How to Mark Email Unread in iPhone Mail

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iPhone Mail may have shown you a message but that does not mean you read it.

Maybe you tapped an email by mistake but iPhone Mail opened it automatically after you deleted another or you just want to keep a message highlighted. Don't worry. It's pretty easy to mark individual emails unread.

Mark Email Unread in iPhone Mail

To mark an email message in iPhone Mail or iPad Mail as unread:

  • Tap the flag button in the message's toolbar.
  • Select Mark as Unread from the menu that appears.

To mark multiple messages as unread (or read) in iPhone Mail:

  • Go to the folder that contains the messages you want to mark unread or read.
  • Tap Edit in the top right.
  • Now tap all the messages you want to mark read or unread so that white-on-red checkmarks appear in front of them.
  • Tap Mark in the lower right corner.
  • Select Mark as Unread to mark the checked emails as unread
  • Select Mark as Read to mark the selected messages as read.

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To mark as unread an individual email in iPhone Mail:

  • Tap Mark while reading the desired message.
    • If you cannot see Mark below the email's subject and to the right, tap Details before.
  • Select Mark as Unread from the menu.

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To mark a message as unread in iPhone Mail:

  • Tap the message to open it.
  • Now tap Details if visible.
  • Tap Mark as Unread.
    • Make sure Mark as Unread is now gray (as opposed to website link-blue).