New in iOS 8: reply notifications for Mail threads

By , Jun 12, 2014

iOS 8 Mail (Notify Me thread 001)

Apple really seems laser-focused on further removing communication hurdles and friction in iOS 8 by advancing Mail and Messages stock apps in ways more than one.

For the most part, the changes in these two apps are for the better: Apple hasn’t cluttered their interfaces nor has it changed the familiar design.

Apple’s thinking and consideration for the end user is especially evident in how iOS 8 handles group chats in Messages and email threads in Mail.

While you can now finally leave a group chat in Messages, Mail in iOS 8 sports a really useful feature where you tell it to issue a push notification each time someone has replied to a designated email thread…

How many times have you been frantically checking your mail out of fear that you’ll miss an important update in a thread shared with your boss and co-workers?

It happens to me frequently and I’m glad Apple has done something about it.

As TUAW notes, to start receiving alerts for replies to an email thread, swipe to the left on a desired message, choose More and then hit the Notify Me button from the menu.

iOS 8 Mail (Notify Me thread 002)

After confirming the prompt, you will receive a push notification anytime someone replies to the thread, ensuring you remain in the loop without having to check your inbox incessantly.

You’ll notice a nicely designed bell icon in your message list which denotes any email thread that has reply notifications turned on.

iOS 8 Mail (Notify Me thread 003)

To disable notifications for a particular email thread, swipe to the left again, tap More and then hit the Stop Notifying button.

In addition to this feature, Mail in iOS 8 allows you to mark an email as read (or flag it) by swiping, similar to Dropbox-owned Mailbox. You can even long-swipe to delete a message, too.

And should your incoming messages include reservations, flight confirmations or phone numbers, Mail will recognize these items and offer appropriate actions.

See also: a breakdown of headline new iOS 8 features, top email apps for the iPhone and the ultimate iOS 7 Mail app guide.

How do you like reply notifications in iOS 8 Mail?

Is this something that will increase your productivity, do you think?

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  • Sokrates

    When you have push notifications enabled for mail, don’t you see the thread anyway?

    • Himanshu Oberoi

      Its good for those user who have stop fetching mail in setting App

    • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

      I believe Apple already spoke about why there’s no push notes which is because push notes cause strain on Apple servers, and because of the amount of emails that get sent to each user, it would cripple their servers on a daily basis.

  • Shripad Sonavnay

    It said ‘be the first to comment’, so I did. Mission accomplished ;p.
    Looking forward to iOS 8 :)

    • Guest

      iOS is a joke. Android is so much better. And I’m an Android user trolling an iOS blog because that’s the kinda life us Android users have. Because our OS is so awesome that we feel the need to troll blogs not even related to our OS or devices and just comment crap hating on all things Apple!

      Bahaha jk jk. Pretty excited for iOS 8, and especially to see what the jailbreak world does with it. ;)

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Dude seriously? Don’t you have any other work to do in your life? “Get a life man”
        Why you bloody fans keep on comparing both operating systems? Does Google is giving you bucks? Or it’s helping to make your android better? It’s about choices bro.. We here love iOS and you love android.. That’s right? Then keep using android.. Why keep on arguing?
        Please man please! Stop this bullshitt now! I’m tired of this android iOS fans battle!!

      • mlee19841

        The war will never die. With every new release of operating systems and phones. People will still compare and passionately say why their device is more surpreme.

      • Guest

        You clearly didn’t even read my post… The entire thing was extremely sarcastic, and the very end said…
        “Bahaha jk jk. Pretty excited for iOS 8, and especially to see what the jailbreak world does with it. ;)”

  • Micky Ganon

    itunes and the app store not working

    • Original VH Fan

      iTunes not working for me either right now, App store is.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Time to downgrade

  • Chris

    I can’t see this been any faster than fetching as typically I can see an email on my iPhone at the same time it appears in Gmail

  • Ethan Humphrey

    Ios 8 also has the feature to request a desktop site if you pull down on the favorites when you tap the site box

  • Magnusarie

    Highly pathetic that Apple still cannot implement Push email across board when app developers/Other OS have push working for years.
    Quite silly actually to state that their servers will be crippled!!
    seriously with all the profits earned and supposedly smart people working there!!!
    Instead of focusing on little irrelevant upgrades like this, Push should have been improved
    I like IOS mail clean interface but having to use other apps for push retrieval of my google mail on my 5S is a pain!1