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How to change the email signature on your iPhone, iPad or Android device

Do you hate reading "sent from my iPad" at the end of an email? I sure do. But what if you're the culprit, the lazy person who has procrastinated when it comes to getting rid of that automatic piece of advertising? It doesn't take much time at all to update or turn off your automated email signature on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Here's how to do it.

How to change the email signature on iPhone and iPad

Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar.

Scroll down to Signature.

On the next page, you'll have the option to write whatever you want in your send-off line, as well as apply it "per account" or to all accounts.

If you choose per account, you can customise the signature line for each email account connected to the Mail app.

Bonus: Update your "From" name. While you're in those settings, you might as well check that the "From" name is what you want it to be. We always chuckle when we get an email indicating someone named "Work" is running late to a meeting.

So back up a page (i.e. go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar).

At the top in Accounts, you'll see all the accounts you have connected. Pick one by tapping it, and on the next page, pick Account. The page that pops up has a Name field. That's your "From" name. Note that not all accounts contain the same fields (Gmail and Yahoo Mail are the same, but Hotmail doesn't have all the fields, for example).

I like to make mine just my name, except for the purpose of the image below.

How to change the email signature on Android

As with most instructions for Android phones, the details can vary slightly depending on the phone, service carrier, and email provider. The instructions here were validated using a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the US network MetroPCS.

Go into your Email app and select the account you want.

Tap the menu button and pick Settings.

You'll see a Signature section, most likely turned on by default. On my phone, there's a slider bar to turn the signature on and off. Tap it, and you can customise the sign off.

While you're there, you might want to check and update the "Account name" and "Your name" fields. I like the Account name to be the exact email address in question so that I never get confused about which account I'm using.

For more email tips, you can also check out:

A guide to using the VIP Inbox on your iPhone or iPad

How to organise and manage your email contacts

How to make good use of email forwarding

11 tips to help keep your email organised

How to deal with unwanted emails