MailShot – Create and Email Groups of Contacts on your iPhone and iPad
After using your iPhone or iPad for some time now, and having gone through our How-to section, you’re probably thinking there’s nothing our iOS devices can’t do. Yet, there are a handful of areas in which iOS is found lacking. One of those areas is group emailing. If you’ve ever had the need to email a group of people from your iPhone, you’ve probably noticed the only way to do it natively is manually adding each person to your new message. Even if you’ve created groups of contacts on Gmail’s website, or with another email service, those groups don’t transfer to your iPhone. In the following video we’ll show how to create groups of contacts which will be accessible anywhere you use the default Mail app. The app we’re using to create the groups is called MailShot.
You’ll be able to create groups right within MailShot by selecting people from your contacts and tapping the plus sign. What MailShot then does is really neat. It adds a new contact to your iPhone contacts app with all those email addresses included. This is significant because having this group added as a new contact allows any app to access that group and email it using the native mail in iOS. Therefore you only need to use MailShot to create or update your groups. All your emailing can be done outside the app, as if group emailing were a native feature in iOS. You can try MailShot for free to create a few groups with limited addresses in each. Or buy MailShot Pro to unlock all its capabilities.
MailShot is just one of our favorite productivity apps for iPhone and iPad. We’ve collected all of our favorites here. And if you’d like to see more of our top app selections in different categories, just head on over to our Best Apps Series.
Here are a couple of our other picks of the best productivity apps for iPhone and iPad:
November 15, 2015 @ 2:05 pm
I like to thank you for your excellent work. I follow your recommendations for the best apps handling my iPhone and iPad and this helped a lot for my private use and in service.
I like to ask a question: Which ebook reader do you recommend, that is able to sync files with annotations and bookmarks? I prefer in ibooks very much, but as you mention it does not sync easily free ebooks downloaded from jw.org. First I have to copy a new file to all apple devices I want to use them on and then syncing works. So I searched the net and found “marvin”. It syncs over dropbox but for now only the location. The same developer made a new reader app I try out at the moment: http://www.appstafarian.com/gerty.html. It is nice, has popup-footnotes and really a lot of options I couldnt find in any reader. But I cannot highlight text. My solution now is google playbooks, it works pretty well on all android and iOS devices. But much better on android, because it opens scriptures and footnotes in this mentioned popup windows which you can shift with your finger over the screen, so you see the footnote and the paragraph at the same time. I also tried to use pdf-files, but the scriptures are missing. I converted the ebook to pdf format with scriptures as you recommended, but I don´t like the format. I think the problem may be gone when the new jw library is available, but will it provide syncing?
So you have my experience, maybe you like the Gerty app and can ask the developer – as I did – to add the highlight feature… 😉
many greetings from Germany
November 15, 2015 @ 4:58 pm
Hi. Thanks for the good question and background. It seems like you’ve tried almost everything. Unfortunately there isn’t something that will do everything you want. The syncing seems like it’s the biggest requirement that’s adding a wrench in the works. I understand you not liking the ePub to PDF conversion format. My personal method for meeting study is using Equipd. But that doesn’t sync either.
December 10, 2016 @ 11:19 am
thanks for your recommendations.
I installed the MailShot app on my iPad with iOS 10.1.1. Contrary to your article, mails to groups which were created via MailShot cannot be sent from the native mail app, neither by typing the group name to the address field nor by selecting the group from the contact list by tapping the “+” button. You have to send the mail from the MailShot app or copy the email addresses from there and paste them to the address field in the mail app.
December 10, 2016 @ 2:10 pm
Thanks for the message Simon. After I published this article, MailShot had to change their functionality due to iOS changing. I will update the article.