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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?

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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
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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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