6: Mailshot Settings

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You can change various aspects of how MailShot behaves from the MailShot page of the Settings app.

A shortcut to it is provided from the Support button on the home page of the app.

Size Warnings

100 Contacts When enabled, MailShot will show a warning if you create a group containing more than 100 email addresses, as this exceeds the limit set by many email providers. See our support page for more information, and alternative solutions to this.

Group Contacts

Create Group Contacts This controls whether MailShot creates special contacts in your address book for each group.

NOTE: These are only used to share groups to non-iOS devices. You cannot send email to them directly from Mail in iOS 9.0 and later.

To change options for these contacts, tap “Group Contact Settings“, see This Page


Play Sounds: Turn this switch on to enable sounds in the app.

Contact Names

How member’s names appear in your list, and how they are sorted.

Show Surname First will show the strings used to sort the group on. Typically this will be the surname, a comma, then the first name.

Sort On Full Name will sort your groups based on the member’s full name, not attempting to detect the surname.

When Sending in Bcc:

A string that is placed in the to line, when sending to Bcc.
“To:” line: What is placed in the to line. This will typically be your own email address.

Email Address Validity

Whether MailShot checks contacts to your groups

Check On Add tests all email addresses for validity as they are added. This checks the address format to catch common errors such as forgetting the @ sign.

NOTE This is a simple bit of code, tested over several years, and it is far more likely that your email address is incorrectly formatted than that it is being rejected incorrectly. Please let us know if you think you have an incorrect rejection.

Check Address

Red Contacts: Compare your mailshot addresses to your address book, and flag any that have changed. This may become slow with very large address books and very large mailshot groups.

Where App Data Is Stored

The next three options are to do with where MailShot saves its data, to allow sharing of data between the app and its share extension. It is not recommended that you change these.

Save To Shared Folder leave this enabled

Load From Shared Folder leave this enabled,

Save To Public Folder leave this disabled.


Use iCloud disables iCloud entirely from the app. You would only use this if it was causing you a problem, or if you want to force the app to resynchronise (turn it off, restart the device, run Mailshot, turn it on again, restart the device.)

Display Errors makes the app show error messages from iCloud itself.

Copy To Clipboard

Carriage Return whether to insert a carriage return between entries when copying to clipboard. Adding carriage returns makes the list easier to read, but less compatible with email apps.


Show Pop-Up This disables the TextShot ad on the title screen, in case you have already bought it (or are simply sick of seeing the ad.)

Log to Disk

This is just for debugging




Thanks for reading this guide, we hope you found it useful.

Again, if you have any problems please see our support page for answers to the most common user questions we receive.

If you are still stuck and need assistance, or have suggestions for features you would like to see in future versions of MailShot, please contact us on support@solubleapps.com.

If you find MailShot useful, please support our work by rating or reviewing us on the App Store if you can spare the time, it is always appreciated. A link is provided for this on the title page of the app.

Peter Johnson
Soluble Apps

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8 thoughts on “6: Mailshot Settings”

  1. I made a mistake when I created a new group. I named it Christmas List – 2014 instead of Christmas List – 2013. How do I edit & change it’s title?

  2. How do I change my own outgoing email address? I now want to use MailShot with my school-provided email address instead of my personal one.

    1. This is controlled by the Mail system in your device. Any new email will be created using the “default” email account.

      You can change this from the ‘Mail, Contacts Calendars’ page of the Settings app. Scroll down to the ‘Email’ panel, and change the account shown as ‘Default’

      You can also change the account used to send an individual email, by tapping the ‘Cc Bcc/From’ address line of the email before you send.

  3. Mailshot upgrade was working and now it is not. It says “this device is not configured to send emails”. Please fix it on my iPad.

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Sabrina

      This is not a problem with MailShot. You will find that you now cannot send email from the Mail app on your device, or many other apps. (The Gmail app, which I would guess you are using, uses its own account settings).

      Set up your email account from the Mail page of the Settings app. If you do not have the Mail app on your device, reinstall it from the App Store.

      This will restore things to normal.

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