Set Up Per-Account Notification Styles For iOS 6 Mail [iOS Tips]

Set Up Per-Account Notification Styles For iOS 6 Mail [iOS Tips]

I like to be notified when email comes in, but I sure do get a lot of email. Prior to iOS 6, I was relegated to just dealing with it, and setting the type of notification–Badges, Banners, and Sounds–for eMail in general. It got a bit tedious, to say the least, with the four main accounts I check on my iPhone.

You know now that you can set up a different signature for each email account you check on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6. But did you know you could also set up a different Notification style for each account, as well?

Here’s how.

Head into your Settings app with a tap, and then navigate to the Notifications section. Tap there, and scroll down to Mail. You’ll see each of your Mail accounts there on the screen, as well as a separate VIP notification section. Tap on the email account you want to customize Notifications for, and you’ll be able to set the type of alert to None, Banners (at the top of your screen), or Alert (which is a Badge, really). You can then toggle the Badge App Icon ON or OFF, set a specific sound for that account, and decide whether to show a preview or not. You can even decide whether that email account should show up in the Lock Screen; just toggle View in Lock Screen to OFF if you don’t want that secret email address to show up when your iPhone is out on the table at the restaurant. What? It happens!

Tap the Mail arrow at the top left of the screen to back out, and set each of your Mail accounts however you like. Tap the Home button when finished, and you’ll be able to know which email account is claiming your attention, or ignore emails for accounts that you use for junk mail. The VIP notifications override the account-specific settings, so if you want to just get notified when a VIP sends you email, turn notifications off for everything except VIPs.

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