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The Best Gmail Apps for Windows 10

Posted by Jamie on March 27, 2019

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.

All of the mail clients in this list also work with other mail services too.

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Thunderbird is an obvious contender for one of the best Gmail apps for Windows 10. It is a very flexible email client that is constantly being developed by its community of users. It supports add-ons and extensions, works with most email accounts and uses tabbed windows to manage multiple emails and tasks. Once you get used to how it all works, you’ll wonder how you coped without it. Thunderbird is owned and run by Mozilla, the guys behind Firefox, but is now developed by fans.

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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.

Zimbra Desktop is an open source email app that looks and feels familiar to anyone who has used Outlook in the past couple of years. It is another app that has been around for a long time and has seen a lot of time and effort put into its development. The result is a very full-featured email app that also has a calendar, task manager and tabbed messaging. It plays nicely with most email accounts too. Zimbra Desktop is free, as it’s open source, but does need Java to work.

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.

As 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. I actually like all of these mail apps. They all work great, all play nicely with Gmail, none of them create problems with Windows 10 and they all get the job done. I would recommend any of them. Got a favorite? Tell us about it below.

6 thoughts on “The Best Gmail Apps for Windows 10”

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.
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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.
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Ian Reeders says:
Has anyone tried to setup signatures with any of these apps that include formatted text and logos?
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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.
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peter says:
IT works now – you can select OAuth2 as the authentication method
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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
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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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