Set up an effective mobile strategy and read your email with ease!

Take Control of
Mail on the iPhone and iPod touch, iOS 4 Edition

Joe Kissell

Need real-world advice about using the Mail app on your iPhone or iPod touch? Email expert Joe Kissell explains how to devise an effective mobile strategy, plus how to configure accounts and the best ways to receive, send, read, and file your email. You’ll also find troubleshooting help.

This product has been discontinued.

Obsolete: This title is specific to the iPhone and iPod touch using iOS 4.0 and 4.1 and was written when the iPad ran only iOS 3.2. However, because Apple finally came through with the great iOS version convergence in mid-November 2010, we’ve replaced this book with Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Second Edition, which covers all three devices under iOS 4.2.

In this book, email expert Joe Kissell shares his real-world recommendations about the best ways to use the Mail app on your iPhone or iPod touch, helping you to develop a successful mobile email strategy. Whether you use IMAP, Gmail, MobileMe, or Exchange, you’ll find advice and directions for how to set up your accounts, receive email, read and send email, and file messages. Joe also teaches you to solve connection problems and work around feature limitations.

Questions answered in this ebook include:

  • What are the new features in iOS 4 Mail, and how do I use them?
  • Why is an IMAP account especially useful on a mobile device?
  • How do I set up my email accounts?
  • How do I move around in the Mail app?
  • What’s the best way to set up mailboxes for effective navigation and filing?
  • How do I handle attachments?
  • How does Mail integrate with other apps, like Calendar and Contacts?
  • What are the best ways to find messages in the Mail app?
  • What’s the deal with Exchange ActiveSync accounts?
  • Should I use push or fetch to get my messages?
  • How do I integrate Gmail with Mail?
  • Is there a way to move a message from one account to another?
  • How can I set up Mail to use alternative From addresses for outgoing mail?
  • Help! I can’t send my email… what should I do?
Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He also runs Interesting Thing of the Day and is a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.

What’s New in IOS 4 Mail

If you were previously using iOS 3.x on your iPhone or iPod touch, you may want to be aware of several major changes to the Mail app that I cover in this book:

  • Mail now offers a unified Inbox for multiple accounts. See The Mailboxes View.
  • Conversation threading automatically groups related messages together. See The Message List.
  • You can now move a message from one account to another. See the sidebar Moving Messages across Accounts.
  • MobileMe aliases are now supported automatically. See Change Your From Address.
  • It’s now possible to open Mail attachments in a variety of other apps. See the sidebar Ins and Outs and the section File Management.
  • Data Detectors now detect dates and times. See Use Data Detectors.
  • Mail can interact with Gmail accounts in more sophisticated ways. See Four Methods to Access a Gmail Account.
  • You can now type email messages on an external Bluetooth keyboard—with certain iOS devices. See Touch Typing.
  • Thanks to improvements in MobileMe, you can now use your MobileMe account to send mail with a From addresses other than or See Decide Which Account(s) to Use.
  • Some account types can now sync calendars, contacts, and/or notes. See Service Switch(es).

Which iPhone and iPod touch models does this ebook cover?

This ebook covers the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4, as well as the second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPod touch. In all cases, the ebook assumes that you're using iOS 4 as the operating system on the device. If you are using an iPhone 4 or a fourth-generation iPod touch, it came with iOS 4 installed. If you are using an iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, or a second- or third-generation iPod touch, you can upgrade for free and this ebook assumes that you have already done so.

This ebook does not cover the original iPhone or iPod touch. This is because these devices can't run iOS 4. For help with using the Mail app with one of these devices, see Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, an earlier ebook by Joe that covers the Mail app and related considerations in the iPhone 3 (iOS 3) operating system.

How can I figure out which iPhone or iPod touch I have?

An Apple support article has photos and other details to help you pinpoint your model. For the iPod touch, try Apple's Identifying iPod models article.

Does this ebook really cover the iPod touch?

Yes. It is entirely meant to cover the iPhone and iPod touch equally.

Does this ebook care which type of computer I sync my iPhone with?

Whether you sync with iTunes on the Macintosh or Windows, this ebook has you covered.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • iOS 4 Mail Quick Start
  • Learn iOS 4 Mail Basics
  • Understand Email Account Options
  • Develop a Mobile Mail Strategy
  • Configure Email Accounts
  • Troubleshoot Email Problems
  • About This Book
  • To cover the changes in iOS 4.2, we abandoned this ebook in late 2010 and replaced it with a new one, called Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Second Edition. At this time (December 2011), the replacement ebook has advanced to a third edition, which covers iOS 5.

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