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When we were looking at the main Mail screen in the previous movies, you might have noticed this VIP mailbox. This is a new feature of iOS 6 Mail that lets you designate specific people as VIPs, and any message you receive from them after that will be displayed in the VIP Inbox. This makes it easy for you to quickly know whether an incoming message is from someone important to you regardless of which of your email addresses the message is sent to. You can set up VIP as a couple of different ways. You can start from right here on the main Mailboxes screen, and tap VIP.
Since I currently have no VIPs, I can tap Add VIP. That takes me to my Contacts, and here I just browse through and find the person I want to add. This person is now a VIP. And it doesn't matter how many email addresses your contact has. Any emails you receive from this person from now on will appear in the VIP box. So, now if I go back to the main Mailboxes screen and tap VIP, I'll see all the messages I've received from this person. Another way to make someone a VIP is directly from an email you've received. I'll go to my iCloud Inbox.
And maybe I want to make sure I don't miss any newsletters from lynda.com. I'll tap the address at the top of the email, and here, I'll tap Add to VIP. You might have noticed that a star appears next to the email address. Now, if I go back to the main Mailboxes screen and tap VIP, I'll see the messages from both of the contacts I've added. And when they send me new emails, those messages will appear in the VIP box too. Now, Mail isn't moving the messages to a special folder or location. The VIP Mailbox is simply a way of filtering your messages, so the emails you get from your VIPs can be accessed from one location.
The messages will still show up in the respective inboxes as well. If you need to manage your VIPs, tap the blue arrow. Here, you can tap a name to see the email addresses associated with each person. You can also slide your finger across a name to reveal the Delete button, which lets you remove a person from your VIP list. You can also tap Add VIP to add more people to the list. There's also a VIP Alerts button here. That takes you to the Notification Center for VIPs.
We looked at Notifications in the first chapter, but here, you can choose whether you want a message to pop up when you get an email from a VIP. You can also choose whether you want a special sound to play when VIP messages appear. You can also specify if a preview of the message text shows up in the alerts that appear, or, on the screen when your phone is locked. If you leave these on, you'll be able to read the first couple of sentences of your message without opening the Mail app. So, that's how you set up VIPs in Mail, making it easy to quickly identify the messages from the people you care about.
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