Discover how to send and receive emails on the iPhone

As it did with Safari, Apple slimmed down its Mail program for iOS. Mail’s fast and powerful features make up for the device’s lack of a physical keyboard. Here we help you get to know its best features.

Set up new accounts

When you fi rst set up your device, iTunes will ask if you want to transfer your existing email accounts from your computer. On a Mac, you can transfer accounts from Apple Mail. On a Windows PC, you can transfer account details from Windows Mail, Microsoft Outlook Express or Outlook. If you use a diff erent email program, you’ll have to enter your account information manually. On the Home screen, tap the Settings button and then select Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Under the Accounts header, tap Add Account. You’ll see a screen with buttons for Microsoft Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL and Other.

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The iPhone simplifies adding an email account from these services. Tap Other to add an account from a different service provider

Work with email

Every time you view your Inbox – either by tapping it from the Mailboxes screen or by returning to it from another app – your device will check that account for new mail. You’ll see a preview of each message, including the sender, the time it was sent, the subject line and, if desired, a few lines of text. Unread messages display a blue dot to the left. Mail you’ve replied to or forwarded will have small indicator arrows to the left of it.

You can scroll through contacts with a fl nger fl ick or search for them by name. Click on the + button to add a new contact.

Delete messages

You can delete a message, which moves it to the Trash folder, in one of several ways. If you have the email open, simply tap the Trashcan icon at the bottom of the screen. The email message will be sucked into the Trash and the next message will appear.

If you’re in the list view, on the other hand, you have two options for deleting messages without opening them. The quickest way is to simply swipe your fi ngertip across the message and tap the Delete button. The second way is to tap the Edit button at the top of the screen, tap unwanted messages, and then tap the Delete button.

Send email

You can send an email message in one of several ways. The easiest is to reply to an existing message by tapping the left-arrow icon at the bottom of the viewing screen. To send a new message to the sender of an existing message, tap the person’s name in the From fi eld and then tap Email in the resulting screen. To start a completely fresh email, tap the new message icon (it looks like a box with a pencil) from either the message-viewing or the message-list screen. Once you’ve entered your subject and message, tap Send.