MailShot- Group Email Done Right!

cropped_en5MailShot is available on the App Store in two tasty flavors:  MailShot Pro is the full version, allowing up to 100 groups, with group size only limited by your email service (typically 100 contacts per email). Whereas MailShot lets you try it out for free with 3 groups of up to 5 contacts each. It can be upgraded to full features with a one-off purchase.

Don’t you sometimes wish there was an easy way to email groups of friends or colleagues built into your iPhone or iPad? MailShot is the ONLY app on the Store that lets you email groups of contacts directly from your favourite apps, just as if this feature was built into your device.

MailShot provides an easy-to-use interface to create and manage groups of family or friends, sports or work teams as single entries in your address book. Once created, simply choose them from your contacts, or ask Siri to send them an email.


  • Use MailShot Groups within apps as you would a regular contact, including sending photos, documents or any other attachment. No new email program to learn- you can do it all straight from Mail.
  • Forward emails easily to groups of people (MailShot is the only app we know of that can do this easily, retaining all attachments)
  • MailShot Group Contacts can be used with Siri, so you can compose and send email to your groups with your voice. (its the only app we know of that can do this, too)
  • MailShot Group Contacts can be used in the bcc: fields in emails, to protect privacy.
  • Easily select or deselect team members in moments.
  • Rapidly import existing groups from your device address book into MailShot.
  • Add multiple contacts quickly by selection from a checklist.

What are you waiting for? Just click on the App Store logo at the bottom of this page to give it a try, and join over 240,000 of our satisfied customers.


MailShot builds group emailing into tens of thousands of iOS apps. It is compatible with any iOS app which uses the standard Mail interface.

It is not compatible with calendar apps, or certain email providers’ own mail apps.  (though we have found that it can be used from Android devices too).

MailShot handles group email, not SMS or iMessages. (please try our TextShot app for that)


Under iOS6 and 7, all apps now need to ask for permission if they read and write to your contacts. MailShot reads and writes contacts entirely on your device- your contacts’ information is not shared with us, nor with any third party.


For best results write your email in Mail, or a Mail-compatible app, then address your email to a MailShot group by tapping on the blue “+” button in the “To:” (or “Bcc:”) line of Mail to select the group from your address book, then tap “Send”. (Don’t type the name directly into the address line.)

If you can’t find the contact that MailShot created, tap “Groups” and select “All Contacts” first.

MailShot Pro 1024rMailShot Pro works with iPhone 6+, 6, 5S, 5c, 5, 4s, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini, and is available now on the App Store.


Or you could try-

MailShot 1024rMailShot works with iPhone  6+, 6, 5S, 5c, 5, 4s, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini, and is available now on the App Store as a free download that can create up to 3 groups with up to 5 contacts per group. An in-app purchase removes those restrictions. No recurring subscription is necessary.


68 Responses to MailShot- Group Email Done Right!

  1. Dave smith says:

    An awesome addition. I use my IPad extensively for email. And I have numerous groups I correspond with — some as many as 40 names. MailShot was my perfect answer. Strongly recommend this app.

  2. Tony Stocco says:

    This app is brilliant. And I can’t believe it’s free. Bravo!

  3. Harrison Woods says:

    I need help! How do I delete a group that I no longer need?

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi Harrison, welcome

      To delete a group simply go to the groups page (the first one you see after the title screen) and tap “edit” in the top right corner. Tap on the red “-” to delete the group, or tap the group name to rename it

      Cheers, Peter

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  5. Sean Creed says:

    Great app for running a soccer team. One email and 40 guys know where practice is.
    Also had a problem adding contacts from ipad but was solved with one email to Mailshot developer….the same day.

    Thanks Pete

  6. Chris M. says:

    Love this App. Just spent an hour or so trying to figure out how to send a group -mail. Did a search and found MailShot. Very easy to do. Upgraded to the larger version as I have some bigger groups. Also love the fact that you can Bcc with it. Thanks!

  7. A says:

    I’m not sure I know what you mean when you say “avoid creating MailShot groups with the same name on different devices. Manage each group from a single device.”

    I’d like to be able to email my distrib. groups from my iPhone and my iPad. Can you explain how?


    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi, thanks for your query.

      The special contacts that MailShot creates for you are copied automatically between devices by iCloud (or other means of synchronising contacts). These can then be used from either device to send email to your groups.

      We are simply saying, to avoid any possibility of the source data getting out of sync between your devices, that each MailShot group should only be MANAGED by one device.

  8. Raymond P. says:

    Good app but your company is very misleading in having an IN APP purchase which is not properly disclosed! You should make it much clearer to the customer that they are purchasing the Pro upgrade and the In App upgrade separately and paying twice. iTunes did refund me as.

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi Raymond. Thanks for the first bit, but I am afraid that you are mistaken about the second part.

