How to Get Alerts for New Replies in a Thread with iOS Mail

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Mail Received Notification. © Depositphotos.com/radub85

You can have iOS Mail alert you to new messages in key conversations.

Important Email, Not a VIP Sender?

Many important emails come from key senders—most, maybe; most, maybe, and not all. Some important emails come from senders with whom you exchange messages only once, perhaps, or from an automated system whose "From:" address you do not even know yet; many of those emails may come in response to a message you sent, though, or as part of a conversation that you follow.

iOS Mail has you covered—with VIP senders, of course, and with VIP threads. For new replies to conversations thus marked, you will get the iOS alerts, banners, sounds and notification you choose; iOS Mail also collects watched threads in a special folder.

Get Alerts for New Replies in a Thread with iOS Mail While Writing

To have iOS Mail alert you (in iOS Notification Center and the Thread Notifications folder) about replies to an email you are writing:

  1. Tap in the Subject field while composing the message.
  2. Now tap the bell icon (🔔) outline to the right.
  3. Select Notify Me if you are prompted under Receive notifications when anyone replies to this email thread..
    • You will be prompted once per message; if you turn off notifications by tapping the bell icon again, tapping once more will enable thread notifications without confirmation.

Get Alerts for New Replies to an Existing Thread with iOS Mail

To get notified of replies to an email (in any folder—including your sent messages folder) in iOS Mail:​

  1. Open the email about replies to which you want to be alerted.
  2. Tap the flag button (🏳).
  3. Select Notify Me… from the menu that has appeared.
  4. Now select Notify Me if you are prompted under Receive notifications when anyone replies to this email thread.

As an alternative, you can also short swipe left over any message, select More and then Notify Me… from the menu that has appeared.

How Can I Find the Threads I Am Watching?

To spot conversations and emails that have thread alerts enabled in iOS Mail:

  1. Look for the bell icon (🔔) in
    • the message list, in front of the sender or subject or
    • the email, to the right of the subject header line.

Turn off Alerts for a Thread in iOS Mail

To disable notifications for a conversation or email in iOS Mail:

  1. Open the message that has thread notifications enabled. (See above how to spot them.)
  2. Tap the flag button (🏳).
  3. Select Stop Notifying from the menu that has appeared.

As an alternative, again, you can short swipe left over a message with thread alerts, tap More and select Stop Notifying from the menu that has shown.

    (Tested with iOS Mail 8 and iOS Mail 10)