The Best E-mail Apps for the iPhone
Nowadays, it wouldn’t be a far stretch to say that more people are checking and answering their emails on the go than ever before. In the modern day, people don’t need to be tied down to their laptop or desktop computer in order to check their emails. Almost all of us are constantly carrying our phones in our pocket, and that device can allow us to check emails in seconds. However, the way we all manages our emails is very unique and personal to us.
So while the standard Apple Mail App isn’t bad (and has actually gotten better recently), there will definitely be those individuals out there who want something more. Thankfully, there are many more apps out there with even more to offer users when it comes to email. However, not all of these apps are created equal. Some of them are great and will help you have more control over your emails than ever before, and others will only make things more difficult.
Here in this article, I will look at a number of different third-party email apps for the iPhone that you can use if you want something different or extra out of your email app. Some of these just reinvent the standard inbox with new and exciting features while others look to completely reinvent how we use email.
While there are many email apps out there that are worthy of a download, one must be chosen as the winner. That distinction will go to none other than Spark. Spark is an email app that aims to save you time and is among the most powerful and feature-packed apps on this list. The app is quite ambitious and goes far beyond what most people would expect to have included in their primary email app. The app also supports most email accounts from various account types such as Google, Yahoo, Outlook and much more.
Spark was created by Readdle, which is among the most successful and famous companies in the App Store. Readdle is responsible for a number of different productivity apps that are popular and critically acclaimed by many. As a result, you can trust that this app will be well-made as it has such a powerhouse company in the space supporting it. If ou haven't used any of their other apps in this space, I really recommened you check them out as a few of them have actually popped up in my other app review articles.
Being that the app is created by Readdle, the app understands productivity as a tool in a way that very few other email apps are able to. This app has an intelligent inbox that automatically groups your unread emails with other similar emails. For example, the app will know when an email is important, when it is a social media notification, when it is a newsletter and more. This makes it incredibly easy to see what emails are important and need your immediate attention and which emails can wait. This feature helps save you a ton of time that you would often spend manually going through email to see if they need your attention this instant or not.
This smart inbox is likely the future of email as it seperates the things that need our attention and the junk. There is a good chance in the future that almost all email providers will include some kind of a smart inbox feature as standard. Too many people get hundreds of emails and going through them all manually can take forever. Also, the more you use the app and this smart inbox feature, the better it will get at filtering and filing your emails into the right category. Early on you may see a few unimportant emails sneak through the cracks, but this problem is corrected automatically as the email begins to learn more about your tendencies and what is more important to you.
In addition to the smart inbox, there are other features within this app that also help save you time and become a more productive person in general. One of these features is the fact that you are able to navigate from email to email simply by swiping your finger. This helps you save a ton of time as swiping is much faster than opening and closing each email individually. You can also deal with bulks of similar emails at the same time thanks to card system of this app. This means that you can archive, delete or flag emails in bulk if the app deems them to be similar. These both add to the fact that this app helps by being arguably the most productive email app on the market.
However, there is much more to this app than just its increased focus on helping you be more productive in your life. There is a laundry list of other features that helps this email app be a step above the others. One of the coolest and best of these many features is the quick reply which lets you reply to emails with a single tap. You can quickly send a thanks or "like" an email, or even create your own custom responses that you will be able to send with a simple tap. So if tou find yourself emailing the same comment or sentence to everyone, you can make it so that entire phrase can be added to the conversation with just the tap of a button.
Another great feature is the fact that the app has a calendar widget that not only allows you to see and keep track of your schedule, but also see and respond to invitations and other events. This helps this app to blur the line between a simple email app and a productivity app, which you know the developers have a lot of experience with. The app even includes a very intelligent and helpful search feature that can help you easily locate specific emails by keyword. The fact is, most of us have hundreds or thousands of read emails just sitting in our inbox, so a tool like this that can automatically search for you is a lifesaver.
