How to Create Custom Folders in the iOS Mail App

Use custom folders to organize the email on your iPhone

It's easy to create a folder in the iPhone email app. Knowing how to create custom mailboxes on your iOS device can be especially helpful if you use the Mail app to access Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or any other email services.

All the steps listed below were tested on an iPhone with iOS 12. These instructions should also apply to other iOS versions, as well as iPad.

Person creating custom folders on iPhone
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How to Make a Folder on the iPhone Email App

Creating new mailboxes takes just a few taps, and you can name them whatever you like.

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone.

  2. From your inbox, tap the icon (<) in the upper-left corner to see your Mailboxes list.

  3. Tap Edit at the top of the screen.

  4. Select New Mailbox in the lower-right corner.

    Three iOS screens showing Mail app icon, Edit button, and New Mailbox button in Mail app
  5. Type the desired name for the new folder in the field provided.

  6. To pick a different parent folder, tap the account under Mailbox Location, and select the desired parent folder.

  7. Tap Save, then tap Done.

    Creating a new mailbox in iOS Mail

You can also create custom folders in the Apple Mail application on your Mac and sync them to the iPhone or iPad. Delete any folders you set up in the iOS Mail app when you no longer need them.

How to Move Messages to a Custom Mailbox

As you receive emails in your inboxes, move them into custom folders to organize them.

  1. Open the Mail app on your iOS device.

  2. On the Mailboxes screen, tap the mailbox containing the messages you want to move.

  3. Tap Edit, then select the emails you want to move by tapping the circles beside each one.

  4. Tap Move.

  5. Select the custom mailbox from the list that appears to move the chosen emails.

    Moving inbox mails to a custom folder in iOS Mail