Gmail is undoubtedly the king of email clients with over 900 million users accessing this service, as of May 2015. Given the number of Google services like Docs, Drive, Android, Hangouts, and many more are synced through your Gmail ID, it makes sense that Gmail is solely dominating the Email client industry. While there are strong arguments against the use of Google’s Email client as your primary Email address, there are definitely better alternatives to the network that you must definitely consider. Keeping all your eggs in one basket is not a particularly good idea and given the recent issues around privacy, alternatives to Gmail is a good thing to consider.

Why Alternatives to Gmail?

Gmail is Google’s proprietary software and is one of the most widely used tools. Although Gmail has recently added a feature to sync all of your Email clients to a single platform, the network doesn’t even allow you to access two of your Gmail ID’s at the same time. Also, there were claims against Google, back in 2013, regarding how the network is spying on your Emails to better target advertisements for you.

The privacy invasion is pretty obvious with Gmail and given the recent integration of all of your Email clients using Gmail, this is another good way for Google to own all of your data. Although one might sound a conspiracy nut while saying so, it is definitely not a good idea to rely on Gmail entirely for all of your confidential conversations.

9 Gmail alternatives for you

Gmail, no matter how widely applauded it is for the services that it offers, has certain drawbacks mentioned above. If you are looking for more storage space, better privacy or just a makeover of your Email client, below are the best Gmail alternatives to consider.


Chances are pretty high that if you are based on Windows operating system, you might have at least used Microsoft’s Outlook Email client once. If you use Windows as your primary operating system, Outlook is one of the best Email clients you will definitely love once you get the gist of it. Although it looks a tad overdid on the interface, Outlook is one of the best Gmail alternatives you’ll ever find for your Windows system.

This app integrates seamlessly with the interface of your Windows Operating system and it even lets you sync your calendar, contacts, integrates with OneDrive, OneNote, OfficeOnline and much more. All of these apps are integrated perfectly with Outlook client. Given that Microsoft owns Skype, Outlook also features a notifier for your Skype alerts. It also does not spy on your Emails to provide you with targeted advertisements. Outlook allows users to share, view or edit their Microsoft Office files right from the web browser. You can specify your own Email expiration period, after which Emails get deleted automatically. Offering 5 GB of free storage space and with an upload file size limit of 5 MB per attachment, Outlook is one of the best Gmail alternatives.

Key Features: Simple interface, the absence of targeted ads, seamlessly integrates with Skype, Microsoft Office Online, OneDrive, Calendar, People, creation of custom email, and more.

Platforms Available: Web client supporting all major browsers, Mobile applications for Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Custom Email for Businesses: $4/user per month; $8/user per month (Complete Plans).

2. Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! Mail

Possibly the best thing about Yahoo! Mail is the 1 TB of storage space that it offers with each Email account. That is an enormous storage space and Yahoo! is offering it for free with every Yahoo! Mail account. The recent introduction of Paperless Post gave rise to Yahoo! Mail’s Stationery, that lets you send beautiful personalized Emails to the people you care about.

Syncing of your Calendar, Instant messages, Contacts, and Notepad is pretty easy with Yahoo! Mail. This Email client also supports customizing the looks and feels of your portal. Multitasking is probably the best features of Yahoo! Mail. Using tabs, like in a web browser, you can shift between different Emails, drafts, compose, and more windows at once. With the support of up to 100 MB of file size for a single attachment, Yahoo! Mail offers the best bargains in terms of storage space for an Email client.

Yahoo! Mail do have an ad featured Email client and the possible discontinuation of your account if inactive for more than 6 months straight!

Key Features: Abundant storage space, Bigger file attachment size, Personalization, Tabs for Multitasking, seamless integration with Contacts/Calendar/Flickr and more.

Platforms Available: Webclient, Android and iOS mobile applications.

