Create and ‘Mail-To’ Groups in iOS
So I never needed this on my iPhone or on my iPad - but yesterday my boss came over to me and asked me how to create a Group directly on his iPhone so that he can send an E-Mail to that Group - not on a Mac, or in Outlook or Lotus Notes (Yes, there’re still companies that work with that little piece of crappy Software)
I never imagined that this could be that hard in iOS! Because there is no Way to create a Group of Contacts with the integrated Apps, even the Contacts App has no possibility to do such a ‘simple’ Operation.
- First Problem: Creating a Group
So I went to Mr. Google and asked for something like ‘Create Groups iOS’ (Maybe you did the same) - the first thing I found was an App called Groups which I downloaded immediately. The uniqueness of this app is the possibility to create Smart Groups for Example ‘By Company’ or ‘Has Photo’ or ‘Has E-Mail’. After creating a Group and adding Contacts in the App the Group is available in the Contacts and the Phone app directly in iOS. OK, first Problem solved.
- Second Problem: Sending an E-Mail to a Group
Afterwards I opened the Mail App and tried to enter the Group Name into the ‘To’ field - but WOW: this doesn’t work either. Back at Google I found a little Workaround. You have to create 1 (ONE) Contact in your Adressbook and enter all the needed E-Mail Adresses Comma Separated in the Mail Field (f.e. ‘email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org’) You can do this with the Copy-Paste function and a simple Editor- or Note-Taking App like the integrated Note-App. Or you download the App MailShot which does exactly the same, just ehhhh … more comfortable!
Both Apps are no UI Innovations but they do what they promise and especially they are free. There is just one Thing you should do before using the Mailshot App: Turn off the Sound on your iPhone. I’ve never heard such annoying sounds in any other App!