How to Access the Sent Email on My iPad

When you start to send emails from your iPad, it sets up a Sent folder to store them. Depending on the type of email setting you use, this folder may include emails sent from other devices connected to your account, such as your computer or iPhone; you can also access messages sent from your iPad on these devices.

Open the Sent Folder in iPad Mail

Tap Mail on your Home screen. If your email opens in your Inbox or other folder, tap the name of the account at the top of the screen to go to the main menu with a list of your account's folders.

Your iPad stores sent messages in a Sent folder.
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If you have multiple email accounts on your iPad, you may need to take an additional step and select Mailboxes at the top of the screen when you leave your folder. Select the account you want to access in the Accounts area to open its menu.

When you've opened the main menu, tap the Sent button to see a list of emails you've sent from your iPad.

The Sent folder has a paper airplane icon.
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Tip

You may not see the Sent folder in your account menu if you haven't yet sent an email from your iPad. If it isn't there, send a test message from the email account. After a minute or so, pull down the screen to refresh the menu and the folder should now show in the list.

Tap the email you want to open. If you're in landscape mode, it previews in the same screen; it opens in a new screen in portrait mode.

Sent emails turn gray when you tap them.
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Tip

If you can't see a recent email in the Sent folder, it may be stuck in your Outbox. Return to the main menu and tap Outbox. If the email is there, tap it open and then tap anywhere in the body of the message to open a draft. Tap Send to resend.

Access All Sent Emails

There are two types of email account settings -- Post Office Protocol (POP) and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP). Typically, your iPad automatically uses the IMAP option, if available, when you add an email account. POP isn't a great option if you want to use an account on various devices, as it may delete messages from the server after you've opened them on one device, so you may not be able to download them on others. It also only allows you to view sent messages on the device from which they were sent.

IMAP works on a centralized server system accessible to all your devices. This allows you to see sent emails on any device, helping you keep track of your email account no matter how or where you access it. For example, if you send an email from your PC, it should also show up in the Sent folder on your iPad and vice versa,

If you can't see emails sent from your iPad on other devices and are using IMAP, you may need to tweak your settings. Tap Settings on your Home screen and go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Mail, Contacts, Calendars holds all your email accounts and settings.
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Tap your email account in the Accounts list and then tap the Account field to open an admin screen. Tap Advanced and then open Sent Mailbox in the Mailbox Behaviors area.

In the Advanced section, you can also change drafts, deleted and archive mailbox settings.
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Go to the On the Server area and tap Sent to put a check in that field. This tells your iPad to store sent messages centrally, so you can view them across devices.

Make sure there isn't a check next to Sent in the On My iPad area.
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Tap the Advanced button, the Account button and then Done to save the change.

Tip

  • If you have a POP account, your iPad keeps emails on the server for one week by default, allowing you to access them in that time on other devices before it deletes them from the server. You can extend this time or set it to not delete by changing the default message delete period.
  • If you can't sync your devices so they all show sent emails, you can use a workaround by copying emails to your Inbox so you have a record of them on other devices. Tap Settings and Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Go to Always Bcc Myself and turn on the slider button.

Warning

If you have a POP email account on a computer or mobile device and want to switch to IMAP, you may have to set up a new account and delete the old one. Do not do this without getting advice from your email provider on the best way to manage the switch; otherwise you might permanently lose your emails.

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