How to Format Email in the iPhone Mail App

How do you format an email on your iPhone? It's easy, and you have just as many options as on a computer when it comes to bold text, indents, and more!

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This article will tell you how to format an email in the Mail app on your iPhone. Rich text email, including bold text and fonts, has come to the iPhone! Starting in iOS 13 and continuing in iOS 14, you can format emails to your pleasure in the Mail app by simply composing an email, selecting the text you want to format, and then tapping the "Aa" option just above the keyboard. A menu of text formatting options will replace the keyboard, and you can format your email like a pro. Here’s how to format your text in the Mail app on an iPhone.

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

How to Format Emails on the iPhone

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Create a new message (or reply to a message thread).

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  3. Compose the text you wish to format.
  4. Long press on the text to select a word; drag the grab points to select more or less text.

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  5. Tap the Aa option that appears on the left side of the menu at the top of the keyboard. A menu of text formatting options will appear. 
  6. Choose the options you wish to apply. 

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  7. Press the X at the top right of the menu to finish formatting and return to composing.
  8. That’s it! Now you know how to apply rich text formatting in the Mail app on the iPhone.
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Cullen Thomas

Cullen Thomas is a Writer and Producer at iPhone Life, creating tips and guides to help users unlock the full potential of their iOS and iPhone. In addition to writing countless tip-of-the-day articles and many detailed guides, Cullen has spent nine years as an instructor in media and communications at Maharishi University, lecturing on technical and artistic subjects ranging from camera and audio hardware to story-plotting to how to manage a film crew. Cullen answers questions daily about iPhones and iOS as part of the Ask an Editor insider service, and designs curriculum for iPhone Life’s online classes. As a frequent contributor to iPhone Life magazine and occasional guest on the iPhone Life podcast, Cullen likes to talk about security and privacy news, tech, gadgets, and apps, even if nobody asked.

Cullen holds a master’s degree in Cinematic Arts from the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts. Cullen also holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Maharishi University, one in literature with an emphasis in writing and the other in Communications and Media. Cullen’s short fiction has been featured in anthologies from Amphibian Press and TANSTAAFL, and Cullen co-owns a game design company, Thoughtspike games, which builds thought-provoking puzzle games. Cullen is a sci-fi author, a coffee connoisseur, and an iPhone expert.