The Best E-mail Apps for the iPhone

Posted by Kale Havervold on March 2, 2017

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.


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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.

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