Create a Styled Signature for Your Email Accounts in iOS

If I were to send you an email from my iPhone, you’d see something like this:

Mail

People often ask me how I managed to create an email signature in italics. Here’s how you can do so.

To create a signature for your email – to change it from the stock Sent from my iPhone – go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Scroll down to the end of the Mail section, where you’ll see Signature. Tap that. You’ll see something like this:

Signature

As you can see, you can choose to set the same signature for all your accounts, or have a separate one for each account. I chose the latter.

The signature field lets you type anything you want. But you’ll notice that, when you type in that field, there’s no way to set italics or bold text; and you can’t create links.

What you need to do is create a rich text signature in your email program, as the text of an email, and then email it to yourself. On your iOS device, copy the text you want to use as a signature, go to the Signature settings, and paste it in the field.

If you use Apple Mail, and you’ve set your messages to be plain text, you can change this for one message by creating a new message and choosing Format > Make Rich Text. You can now add any formatting you want, including HTML links.

Don’t overdo it though; too much cruft in an email signature is annoying. I find it useful to simply have mine in italics, so it stands out a bit. And since I am all thumbs – or dictate – on my iPhone, and may reply to a message in a hurry, it may be brief or contain typos, so my signature apologizes for that in advance.

10 thoughts on “Create a Styled Signature for Your Email Accounts in iOS

  1. I can’t seem to get color in the signature. I sent an email to myself with Apple Mail with RTF and it shows on my iPhone as I want it. (My name bolded in Crimson, tag in italic light blue), but when I cut and paste it into the Settings…Signature field it loses the color.

    • Hmm, I wonder if that’s a limitation. I’ve only ever tried italic, bold, and links. Does the link work?

  2. I can’t seem to get color in the signature. I sent an email to myself with Apple Mail with RTF and it shows on my iPhone as I want it. (My name bolded in Crimson, tag in italic light blue), but when I cut and paste it into the Settings…Signature field it loses the color.

    • Hmm, I wonder if that’s a limitation. I’ve only ever tried italic, bold, and links. Does the link work?

  3. Interesting. I can type into the signature field of one of my accounts, but anytime I try to paste from the clipboard (actually, I’m trying to paste the styled text of exactly what Kirk is using, as a test), the Settings app crashes out without saving.

    I’m using 8.4.1 on a iPhone 6. Any ideas?

    • I’ve seen a number of reports of the Settings app crashing for a variety of reasons in 8.4.1. I’m not sure this is related, but it might be.

      • Go figure. When I got home last night I constructed an email with the sig and copied and pasted from THAT into Settings and it worked without crashing. Earlier at work I had made a sig in Pages and copied and pasted that, which caused the Settings app to crash. Makes no sense to me, but it appears that pasting from Mail into Settings works, but pasting from Pages crashes the Settings app on iPhone 6 8.4.1..

  4. Interesting. I can type into the signature field of one of my accounts, but anytime I try to paste from the clipboard (actually, I’m trying to paste the styled text of exactly what Kirk is using, as a test), the Settings app crashes out without saving.

    I’m using 8.4.1 on a iPhone 6. Any ideas?

    • I’ve seen a number of reports of the Settings app crashing for a variety of reasons in 8.4.1. I’m not sure this is related, but it might be.

      • Go figure. When I got home last night I constructed an email with the sig and copied and pasted from THAT into Settings and it worked without crashing. Earlier at work I had made a sig in Pages and copied and pasted that, which caused the Settings app to crash. Makes no sense to me, but it appears that pasting from Mail into Settings works, but pasting from Pages crashes the Settings app on iPhone 6 8.4.1..

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