Email is one of the oldest forms of internet communication and one of the few from “the good old days” that we still use today. Email has evolved quite a bit since the old days but how we use and process emails has changed very little. Despite that, some still seem to be able to do it better than others. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best Android email apps.
The good old AOSP Email is first on our list because it’s a classic and has been around since the earliest days of Android. Of course, it’s been updated, refined, and redesigned multiple times since it was first created and that’s why it’s one of the best on the list. It supports pretty much all of the most popular email clients and has a clean design that is easy to use. It is important to keep in mind that this is a very basic email client. If you need something more feature rich and powerful, this is not the one you should be using.
[Price: Free / $4.95]
Aqua Mail is an email client with a little bit more power and a lot of peripheral features. It allows for Exchange and IMAP accounts but also allows integration with Office 365, OAUTH2 for Gmail, and it has support for Tasker and Light Flow along with a number of other apps. It’s been updated with a fresh Material Design look that helps keep it with the times in terms of design. The pro version allows you to set up more than two email accounts and removes the promo signature from outgoing emails.
Blue Mail is another simple but elegant email solution that supports a metric ton of email accounts including Yahoo, Gmail, iCloud, Office365, and others. It has a simple interface similar to AOSP Email with a few unique tweaks here and there. Along with the standard features, you can also do a bunch of other things like set quiet hours for when you don’t want notifications, set emails to send at a later time or date, configurable menus, and a lot more. There are even some security features like locking up your personal emails.
[Price: Free / $4.99/month]
CloudMagic burst into the scene a little more recently than others. It has some Material Design elements but remains fairly minimal and that helps it feel more efficient and useful. It supports multiple accounts from a number of email providers and all of the standard features. Its most unique feature is the integration of various tools like Todoist, Asana, MailChimp, Pocket, Evernote, and others to help include your emails more fluidly in your workflow which is really useful. It recently updated with a new subscription model that wants $60/year for a few additional features but the free version should suffice for most.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
One of the more difficult features to get right for most email apps is Exchange support and this app aims to be the one that Exchange users should use. It’s not perfect but it’s solid and reliable and uses a message-style email thread system that makes email conversations easier to read. Despite the focus being on Microsoft Exchange, you can also add other email accounts. It’s completely free with the in-app purchases being optional developer donations.
For many, the road need go no further than Gmail. It contains the latest in Google’s design standards and comes complete with Google Now and Google Drive support. It’s frequently updated, provides a stable experience, and evolves every time Android does. Recent updates also allow for Microsoft Office support, the management of multiple accounts, and Android Lollipop optimizations. Most people who have just a Gmail account for their Android devices don’t need anything more than this.
Inbox by Gmail is a different take on email from Google and the same team that brought you Gmail. It features heavier integration with Google Now along with advanced label management and a “newsfeed” style email layout. When it first debuted, a lot of pundits found it confusing and too “in your face” to be useful, but as the platform has grown, so has the positive opinions about Inbox. It’s a solid email application and a must-try if you also use Google Now heavily.
K-9 Mail is one of the oldest email clients on Android and has garnered considerable respect over the years. It still utilizes an older, minimal interface that’s almost similar to Reddit but it manages to be easy to use and efficient. It’s also open source which is great if you’re a fan of FOSS. It has a basic set of features which is good for those of you who don’t need anything complicated or overly powerful. It’s also totally free.
Mail.Ru is an enigma. It’s not a name that gets thrown a lot in the email game but it has silently amassed over ten million downloads to date and has accumulated a 4.5 out of 5 rating in the Google Play Store. It has multi-account support, advanced search, notification filtering, and a built-in spam filter. The interface is clean and looks a little bit like an older version of Gmail which isn’t bad at all. It’s totally free and has a decent design and feature set.
myMail is a slightly antiquated email app with a decent list of features. It supports most popular email services including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, and even AOL. The interface is a tweaked Holo which means it’s easy to navigate and use. There isn’t much that helps this one stand out other than its wide range of supported protocols and decent interface but sometimes that’s all people need. This is also the official email client of my.com and you can use extra features if you have a my.com email address.
WeMail was released in late 2014 and with it came some unique ideas. The main feature is its interface. It uses a modified Material Design, sorts emails by sender rather than chronologically, and shows emails in a messaging format. This gives the email experience an entirely different feel than normal and for some, it’s really good. Also included is the ability to search messages and attachments separately, one-touch voice emails, and access to all files you’ve ever sent or received to others. The only major downside is that it doesn’t work with as many email services as these others.
Yahoo Mail is last on our list and it remains one of the best ways to use Yahoo Mail. Other than the basic email features, Yahoo has also integrated a news section in with email so you can literally check your mail and read the news at the same time which may be a nice feature for some. Obviously, only Yahoo users can use it and much like other official apps, Yahoo Mail users can simply do more than they probably could in other clients.
If we missed any great Android email apps, let us know in the comments!