The Best Gmail Apps for Windows 10 [February 2021]

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 user of both Windows 10 and Gmail, I’ve tested a full range of apps for Windows 10, both designed from the ground up for Gmail and supporting other apps outside of Google’s own service. This makes these apps perfect for anyone working from both their own Gmail account and work email alike. If you’re ready to improve how Gmail works on Windows, you’ve come to the right guide.

Where’s Outlook?

Windows 10 includes a Mail app by default, as well as Microsoft Outlook. Since Mail comes with Windows 10 and everyone has at least tried Outlook, I haven’t listed those here. Neither have I stuck with just those apps available from the Windows Store as that would exclude what I think are the best mail apps available right now. Instead, we’ve listed apps from both third-party sources and the Microsoft Store alike. They all work great, all play nicely with Gmail, none of them create problems with Windows 10 and they all get the job done.

Got a favorite? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Everyone else

Mailbird Lite is the version of Mailbird you get if you elect not to buy the Pro version of Mailbird. The mail features remain much the same but you lose the ability to speed read, snooze email a la Quiet Hours, and previewing attachments. Other than that, they are very similar so all the positives you read about above are still relevant here. Mailbird Lite works with POP3 and IMAP, and links to Facebook, Whatsapp and other social media apps as well.

Inky is a very powerful email client for Windows 10 that looks awesome on the screen. Inky is ideal for the security conscious as it includes end-to-end encryption as standard. It is also one of the best looking mail clients in this list. It is powerful yet simple to use, thanks to the well designed UI. It works with POP3 and IMAP and takes only a few minutes to set up. It syncs across desktop and mobile too. Inky is free if you have Outlook, Gmail, or iCloud and use it for home use. Enterprise users pay $5 per month.

TouchMail is a Windows Store app that adds a little color to email. It uses a colorful UI to represent emails from different senders and provides individual tiles for each one. It’s a stylish interface that includes all the usual features you would expect. It plays nicely with Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, POP3 and IMAP and so will work with most email accounts out there. The only slight downside is that it is designed primarily for touch, so isn’t as slick with the mouse as it could be. TouchMail is free for up to two email accounts.

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As a big fan of the lightweight browser Opera, I had to try out Opera Mail. Like its browser sibling, it is open source, simple and powerful. It looks pretty good, too, with a straightforward interface that looks a bit like Thunderbird. It works with most email types, including Gmail, and has an RSS reader too. There are some neat email templates included in the package too if that’s your thing. Opera Mail is free to use as you see fit. However, a notification on the Opera Mail website announces that the product is at the end of its lifecycle, and they will not be supporting it in the future.

eM Client is a well-established email client which has been around for more than a decade. The UI is clean, feature-rich and makes navigating and managing emails simple. It is free for home use and can manage two email accounts. There is a premium version available if you need more features. eM Client works with Gmail, Outlook, iCloud and Exchange email accounts. The installer will automatically set up a free trial of the premium version but you can get a key for the free version from the eM Client site. There have been some reports that eM Client doesn’t work well with certain G Suite accounts, but in my tests, it seemed to be fine.

15 thoughts on “The Best Gmail Apps for Windows 10 [February 2021]”

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 ?
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.
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.
Crazy Kid says:
What app works BEST?
Timothy says:
Inky no longer provides a free email platform. It’s apparently focusing on businesses.
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.

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.
rob says:
works fine for me. gmail and g-suite accounts.
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
Maryann says:
Zimbra Desktop seems to be no longer being developed. At the very least, Technical Support will end as of October.
Loothor says:
Mailbird is no longer available for free (except for a 30 day trial), so I wouldn’t bother with it.
Ori says:
Although not mentioned here, Has anyone tried outlook (2016) with google account? Any pros/cons?
Crazy Kid says:
Outlook Works great! but i dont want a Microsoft account
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.
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.
JWG says:
I worked at MSFT 2x and to state the obvious they don’t like companies encroaching in on their space. They are very good about letting companies know we are planning to come into this space and give partners plenty of time to adjust. as things become more cloud-based (as GMail etc al) hare it becomes more threatening to them, and things might not work. MSFT isn’t completely disengaged from reality -without saying too much, they get one of the largest apps on Mac is … yes Office. But now I’m talking about two different biz divisions Office vs. Wndows. i am too GMAIL user – I like Outlook – however it is soooo slow with its synching – and GMAIl has been doing things OUtlook only recently could do. So we shall see.
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.
André says:
Does the gmail labeling sync with Thunderbird like Mailbird does?
Ian Reeders says:
Has anyone tried to setup signatures with any of these apps that include formatted text and logos?
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.
peter says:
IT works now – you can select OAuth2 as the authentication method
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
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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