I am using Mail in iOS 7 on my iPhone 5.

I was wondering: The "Flagged" Mailbox under iOS 7 only shows the flagged items which are in the Inbox, but not in the whole Archive.

However, in Mail for OS X, the Flagged-Mailbox shows ALL flagged items, also when they are any flagged mails in the Archive.

Is there a ways to get this functionality in iOS 7 and Mail?

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In Mail for iOS 7 you can tap on Archive Mailbox then type the word flagged in the search box. You can then pull down on the results list which gives you the option of All Mailboxes, or Current Mailbox, which is actually pretty useful. Selecting All Mailboxes should show all flagged messaged globally, and Current Mailbox only the ones in the Archive that have been flagged. I realize that this is more of a work-around than the way it's done for the normal Inbox, although seems to work relatively well considering there's no actual Flagged button for messages in the Archive.

I've found that the Flagged button doesn't always show all the flagged items in the Inbox anyway. It appears that it has something to do with flagged messages that are stored on iCloud or possibly doesn't search for flagged messages past a certain date. I usually end up typing flagged in the search and sure enough it finds items that weren't listed when I had initially tapped the Flagged button. After the search completes then older flagged items end up showing when tapping the Flagged button.

*I believe flagged messages are also put at the top of the message list by default when you tap on the Archive Mailbox (at least on mine). If someone has a better solution it would be nice to know, however, in meantime hopefully this helps.

  • This problem still exists in iOS 9.3, and this workaround gets it done. Thanks!
    – voxobscuro
    May 27, 2016 at 16:59
  • This problem still exists in iOS 11, and this works from the search bar in any mailbox.
    – rep
    Dec 9, 2017 at 14:20

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