How to quickly filter emails on iPhone and iPad

By , Sep 26, 2016


Starting with iOS 10, you can easily filter out the contents of any of your email inboxes from the stock Mail app on your iPhone or iPad to find what you’re looking for. You no longer have to sort through your inbox by yourself, which is a real pain when you receive a ton of emails.

How to view all unread emails in your inbox

To filter an inbox in the Mail app, launch the app from your Home screen and open one of your inboxes. You can use any of your individual email inboxes, or you can use the unified inbox that shows content from all of your email accounts if you choose to.

Once there, tap on the little round button at the bottom left of the screen with the three lines in it. This is the filter button.


As you can see, the filter button is going to filter your inbox by read/unread messages by default. Depending on how you use your inbox, this might be helpful, but you can further customize how your inbox gets filtered if you really wanted to.

You can customize filtering options

To do that, tap in the middle of the bottom bar in the app that says “Filtered by:” and you will be presented with even more filtering options:


Among the things you can filter by are:

  • Whether or not a message is unread
  • Whether or not a message is flagged
  • When messages are addressed to you
  • When you’re CCed on emails
  • If the messages have attachments
  • If the messages are from your VIP contacts

With these filtering options, you have a wide variety of ways to focus on the emails you really need to look at instead of having to go through each and every message to pick out what’s important.

For someone who gets a lot of spam messages or uses multiple email accounts in the same app, filtering is sure to save a lot of time.

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  • Agneev Mukherjee

    What about on macOS?

  • czbird

    Unless gmail labels are fully supported, ios mail is still a PITA to use.

  • M_Hawke

    And still no way to select and delete all emails. What’s so difficult about this?