Reset iOS Devices Before Passing Them On

If you have an old iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch that you want to sell or give away, you don’t want to leave any of your apps, data, or personal information on the device. Luckily, Apple makes it easy to reset to factory defaults. Go to Settings > General > Reset (all the way at the bottom) and then tap Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your passcode, confirm the erasure (twice!), and then type your Apple ID password. After all that, the device restarts just as though you’re taking it out of the box for the first time.

Extend iPhone Battery Life with Low Power Mode

There’s nothing worse than your iPhone running out of juice at an inopportune time. Starting in iOS 9, there’s a Low Power Mode that’s offered to you when the remaining battery charge drops below 20%, and it’s automatically disabled once the charge rises to 80%. You can also enable Low Power Mode manually in Settings […]

Enable Wi-Fi Calling to Improve Call Quality

If you use AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint in the United States with an iPhone 6 or newer model, you can turn on a feature starting in iOS 9 that enables your iPhone to send calls over a Wi-Fi network (and thus the Internet) rather than relying on spotty cellular coverage. It’s especially useful in […]

What Are QR Codes and How Do You Use Them in iOS?

By now you’ve probably seen one of those odd-looking white squares with a bunch of smaller square dots that make up a random pattern inside—that’s a QR code. QR stands for “Quick Response,” and a QR code is a type of barcode, just like those you see on the packaging of nearly everything in grocery […]

Speed Up Mac and iOS Typing with Text Expansion

With all the advances in computing and communications, it’s amazing that—after nearly 150 years!—we still use the keyboard layout from the world’s first practical typewriter for entering text into our computers, smartphones, and tablets. But we haven’t improved as typists, nor do we enjoy typing more—if anything, we increasingly abbreviate to avoid typing, hence “CUL8R.” […]

Improve Your Online Security with a Password Manager

Passwords. Can’t live without ‘em, can’t remember more than a few. We’re all in the same boat, with numerous online accounts protected by passwords that we must enter repeatedly. Long ago, it might have been acceptable to have a single password that you augmented with a few numbers for your most important sites. Alas, that’s no […]

Swipe Your Email Cares Away in Mail

Email overload is almost a given today, and there are oodles of apps, techniques, and advice on how to better manage the many messages that flood your inbox every day. Honestly, dealing with too much email is a little like dieting — almost any approach will work, at least for a while, so the hard part is finding what fits best with your working style. But we’re here to help you use your Apple devices better, not convince you of the One True Path to Email Bliss.

For today’s lesson, then, we’re going to learn about swiping, either on the screen of an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or later, or on the trackpad or Magic Mouse of a Mac running OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later. By swiping left or right on a message in the message list, you can quickly manage the message. It’s a fast way to work through email that doesn’t require a reply, and let’s face it, most doesn’t.

Swiping on the iPhone or iPad: In iOS, when you swipe a short distance right on an unread message (from left to right), Mail displays a Read button. You can either tap it or keep swiping to the right to mark the message as read. If the message has already been read, that button changes to Unread. This swipe is great for those who like marking messages as unread to keep them around for later processing.

Swipe left (from right to left) a short distance, and you get three buttons, Archive, Flag, and More. Tap Archive to store the message in an Archive mailbox (or All Mail for Gmail users), which is good for getting it out of your face without deleting it, and Flag marks the message with a flag so you can find it again easily in Mail’s Flagged mailbox — some people do this to track messages that need replies or other actions. Swipe all the way to the left to archive the message with one motion. (If you see Trash instead of Archive, that’s fine. We talk more about configuring which buttons you see shortly.)

If you tap More, you get a bunch of additional options, depending on the message, that include: Reply, Reply All, Forward, Show Related Messages, Mark (which offers options for flagging, marking as read/unread, and marking as spam), Notify Me (which alerts you when anyone replies to the message), and Move Message (for filing in another folder). Mail is smart enough not to let you reply to automatically generated messages.

Do you prefer to flag messages with a single swipe instead of a swipe and a tap? Go to Settings > Mail > Swipe Options and choose which buttons appear when you swipe right or left. If you like deleting messages instead of archiving them, select Archive in the Swipe Right settings and it will become Trash automatically if the account requires swiping left to offer the Archive button.

Remember that you can always shake your iOS device to undo an errant swipe action!

Swiping on the Mac: On the Mac, swiping works the same way, but fewer options are available. You can swipe right with two fingers to mark a message as read or unread, depending on its current status, or you can swipe left to delete or archive the message.

As with Mail in iOS, you can twiddle the delete/archive setting by choosing Mail > Preferences > Viewing. Choose Trash or Archive from the Move Discarded Messages Into pop-up menu.

That’s it! Take a few minutes and practice swiping, and before long you’ll be marking, flagging, and archiving messages with just a flick of the finger.


Twitter: Want to process email faster? Learn how to use the swipe gestures on items in Mail’s message list in iOS and macOS at:

Facebook: We all get too much email, but with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can quickly process mail that doesn’t need replies by swiping left or right on items in the message list. Learn how on our blog at:

Your digital portable Notes

Ever since the original iOS, Apple has included the Notes.app on your device. This makes it very easy for you to keep notes on the fly. Even better, with the later OS and iOS versions you can now sync those notes between your mobile device and your computer! So why is it you can never find that note you were looking for? Let’s help you out.
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