If you have Mail set to always download embedded images, you
could be confirming to spammers that your email address is active, since each
image can be given a unique filename that ties it to your account.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that today’s HTML emails
can be surprisingly big. If you’re on a 3G connection, downloading a whole
bunch of images in emails you didn’t even want to see could make a dent in your
You can avoid both of these issues by turning off in-line
images through Settings Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Scroll down to the Mail
section and tap the slider beside Load Remote Images so that it’s set to Off.
Flag carrier Tap Mark > Flag to highlight an important message. The flag
status is synchronised back over the server if your account supports it
Identifying junk mail
There’s no way to mark a message as junk in iOS Mail; nor is
there a built-in spam filter. That’s in stark contrast to the OS X edition,
which has excellent spam management tools, allowing you to mark up messages
manually and working out for itself over time what’s likely to be junk. It can
be quite jarring to switch from one to the other and see the spam that was
weeded out reappear.
such emails into a Junk folder, while Gmail uses one called Spam.
You can get around this with server-based filtering. Many
ISPs offer this as an option through your account dashboard (check their
website for details), and if you’re using iCloud email or a Google-hosted inbox
it’s an integral feature, turned on by default. iCloud filters such emails into
a Junk folder, while Gmail uses one called Spam.
It’s worth checking these every few days to make sure they
haven’t caught any valid messages. iCloud, for example, deletes the folder’s
contents when they’ve been there for 30 days. This is something you can do
through Mail in iOS. Step back out of your inbox until your accounts are
displayed in the Mail sidebar, then tap the account (not the inbox) whose spam
folder you want to check to reveal the full set of sever-based folders.
If you can tell a message is spam from its subject line
alone, swipe it to delete it rather than tapping to open it. If several pop up
at once, tap Edit at the top of the list, then tap the lozenges to select each
one, followed by the red Delete button at the bottom.
Attaching multiple photos
iOS Mail isn’t great at outgoing attachments. Since there’s
no Attach button, you have to start with what you want to send, such as a
picture in the Photos app, and opt to send it via email, which takes you into
an instance of Mail. You can select multiple pictures after tapping the Share
icon while in Camera Roll, or alternatively copy and paste pictures into Mail:
hold your finger on the image you want until the Copy bubble pops up, and tap
it, then switch back to Mail, and within the outgoing message you’re writing
tap and hold until you see the Paste bubble. Tap that, then repeat the process
as many times as you like.
If you want to send several file types as attachments to a
single email, you’ll need an app such as Group Email, which is among those we
“You can copy and paste multiple photos into Mail as
attachments to the same message”
Attachment therapy The range of attachment types Group Email can handle is very
Group email is a simple and very effective means of sending
the same email to multiple recipients, along with a wider range of attachments
than Mail can handle.
If you already have contacts groups set up in the iOS
Address Book, you can use these as the basis of your recipient lists; if not,
tapping or searching for individual contacts in the Address Book through the
Group Email interface lets you Cc, Bcc or set them as the main recipient. For
those people you’ll be mailing often, you can set up specific lists for use
only in Group Email.
Once you’ve chosen your recipients you start work on your
message. You can set up a newtemplate;useoneyou’vealreadycreated, complete with
HTML; or type directly into a regular Mail window (Group Email uses the
built-in Mail client to send your message).
If that was all it did, you’d question why you should spend
£3 on a glorified contacts manager when you could just as easily enter
addresses in Mail. The real value in Group Email, apart from the template
option, is its ability to attach a wide variety of files to your outgoing
These range from the fairly commonplace, such as a photo
from your library or direct from the camera, or an audio clip recorded inside
the app, to the more esoteric, such as files stored on Dropbox or details of
your current location, which is attached as a grab of the area from Google Maps
alongside a link to open it on the Google Maps site. Each of these can be
stacked up so they’re added to the message as a bundle of disparate files.
Together again with Address Book integration, Group Email
makes it easy to build up a list of recipients for each message
If you often need a variety of attachments in a single
message, even if you don’t use the group addressing features, Group Email is by
far the easiest way we’ve found to do that.
“Group Email offers an effective way of sending the same
email to multiple recipients with a range of attachments”
App Store bit.ly/LexwaP
Versatile attachment handling