Create A Signature With Rich Text And Icons On Your iPad And iPhone [iOS Tips]



Getting tired of “Sent from my iPhone” as your mail signature on your iPhone? What about “Sent from my iPad?” Still bored? Yeah, me, too. I’ve changed my signature to something a bit more magical on the iPad, but I really didn’t think about adding some basic rich text formatting and some images in to really spice it up.

Lucky for me (and now you), Greg Sargent, student web engineer, has. Here’s how.

First up, head into your Settings app. Tap on General, then scroll down to Keyboard. Tap it, then tap Keyboards there, just above Shortcuts. If you don’t already see Emoji in the list of Keyboards, Add New Keyboard… Scroll down the the Es and tap Emoji. You’ve now enabled the included image-based keyboard included with iOS 5.

Tap the arrow back until you reach the main Settings window again. Scroll down to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and tap. Scroll down some more to the Signature area, and tap that.

Type in the info you want in your signature. Now, select a part of the text you want to bold, underline, or put into italics. When you do so, you’ll get a little pop up menu that will include Cut, Copy, Paste, and a formatting button, along with a Define button. You may need to tap the arrow on the right of the pop-up to get to the other options. tap on the formatting button and choose to bold, italic, or underline the text you selected.

Now comes the fun part. Tap on the little globe icon at the bottom left of the keyboard spacebar. This is the Emoji keyboard. Tap and swipe around to find icons you want to include with your signature. Tap them to include, just like typing letters.

When you’re done creating your masterpiece, simply tap the left facing arrows in the upper left of the signature screen, and you’ll be good to go. Now when you send email from your device, you won’t be bound by the default message that Apple put there. Unless of course, you do that ironically. Right?

Got an iOS tip of your own? Need help troubleshooting your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? Drop me a line or leave a comment below.

Source: Greg Sargeant, Student Web Engineer

  • InternDom

    yeah man…. Per account signatures only works for iOS 6.. Dont break NDA lol

  • TonyLimaAssoc

    Very cool. Thanks.

  • Greg

    Thanks Rob for the shout out! This cool little trick also works for the Mail App on the Mac…just use the Character Viewer to insert Emoji icons into a signature profile via Mail Preferences. Non-important side note: You spelled my last name correctly in the article, but put an extra “a” in the source reference at the end of the article. Not a big deal, it happens all the time. My ancestors must have been drinking heavily the day they went to register the family name, we have a’s and e’s mixed up all over the place. lol