How to Enable Notifications for an Email Thread Using the Mail App

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Enabling notifications on an email thread lets you sit back and wait for that important reply without feeling the need to check your inbox every five minutes. You can turn on notifications for a thread either from the subject line of an email you are composing or by swiping left on a thread inside your inbox. Here are the two methods for enabling notifications on email threads in the Mail app.

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How to Enable Notifications on an Email Thread:

There are two ways to enable email notifications; while composing an email, or from your inbox.

To enable notifications while composing an email:

  1. Open a new email.
  2. Enter text into the subject line field.
  3. Tap the bell icon to the right of that subject line.
  4. When prompted, tap Notify Me.

To enable notifications from your inbox:

  1. Locate the thread you want to be notified about and swipe left.
  2. Tap the gray box labeled More.

  3. When prompted, tap Notify Me.
  4. Emails with reply notifications enabled will display a bell icon to their left in your inbox.

You will now receive a notification for those specific emails once a reply hits your inbox. 

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Editorial Directer at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time iPhone and Mac enthusiast, Sarah loves teaching people how to use their Apple devices.