How to Create New Folders in the Mail App on Your iPhone

Using custom mail folders on your iPhone makes it easy to keep your inbox uncluttered and your emails organized. To get started, just open the Mail app, go to the Mailboxes view, and use the New Mailboxes feature to create a custom mail folder. Once that's done, you can move the emails you want to save out of your inbox and into your new folder. If you'd rather, you can learn how to delete all the emails on your iPhone. If that's too drastic, read more to learn how to create, name, and choose a location for custom mailbox folders inside the Mail app on your iPhone.

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Related: How to Add a New Email Account to the Mail App on iPhone & iPad (2019)

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To Create a New folder in the iPhone Mail App:

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Tap the < icon in the upper left corner to open the Mailboxes view if you're not there already.
  3. Tap Edit in the top right corner.

    tap the greater than icon to view the Mailboxes screentap edit on the top right
  4. On the bottom right, select New Mailbox.
  5. Enter a name for your folder. Next, tap the blank cell under Mailbox Location.

    select New Mailbox to add a new folder
  6. From here, select the mailbox or folder where your new folder is to be stored. A blue checkmark displays to the right of the chosen mailbox location.
  7. Tap New Mailbox to continue.

    tap New Mailboxes to conintue
  8. Now the name of the parent folder is displayed under Mailbox Location
  9. Tap Save and then tap Done.​​

Congratulations! You've created your first custom folder inside the Mail app on your iPhone.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.