      “Mailshot” is a free app, that can be upgraded through an in-app purchase.
      “MailShot Pro” is a separate app, supplied with all the upgrade features, so no further purchase is necessary (or, indeed, possible within the app)

      Unfortunately, the way the App Store works, Apple will charge you twice if you download one app and upgrade a different one. I think that this must be what you did.

      We try to make this VERY clear on our app descriptions and anywhere we discuss upgrading on our website. It is really not in our interests financially or morally to mislead anyone.

      See for a full description of upgrading. If there is anything else we can do to make it clearer, let us know.

      Soluble Apps

      • If this helps, I just bought the pro version, did not upgrade from the free version and I only paid once. Actually, after the first install I delete it and download it again, I was not charge a second time. EVerything went as it should.

        Great app, well worth the pro version cost!

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  10. Pam says:

    Is there a way to use “Mailshot” (either free or pro version) on my desktop? Can I somehow access one of the groups I set up send email from something other than my IPHONE?

  11. Pam says:

    Second question – I am looking for something similar to “google group” where I manage members that can receive and post messages (emails). Does Mailshot work similarly? Or would each “member” on my contact/group list need to download the app separately and create their own contact list? (I hope this makes sense!)

  12. Soluble Apps says:

    Hi Pam

    You can easily share the MailShot group contacts you create with others, just tap the “Share Contact” button in the Contacts app to send it to them. They will be able to use the groups you send from any iOS device (and soon, also on their macs) even without MailShot installed.

    (Our next update will also add the ability to import contact groups back into the MailShot app, so any of them with MailShot installed would be able to edit the groups themselves too.)


  13. Andy Cameron says:

    G’day guys I’ve been using MailShot pro for nearly 12 months on iPhone & iPad & love it. I created a new group on iPad yesterday (47 members) saved it & the new group shows in my MailShot groups but it isn’t in my contacts list? I’ve been back in 3 or 4 times & pressed the update button but it still doesn’t show. Do you have any suggestions? FYI I set this group up the same as I have with all my others?

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Thanks for your nice comments Andy.

      We exchanged a few emails to get to the bottom of this, and it appears that an extra local address book has been created, in addition to his iCloud address book.

      A local address book is named “All on my iPad/iPhone/Mac/PC” depending on your device type and how it is synched. It is created by your device when no other option is available when it goes to save a contact.

      A quick workaround is to ensure you look for contacts in Groups>All Contacts, so that you can see them from all address books on your device.

      However the best solution would probably be to merge the local and iCloud address books back together. This can be done by temporarily turning iCloud off, and then turning it back on and choosing the option to to merge address books when asked.

  14. Tref says:

    Does this app work with Dropbox?

    Can you do attachment from app or do you need to be in other program?

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi, I just double-checked this for you and yes, you can send Dropbox links direct from the Dropbox app to a MailShot group. (I believe Dropbox shares links and doesn’t actually share the document as an attachment)

      All attachments are done in the app that creates or handles them, not in MailShot, so the range of possible attachments is enormous.


  15. Bill Condie says:

    I can’t believe I have lived so long without this :)

  16. Like several others, I looked for a way to create a “group” in Contacts for an hour or so before succumbing to searching the App Store. Mailshot was/is the answer I was looking for. I created two groups for our church’s Men’s Ministry in a matter of minutes. Love it!

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Thanks Keith

      If you find MailShot, or any other app, useful then a comment on the App Store itself is always much appreciated if you have the time. MailShot provides a button for this (“rate”) on its title page.

      Of course, if you ever have any problems please drop us a line here on our support email address. We are always happy to help.


  17. Sandy says:

    I have several email addresses. Will this work with all 3 addresses I have

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi Sandy

      Yes, you can send to MailShot groups using any email account set up on your device.

      To select which email account you send from, just tap on “Cc,Bcc From” in the email header.

      Soluble Apps

  18. Vennge says:

    The program works as described. Many Thanks…
    My question is will we be able to share the data file via iCloud. As I use my iphone, Mac and iPad it’s now great having your program for creating groups but I find more times lately I need to edit the groups by excluding the odd address. But can only be done from the device it was created on if I have read correctly. Or is there a way?

    Thank you,

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi Vennge

      thanks for your kind words.

      You can edit the group before you send on any of your iOS devices with a simple trick- just save the email to drafts and bring it back.

      Here’s how on iOS: Write your email and add the group, tap “cancel” and save it drafts. Now press and hold the compose button for 1 second (to bring the draft back) and you will see the group expanded out into individual contacts. You can then easily remove someone from the group for that email.

      I hope this helped


  19. Ana says:

    Great app. Can I add a contact to a group just typing? I mean, if I don’t have the contact on my address book/ contacts, can I write the mail and name of the contact or do I have to include it first in the address book / contacts?
    Thanks a lot!

  20. Love this App, I don’t know how I survived without it for so long.

    Can you tell me though, when I send an email to my group, when they click on ‘reply all’ will all of the recipients receive the reply?

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi Carlos, thanks for your kind comments.