One more very helpful thing that this app is able to do is to connect with various other services and apps that you are likely using on your mobile device. Tools such as Google Drive, Evernote, Pocket, Dropbox and more can be integrated with Spark to easily attach files and data from these apps right into your emails. Spark also uses notifications in a great way and allows you to select which types of emails you will get notifications for and which you will not. There is nothing worse than being notified each and every time you receive a spam email or a newsletter you never read.
However, not only does the app function and perform great, it also looks pretty good too. The color scheme the app uses is quite pleasant and the way the app and sidebar are laid out is extremely simple to use, yet elegant. The apps doesn't use loud and distracting colors or designs, and instead opts for something subtle that won't distract you from the main function of this app.
On top of being visually appealing and functional, the app's interface is very customizable and everything from the widgets to the cards can be moved around and tweaked in many different ways. This means it is very adaptable to your email preferences and the user experience can be incredibly personal and unique to only you. The app doesn't force you into doing things their way, it allows you the options to do things how you want to. The app even has released an iPad app and desktop program so if you happen to be on or near a different device, you can still use Spark.
But one of the best things about this app is that you get all of those useful and helpful features for free. That's right, this app is available to download and use without paying a dime. And while many apps might have a subscription fee or premium membership needed to unlock certain features, not this app. Spark is available in its full-featured glory without having to pay at all, which definitely helped it come in as the winner in this article.
Simply put, Spark is one of the best email apps you can download, but in reality, it does so much more than just let you manage your inbox and send emails. The fact it is so heavily featured and free, with a unique emphasis on productivity, truly makes it one of the premier apps in the space and one that is a great option if you are in the market for a new email app.
In the race for the runner-up spot for the best email app, there were a few possible choices. But after a lot of consideration, Microsoft Outlook is my choice as the second best email app. Millions of people trust this app with their sensitive emails and the app itself makes for one convenient and powerful spot for all your emails, calendars and other files.
Despite the fact that this app is created and supported by Microsoft, the app works with almost all email accounts, anything from Gmail to Yahoo. But on top of simply being from one of the most reputable companies in the entire world of technology, the app also works incredibly well too.
Like a few other apps on this list, Microsoft Outlook features a "Focused" inbox that looks to display your most important messages first, and less important messages lower. This greatly helps you save time and be more productive. The more you use this app, the smarter the inbox gets and the better it will fare at correctly predicting which emails are important and which are not.
Another cool feature of the app is its level of customization. The app allows you to tweak a few things to make the app for user-friendly for you, but they don't go overboard with this feature. Too many apps afford you a ton of customization and this can sometimes be distracting for some and take away from the actual function of the app.
However, one of the most useful and unique parts about this email app is the fact that it lets you work on the go, which many other email apps simply are not able to do. You can open and edit things like Word documents or Excel files with ease and access/edit them in seconds. As you could expect, these types of files can also easily and quickly be attached into an email, too.
The app also features a calendar that is actually pretty good to use and is not just some throwaway feature of the app. While it may not offer you as many features as having a standalone calendar app will, it is still better than the standard iOs calendar. The fact that you get it for free in an email app, is a pretty nice surprise.
In addition to being functional, the app has a pleasant look to it as well. While some may see it as a tad "boring", I would argue that it's no-frills design and approach is a positive. See, apps like this have one (or a few) primary functions and thus, a crazy and abstract design can sometimes only distract you from what the app is really supposed to do. The app has its icons at the bottom of the app, which helps it feel more like a file management and productivity app than just a simple app for your emails.
So while this app is still largely used by most as a way to streamline the email process, Microsoft Outlook can do much more than that. It's large number of features, plus the fact that app is available completely for free, definitely make it one of the best email apps out there and one that you should consider downloading. It also doesn't hurt that it is made by one of the biggest names in technology.
Gmail is without a doubt one of the most popular email account types out there as tens of millions of people use it. As you would expect, the Gmail app for iPhone is a good option as it will be familiar for most Gmail users and is supported and created by Google.
