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Pro tip: Using links in Mail signatures in iOS 8

iOS Mail includes the ability to set signatures for your mail accounts, but what if you want to add links to your signature? Cory Bohon shows you how.

iOS Mail

iOS Mail signatures are handy when you want to include your contact information at the bottom of an email. You can set up an email signature on an account-by-account basis, or you can use a single signature for all of your email accounts. In this article, we'll take a look at how to set up a single email signature for all of your accounts and add links to the signature.

To begin, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings | Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Select Signature
  3. Select All Accounts (Figure A)
  4. Replace the text "Sent from my iPhone" with the signature text that you want to appear on emails you send in the future

Figure A

Figure A

In the view labeled "Sent from my iPhone," you can type any message you want to appear below your sent emails.

Whenever you create an email or reply to an existing email in the iOS Mail application, this signature text will be applied below the text that you type in the message body.

Now, let's take a look at how you can add an link to your signature message. Perform these steps to attach an link to your Mail signature:

  1. Navigate to Safari, or any other application in iOS that allows you to copy a link or HTML formatted text to the clipboard, and copy the link that you'd like to use in the signature (we'll use a Google search result)
  2. Navigate back to Settings | Mail, Contacts, Calendars | Signatures
  3. Begin editing the signature text by tapping it to show the on-screen keyboard
  4. Tap the text field again where you'd like to insert the link
  5. In the menu that appears (Figure B), press the Paste button
  6. The text will be formatted improperly, but you can fix that by shaking the device and selecting the Undo button when the alert for Undo Change Attributes appears

Figure B

Figure B

The pasted links will be visible in the signature field.

Doing this will save the pasted link in the signature and keep the HTML formatting where we copied the text from a Google search result. Whenever you create a new message or reply to an existing message, the link — as well as the signature text — will appear below the body of the email message.

Once the message has been sent, the links that have been HTML encoded in the signature will be activated. The recipient will be able to tap or click the links to load them in a browser.

You can further create a custom signature using HTML formatting. Visit this site for a detailed guide, where you can see exactly how it's done by first sending yourself an email with the proper formatting, then copying and pasting it into the signature field.

Have you ever tried to customize your email signature in iOS Mail using text, HTML, or images? Let us know how you did it in the discussion thread below.

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About Cory Bohon

Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite te...

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