The importance and usefulness of emails haven’t gone down over the years. It has been around since the dawn of the Internet and since they are not going anywhere for the near future, why not utilize the best services available out there to manage them better. The stock Gmail app for Android is good enough for casual users, but it does not pack the functionality which can ease the workload of pro users. Also, the latest update plastered an all-white coat to the Gmail app and I hate that it doesn’t have a dark mode yet, so, like me, you may be in search of its alternatives. Well, whether you’re looking to substitute the official Gmail app or crave for something extra, here are 10 best email apps for Android you should try.
Best Email Apps for Android in 2019
TypeApp is possibly one of the most feature-rich email apps for Android. The interface is not the most modern, I know, but it’s easy to access and find your way around. I’ve been using it for a couple months and absolutely love how quickly you can jump between the multiple accounts and important folders. The app supports swipe gestures to archive, snooze, mark as read or delete emails. The snoozed emails and tasks are displayed in one of the tabs at the top.
TypeApp also includes a dark theme, which is a must for me, especially since the official Gmail app donned an all-white UI just recently. You can further customize the looks and have nifty features like quick reply, undo send, volume key scrolling, club emails into clusters, and see contacts, as well as calendar events within the app.
While TypeApp is packed with features to the brim, the number of interactive zones and settings here can feel overwhelming to some. There’s also the Blue Mail app (Free) that looks and feels exactly the same, with minor UI changes, and these are one of the best e-mail apps for Android.
Install: (Free, with in-app purchases starting at $1.99)
2. Nine Mail
Well, if TypeApp looks too cluttered to you, then you’re going to like the neat and simple interface of Nine Mail. This is one of the most easy-to-use email clients for Android that packs all of the common features like contact and calendar integration, attachments and tasks view, a rich text editor, and multi-account support. There’s swipe gestures and themes, along with passcode/ fingerprint unlock and the option to encrypt all of the data.
Nine Email and Calendar also packs a dark mode, as well as a true black mode for all you AMOLED smartphone users out there and it’s fantastic. However, this app is also made for you if you’re too concerned about your privacy. Nine Mail stores all of your info on the device instead of syncing the same with its own servers in the cloud. This is the primary reason for someone to switch to this email app, but be prepared to shell out a license fee after the free trial ends.
Install: (Free, 14-day trial followed by $14.99 license fee)
3. Email by Edison
Email by Edison is an elegant and intuitive email app that can easily replace the official Gmail app on your Android smartphone. Like most email clients, this app can manage all your accounts from various providers including Google, Yahoo Mail, AOL, Office 365, IMAP, iCloud and more. It is also snappy, packs swipe gestures and an intelligent assistant that can keep track of relevant info like bills and receipts, packages, and flight tickets among other things.
Email by Edison is well-optimized and though it doesn’t offer you a ton of customization options, you get real-time notifications, auto-sorting of email by categories, undo send and the option to efficiently manage your subscriptions. You can favorite all your important subscriptions while unsubscribing the ones that seem useless. It also brings support for Android Wear smartwatches, where you can view notifications and reply via voice, which can surely come in handy for many users.
If you’ve ever got the chance to check out Outlook on your Windows PC or the web, well, you know that it is one of the best email clients. And since it’s developed by Microsoft, I knew I can expect a similar feature-rich experience on Android as well and I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Microsoft Outlook is one of the cleanest and well-designed email apps for Android and it handles all the basics like syncing and filtering of emails pretty well. The inbox is divided into 2 section – focused on important emails and others for junk. It also has an in-built calendar for a quick look at your upcoming meetings or hangout events.
In addition, Outlook also has multi-account support, swipe gestures, and makes it really simple to access documents and edit them on the fly with Word, Powerpoint, and Excel integrations. That’s not all though, you also have the option to attach add-ons such as Evernote, Jira, and Trello among other apps to further your productivity. However, I resent that Microsoft removed the files and cloud features from Outlook that were a boon for pro users.
5. Newton Mail
Though Newton had its fair share of ups and down in the past year, with discontinuation being one of them, it has now been resurrected after being bought out by Essential. And even though it’s a paid subscription-based email app, Newton deserves a spot on the list for all the crazy goodness it packs. The app has a clean and snappy UI, with primary actions accessible via a navigation bar at the bottom. There’s no floating compose button here and custom swipe gestures, which I believe come as a relief to many users.
Newton works with all popular e-mail accounts, support multiple accounts, and calendar sync but its highlights are the superchargers – yes, as they’re called – available from the Settings. This includes read receipts (without any add-ons), a tidy inbox, undo send, recap (reminder for important emails), snooze, and the ability to schedule emails too.
As if that wasn’t enough, you can also connect third-party apps and save related work to those apps without much hassle. However, it’s the super expensive subscription that has bumped Newton down the list else it’s the email app to get for Android users.
