The Best Gmail Apps for Windows 10 [August 2020]

Whether you use your computer for leisure or for work, email is likely a significant way for you to keep in touch with people and manage your life. An email client plays an important role in that and is worthy of a place on your computer, especially if you use multiple accounts on Gmail, the most popular and most powerful free web email service. The built-in Google web interface leaves a lot to be desired, but fortunately, you aren’t stuck using that built-in interface,  or Windows Mail or Outlook as your email client. Windows 10 users have a lot of viable alternatives for a Gmail client solution. Most of them are free, they all work pretty well, and all of them are an easy replacement for Mail or Outlook.

As a Windows 10 and Gmail user, I tried a range of Gmail apps for Windows 10 and I list some of the ones that impressed me the most below. While most of these apps are designed for Gmail specifically, they’ll also work with your other mail services, making it perfect for anyone trying to manage both their Gmail and the work email accounts. Here’s our picks for our favorite Gmail clients on Windows.

15 thoughts on “The Best Gmail Apps for Windows 10 [August 2020]”

Avatar James Shane says:
EM Client repeatedly does not sync gmail contacts even after uninstall and reinstall. This doesn’t seem to be new looking through forums so I am afraid goodbye EM Client. and now Using mailbird it looks good and worked well. would you tell me what thinks about mailbird ?
Avatar M. Klein says:
eM Client lost my trust today. After a long period of use where I was satisfied with its functionality, today my account disappeared as did all of my data. No way of contacting the company to complain.
Avatar Gary says:
Google says it won’t accept eMClient for security reasons! There seems to be a convoluted way of ignoring the security issue but I don’t want to take a chance/risk.
Avatar Crazy Kid says:
What app works BEST?
Avatar Timothy says:
Inky no longer provides a free email platform. It’s apparently focusing on businesses.
Avatar Anthimatter says:
I’ve used thunderbird for what seems like forever. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with it over the years but in the end I’ve not found anything better to manage the variety of email vendors I use in once place.

Yes it’s a bit geeky, yes the interface is kinda dated but in the end it does the job and lets me use encryption pretty easily. I’d definitely like to see Mozilla sink more hours into it though if they get some spare cash.

Avatar Richard Martin says:
EM Client repeatedly does not sync gmail contacts even after uninstall and reinstall. This doesn’t seem to be new looking through forums so I am afraid goodbye EM Client. Going to try Mailbird.
Avatar rob says:
works fine for me. gmail and g-suite accounts.
Avatar Gary says:
Google says it won’t accept eMClient for security reasons! There seems to be a convoluted way of ignoring the security issue but I don’t want to take a chance
Avatar Maryann says:
Zimbra Desktop seems to be no longer being developed. At the very least, Technical Support will end as of October.
Avatar Loothor says:
Mailbird is no longer available for free (except for a 30 day trial), so I wouldn’t bother with it.
Avatar Ori says:
Although not mentioned here, Has anyone tried outlook (2016) with google account? Any pros/cons?
Avatar Crazy Kid says:
Outlook Works great! but i dont want a Microsoft account
Avatar John Walshaw says:
I agree that Outlook is a natural choice on Windows, especially now that the O365 ecosystem is pretty much the norm for many (ref 1TB One drive vs Google price). The challenge with all the windows clients, including Outlook, is that none come close to the native in terms of organizing the mail like on the web and the Android/iOS clients. Seems about the Google have not released their own mail app on Windows. But that’s likely driven by Chrome browser strategy.
Avatar m dio says:
If you ever develop a password problem with Thunderbird, it is super difficult to impossible to remove. Once in the system there is no quick and easy way to change or replace the defected Password. None of the Volunteer “help” postings are specific or easy enough to follow. Thunderbird offers a prompt to change your password, but I have yet to get the e mail instruction returned. Even my $90 per hour geek had to give up on trying. Other than that, it was the best email client I have ever used.
Avatar Martin Biermann says:
Thanks a lot for an excellent review of Win 10 email clients. I personally need a client that supports IMAP, gmail and multiple languages, that has read-access to my google address book and that has rules for incoming mail. Thunderbird does all of this. I migrated to EM client some 4 years ago when the Thunderbird gContactSync plugin had some dysfunction. However, EM client lacks power in its rules implementation. In Thunderbird I can R-click on an email-address to create a rule, and the rule can be run manually and/or automatically when receiving mail. Your review opened my eyes to Thunderbird (again)! Everything works as it should. There were no problems setting up gmail, I typed in my gmail-address and I was directed to a Google web page for 2-factor login.
Avatar André says:
Does the gmail labeling sync with Thunderbird like Mailbird does?
Avatar Ian Reeders says:
Has anyone tried to setup signatures with any of these apps that include formatted text and logos?
Avatar Jeff says:
ThunderBird seems to be falling behind as Gmail no longer works if you elect to not accept clients with insecure connection methods. Gmail does not give any details about what is insecure about TB, and I do have TLS enabled.
Avatar peter says:
IT works now – you can select OAuth2 as the authentication method
Avatar zyg says:
thunderbird is v geeky
it does not have a help page
its error messages are cryptic – not much use if you do not have a tb lexicon
Avatar Jim H, says:
Hi, about mailbird it looks good and worked well during the one week tray, but I found that it doesn’t allow to copy and paste anything from their desktop.

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