14 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2015 7:37 PM by dorilee131
Gavin Lawrie Level 2 (395 points)
Is there a way to do this?

I have several accounts, and wondered if I can put the ones I use most at the 'top' of the list. But it seems there is no way to change the order of accounts in the Mail home screen - the list currently is ordered (I think) in the sequence that the accounts were created by the initial sync from my computer.

Thanks in advance etc.

Mac Pro (2x2.66 Dual Xeon), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 9Gbytes
  • milesmutt Level 1 (25 points)
    Settings-Mail-Default account, just for one mail account though

    otherwise, you're right, you'll have to delete then
    add back in the order you want
  • Allez Epic Level 2 (215 points)
    in iOS4 I just tried removing my accounts and setting them up again in order to get them in the order I wanted but it did not work. I had been hoping t o have the Exchange/Activesync account first since that is my work account, but it always seems to get pushed to the bottom of the list.
  • directo Level 1 (0 points)
    Have you found any solutions to this? I too would like my accounts ordered in a particular way.
  • 3G user Level 1 (0 points)
    I would like to do that too.
  • Daiya Level 4 (1,655 points)
    You all can request Apple add this feature in the future:
    http://apple.com/feedback

    (even just putting non-MobileMe Exchange accounts at the top would probably be a smarter default...)
  • Pointy-Head Level 1 (10 points)
    This works:
    http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/97908

    It's not quite as elegant as being able to drag the accounts into the right order, but at least I now have my accounts in the order I want...
  • studog2 Level 1 (0 points)
    This does not work for me.

    I followed the directions provided at the link;

    1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the computer and iTunes is running.
    2. Under DEVICES in the left menu of iTunes click on your iPhone.
    3. Click the Info tab at the top of the screen.
    4. Make sure the box next to "Sync Selected Mail Accounts" is checked.
    5. Deselect all mail accounts except the account you want at the top of your list.
    6. Click the Sync button. No messages will be lost.
    7. After syncing, leave the previous account selected and select the mail account you want to appear next in line.
    8. Repeat steps 6-7 until all of your accounts are synced.

    When I get to step 5 I see that only one of my accounts is listed though I have 5 mail accounts active on my phone. Why don't the other accounts show up?
  • Pointy-Head Level 1 (10 points)
    The list shown in iTunes is a list of the mail accounts you have configured in Apple Mail on your Mac. You need to have all 5 accounts also configured in Apple Mail.
    When you click Sync, iTunes is pushing the mail settings from your Mac to the iPhone (but not the messages, just the mail settings).
    It works perfectly for me...
  • mccarlson Level 1 (0 points)
    Why is there no way to just drag them to the position you want them, a standard technique on so many Apple devices? (I think I was able to do that on my original iPhone).

    Why do we have to go through this ridiculously convoluted rigamarole, which evidently doesn't work for everyone, anyway?
  • pinwheels Level 1 (0 points)
    You can change the order by opening up the plist file for Mail.app and dragging the order to whatever you'd like. The file is in [Home]/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist. Then look for the section called MailSections and you just drag the item to where you'd like for it to appear. I've made a screenshot here:

    http://skitch.com/scotchi/d6dig/abracadabra
  • PatsyHelp Level 1 (0 points)
    Does anyone know the equivalent file or command sequence on a Windows 7 based system?
  • BikerDad Level 1 (0 points)
    This is a frustrating ordeal for sure, but if you have a jailbroken iPhone, it's pretty easy. The above method is most likely for Leopard and not iOS 4.x.x

    Here's the location on the iPhone:

    /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/com.apple.accountsettings.plist

    Your accounts are listed toward the bottom in the order in which they appear in the Mail application. Change the order by editing the plist. For Windows, here's a good plist editor: http://goo.gl/wj2qE

    Rename the original in case something gets jacked. Respring and you're set.

    Enjoy!
  • SGKoeh Level 1 (10 points)

    When you open you Mail app, you may see an "Edit" icon on top right?  Touch it and you'll get 3-bar icons next to each account.  Use these to slide accounts up/down to the order you prefer.

  • dorilee131 Level 1 (0 points)

    Brilliant!! Thanks!!