)iOS 7 (Mail, Send From 002)

The handy feature isn’t matched on the domain name.

Instead, it learns your preferences by analyzing your usage patterns over time. For example, had I often emailed Sebastien’s Gmail from my iDB address, Mail would have figured that out and changed the ‘send from’ value accordingly.

What remains a mystery is how quickly iOS 7 learns what ‘send from’ to use. Based on my experience, it would take a couple email messages to a person.

Neat, no?

It’s yet another useful iOS 7 enhancement that adds up to the frictionless experience in Mail. It’s not just Mail: Apple has also enabled direct Google Contact sync in iOS 7 and the system keyboard is now smarter, too.

You may also want to check out other headline new features in iOS 7 we’ve covered extensively here on iDB.

So, do you like the intelligent ‘send from’ feature in iOS 7 Mail?

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  • xigtus

    doesn’t iOS 6 also have this? it’s there if you’ve set more than one email accounts on your phone.

    • http://lucaskunert.com/ Lucas Kunert

      Just checked and confirmed that no, it doesn’t do this in iOS 6. It doesn’t smartly select your from address based on the to address I typed in.

      • xigtus

        right, my mistake.

  • Grolubao

    This is indeed very cool, thanks for pointing it out.

  • İlkim Sezen

    Isn’t the new Beta of iOS 7 Late? Can somebody please tell me when it iscoming out?

    • http://lucaskunert.com/ Lucas Kunert

      Probably due to the development portal being down.

    • Tristan

      When it’s ready.

  • Bryan Follis

    Works on my iPhone 5 with iOS 7 b3 – but not my iPad mini with iOS 7 b3 yet

  • Timothy

    It’s the small stuff that makes the world go ’round.

  • Sean Cua

    Machine Learning is awesome.

  • Mb3210

    Works but doesn’t change the corresponding signature.

  • Anthony Antunez

    Thats awesome. So it’s sort of like the feature in Messages where it remembers which language keyboard you were writing to different people with.

  • Ru1Sous4

    iOS7 still the same about dont reply from the email you get the mail.

    If i get a mail in my “Alias 2″, if i select reply why dont automaticly select “Alias 2″ as a mail where i will reply? btw, it do that in the browser, but not in iOS.

    “system keyboard is now smarter, too.” I dont even talk about that… probably the worst thing about iOS compared to Android (by a iOS user for 3 years)

  • hkgsulphate

    Sent from my iPhone 3G