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Guide: How to set up a VIP inbox in the iPhone Mail app | iOS 9

You can add frequent contacts of important recipients as VIPs in the Mail app to help differentiate them from the rest of your contacts.


At first there are no VIP contacts. To add one open the Mail app and tap the VIP mailbox followed by Add VIP.

Now, tap on a contact from the list to select them. To add more contacts tap Add VIP again. You can add as many contacts as you’d like.

After a few have been added, you can set a custom tone for when emails are received from these people by tapping VIP Alerts. This takes you to the Notifications settings. From here, select Mail followed by the VIP option. Change the Alert Sound so it’s clear who it’s from when a VIP email arrives.


Different account sounds

If you have more than one email account set up in the Mail app, you can set different tones for each. Open Settings, select Notifications and tap Mail to see the accounts list.

Tap on any of the account names and change the Alert Sound. Now you can differentiate between work and home emails, for example.