Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS How to Create Custom Folders in the iOS Mail App Use custom folders to organize the email on your iPhone by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on September 18, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 17, 2020 Jon Fisher iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email Setting up a mail folder on iPhone is easy. 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. Lifewire / Chelsea Damraksa 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. Open the Mail app on your iPhone. From your inbox, tap the icon (<) in the upper-left corner to see your Mailboxes list. Tap Edit at the top of the screen. Select New Mailbox in the lower-right corner. Type the desired name for the new folder in the field provided. To pick a different parent folder, tap the account under Mailbox Location, and select the desired parent folder. Tap Save, then tap Done. 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. Open the Mail app on your iOS device. On the Mailboxes screen, tap the mailbox containing the messages you want to move. Tap Edit, then select the emails you want to move by tapping the circles beside each one. Tap Move. Select the custom mailbox from the list that appears to move the chosen emails.