Install: (Free, with a $49.99/year in-app subscription)
Looking for a clean and personalized experience? Well, myMail is another email client for Android that can help manage your accounts from all major email providers while serving you a modern and intuitive interface. The app looks clean in its red and white UI and comes packed with all key features like swipe gestures, easy switching between inboxes (especially emails with attachments), data compression for sending/receiving email, and smart search.
The mail composer of myMail looks similar to TypeApp, except for a few minor UI tweaks and the availability of emojis and stickers only a tap away. It’s easy to use and offers the users a decent set of options to customize the experience to their needs. It also lets you use a PIN or fingerprint authentication for added protection but that’s pretty much all. It isn’t the most feature-rich app but works well.
7. Yahoo Mail
Yahoo Mail should be your app of choice on Android if you’re looking for a colorful and pretty e-mail client that also offers features to easily manage your accounts. While the setup process can be a bit irritating, it’s easy and lets you log in with Gmail, Outlook (Hotmail) and AOL accounts. It packs customizable swipes, themes, and makes it super simple to manage folders and accounts. The highlight, however, is the robust “email compose” area that lets you add GIFs and designer backdrops for a more quirky experience.
One of my favorite features of Yahoo Mail is called Account Key, and it reduces the hassle of memorizing passwords and allows you to log in by tapping a notification on your phone. It has been pretty helpful for me as I now have one less password to worry about. There’s also a dedicated section for deals, flight information, and more. However, you will need to deal with ads or get a Pro subscription if you choose to stick with Yahoo Mail.
Also, Yahoo Mail has a lightweight Go app (Free) which runs smoothly on lower-specced phones and is equally feature-packed, which is an added bonus.
Install: (Free, with in-app purchases starting at $0.99)
8. Go Mail
If you thought Yahoo Mail was the most colorful and quirky email app on this list, well, we’ve got Go Mail to up the ante. It’s yet another universal client that lets you sync all major email providers be it Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or AOL. However, the one feature that makes it stand out from the crowd for me is the myriad of personalized themes. They can completely alter the UI, make it snazzy or old-school. It’s all in your hands.
As for the feature set, Go Mail is no slugger and groups all of your emails under a single conversation based on the subject, features custom swipe gestures, smart search, and attachment previewing. This app deserves a spot on this list because it is packing a calendar integration and a number of privacy features including an app lock, private box to protect messages, and attachment scanning for better security. It even exists within Gmail but themes, you know, can’t ignore them!
Install: (Free, with in-app purchases starting at $1.99)
9. Aqua Mail
Aqua Mail is one of the simplest email apps you can get on the Play Store. There’s no extra jazz or pretty interface but instead, you get a simple UI that does its job well – i.e. handling your emails. You can swipe on emails to perform gestures, a smart folder, undo send and that’s pretty much it. Aqua Mail also has a dark theme and it’s actually important to mention it for users wary of Gmail’s all-white assault. However, in my brief usage, the app takes more time to sync your emails than the other apps on this list.
The free version of Aqua Mail lets a user add up to two different accounts but you will need the Pro version to add more accounts and remove ads, as well as the app promo signature in sent mails. There’s also Android Wear support in tow here, which is an added benefit. This app is highly recommended for casual users who simply need to access their mail account and need a couple extra features than the Gmail app.
Install: (Free, with Pro version available at $9.99)
If you don’t want another conventional and cluttered email inbox, well, Spike is probably the email app you have been waiting for. This app isn’t designed to deliver you the latest emails, which means more ads or promotions instead of the ones that matter most. This app takes a conversational approach to emails and changes how you communicate with peers. It’s like messaging and collaboration (group chats) in real-time – you can say, it’s just like Slack.
Note: You can switch to the traditional inbox view that we have become accustomed to over the years.
Even the setup process of the app is messaging based – making it simple, quick, and fun. It’s been a couple days since I switched to Spike and I find that it’s a beautifully designed app that doesn’t miss out on any of the main features like multi-account support, priority inbox for a streamlined view, calendar and attachment integration, among several other things. Spike also lets you place voice and video calls from within the app and it’s another feather in its feature-rich arsenal.
BONUS: Proton Mail/ Tutanota
I know we’ve talked about a number of great email apps for Android, but if you’re super focused on your security and privacy, well, Proton Mail or Tutanota are a match made in heaven for you. Both of these apps provide an encrypted email service to the users, not giving you access to existing email providers via their apps but instead, a secure, new account for sending out encrypted emails.
These emails apps will come in really helpful if you deal with sensitive info and it is probably in your best interest to encrypt them before you send them out to anyone. Both Proton Mail and Tutanota use a simple encryption method, where anyone can receive the encrypted email and decrypt them if they have the password.
Make Email Management Easier Than Ever Before
We all know how much of a chore managing emails can be. Thus, we need a process that helps us deal with their surmounting number in an efficient manner. Well, we don’t really have time to go through each email and manage our accounts manually, so I believe the aforementioned apps will help you out with that. So, which of these apps do you think fits the bill for you? Did you see your favorite email app up there or did we miss out on it? Do let us know in the comments down below.