The Mail App on iOS 5 adds support for flagging emails, but I can't seem to find a way to actually put this feature to use.

Is there a way to search for flagged emails?

Is there a way to cleverly auto-filter flagged emails into a folder?

I know that using GMail as an IMAP server automatically duplicates flagged messages in the "Starred" folder - but if you are using another email service, is there any way to make flags useful on iOS?


In iOS there's very little you can actually do with the flags except for visual cues.

On the Mac however, you can filter flagged email into a Smart Mailbox which will keep a live view of your mail matching search criteria, such as mail flags.

  • Is there any way to get a Smart Mailbox to display on an iOS device? Or - to use a Smart Mailbox to actually filter into real IMAP folders that might display? – radven Dec 6 '11 at 0:14
  • Unfortunately no. – Andrew Vit Dec 6 '11 at 13:47

In iOS5 there is no way to easily find flagged emails.

But in the public preview of iOS 6 at WWDC (hence not under NDA), Apple showed off a new "Flagged" top level folder in the iOS Mail App, as well as a special folder for email from senders marked as VIP's.

So it appears that the ultimate answer to this questions is: upgrade to iOS 6.

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