The app sports a number cool features, but has less features than many other on this list. Among the best features the Gmail app gives you is a reliable and powerful search feature (as you would expect from a Google app), switching between multiple accounts easily, organizing your mail, swipe to archive or delete and many more.
The app works and functions well, but sometimes it might take you a tad longer to do things than it would on other apps. In terms of looks, the app is nothing special, but has a neat design that isn't bad or distracting in any way. This isn't a knock on the app, just that it is about what you would expect from an email app.
The app is available for free and while it only works for those with a Gmail email account, it is definitely among the best and simplest email apps out there for Gmail users.
That's right, another Gmail app. However, this one is different and just might be a big part of the future of email. This app puts your email inbox at the forefront, as that is the most important of any email app for most of us.
Your inbox should help you be more productive and make life simpler, but oftentimes, it can be fairly overwhelming. Inbox by Gmail looks to change that. This app helps keep your Gmail inbox organized and highlights the most important emails and also shows you the most important inside emails without actually having to open the email up.
Another cool function of the app is the Bundles feature. This feature looks to bundle similar messages together to keep your inbox cleaner and make it easier to manage. The app also has some other interesting features such as some to-do list capabilities, reminders, a snooze function for your emails and more.
Like the other Gmail app, this app allows you to have a powerful search feature and also ensures that your emails are safe as it is also made by Google, and not some other company trying to capitalize on Gmail's popularity. All i all, this is likely a better and more innovative option than the previous Gmail app, but it is definitely different nd one that may take some getting used to.
This app used to go by CloudMagic, but was rebranded to Newton Mail. Simply put, this is an app that supercharges your email with a number of cool features. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find any email app that has a more impressive and plentiful list of features. The app features include undo sending, snooze, push notifications, scheduling email sends, and much more.
However, not only are these features available on the iPhone, Newton Mail also works on any other device you may own so wherever you are, you can use Newton Mail to manage your emails. The app has even created some helpful keyboard shortcuts if you use Newton Mail on your desktop or laptop computer.
While this app is great, there is one downfall that kept it out of the top two spots and relegated it to the honorable mentions category. And that is the fact that after a 14-day free trial, you have to buy an in-app subscription for $49.99 a year. While many will think it's worth it, that sort of fee when many other apps out there are free, is troublesome. However, if you can afford the fee and like the app that much, it is definitely one of the most powerful in the space.
This app is amongst the most innovative in this entire list and is definitely worth a download. Boxer supports all different types of accounts from Gmail, to Yahoo, to Outlook and many more. If you are looking for a better way to manage your inbox than the standard Mail app, this app will be there to help.
Boxer is an email client that connects with your email provider and never actually stores your passwords or the content of your emails, which ensures that everything is safe. The app is very feature-heavy and includes things like multiple accounts in one inbox, smart folders, calendar and contact integration and much more.
The experience in the app can also be customized with different gestures and colors to truly make the app feel unique to you. Also, this app is available for free, which solidifies itself as one of the best email apps out there.
Despite it's somewhat boring and uncreative name, those characteristics thankfully don't describe this app. Blue Mail is a powerful emails service that allows you to unify your various different email accounts into one large inbox. The app prides itself on being quick and snappy, which helps you become a more productive individual.
The apps many features are highlighted by things such as smart mobile notifications, quick replies, mark emails as done, filtering and more. It also allows you to easily navigate through your different email accounts if you choose to look at them individually instead of combined.
On top of being a very functional and useful app, Blue Mail also looks pretty good too. It has a very simple and sleek interface that ensures you always have control and never get distracted by unnecessary things. The app is also available completely free in its entirety, which helps make it one of the best email apps for those who want a simple and reliable email app.
Whether you use your iPhone or iPad for your emails, myMail brings all your accounts together into one place. The app was designed to be a safe and secure place to keep all your mail together and make communication easy. The app has a number of useful features which include notifications, a ton of customization options, smart search, enhanced security for your emails and more.
