How to Scroll to an Email's Top Fast in iPhone Mail

Use One Tap to Scroll to the Top of an Email Message or Mailbox

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It's easy to scroll in iPhone Mail. You simply swipe up and down the screen to scroll through the list of messages in a ​mailbox or to scroll through a message. But once you have scrolled down, how can you avoid swiping down and down and down and down to reach an email's top and, say, see its sender?

Fortunately, you don't have to swipe fast, swipe often—or swipe at all; if you know the right place to tap.

This trick works for iOS 8 through iOS 10.

How to Quickly Scroll to an Email's Top with One Tap in iPhone Mail

To go to the top of an email or mailbox quickly in iPhone Mail:

  • Tap in the ​iPhone status bar (which contains the clock, signal and battery indicators, for example). Be sure to tap on the right side of the status bar, closer to the battery and network indicator. Anywhere to the right of the time, which is in the center, will do the trick.
  • The same works for scrolling to the top of a folder's message list, too. To get back to the top of your mailbox, tap on the right side of the top status bar.

Note that tapping in the center or on the left side of the status bar takes you back up a menu instead of to the top of the message or the mailbox. Tap to the right if you just want to scroll up to the top of the message or mailbox.

Other Quick Scrolls and Jumps in iPhone Mail

  • Return to Mailbox Message List: If you have a message open, you can tap on the left or center of the status bar, or the All Mailboxes link that is beneath it on the left to go back to the message list. You will be returned to the screen from which you opened it rather than being sent to the top of the message list.
  • Scroll to Next or Previous Message Using the Arrows: You can also use the two arrows on the right side of the screen just under the status bar to open the next message or to return to the previous message. These arrows are an easy way to go through your mailbox without returning to the list of messages in the mailbox. These arrows are visible at the top no matter whether you've scrolled down the message or not.
  • Return to Mailbox Message List and then Jump to Top of the Message List: If you have a message open and want to return to the message list and then jump to the top of the list, you'll need two taps. First, tap on the All Messages link or the top left or center of the status bar. Then tap again on the time in the status bar or on the right side of the status bar to be returned to the top of the message list. If you have a message string open, this behavior may not be the same.