This article will help you get the most out of the Email application. It instructs general use and provides some hints and tips.
To begin reading emails on your device you must first add your email account(s) to the device.
This is done in “Settings > Accounts”. Tap the “+ Add account” button to see the list of accounts supported by Sailfish OS. Configure those that you need on your device.
Sailfish supports IMAP, POP and Microsoft’s Exchange email accounts.
IMAP and POP accounts are email accounts that you can generally also access via your browser i.e. via Webmail. Such email accounts are referred to as “General email“ in Settings:
You can also add Microsoft Exchange and Google email accounts to your Sailfish device.
For help with installing Exchange accounts, please see here.
For help with installing General Email accounts, please see here.
For help with installing Google accounts, please see here.
Your Sailfish device will receive incoming email messages according to the synchronization settings of your email accounts in “Settings > Accounts”. Look for the “Sync schedule” in the relevant one of these documents.
It is possible to get all new messages at once with a manual sync, too. This is done by using the “Update” command of the pulley menu of an inbox (see Pic 4 below).
Tip: If you have a Google and/or Exchange account configured with your device, updating your email can also sync the contacts and the calendar related to these accounts.
There are two ways to check the staus of your emails and of the Email app. One is to use the “Unified inbox” explained in chapter “Reading email” below. The other way is to glance the Cover 1 of the Email app. When you minimize applications you will see them as “cards” on your Home screen. They are called Covers. The Email app’s Cover provides you with a way to quickly refresh all your email accounts.
Below is a zoom-in series of using Email Cover to update all accounts:
Simply tap on the “Update” icon (at the lower part of the Cover) to refresh all your accounts.
Just now: a check for new emails just occurred.
Up-to-date: a check recently occurred, but there were no new emails.
Updates X ago: the last time new emails were sought after was X time ago.
Problem with sign-in: your email couldn’t be updated because of issues with the sign-in credentials you have provided. Go to “Settings > Accounts” to fix this issue.
Unable to sync: performing the sync was not successful, please make sure you have an Internet connection.
Not connected: please make sure you have an Internet connection.
Email is one of the default apps of Sailfish OS, i.e., it exists on all devices. You are ready to open the Email app as soon as you have signed in to one or more email accounts (see chapter Email accounts above).
When you tap on the Email application icon, the following unified Inbox view appears:
At the top of the screen, you see all your email accounts active on your Sailfish device. There is a number to the left of each account indicating how many unread messages there are on that account. Under the account name, there is status information on when the account was previously updated on this device.
The bottom half of the screen shows the latest unread emails from all of your email accounts. The account a message belongs to is not shown. The messages are sorted by their times of arrival, with the latest on top. There is a snippet of the message content under the sender. If you tap a message to read it, the whole message is shown to you. Swipe to the right to return to the unified view. Note that the message you just read is no more shown in this view.
The pulley menu of this view allows you to quickly create “New email”, “Update all” your email accounts or begin to “Select emails”. The selected messages can be either deleted (trash bin button) or marked as read (envelope button) in one go.
Tap on an individual email account (Pic 3, upper part) to expose this email account’s inbox (see Pic 6 below). The messages are sorted by their reception dates and times, the latest on top. Messages containing attachments are indicated with the clip icon.
From the pull-down menu (Pic 7) one can:
- Change how messages are sorted
- Select multiple emails
- Search with a keyword
- Update the inbox
- Start creating a new message
The inbox has also the push-up menu (Pic 8) for downloading more messages from the server to the phone.
If you swipe to the left in the inbox, you will see the Folders view of this account. Tap any folder to see its contents.
Tip: If you aren’t sure if you’ve sent an email, check the Outbox folder for unsent mails.
Writing a new message begins by selecting the command “New email” from the pulley menu of the Email app. You need to be in either the Unified Inbox (Pic 3 above) or in the inbox of any of the email accounts configured with your phone (Pic 6 above) to see this option in the pulley menu.
The command “New email” will take you to the message composition screen:
You can type the recipients’ addresses on the “To” line or fetch contacts from the People app by using the (+) icon.
Once you’ve specified the recipient(s) & subject, you can “Send” the email by using the pulley menu.
Note that this message would be sent from your default email account. See chapter Account from which to send the message below for details.
Tap the three dots button near the right edge (marked with a green rectangle in Pic 12 above) to reveal additional settings for sending the email.
The view of additional settings brings to more lines for the recipients, the usual CC and the BCC.
If you want to add an attachment file, tap “Add attachment”. Note that the size of the attachments should not exceed 5 to 10 Mbytes (depending on the limit set by your service provider). We recommend that you upload really big files to a cloud service first (e.g. Dropbox or the like) and that you send only a link pointing to that file in the cloud.
There is a default setting for the account (if you have configured two or more emails accounts on your device) to be used for sending email messages. This setting is located at “Settings > Apps > Email” and it appears there with the title “Default account for sending” (see Pic 14 below).
It is possible to override the default account for an individual message by tapping “From” in the additional settings (see Pic 13 above) and by selecting another account. If you did not touch the “From” field then it keeps showing the default account.
The recipients of your messages will see your messages arriving from the account shown at the “From” field (be it the default or the one chosen for the current message).
There are also the options to indicate the importance of the outbound message and to request read receipts.