Forum Question: Where Do I Find Full Text Search In Mail?

The iOS5 is supposed to have full text search in mail, however I cannot find it. Can you help?

Comments: 4 Responses to “Where Do I Find Full Text Search In Mail?”

    10/23/11 @ 9:32 am

    When searching in Mail, you get to choose From, To, Subject or All. You must choose All to also search in the body.
    But many people are reporting that this does not work as expected. I think this is due to the fact that it can naturally only search email messages that are present on the iPhone. But most of today’s email services (iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange, etc) are server-based email services and the email is on the server. Only a few recent messages are on your iPhone. It may have a much longer list of messages with from/to/subject information, but the bodies of these messages are not stored on the iPhone.
    To show this, set your iPhone into Airplane mode, cutting it off from the world. Then try to use Mail. Try to read some older messages, etc.
    So this feature is there, I think, but just not nearly as useful as most people hoped because of this logistical issue.

    10/23/11 @ 9:44 am

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for the fast reply.
    Actually, the “all” button was there in last iOS version already. I think this button means just the other three together.
    I tried to search for several words in mails that are on the iPhone already. In fact I do not have too many so all of them are completely downloaded to the phone anyway.
    It did not work with any word. I also use iCloud so from compatibility it should all be ok. I really think the feature was pulled from ios5. Can you please try it on your phone? I don’t see any changes to older iOS.

      10/23/11 @ 10:33 am

      Right. The All button was there, but it didn’t search in the body of messages when you selected it. It simply meant “To, From and Subject.”
      That’s the way it is supposed to work anyway. Plenty of reports of it not working. I can’t get it to work either, but it isn’t something I would normal need on my iPhone.

    10/23/11 @ 1:25 pm

    Well, I will send feedback to apple, maybe the pulled the feature though.

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