Custom Email for Businesses:  $34.95 per yr (1 custom email address); $9.95 per month (unlimited email addresses). (Complete Plans)

3. iCloud Mail

iCloud Mail

Apple’s iCloud is one of the best pieces of software that ties up the entire network of services across all of the Apple devices. Among the features that Apple’s iCloud offers, iCloud Mail is the Email client that works on an Apple Email ID. With 5 GB of free storage space and an individual file upload limit of 20 MB, iCloud Mail is one of the most appealing Email clients for Apple users. iCloud Mail makes syncing of Emails painless across all of your Apple devices.

iCloud Mail is an ad-free Email client and the only thing it lacks is the ability to categorize your Emails into folders. Also, lack of support for POP3 implies you could not access your other Email accounts using Apple iCloud Mail! The unique approach in designing the iCloud Mail interface receives kudos from people worldwide.

Key Features: Seamlessly syncs across all Apple devices, Ad free, intuitive layout and more.

Platforms Available: Mac OS X or Windows, iOS running devices.

4. Zoho Mail


Zoho is one of the most well-respected CRM or Customer Relationship Management tools. One of the pretty well-known services offered by Zoho is their Zoho Mail client. With 5 GB of free storage space and 10 GB of document storage ability, Zoho Mail is one of the best Email clients on the web for business users. If you already have your own domain name, you can easily set-up your own Email address using Zoho Mail.

Given the other numerous services Zoho offers, Zoho Mail seamlessly integrates with calendar, contacts, notes, tasks, docs, and links. An ad-free, powerful and uncluttered Email client is what if you’re looking for, Zoho Mail is your best bet. If you are looking for a free Email client for your business, Zoho Mail offers Business plans starting from $0!

Key Features: Ad-free and simple interface, smooth sync with notes, docs, calendar, links, perfect integration with Zoho CRM, support for business users and much more.

Platforms Available: Web client, Android, and iOS mobile applications.

Custom Email for Businesses: Plans start from $0 (Complete Plans).

5. AOL Mail

AOL Mail

AOL Mail is another great free Gmail alternative which was widely popular once. AOL Mail provides its users with Unlimited Email Storage capacity and with a maximum file attachment limit of 25 MB. AOL Mail allows its users to integrate their other Email addresses into their network for a streamlined access of your Emails. AOL Mail also provides users with your own choice of Email address Domains including @love(.)com, @wow(.)com, @games(.)com and @ygm(.)com (Acronym for You got mail).

Some of its key features include a perfect integration with AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) for chats, Text messaging to Mobile phones, Folder categorization, Events, To-Do lists, Personalizations, and more. AOL Mail was given its present intuitive look as a revamp recently, making it more appealing than ever before!

Key Features: Chat on Instant Messenger, Events, To-do’s, Text messaging, choice of Email address domains, Spam and Virus control and more.

Platforms Available: Web client, Android, and iOS mobile applications.

6. Tutanota


Just out of its Beta phase back in the March of 2015, Tutanota is a Germany-based Email encryption startup. Based on dealing with the privacy concerns on the web, Tutanota provides end-to-end encryption of Emails with their client. Offering up to 1 GB of free storage space and a maximum file upload size limit of 25 MB, Tutanota offers five different types of domain names to choose from for your Email address on their network.

After the recent revelations regarding the surveillances under progress in different parts of the world, the need for a secure Email client has grown more than ever! Tutanota encrypts all of your Emails, contacts, and everything concerned with your Email client.

Key Features: End-to-end encryption, open-source software, uncluttered interface, extremely secure and much more.

Platforms Available: Web client, Android, and iOS mobile applications.

Custom Emails for Businesses: €1/user per month; €2/user per month (Complete Plans).

7. Yandex

Yandex Mail

Coming from Russia, Yandex is one of the biggest search engines there. This European Internet giant has services offered in different aspects of the web, with an Email client being one. A 10 GB of free storage space and a possible increase of additional 1 GB once you reach your last 200 MB is granted, provided you remain active on the network. Customization of your Email client is provided and managing of contacts and emails is pretty easy with Yandex Mail.

Yandex Mail allows users to easily organize their Emails into different categories and folders. Yandex Mail provides a maximum upload limit of 30 MB per file as attachments on their Email client. Enable your POP3 or IMAP protocol to integrate any of your Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple iCloud Mail with Yandex Mail.

Key Features: Customizations, easy management of contacts and emails, import mail from other mailboxes, mail security and much more.

Platforms Available: Web client, Android, and iOS mobile applications.

