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Surprisingly, iOS has always lacked the ability to send an email to a large group of people. This feature could really come in handy in many different situations, but unfortunately it’s not something that’s currently available through the Mail app’s default options. There are apps available to solve this problem, but what if you’d like to accomplish this task without them?
Luckily, there’s a neat workaround that will allow you to create an email group in iOS. This will enable you to send a message right from the Mail app to multiple email addresses at once.
To create an email group, watch the video for a detailed overview or follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open the Notes app on your device and create a new note. Within this note you will need to make a list of comma-separated addresses using the format below:
Name1<email1>, Name2<email2>, Name3<email3>, Name4<email4>
Continue the pattern above until you’ve entered all of the email addresses for your mailing list. Once you’re finished, tap on the screen and choose “Select All” from the popup menu, then tap on “Copy.”
Step 2: Now we need to create a new contact. Open the Phone or Contacts app on your device and tap on the plus sign in the top right corner.
Step 3: Type in a name for your email group on the contact card. Next, scroll down to the “Email” box within the contact and tap on it twice. This should invoke a “Paste” button to appear slightly above the box. Tap on Paste, then press Done in the top right corner.
Step 4: You’ve now successfully created an email group. To test the group, exit to the home screen and open the Mail app. Create a new email using the button in the bottom right corner, then in the “To” section type in the name of your email group. Alternatively, you can enter the group name in the “Bcc” section to keep the recipients anonymous. Finally, select the name of your group, continue composing your message, then send it.
Your email will be delivered to all of the addresses you’ve pasted into the contact card. For more help with creating an email group, use the video as a visual reference. Once you’ve created your new email group, it will always be available to use.
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