iOS 16: What is Later in Apple Mail and How to Use It

iOS 16 has a lot to offer for iPhone users including a revamped Lock Screen, new ways to change Focus modes, editing and unsending texts inside Messages, and so much more. Apple’s Mail app also gets a ton of improvements, the most notable one of which is the ability to mark emails as “Later” so that you can get back to an older message at your preferred time.

In this post, we’ll explain what this Later option is all about and how you can use it inside Apple Mail on iOS 16. 

What is “Later” in Apple Mail on iOS 16?

The Later option inside Apple Mail on iOS 16 corresponds to the Remind me feature that allows users to mark messages inside the app for later. When you mark an email as “Later”, the Mail app will remind you to get back to this email at a later time. 

You can choose to be reminded at a date and time of your choice and when the time comes, the selected message will appear at the top of your inbox. When you get to the chosen time, the Mail app will showcase the message at the top with a “Remind me” label to let you differentiate it from other messages in your inbox. 

You will also be notified about messages you marked as “Later” in the Notifications center or as a banner at the top. The notification will display a “Remind Me” banner at the top to highlight itself among other alerts from the Mail app. 

Emails that are marked as “Later” will be sent to a Remind Me folder inside the Mail app and you can access it prematurely, even before the time you wanted to be reminded. 

Later on Apple Mail is beneficial for those of you who receive a lot of emails on a daily basis and often forget to read or respond to them later. With this feature, Apple makes it more convenient to look out for emails that you may not have had time for and you can unclutter your inbox with new emails with ease. 

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How to use Later in Mail on iOS 16

Note: Your iPhone needs to run iOS 16 for this feature to work. 

You can use the ‘Remind Me’ feature inside Mail in two different ways, both of which are accessible with swipe gestures. 

Method 1: By swiping right on a message

The easiest way to mark an email inside the Mail app is to swipe right on it. Before you do that, open the Mail app on your iPhone. 

When the Mail app launches, locate the message you want to mark as Later and swipe rightwards on it to reveal additional options. 

When more options appear, tap on Later on the left-hand side of the message. 

In the overflow menu that shows up, select the time at which you want to be reminded about the chosen message. You can select from preset options like 1 hour, Tonight, and Tomorrow. If you want the Mail app to remind you at a custom time of your choice, tap on Remind Me Later

In the Mark for Later screen, select a date on which you’d like to be reminded about the message.

To choose your preferred time for the specific date, turn on the Time toggle below and set your time accordingly. 

After you’ve customized a date and time to be reminded, tap on Done at the top right corner. 

The selected message will now disappear from your inbox and you’ll be reminded about it at your chosen time. 

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Method 2: By swiping left on a message

You can also mark messages in your mailbox by swiping them over to the other side. For this, open the Mail app on your iPhone. 

When the Mail app opens, you should easily see all the messages in your Inbox. Locate a message you want to be reminded about and swipe it leftwards. 

This will reveal additional options on the right-hand side of the selected message. Here, tap on More

In the overflow menu that appears, scroll downwards and select Mark for Later

In the overflow menu that shows up, select the time at which you want to be reminded about the chosen message. You can select from preset options like 1 hour, Tonight, and Tomorrow. If you want the Mail app to remind you at a custom time of your choice, tap on Remind Me Later

In the Mark for Later screen, select a date on which you’d like to be reminded about the message.

To choose your preferred time for the specific date, turn on the Time toggle below and set your time accordingly. 

After you’ve customized a date and time to be reminded, tap on Done at the top right corner. 

The selected message will now disappear from your inbox and you’ll be reminded about it at your chosen time.

How to find and remove messages you marked as “Later” on Mail

When you mark a message inside the Mail app as “Later”, the selected message instantly vanishes from your inbox. The message is then sent to a Remind me folder inside your mailbox. To access this folder, open the Mail app on your iPhone. 

Inside the app, tap on Mailboxes at the top left corner. 

On the next screen, select Remind Me

Here, you’ll see all the messages you’ve marked as “Later” inside Apple Mail.

You can open any message you’ve moved to Remind Me and view them like any other mail from your inbox. To unmark them as “Later” and move them back to your inbox, swipe right on a message.

Now, select Later

On the next screen, tap on Remove Reminder.

You can also change the reminder date and time for the message from the same screen if you don’t wish to remove it. 

Another way you can take action on a message marked as later is by opening the message inside the Remind Me folder. 

When the message opens, you should be able to see the “Mail will remind you” label at the top along with the chosen date and time. To modify the reminder or delete it, tap on Edit and take the necessary action on the message. 

I cannot see the Remind Me folder inside the Mail app. Why?

Note: Remind me is an iOS 16 feature and you won’t be able to use it on previous versions of iOS on an iPhone.

The Remind Me folder appears as one of the mailboxes inside the Mail app. If you cannot see this folder in the Mailboxes, it’s likely that you haven’t marked any messages as “Later” from your inbox. The Remind Me folder will only appear under “Mailboxes” as long as there’s at least one message that you’ve set a reminder for inside the Mail app.

If a message you marked as “Later” has gone beyond the time you set for the reminder, it will be moved back to your inbox. If all such messages have reached their reminder time, you won’t see the Remind me folder since all these messages will be sent back to your inbox. 

That’s all you need to know about “Later” in Apple Mail on iOS 16. 

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