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Why The Sent From My iPhone Signature is a Great Thing

I’ve been thinking. The first thing I did after I started using my iPhone, a long time ago, was to remove the default email signature. I didn’t want people to know when I sent email from my iPhone. I wanted them to believe that I was at the office, and everything was normal.

sent from my iPhone

Now, I’m thinking that, I should be not only adding the “sent from my iPhone” signature to my iPhone, but that I should add it to my computer as well, and to every single device I am using.

The reason I have switched is because I am hustling to get things done, and in order to get everything done, I need to be as brief as possible. I feel I need to be straight to the point, when it comes to my business. I don’t want people to think that I’m rude, and that I am just writing one or two sentences and not a long email. So, adding the “sent from my iPhone” signature to all my mail clients (on my computers, and iPhone etc.) might be a good thing. When they see this signature, they understand that I’m brief, because I’m sending the email from my iPhone and it’s not as easy to type, and I’m probably somewhere, where I’m occupied as well.

I know this sounds a bit, like a white lie, but I love a discussion. I haven’t added the signature, but what do you think? Would adding the “sent from my iPhone” be a good thing, or not?

65 responses to “Why The Sent From My iPhone Signature is a Great Thing”

  1. Rogier Noort says:

    Definitely good arguments. And a little fact; BlackBerry was the first to implement a signature like that, precisely because of the possible errors people made. It all can be forgiven when working on a small device. So, for mobile devices you can certainly use it.
    From your desktop, it’s a novel approach. As long nobody catches you, and why would they, no reason not to do it. It does make sense.

    • I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a BlackBerry. Are they available in Norway? I have several friends in the US that are using them, but that’s as far as my knowledge goes for the BlackBerry. I’ll probably stick to the iPhone, not that it’s the best device in the world, but I really enjoy the apps and iOS. And, I’ve been using Apple for a long time, so it’s familiar to me.

      I haven’t used the “sent from my iPhone signature” yet, not even on my iPhone. But, like you, I’m thinking that it’s a good idea. I don’t have much time to write long and detailed emails, so using that signature will make people understand why I am brief 🙂

  2. Rob says:

    I changed it to “Sent from mobile”
    Apple makes enough money without my help advertising, and I have several mobile devices. I like noting that I am “mobile” because it allows me to be curt and respond, but also let people know that I’m out and about, and might not necessarily have time for an email marathon just at the moment.

  3. bonooobong says:

    Such a brilliant idea! Honestly, I often got angry for the first few times when I deleted this text manually. Then I switched off this function but sometimes it can be really useful that your contact knows that you are from a mobile device. Anyway, your genial way might be the best one:)

  4. I think adding a mobile signature to your desktop is a dangerous step, but definitely put it back on your phone! Like Rob, I refuse to advertise a specific device or carrier in my signature, but I do use a mobile signature (currently I believe it is “sent from a very tiny keyboard”).

    Adding it to your desktop though is a dangerous move. You likely use a number of “desktop” elements that you don’t even realize, from formatting that’s a hassle and ignored on a mobile to the way original emails are quoted, that someone will pick up on, particularly when they see both types of emails from you and see the differences. It isn’t worth the doubt in your credibility it could create, IMO.

  5. Just like Rob, I changed it to “Sent from mobile” for similar reasons. Plus, when I bought it two+ years ago, I felt like I was bragging, but now everyone I know has an iPhone.

    But I wouldn’t add this sig to the desktop, because I’m just too honest, Jens 😉

  6. Riza says:

    That’s quite a convincing argument, huh. Although I’m old school email fan girl, but I respect other people’s desire to use their phones when emailing their clients or whoever important people they may need to email. 🙂

    Riza, contributor

  7. Bill G. says:

    I’ve left mine on for the exact same reason. When they get an email riddled with spelling errors and auto corrections, I want them to know that that’s not my best work!

  8. Leah Huyghe says:

    Why adding the mobile signature can be dangerous: more and more people are using email tracking plugins like YesWare and ContactMonkey lately (I use both). YesWare displays the device the email was opened on (whether PC, Macintosh, iPhone, etc) as well as the city it was opened in, and time and date of each open or click. While ContactMonkey only generates a total number of opens and clicks per email, if a YW or CM client sees data contradictory to your signature, you will be deemed suspicious.

    I prefer to be honest with the people I communicate with – a simple “I’m not at the office right now but will get back to you this afternoon” isn’t that hard.

    My favorite e-mail signature to date: “Sent from my Etch-A-Sketch”

  9. Patrick says:

    It’s an interesting idea, I’ll admit, but I’m not likely to do the “Sent from my iPhone” thing when I’m not on an iPhone. Maybe I’m too honest?

    But more likely, I try to be as concise as I can no matter where I’m emailing from. My iPhone emails are probably a bit longer than average…maybe four sentences instead of two.

    If I can’t communicate what I mean in a short space, that’s MY problem, not a reflection of the platform on which I’m operating. And I refuse to sit behind the “Sent from iPhone” line as a defense for grammar and spelling errors: if I don’t have time to proofread before I click “Send,” my response can wait a few more minutes.

  10. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, Yes, “Sent from my iPhone” is a fabulous signature line. It excuses both typos and brevity. I have it on both my iPhone and iPad. I added it to my iPad way back when iPads were first launched and I didn’t want to brag about having an iPad, but I wanted people to know that autocorrect could be transforming my emails into confusing and illegible mush.

    I have heard of people using “sent from my iPhone” for emails sent from their computers but I don’t think that’s proper. It really is trying to hide behind the veil of mobile when you don’t have that excuse. Anyone who realizes the discrepancy may question your veracity.

    Your brevity is your trademark, Jens. You should wear it proudly.

  11. Karen says:

    Savvy users can probably tell the difference unless you strip out every last shred of rich text options from your computer.

    Email is meant to be brief. Are people not okay with that? I feel bad sending long emails.

  12. Liz Hancock says:

    I like having the signature because people are often very grateful that you have taken the time to respond to an email that is out of normal “office” hours. When they read ‘sent from my iphone’ they subconsciously understand that someone is on the move and might be occupied with something else, but you still took the time to get back to them which they do appreciate. Just my two cents….

  13. Todd says:

    Hi Jens,
    I have learnt something new about iphone signature today, you have done a good research on it. I really appreciate your kind efforts for presenting an informative and useful article.

  14. Abhay says:

    Interesting discussion, thanks Jens for initiating this discussion. I use ‘Sent from my iPhone. pls excuse brevity / typos.’ signature from by i phone. it helps readers know that I am being short for a reason and at the same time accessible while not at desk. However I would refrain from adding similar signature to emails send from computer, as fundamentally that’s a ‘lie’. you don’t want anybody to question your honesty. it’s all about integrity when it comes to building relationships.

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