Mastering Mail Notifications in iOS

If you’re anything like me, you get a lot of email throughout each day. And if you’re anything like me, your phone constantly buzzing in your pocket can be distracting while you’re talking to someone.

I have five different email accounts on my phone: one business, which is usually important, and several personal accounts, which are usually not urgent, but I’d like to be able to check when I have free time. In order to keep from getting distracted to check what turns out to be a sale-email about yachts, or a friend’s hilarious youtube video, I’ve turned mail notifications off for several of my email accounts. Mail is still delivered to these accounts, but my phone doesn’t buzz; I can just check the mail app when I have time.

For this to work, you need to be running iOS 6.0

To set specific notifications for specific accounts (including unique sounds for each account!), on your iPad or iPhone go to Settings, Notifications, and scroll down to Mail. Here you’ll find a list of the Mail accounts configured on your iOS device. To edit an account, tap it, then you can select a specific sound, a specific vibration pattern, and alert style.

I’ve set all but one account for no notification with no sound and no vibrate, and my one main, business account to have a clear sound. Now, when I feel a buzz in my pocket or hear the “Coin” sound from Mario, I know exactly which account received an email.

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