You can’t send email from your Apple Watch, but you can read any email sent to you.

While you can use your Apple Watch to dictate text message replies, the inability to edit text makes the same system ill-suited for longer and potentially more complex emails. So, there’s no Siri for Mail, but there is a read-only version of the Mail app on your Apple Watch. You can see what’s been sent your way, and can even mark mail as unread, flag it, and delete it. To respond, however, you’ll have to hand off to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Here’s how it all works!

How to set email notifications on the Apple Watch app for iPhone

The easiest way to read new emails on your Apple Watch is as they come in, and that means using the Apple Watch’s notifications system.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. Tap on Mail.

  5. Tap Mirror iPhone to use the same notification settings as on your iPhone. Tap Custom to setadditional options.
    1. Tap an Inbox you want to enable.
    2. Toggle Show Alerts to ON.
    3. Toggle Sound and/or Haptics on to choose between audio or physical notifications, or both.
  6. Repeat for each inbox.

There are additional, general options you can set, including the notification indicator and Notification Center, which lets you view notifications you didn’t open when they came in.

How to set Mail options on the Apple Watch app for iPhone

The Mail app on your Apple Watch serves as a repository for all recent email messages you’ve received. You can configure it to match your iPhone settings, or customize it just for your Apple Watch.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on Mail.
  4. Tap Mirror iPhone to use the same mail settings as on your iPhone. Tap Custom to set up additional options.

    1. Tap Include Mail to choose between All Inboxes or just a single sub mailbox.
    2. Tap on Message Preview to choose between none, 1 line, or 2 lines.
    3. Tap on Flag Style to choose between color and shape.
    4. Toggle Ask Before Deleting to ON if you want to confirm before any emails are trashed.
    5. Toggle Organize by Thread to group all emails from the same conversation together. (As opposed to single messages in reverse chronological order).

How to read email in the Mail app on your Apple Watch

You can use the Mail app’s read-only status to see the contents of an email, then mark it as unread, flag it, or trash it.

  1. Tap the Digital Crown to go to the home screen (if you’re not there already).
  2. Tap on the Mail app icon.
  3. Tap on an email message to open it.

  4. Press firmly on an open email message to see options.
  5. Tap on Flag, Unread, or Trash to quickly triage the message.

How to hand off email and respond on your iPhone or iPad

You may not be able to dictate a reply to email on your Apple Watch, but you can hand off the exact message you’re reading to your iPhone or iPad and answer it there. While reading an email on your Apple Watch, just pick up your iPhone or iPad.

If your iPhone or iPad is locked:

  1. Swipe up on the Mail app handoff icon from the bottom left corner of the lock screen.
  2. Unlock your iPhone or iPad, if prompted.
  3. Tap Reply.

If your iPhone or iPad is unlocked:

  1. Double press the home button.
  2. Swipe all the way to the left.
  3. Tap on the Mail app handoff icon.
  4. Tap Reply.

How to hand off email and respond on your Mac

In addition to your iPhone or iPad, you can also hand off email to your Mac and respond on the big screen and with its full-size hardware keyboard.

  1. Click on the Mail app handoff icon in the far left (or top) of the Dock; or alt/option-tab to it in the App Switcher.
  2. Click Reply.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. Tap on Mail.

  5. Tap Mirror iPhone to use the same notification settings as on your iPhone. Tap Custom to setadditional options.
    1. Tap an Inbox you want to enable.
    2. Toggle Show Alerts to ON.
    3. Toggle Sound and/or Haptics on to choose between audio or physical notifications, or both.
  6. Repeat for each inbox.

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