How to Set Up a Reminder to Respond to an Email in iOS 16

Learn how to set up follow-up reminders in the Mail app to get a brand new notification at a requested time so you won't forget to send a response!

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If you receive an important email that you don't want to forget to respond to, iOS 16 has you covered! This new software update makes it possible to set up a reminder in your Mail app at the desired time so that you don't need to worry about forgetting to send a response.

Related: How to Send an Email at a Specific Time on iPhone (iOS 16)

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Never forget to respond to an important email again.
  • Get a brand new notification at the selected time as a reminder to reply.

How to Set Up Email Follow-Up Reminders in the Mail App

These steps only work if you have iOS 16. Once you've updated your iPhone:

  1. Open the Mail app.

    Open the Mail app.
  2. Identify an email you wish to set up a reminder for and swipe right over it.

    Identify an email you wish to set up a reminder for and swipe right over it.
  3. Tap Remind Me.

    Tap Remind Me.
  4. You'll see a drop-down menu with pre-set reminder options. To create a custom reminder, tap Remind Me Later.

    To create a custom reminder, tap Remind Me Later….
  5. Use the calendar to select a month, date, and time then tap Done.

    Use the calendar to select a month, date, and time then tap Done.

For more great new iOS 16 tips, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

How to End the Reminder

If you wish to end the reminder early:

  1. Open the Mail app and navigate to Mailboxes.

    Open the Mail app and navigate to Mailboxes.
  2. Tap Remind Me.

    Tap Remind Me.
  3. Swipe left over the email you wish to cancel a reminder for.

    Swipe left over the email you wish to cancel a reminder for.
  4. Tap Clear.

    Tap Clear.

With this new email follow-up reminder feature, you never have to worry about missing an important email! This is more effective than leaving an email unread because you will actually get a notification reminding you to respond!

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.