How to Get Mailing Lists for Email in iOS

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With iOS and iDevices becoming more capable every year, more people are switching to an iPad or iPhone as their primary means of communication and productivity. Unfortunately for users who rely on email, the Mail app on iOS does not currently support mailing lists, requiring users to manually enter the email addresses of the multiple individuals they wish to contact each time.

Thankfully, MacCast’s Adam Christianson found a workaround that enables email list-like functionality on iOS. 

First, open Notes on your iDevice and type out each email address separated by commas.

iOS Mailing List Workaround

Next, use “select all” to grab the entire list and then copy it.

Head over to Contacts, and create a new contact. Use the “Company” field to name the contact according to the mailing list you wish to create—in this case I used “TMO Staff.” Then, in the email field, paste the list of addresses you copied from Notes and save the contact.

Now, head into Mail and create a new message. In the “To” field, find and select the contact we created in the previous step.

iOS Mailing List Workaround

Type out your message and press “send.” You’ll get a warning dialog stating that the email address is invalid. Ignore it and press “Send.” Your email will be delivered to the message’s recipients identified in the mailing list contact you created.

iOS Mailing List

It’s not a perfect solution, but until Apple adds this functionality to iOS, it will save some folks plenty of time.

Comments

albatross

Didn’t work for me.  I got an error saying that the second address was rejected by the server.  Are there supposed to be carriage returns after the commas?

Jim Tanous

Didn?t work for me.? I got an error saying that the second address was rejected by the server.? Are there supposed to be carriage returns after the commas?

Hey albatross,

No, the addresses should just be separated by commas; the lines in the screenshot look like they’ve been returned because Notes wrapped the text.

As for why it’s not working for you, I’m not sure; we’ve verified this on iOS 5.1. Are you using a different version, perhaps?

Tom

Ok, so I set up the contact on my iPad. It syncs it to my iPhone in seconds.?

On my iPhone, I create a message, enter in the company name and it puts that all in there. I get the error message, hit send anyway, and it gives me a second error saying it cannot be delivered and it ends up in my outbox.

Checking my outbox, the last email now has a “>” after the com part. From my outbox, if I just hit send, it goes ahead and sends just fine, regardless of that “>”. But no matter what, it always gives me that second error message and sends it to my outbox, waiting for me to go into it and hit send again. Not a big deal, but an extra step.

Now here’s the weird thing. It doesn’t do this on my iPad. On my iPad it sends just fine, no outbox or second error message. Weird huh? Any ideas?

I’m running 5.1 on both an iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

albatross

Jim,

I tried it with just commas, no dice.  I also have the issue that Tom has with the “>” after the last address, however I can’t send it from either my iPad or my iPhone.  I am using iOS 5.1.

Gizmodan

Try using Mailshot App.

Lancashire-Witch

Yep. As the old saying goes - “There’s an app for that”

And it works pretty well too. Try it for free on three small mailing lists.

Mailshot.

Tom Shannon

These addresses can be pasted into a keyboard shortcut instead of a contact if one wants to keep the address book clean.

You go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add New Shortcut…, type the shortcut letters into the “Shortcut” field and the email address into the “Phrase” field. ?But what many people might not know is that you can also type a comma separated list of email addresses in place of a single address. ?When you compose an email and type the shortcut into the “To” field, the comma separated list appears.

albatross

These addresses can be pasted into a keyboard shortcut instead of a contact if one wants to keep the address book clean.

You go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add New Shortcut?, type the shortcut letters into the ?Shortcut? field and the email address into the ?Phrase? field. ?But what many people might not know is that you can also type a comma separated list of email addresses in place of a single address. ?When you compose an email and type the shortcut into the ?To? field, the comma separated list appears.

Great idea, but it still doesn’t work for me.  I get the same error message every time (see my previous posts).  I guess it’s Mailshot for me.

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