Don’t need an alert flashing on your iPhone’s lock screen every time you get an email? I’m right there with you.

That said, maybe you’d like a banner, a buzz or a beep whenever your spouse, a loved one, or (ugh) your boss sends you an email message.

iOS 8 VIP list

You can set iOS 8 to pop up an alert whenever the folks on your VIP list send you an email.

If so, you might want to promote those in your inner circle to “VIP” status on your iPhone or iPad—and thanks to iOS 8, you’ll be able to set your iDevice to pop up an alert whenever someone on your VIP list sends you an email.

Here’s what you do…

  • Open the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the “back” button in the top corner of the display until you get to the main Mailboxes screen, find your VIP mailbox, then tap the little “i” button to view your VIP list.
  • Tap “Add VIP” to add some names from the Contacts app to the list.
  • Next, head back to the home screen, tap Settings, Notifications, Mail, then tap VIP. From there, you can determine the type of notification you’ll get whenever someone on your VIP list sends you an email. You could, for instance, get a banner on your iPhone’s or iPad’s lock screen, or a pop-up alert that you must manually dismiss.
  • All set? The press the Home key and wait for those very important emails to arrive.

Got more iOS 8 questions? Let me know!