Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10

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Post by bdahm on Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:32 pm

Here is an outline from the podcast I recently heard. You may have noticed that mail threads are sorted in ascending order from the oldest to the newest. This is fine for following the thread from start to finish, but it often entails a lot of scrolling just to get to the last item in the thread. If you would prefer to have the thread displayed from newest to oldest, there is a way to do that as described in this outline.

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10
Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleI actually use the amazing [Spark]( https://sparkmailapp.com) email app from Readdle so I hadn't really noticed the changes to Mail in iOS 10

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleSince the upgrade has come out though I've had a conversation with more than on frustrated user who is baffled by the new way Apple has decided to organize threaded email conversation

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 ExpandedThe two big changes that are befuddling users are organizing threads in chronological order from top to bottom and including your "sent" messages in the thread

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleBy sent I mean not just quoting your message in the reply, but actually showing the sent item as a separate item in the thread

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleSome might like these changes, but others don't. I especially have heard complaints from people who get involved in long on-going back and forth email conversations because they have to do a lot of down scrolling to get the the most recent email.

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleLuckily it is fairly easy to undo the changes Apple has made.

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 ExpandedTo get the most recent emails in the thread back on top

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleGo to Settings > Mail and scroll to the "Threading" section

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleThen simply toggle the "Most Recent Message on Top" option to "On".

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 ExpandedIf you'd prefer to keep your sent messages out of the thread it's also easy to do

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleGo to Settings > Mail and scroll to the "Threading" section

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleToggle the 'Complete Threads' option to "Off".

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 ExpandedStill you might not want to turn off the "Complete Threads" option because it does do something cool

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleIt will also pull in and emails in the thread regardless of which mailbox those are in.

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleSo if you happen to send out messages from more than one account this feature may be useful.

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleYou'll notice in the thread that Mail will even tell you where the message was "found" in a grey bar at the top. For example, "Found in Maccast Sent Mailbox".

Fixing Mail Threads in iOS 10 LeafRowHandleThe only issue is I have had some people tell me that occasionally the feature will pull together emails that are not really part of the same thread. Most often when two separate email threads happen to have the same subject line. Mail gets a little confused.

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