How to Quickly Access Last Saved Mail Draft on Your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Here’s a neat tip to quickly access the last saved mail draft on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

It was quite a cumbersome process to access the last saved mail draft until we came across this tip.

You had to go all your Mailboxes in the Mail app, then scroll down to the particular account, tap on it and then tap on the Drafts folder followed by the email draft that you had last saved.

Folks at Obama Pacman have discovered a quicker way to access the last saved draft (a draft can be saved by tapping on the Cancel button while composing an email, then tap on the Save Draft option when prompted to save a draft).

All you need to do is tap and hold on the Compose button (annotation 2 in the image below). It will magically open the last saved draft so you can continue composing the email.

This shortcut works as long as you haven’t restarted your iOS device.

Did you know about this shortcut? Let us know if you found this tip useful.

Hat tip to DaringFireball’s John Gruber

  • Nicolas Degen

    And only if you haven’t closed the Mail app since..

  • Sensei

    Nice one!

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    Wow, that is a hidden feature!

  • augustine

    that is an awesome discovery. i don’t know why in the f apple doesn’t list all features and it is upon us users to keep finding them.

  • SeenDaLight

    Sweeet! thanks

  • Fumzaza

    Worked for me- brilliant. Thanks!

  • Elic

    So, it’s not really saved because if you leave the app it doesn’t load?

  • Haseeb

    Hey guys..

    To get to saved drafts, i checked the Drafts folder and found it empty.
    However, i found the draft by:

    Tap and holding the Compose (New email) button bottom-right. It gives you a list of all incomplete drafts you have which can be accessed by tapping on them.