There are far too many lawyers sending emails from their smartphones and tablets. How do I know? Because every one of them tells me by appending their email message, “sent from my [device].” Sometimes they even tell me who their wireless carrier is. While I appreciate this tidbit of information, I’m slightly concerned that maybe they have too much time on their hands. I suspect they’re sitting on some beach in Cocomo sipping Mai Tai’s. I digress…

I thought we dealt with this issue when I gave the how to post on changing email signatures in Android. While some of you heeded the advice, it seems my iPhone/iPad readers still believe they’re above the general populace, and continue to show some snobbery. Remember though, iOS isn’t all that.”

So, in a sign of good friendship, and to better mankind all around, I actually typed in a search term: how to change email signature on iOS. Low and behold, there was this post from CNet that gave me the simple solution. Granted, it deals with iPhones, but I think you’re smart enough to figure it out on you iPads too.

Thank you for taking the time to review this public service announcement.

Jeff Taylor

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Jason Yearout · September 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I agree and have long since changed my phone and tablet to something very similar though not identical to my outlook. But I did read an interesting article about this issue that at least made me think about it. I quickly searched google for the article, but could not find it. The premise was that responses, even brief ones, were critical to client happiness. And the “Sent from _____ on _____” also lowers the expectations on spelling, grammar, and typos. The suggestion was to change the signature for your outlook (or other mail account) to say it was from your phone or table. I at least found it practical and moderately humorous.

    Jeffrey Taylor · September 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Jason, thanks for the comment. I’ve heard a similar argument for the “sent from” tag. I think, regardless of the disclaimer, the client’s still going to expect some things, and will still generally ignore typos and other quips. Although humorous, I don’t think they’ll ignore the non-contact for too long. Heck, why not do what I do and add a little “see my website for some caveats” disclaimer?

Mark Omnoti · November 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

They say that having the “Sent from my (device)” email signature is a good thing because it allows leniency for typo’s and spelling mistakes in emails as it was sent from a mobile device. I will keep my mobile email signature the same, but have changed my main Outlook one using this template:

    Jeff Taylor · February 6, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I’m not a fan of the “keeping it in allows for leniency” argument, simply because we assume that naturally, most email is less formal by nature.

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