If your inbox is constantly filling up with new emails, it can be hard to focus and get work done.
This is particularly annoying if you are frequently part of email conversations that include many recipients, and everyone decides to "Reply All" with their own email.
Any new incoming replies that belong to that set of emails are automatically marked as "read" on arrival, and you won't receive any notifications for them.
This is the best of both worlds — the emails still arrive in your inbox and you can read them at your convenience — but you won't be distracted by a flurry of replies from that particular thread.
Here's how to do it.
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How to mute threads in Mail on an iPhone
1. Start the Mail app. Find an email thread that you want to mute.
2. Swipe the email to the left until you see the options appear and let go. Don't swipe all the way to the left, or you'll archive the message.
3. Tap "More" and then choose "Mute" from the pop-up menu.
If you later decide that you need to know about this thread as new messages arrive, it's easy to unmute the emails. Repeat the same process — swipe left on the thread and choose "More." Then tap "Unmute" from the pop-up menu.