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iPhone and iPod Touch Mail Filters & Rules

If you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone, you have no doubt realized by now that the Mail app does not filter your email. There is no way to set up any rules or filters. I subscribe to a variety of email lists, so my inbox is quickly flooded. Quite by accident, I discovered a workaround that allows email on my iPhone to be automatically routed to any folder I wish…

I happen to subscribe to MobileMe. I’ve been using since it was named iTools. But I only really started to use it in earnest when I started using more than one computer frequently. I set it up to automatically synchronize all my information (including my desktop Mail.app rules) between all my devices. Of course, Mail on the iPhone doesn’tuse rules. But one day I left Mail.app running on my desktop at home when I got up and went out. I was pleasantly surprised to find when I checked my mail on my iPhone that email was being correctly routed!

The mail rules were running on my desktop at home and appropriately filtering my email. And because MobileMe was actively synchronizing my email, the filtered mailbox was available on my iPhone.

So if you are a subscriber to MobileMe, just keep Mail.app running on your Mac at home to keep your mail appropriately filtered on your iPhone. Naturally, this tip will not work with a POP email account, but if you keep your email stored on a Microsoft Exchange server or use an IMAP mailbox, I don’t see why this wouldn’t work for you.

Peace,
alk

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