How to Create Custom Folders in the iOS Mail App

Use custom folder to organize the email on your iPhone

Mailboxes screen in iOS Mail app on an iPhone

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

How to Make a Folder on the iPhone Email App

Custom folders in the iPhone Mail app are called mailboxes. To set up a new email folder in iPhone Mail:

  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. Now tap New Mailbox in the bottom-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 and Done.

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

How to Move Messages to a Custom Mailbox

As you receive emails in your inboxes, you can move them into custom folders to file or 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.

  4. Select the emails you want to move by tapping the circles beside each one.

  5. Tap Move.

    Three iOS screens showing Save New Mailbox button, Edit Inbox button and Move email button in Mail app
  6. Select the custom mailbox from the list that appears to move the chosen emails.