      Think of sending with MailShot as being just as if you’d added all those email addresses yourself, one after the other.

      This means it depends which address line you place the group in- if you put it in “To” then everyone will see everyone else’s email address, and a “reply to all” will go to everyone.

      If you put it in “Bcc” then everyone’s address stays private, and “reply to all” will only come back to you.


  21. Rich Rydalch says:

    Will MailShot pick up the groups I already have on my iPad in the Contacts app?

  22. Lorrie Lafrance says:

    What’s the maximum number of names I can have in a group?

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi Lorrie

      This depends on what your email service provider will allow.

      100 is the most common limit. This limitation would apply to any group email app you use from your iOS device.

      If you experience a problem sending to a group, please drop us a line from the “Support” button on the title page of MailShot and we will try to help.


  23. Lorrie says:

    Hi Peter,
    According to my internet provider, I can have at least 500 names in a group. This app is wonderful! I’ve been able to create a number of groups, send emails, and everyone has received my messages.
    Thanks again… Lorrie

  24. Allan Wylie says:

    If I am not mistaken, you have to create groups either manually, i.e., one contact at a time, or from a group you have already establiished somewhere else.
    It would be very helpful I think, if, when creating a Mailshot group using the circled + sign, i.e., from your Contacts, you could check multiple contacts you want include in a group rather than having to select them one at a time (which I think is the only way to do it).
    The utility is that you can use the search box to select all the contacts you want, e.g., from something you have in Notes, or maybe a Company, and then select them all for the group you are tryng to create.

  25. Allan says:

    This option (Contacts Checklist) makes you choose from your entire contacts list and does not let you see the full contact information. If, for instance, you have identifying information on a group the members of which you are not personally familiar in the Notes or Company blocks, you can’t see them. But, if you were able to select from your full contact list from a search window and then check them all off, you would not have to pore through, in my case, over 500 contacts.

    This would work very much like Smart Groups in Address Book.

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Yes, this option does let you choose from your entire contact list.

      That’s an interesting idea. Yes, I think we could add that in the next update to help those with large address books. Thanks for your suggestion.

      • Soluble Apps says:

        We added the ability to search based on name, email address, company or the first 120 characters of the notes field when selecting from the checklist in version 3.0 of MailShot

  26. Weissenkirchen says:

    Beautifully reasoned, perfectly functional, and a fair deal at free for minimal users. It also looks and feels like something Apple itself would have designed, but for exotic reasons of their own, they haven’t, so thanks and bravo, Soluble, my life is easier and tired fingers thank you.

  27. Donovan Kris says:

    I just accidentally deleted a Mail Shot Group… is there any way to recover it? Love the app but I’m “old” and meant to change the group name and deleted it instead…. oh my!

  28. Jen says:

    Along with TextShot, this is an absolutely brilliant App. Can’t thank you enough for it and can’t thank you enough for the instant support I got from you, Peter, to explain to me what I’d done wrong initially – works like a dream now and makes the job of contacting huge numbers of people via text or email, so much easier.

  29. Bobby says:

    I’m thinking of upgrading my phone to the iphone 5. If i was to download the paid version now, would I have to pay again once I get the iPhone 5?

    • Soluble Apps says:

      No, you only need to purchase once, even if you have multiple devices.

      Be sure to backup and restore using iCloud or iTunes when you migrate to the new device, then the app will be installed to the new device along with all your data.


  30. shannon mclaughlin says:

    just making sure. there is not a monthly fee–correct?

  31. Bill says:

    … But the upgrade is well worth it

  32. john gianotti says:

    How can I rename a GROUP on the iPhone. I.E. I have a group names CLUB MEMBES and I want it to be called CMEMBERS.

    Super great app BTW.

  33. john gianotti says:

    NEVER MIND. I read the instructions OH ME!!

  34. Tom says:

    Brilliant app. Used it with the iPhone.
    I’ve since switched to Android. When are you going to cross platforms?

  35. Andrea Bellini says:

    Is possible to use smart group Contacts 7.1 (OsX 10.8)?

    • Soluble Apps says:

      Hi Andrea,

      I’m afraid not, as smart group information is not shared by OSX.

      If your smart group is based on some text in the Notes field, or in their email address, you could turn that into a MailShot group fairly easily- Just type that text into the search field at the top of the contacts list in MailShot, then add all the contacts that show up to your group.


  36. Soluble Apps says:

    Hi Richie

    Yes. Because MailShot groups can be used from the standard Mail app on your device, it is one of the very few group email solutions that can forward a received email (with all attachments) to a group.

    Most other group email apps only allow you to compose email in their own app, and cannot receive and forward.

    Soluble apps

  37. Dan augsburger says:

    I loved Mailshot on my old iPhone and still have on my iPad. I recently changed to a Galaxy s5. Do you have the app for s5?

  38. Soluble Apps says:

    Groups are each managed from only one device, but the special contacts which MailShot creates for your group are shared- so you can send group email from multiple iOS devices. See for more information.


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