‘Sent from my iPad’ no more

Everybody does it. I’ve seen it a million times, from executives at large companies all the way down to 3-year-olds.

“Sent from my iPad.”

This is the default signature line that accompanies every email sent from an iPad. At one time, that was a status symbol in the tech world, a way to show you were the coolest kid around.

Now that the shiny has worn off, it’s time to take that to the next level. It’s time to change your signature line. (Now there is something to be said about leaving the text “Sent from my iPhone” on your phone’s signature line since you’re more likely to make some pretty terrible spelling and grammatical mistakes in an email from your phone.)

It’s easy and quick to make the change. (Five minutes tops.)

Check out the video below if you’d rather not go through the step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Unlock your iPad and find the settings icon. Tap the icon.

Settings button highlighted on iPad home screen.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap the icon labeled “Mail, Contacts, Calendar”.

Step 3: Scroll down to the section labeled “Signature” and tap that option.

iPad Mail, Contacts, Calendars section in Settings

Step 4: You’ll have the option at the very top to select “All Accounts” or “Per Account”. This lets you set a unique signature for each email account you want on your phone if need be.

Step 5: Tap inside the box with text in there and start adding your signature line. There are some limitations on what you can’t do with your signature. You can’t bold, underline or italicize text in your signature. You also can’t add hyperlinks to other websites, although you can type out the URL.

Step 6: Once you are done, just tap the leftward pointing “Mail, Contacts” button to save your changes.

iPad Signature change in settings

That’s it.

These same instructions work for the iPhone as well, so you can absolutely change your signature line there as well.

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I agree completely John. I think it's important to make sure that your emails have contact information in them, so people know how to get back in touch with you. The default messages of "Sent from my iPad" or "Sent from my iPhone" are just free advertising without helping you or your businesses.


A recipient both needs to know, and is more interested in knowing, who sent a message not what kind of hardware it was sent from.  Let's forget the policy of advertising that you have bought a certain model of phone and just send your message.  I really don't care what kind of phone or other device you sent a message from.  I just need the message.

Marlin Caddell is a Web developer/analyst for Randall-Reilly. His love for anything new and shiny in the world of technology fuels this blog. You can reach him anytime at marlincaddell@randallreilly.com or on Twitter @marlinjc.