8. FastMail


If you are looking for a feature-rich yet simplistic interface for your Email client, FastMail is your best choice. Based in Melbourne, FastMail is one of the most minimalistic and reliable Email clients. With an elegant, ad-free interface, FastMail allows users to pin important Emails to the top of the pile. Another key feature of FastMail is that it allows users to define a customizable anti-spam filter to keep the inbox jun-free. FastMail also allows users to easily manage their Emails and contacts with folders and labels assignments.

FastMail groups all chats with a contact into windows and these emails get pinned to the top of your portal. Accessing all of your vital Emails is made simple with FastMail. It provides users with a Calendar application, that seamlessly syncs with your Email and also allows you to send automated Email invites. The support for timezones makes sure that your Emails are delivered right on the spot. Support for IMAP/POP3/SMTP, DNS hosting, aliases, addressing and more are some of the tons of features that FastMail provides its users with.

Key Features: Ad-free intuitive interface, pin important emails to the top, integrate calendar, customizable anti-spam filter, folders and labels, and more.

Platforms Available: Web client, Android, and iOS mobile applications.

Custom Emails for Businesses: Plans starting from $15/year (Complete Plans)

9. GMX

GMX Mail

GMX markets its Email client as providing unlimited storage space for all of your email needs. GMX’s Mail collector allows users to sync all of their Emails from different accounts right into a single account. A clean and intuitive interface make GMX one of the most user-friendly Email clients on the web. Free online calendar for syncing your events, spam filters and support for custom domains, are some of the key features of GMX Email client.

While other Email client providers limit users to up to 20 MB of maximum file attachment size, GMX provides users with a maximum file upload limit of 50 MB! With GMX webmail, you no longer need the standalone mail client that you might be used to. Archiving of old Emails and support for nested folders make GMX one of the best email services on the web.

Key Features: Clean interface, Unlimited storage, bigger file attachment limits, archiving, nested folders, calendar, custom domains and much more.

Platforms Available: Web client, Android, and iOS mobile applications.

SEE ALSO: How To Find Email Sender’s Identity And Location

Coming to the end of this list of the best Gmail alternatives, which are your to-go tools for accessing Emails apart from Gmail? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments regarding these tools below.


  1. I am looking to get away from google and gmail basically because of they’re size and control over our society. Looking at the smaller companies but afraid of them plugging the plug and simply giving up trying to compete with the giant G. I’m currently sitting on the fence with but … ?
    Maybe paper airplanes.

    • That’s exactly what I am doing as well… Big tech like Google has far too much control over all of our lives, and I no longer have any trust in these organisations…

    • GMX has been around for a long time. 20 years and widely used. It basic and rough but I like the basic interface and I don’t find to advertising emails obtrusive.
      They don’t track and it’s free.

  2. Well I am using it’s a new Germany based company and it’s pretty much working for me over Gmail.

  3. Don’t bother to try GMX or MAIL.COM. They have a ridiculously low sending limit of about 25 messages per day, and what annoys me most is that whenever you try to send a message to MORE THAN 5 PEOPLE (yes, you have read well), a warning message appears informing you that you cannot send a message to more than 5 recipients.

    It drives me nuts! Are these people for real?

    I have seen other customers complaining about the same thing in different websites, and what amazes me is that the company boasts of being one of the World’s biggest internet providers… Come off it!

    I have contacted them several times letting them know that their sending limit is MISERABLE, and that no serious email provider can do that today if they want to stay in business.

    But I suppose that I am wasting my time! Never had an answer. I suppose the time has come to look somewhere else.

    • Well, not many people are there which would like to send more than 25 messages per day, so this limit is to limit the people which like to spam other people. Maybe their services were used in this way before, so they had to use this kind of deffence, idk… (Everything according to your saying, bcs my exp is not as expended) yeah but you are right, 5 recipients is quite small amount, it is discouraging for wider usage, no competition against failbook or bird or telegram,
      but for quicker and wider conversations you should use telegram or just continue with email, but without that many boundies:
      Like for example gives you opportunity to send only 200 messages per day, while 2000 just for $6/m. recipients unknown. attachment just 10 MB, while 50MB when paid…
      You may consider this or just find something else.

    • If you want your client to be used for business (blasting), just get a different client. Search for “email clients for bulk email”. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds.

