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December 16, 2013

How to set up VIP email alerts on iPhone

Good old-fashioned email remains one of the best ways to keep up with the news. Many press releases, for example, come this way.

So wouldn’t it be great if your phone could alert you when it receives a potentially important message. With the iPhone, this is possible with a combination of the VIP folder in the Mail program and a setting in Notifications.

First, you have to make sure the VIP folder is active. It should be at the top of the inboxes with a star beside it. If not, tap edit, then tap a check mark beside VIP and tap Done.

To the right of the VIP inbox, there should be an “i” in a circle. Tap this, and you are presented with options for adding people to your VIP list from your contacts. As an example, if you get press releases from the local police, it would be a good idea to add them to your list. If they aren’t in your contacts, you’ll have to go to the Contacts app and add them.

Once that’s done, scroll to the bottom and tap VIP Alerts. From there you can decide how you would like to be notified if an email arrives from the VIP list. I’ve got my alert sound set to Vibrate Only, because the phone charger is in the bedroom and I can’t think of any email so important that I would want it to wake me up in the middle of the night.