Mail: Flagging Implementation Fail

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Patriot24, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    I'm going to try and articulate this the best that I can. The way that I thought the feature would work is actually pretty simple - if you flagged an email on your device, webmail, or desktop client, then the mail would show up in the Flagged box on iOS regardless of what folder it is in (the same way that any mail client works, really).

    In Gmail, "flags" = "stars". In Exchange, "flags" = "for followup"

    iOS 5:
    • Flagging mail in Exchange = marked for followup in exchange
    • Flagging mail in IMAP (Gmail) = starred on gmail
    • No aggregation of flagged messages in iOS. You could access the "starred" folder in gmail, however

    iOS 6:
    • Flagging mail in Exchange = flagging in exchange, only shows in flagged box in iOS if the message is in Inbox
    • Flagging mail in IMAP (Gmail) = starred on gmail, only shows in flagged box in iOS if the message is in Inbox

    So basically this feature is worthless if you move mail into folders that are not the inbox (this is extremely common among business users. Most of us do not let everything simply flow into our inbox and leave it there for eternity. We move it to folders to stay organized). Here's how it should work:

    • Mail comes in
    • I flag mail
    • I may or may not move mail to non-inbox folder ("family" for example)
    • Regardless, mail shows up in "Flagged" in iOS

    Is this really that hard, Apple?
  2. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    Haven't had time to download 6 yet. Are you saying that if I flag a email and then move it to a folder. It won't show up in the flagged folder anymore, basic,y removing the flag since I moved it from the inbox.
  3. Patriot24 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    It doesn't remove the flag from the message, but it will not show up in the "Flagged" inbox on iOS. So, yes.
  4. craznar macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    If you are like me - currently using:
    Google GMail for iOS
    Google Chrome for iOS
    Google Youtube for iOS
    and still Google Maps for iOS.

    Suggest you do the same :)
  5. Patriot24 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Yeah, that doesn't really solve the problem. The point is to aggregate all flagged/starred/followup messages into a single location for ease of use. Jumping out into multiple apps for each e-mail account will only complicate matters further.
  6. Chiquitanita macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2010
    What am I missing: I can't flag any email, even in my Gmail (Exchange) Inbox. The flag icon only pops up the options Mark As Unread or Cancel.

    My office email account (Lotus Notes, Exchange) does show the Flag option in the pop up.

    What the heck could be causing this? We use Mobile Iron to facilitate the access to office servers; is that complicating it? It all worked fine in 5.1. I only know enough IT to be dangerous; this kind of thing drives me crazy.

    Anyone with actual expertise have any thoughts? Thanks. : /
  7. freediverx macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2006

    This iOS6 bug appears on your Gmail Exchange account if you don't have the domain set in account settings.

    1) Go to Settings
    2) Select Mail, Contacts and Calendars
    3) Select the GMail account
    4) Select the account at the top of the screen (your GMail address)
    5) The Domain field should contain either Google or
    ( will not work)
    6) The Username field should contain your whole email address

  8. Chiquitanita macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2010
    jetaero Did It!

    Why the domain name was blank is beyond me, but the fix worked.

    FYI, for an Exchange account with Gmail, the domain is just simply "google." (No quotes, of course.)

    P.S. Is text formatting not working here, or is that just me?
  9. leocreo macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2008
    Worked like a charm!! Thanks
  10. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2011
    Just saw this thread and wanted to say THANK YOU!
  11. sirkako macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007

    This WILL make the Flag button appear in iOS6, but when you flag a message it won't "star it", thus it won't appear in as flagged (starred) in the "other clients", e.g. Apple Mail or even gmail web client.

    I think the only way to make the message "starred" is to MOVE it to the Starred folder... no?

    This is on the Exchange Account, BTW. The IMAP setup works fine.

    WTH? :mad:

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