While those features are impressive and the app works well, its biggest differentiating factor is that the app is one of the most visually appealing apps on this list. It is full of cool little animations and pulls in photos and logos in emails to really make you inbox a more exciting and visual experience.
All in all, the app is a fine choice if you like your apps to look good, but there are other apps that will perform better for you and will get things done just a little bit quicker. But the fact that security is a large priority for them makes this a good choice if you worry about that sort of thing a lot.
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to an email app is privacy. While they all offer passwords and such to protect your information, some people feel that is not enough. If you are one of those people that like a little extra security, ProtonMail is the app for you.
While you do have to sign up for a new email address, the type of security you get is well worth it. Basically, the only people who will ever see emails sent through this client are the sender and the email. There is even an option for email self-destruction after a certain period of time. While the app might sound confusing, it is actually incredibly easy to use and all the amazing work the app is doing is all done in the background so the user still gets a clean and easy experience.
While many people would likely pay for a service that keeps their emails as safe as this app does, I have good news. This app is completely free and there are no extra or hidden fees to worry about either. However, you are able to donate to the company if you really love their product. If you prefer a no-frills email app that will keep your sensitive and private information safer than any others, this is the app for you.
Unibox is a fairly simple and unassuming email app that still offers you a number of the cool features you get in many of the other apps on this list. The app is available for most of the popular email providers so no matter who you use, there is a great chance this app will work. While it doesn't do anything super special or unique, it is a reliable app that will do its job and do it well.
The main selling point of this app is that it groups your emails by sender. This helps keep your inbox extremely organized and gets even more helpful if you only send and receive emails to a few people. The interface of this app is also extremely simple and sleek, without any big distractions to take you eyes away from your inbox.
The app is listed as free, and that is true, but there is also a Pro version available. If you want a few extra features and to support the company, you can pay $4.99 for Unibox Pro. But for most people, the free app should more than suffice, especially if you are coming from just the standard Mail app.
While many of these apps on this list are quite unique and innovative, this app likely takes the cake in that regard. Inboxcube has turned the traditional way of viewing and monitoring emails on its head. It also does this without charging you a dime as the app is available to download for free.
The app organizes the content of your inbox in a way that you have never seen before. The app uses different "cubes" that all keep similar content together and organized. There is a photos cube, a PDF cube and many more. The app also brings the attachments to the forefront of your email world, instead of the words. While this will likely take some getting used to for most people, it is a very cool way to do things and there is no doubting that some people will like it better.
In addition to this flagship feature, there are a lot of other features that this app has for its users. Some of the additional features are themes, gestures, an offline mode, notifications, Facebook integration and much more. If you want to try something new and unique in the email app world, this is worth a try.
If you are just a casual emailer, this app likely isn't for you. However, if you are a power user who is constantly using email to contact, set meetings, correspond and more, this app could hold a lot of value for you. That is because Timyo is basically a combo email and productivity app.
Timyo makes it extremely easy to turn emails into events, to-do lists and more. One of the cool features that go along with this is the Agenda view, which shows you a nice chronological view of events and a to-do list based on those events that you have created in the past.
Because the app can do so much, the interface and design can be a tad complicated or crowded, but you will quickly get used to it if you use the app frequently. The app is completely free and it never stores any of your information or data. So if you want an email app that can also double as a productivity tool or task manager, give Timyo a try.
While most of the time we deal with email it is a tedious and long process, that is not the case when it comes to this app. Hop Email prides itself on not only being a powerful and good looking app, but also one that works incredibly fast so you don't spend a whole lot of your day dealing with your emails.
The app does this by eliminating clutter and organizing your inbox in such a way that there are no distractions. The app is also among the best when it comes to having email conversations as the app does a good job at eliminating things like quoted text, attachments, signatures and more when emailing back and forth with someone. The formatting is just great.
In addition to that, there are also a number of other cool features this app has to offer its users such as message prioritization, snooze messages, customized "light speed" replies, swiping gestures for deleting emails and much more. The app is available for free and will work any of the major email providers, so it's worth downloading to see if it is the email app for you.