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As much as many of us hate to manage it, email is still a necessary evil in today’s society. Whether you work for a massive corporation or you attend university, chances are you rely on email to plan announcements, events, meetings, and more. Despite the influx of popular messaging apps like Skype, Slack, and Microsoft Teams, nearly every organized group relies on some form of email to quickly spread information to large groups of people at once. To some extent, this makes perfect sense: nearly everyone understands how to use email, and since it’s a fully-supported standard, you can send an email to any address, regardless of the domain name or email service used by the original account. And regardless of how much many of us hate receiving or managing our email addresses, at the end of the day, you have to use it, for work, school or simply for using services online.
So if you’re going to be stuck with an email address, you should make sure you’re using the best applications for the job. Android has no shortage of excellent choices for email management, meaning you’re sure to have a broad selection of choices no matter what your email provider is. Plenty of users will stick to the standard Gmail or email app that comes with your phone, but if we’re being honest, you can do better than both of those apps. Managing email isn’t an easy thing to do, and if you’re going to try to reach inbox zero, you’ll have to work hard at the app—or simply let the app do the work for you.
We’ve collected some of the best email applications on Android. These won’t just let you view, send, and forward email, but can help manage your email, gathering it into collections, syncing with your reminders and calendars, and so much more. If you’re still dreading opening your email application, it’s time to upgrade to a new app. Here’s the best email applications available for Android on Google Play.
Perhaps listing Gmail as one of the best email apps for Android is a bit of a cop out. For one, Gmail is one of the apps Google lists as required inclusions on all Android smartphones sold in the United States, meaning it’s already on your phone, ready to be used. Also, it’s the app made primarily to check your Gmail app on your phone, meaning non-Gmail users might feel like you’re missing out on features or other support. But here’s the true situation: Gmail is still one of the best email applications on Android right now, whether you’re a Gmail user or a user of anything else. As long as your email provider supports IMAP or POP email, you’ll be able to use the Gmail app already installed on your phone to check, send, forward, and respond to your messages.
The basic red and white design of the app is solid, though in some ways, the app feels dated compared to some of its counterparts on Android. Gmail does its best to thread your unread messages together into different categories, including social, promotions, and updates, although it isn’t quite as powerful as the solution Inbox uses. The app feels fast and fluid on even lower-end modern phones, and with the ability to display a unified inbox, you can sync all of your email addresses together to create a cohesive display of your work and personal emails. Switching between accounts is easy too; as with most other Google services, you can change your account by simply sliding the left hamburger menu out and selecting your desired login. And of course, as with all other Google products, search has never worked better than it does in the Gmail application.
As we said, Gmail isn’t perfect. Non-Gmail users might not get the most out of this app, missing out on being able to use labels, archives, and more. Gmail often feels like a mobile port of the desktop version of the web app, for better and for worse. If you’re a Gmail die-hard, you’ll feel right at home while using the app, but users of outside email services might be disappointed in the design of the application. Gmail is a free application pre-included on your phone though, and for some people, not having to download or purchase a new device is one of the best features you can ask for. If you’re looking for a free application to help manage your emails with a unified inbox, you can’t beat Gmail.
Blue Mail might not stick to the general Android aesthetic we know and love, but there’s plenty to like from this application. Blue Mail focuses on trying to be the best mail application for universal access on Android, and it does a good job in managing this. It’s feature-packed, features a clean design with a color scheme reminiscent of Inbox (unsurprisingly, from an app with the name Blue Mail), and comes with a full focus on both speed and productivity. Blue Mail might not be a perfect email application for everyone, but some—especially non-Gmail users—will find its features hard to ignore.
Once you’ve synced your email account(s) into Blue Mail, there’s a bit of a learning curve to getting used to the app. While most modern email apps have effectively repurposed Gmail’s own sliding layout, BlueMail has an entire top panel of options and settings above your email. Below the blue bar is a list of all your linked email accounts, each of them labeled with a custom identity. This makes it relatively easy to switch between different email accounts at will, viewing them one at a time. Alternately, Blue Mail’s default setting is the ability to view your unified inbox, similar to Gmail, making it easy to see all of your emails coming to your account at once. One of the coolest display settings in your inbox is Blue Mail’s People Switch, which allows you to only display mail from friends, family members, clients, and other real-world individuals.
Beyond that, Blue Mail is also simply a great client. Sending and forwarding emails worked well, and the compose display looks nice, even if it’s a bit too much like the iOS mail app in its iconography. Blue Mail features reminders, a built-in calendar, email aliases, push notifications, a dark theme, and plenty of other features to keep users satisfied. It’s an incredibly powerful app, and though that learning curve does exist while using the service, the power behind this application doesn’t go unnoticed. What’s more, Blue Mail is an entirely free application, without ads or in-app purchases. If you’re the owner of multiple email addresses for work, school, and more, you’ll definitely want to check out Blue Mail.
Like most of the clients on this list, VMware Boxer is a third-party email app that’s dedicated to allowing you to access all of your email from any account you use online, including Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, and even iCloud. This app comes from VMware, a company that primarily creates platform virtualization software in order to, say, run Windows in a windowed mode on macOS. It’s an app dedicated to
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