  4. Google has recently informed me that they will be discontinuing gmail as of April 2, 2019. So it is no longer an alternative.

  5. Do not use the services in Switzerland and Germany. Any prosecutor has for any reason unlimited access to the emails.

  6. Is no-one going to answer Lisa’s question or does no-one know the answer…..??? I guess by now she has given up and moved on!

  7. So now every time I use web mail I have to submit to the cookies and privacy policy harassment from the web mail provider in addition to all other sites and a lot of times multiple times per site?

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  9. I’ve had fastmail for a couple months, and now I’m looking again. The can’t seem to stay connected to my gmail account, and have no customer service whatsoever, as in, they just don’t respond for days on end, and when they do, some kid says something pedestrian that isn’t at all helpful. Terrible, terrible company. Stay away.

    • I’ve used Fastmail for over 10 years and never had an issue with the service. The web interface is clean, extremely quick to load on a phone or from the early days of internet based email. being an IMAP based protocol, you have access to your mail anywhere in the world. The spam filters are very effective, I might get 1 spam e-mail per quarter, privacy is good and no ads supporting the site. It’s everything that a paid service should be.

        • More problems with Fastmail. Their calendar app was randomly deleting my appointments for about a month. Needless to say, I can’t trust them anymore and I use a different calendar app. I’ve also been getting bizarre spam just on my fastmail account. That also seems to have stopped for now. Fastmail seems to be understaffed and overworked. You just can’t trust them.

  10. anyone have any experience with Tutanota? I really want to switch from Gmail to a more safe/secure email source. I thought it would be Protonmail, until I learned that there’s no way to import emails and folders. That is a MUST!! Any other suggestions greatly appreciated

  11. Good summary Srikanth. Maybe you’ll consider adding Greatmail to the list? An email service provider since 2003 offering standard and groupware email hosting packages, Greatmail is an affordable option for businesses, groups and resellers looking for private cloud security, privacy protection, variable and unlimited mailbox quotas, multiple domains, customizable spam filtering and expert email support.

    • Hey there! I’ve a question wonder if you may be able to answer. I’d love to switch from GMAIL over to Protonmail-due to security etc. I’ve discovered that there doesn’t seem to be a way to import emails and folders over. I NEED that stuff. Any suggestions? Can you do that on Thexyz.. and is that one as secure as Protonmail? Thanks kindly for any input! It’s challenging navigating and learning all this stuff!

  12. The fact that you’ve put Yahoo Mail as 2nd best alternative to Gmail and did not mention ProtonMail makes me greatly doubt your knowledge of advising on this matter.

    • Hey there! I’ve a question wonder if you may be able to answer. I’d love to switch from GMAIL over to Protonmail-due to security etc. I’ve discovered that there doesn’t seem to be a way to import emails and folders over. I NEED that stuff. Any suggestions? Can you do that on Thexyz.. and is that one as secure as Protonmail? Thanks kindly for any input! It’s challenging navigating and learning all this stuff!

  13. Yahoo mail is shit. The worst email so far, always reset my password(I’m using the same computer and same IP!) and failed to send messages sometime, tons of issues on the new look version….It’s just a shit.

  14. In my opinion, Proton Mail created by three guys from CERN in Switzerland (and MIT) is the best alternative to Gmail on the market. It was designed to be more secure because of the way emails are encrypted. And, Google “buried” them for months for natural/organic searches likely because they feared a new competitor with real credibility.

    • ? for you Don-or anyone.. I’d LOVE to switch from GMAIL to Proton Mail. Challenge I’ve discovered is that there’s no way to import emails and folders???? I need all of that stuff. What’s the alternative? Any suggestions please?

      • Protonmail has terrible customer service, they tie your inbox to the VPN and if they reset the account like for login issues or password resets, you lose the keys and all your data. It’s secure because it’s not user-friendly on the backend.

    • Proton mail is secure, but the downside and the reason I am looking at alternatives, you can’t search the email. Since its encrypted, you can only search subject and sender, but not subject. Sometimes there is that email you need and vaguely remember what it was about and well you are out of luck with protonmail. Too bad for me because I transferred so many of my important accounts to that email!!!

  15. Good comparison! I used when I registered my domain, and I think that they deserve a place on the list 🙂