How to Mute an Email Thread in iOS 13

Shut off unwanted emails on your iPhone

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Apple iOS 13 added a wealth of new functionality to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Along with Dark Mode, video editing, and lyrics in Apple Music, iOS 13 introduces some new options for how you handle email. Chief among these is the ability to mute email threads. Here's how to mute email threads in iOS13 and why you'd want to do that.

iOS 13 is compatible with iPhone SE and newer and the 7th generation iPod Touch. You can also mute email threads in iPadOS.

Why You'd Mute an Email Thread

If you receive notifications for every message that hits your inbox, having an overly active conversation going can get annoying. You can turn off notifications for the bothersome thread without missing the alerts for the other emails you receive.

Before this feature, your only options were to deal with all the notifications or turn them off completely. Muting a single thread gives you more control over which alerts make it to your lock screen.

How to Mute an Email Thread in iOS 13

You don't have to turn on this feature to start using it. It's built into the Mail app, and you have two ways to use it. You use the first method in the inbox.

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone.

  2. If you have multiple inboxes, select the one containing the thread you want to mute or tap All Mailboxes.

  3. Swipe left on the thread you want to mute.

    Open Mail, tap All Inboxes, and swipe left on the thread
  4. Tap the More option (it looks like three dots in a gray circle).

  5. Tap Mute.

  6. Muted threads have an icon that looks like a bell with a line through it.

    Muting an email thread from the inbox in iOS 13
  7. Repeat these steps, but tap Unmute in the More menu, to turn notifications back on.

How to Mute an Email Thread in an Open Email Message

If you already have the email open and decide that you don't want to receive notifications for any additional messages in that thread, you can also mute a thread from within an open email. Follow these steps to do so.

  1. Open a message in the thread you want to mute.

  2. Tap the Reply icon.

  3. Swipe up to reveal more options.

  4. Tap Mute.

    Muting an email thread from an email in iOS 13
  5. You can unmute a thread from the same menu.

Decide What Happens to Muted Emails

Along with muting an email thread, iOS 13 also lets you decide what happens to new messages you receive on a a conversation you've silenced. Follow these steps to set that preference.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Select Mail.

  3. Tap Muted Thread Action.

    Muted Thread Action settings on an iPhone running iOS 13
  4. Select the option you want.

  • Mark as Read keeps new emails in your inbox but won't show them as new. Use this if you want to read the messages later but don't need an alert every time you receive a new one.
  • Archive or Delete is for messages you have no intention of reading. When a new message comes in on a thread you've muted, this option will move them directly to your Archived folder or the trash, depending on how you've set up your inbox.

You only have to mute a thread on one device. The setting will transfer to other ones that use your Apple ID.