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Best email apps for Android: keep your inbox clutter-free

As far as digital modes of communication go, email has been around for a long time. And yet, it hasn't been replaced, as it remains central to the way most of us keep in contact with one another. However, it's become so popular and convenient that it can be difficult keeping on top of it, and that's where the right app can help. Here are the best email apps for Android.

There are a lot of email apps out there (Google itself has two) so you can pick the one that suits your needs and workflow best. Remember to customize the app notifications as required so you only get alerts about the messages that you're most interested in.

Gmail: the gold standard

It's easy to become so familiar with Gmail that you forget just how good it is. The app recently introduced a unified inbox view, so you can check emails from all of your accounts at once, and that's on top of all the usual smart features (including a primary tab for the most important messages).

Gmail is still the ultimate. / © AndroidPIT

From the clever search features to the swiping commands to the familiar conversation view, there's a lot to like about Google's flagship email app. Delve into the settings page for your account to set which types of messages trigger a notification on your device and the sync period.

ProtonMail: free end-to-end encrypted emails

ProtonMail is an open source secure email provider based in Switzerland, a country known for its strict data protection laws. ProtonMail's servers are located there, and that is also where it is incorporated. The project was created at CERN in 2013 and has since grown rapidly, no doubt due to their mission of providing a more secure and private internet for everyone. That is why you can create an account and use the service for free. There are premium subscriptions available which offer more features as well, but the free version is enough for most users.

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Even with a free basic account, you can send end-to-end encrypted emails. / © AndroidPIT

The service offers end-to-end encryption of your messages, even when the recipient doesn't have the app, in which case you can secure the message with a password. Another neat security feature is that you can set your emails to automatically "self-destruct" or delete themselves after a certain number of hours or days.

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Unique security features: set expiration dates and passwords for individual emails. / © AndroidPIT

The inbox design is very modern and intuitive, so you won't have any usability issues. Plus, it has a sleek look with a light purple color scheme that is very appealing. You can use it on your computer's browser, or on their iOS and Android apps.

Inbox by Gmail: more automation

Power users will probably want to stick to Gmail, but Inbox is an interesting alternative for those who want more automation in their email workflow. The app goes further than Gmail in terms of automatically sorting messages and deciding how important they are and where they should go.

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Inbox: Gmail's other email app. / © AndroidPIT

Updates about travel and deliveries get bundled together, for example, and you can create customized bundles for low priority messages too. Attachments and images are displayed right in line with the messages and it's possible to snooze emails to a later date as well.

Outlook: Microsoft is upping its game

Microsoft is working hard at upping its email game (and its mobile apps across the board) and Outlook is further evidence of that. It looks the part, brings you all the features you're likely to need, and can sort your incoming messages into varying levels of importance on your behalf.

OneDrive and your Outlook calendar are integrated, so it's perfect for Microsoft users (though other accounts are supported too). The Focused tab shows the most significant emails first and there are quick filtering options to help you sift through large numbers of messages easily.

Newton Mail by CloudMagic

Newton offers premium features for a price. The subscription costs $49.99 per year, but there's a 14 day free trial. If the price tag seems to high, keep reading anyway, because this app could drastically improve how you keep your email communication organized and save you time.

First, this email app will work with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail/Outlook and IMAP, plus it will integrate with your Office 365 and Google Apps accounts. It can also manage your calendar, since it supports Calendar for Gmail and Exchange. Imagine not having to switch apps to use your calendar and email at the same time! With a Newton account, you can access your email and sync preferences across all devices, Android or Mac, and even Android Wear.

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Newton works with Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo and many other accounts. / © AndroidPIT

The real distinguishing aspect of the app is its premium feature set, not its broad compatibility. These features include: Read Receipts, Snooze, Send Later, Undo Send, Sender Profile and Connected Apps. These are mostly self-explanatory, and obviously will allow you to organize and be more productive. The Connected Apps make Newton really special though. Make your emails actionable by connecting to your productivity apps, like Todoist, Evernote, OneNote, Pocket, Trello, Zendesk, Salesforce and Asana.

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Supercharge your email, and set yourself reminders to reply right from the inbox. / © AndroidPIT

What do you think is best email app for Android? Do you have a favorite not listed here? Let us know in the comments below. 


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  • gmail and inbox are parental apps for gmail so no other apps cant work like these to do.

  • How in the world can you leave out K-9 Mail?!?!

  • I've used Aqua Mail for years. I've test driven lots of others, most of the ones above, BlueMail, etc., and I keep going back. I have the paid version and have yet to find another that has so many features: rich text signatures, ability to start app showing only unread combined inbox, ability to set up sync only on WiFi, great design that makes it easy to see, in combined inbox, which account a message is for (take note, GMail). Aqua has a handy unread count 1x1 widget for those launchers that don't support unread counts, and it has great support: rapid response to issues, frequent updates, beta testing, etc. For my money, it's unsurpassed.

  • Email is a pretty "meh" thing, and I keep it simple. I do use a Gmail account and Inbox app for email newsletters and Google services, but have always kept "real me" communications with social and commercial contacts away from Snoople. My ISP recently dropped Microsoft and implemented its own email service - the only app that immediately recognized and added it without a lot of under the hood set up was BlueMail, which also has a pretty nice, configurable interface showing the folders for saved mail.

  • easy to earn point

  • by gmail

  • I love Inbox by Gmail ❤

  • MyMail tops all listed above.

  • Mark
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    Feb 1, 2017 Link to comment

    I with George W. Yahoo is easy and it has been around forever. I my opinion nothing beats it.

  • Especially if we're talking about organizing a Gmail account, HOP! Is by far the best for quick and large deletion.

  • I like Yahoo Mail. Super easy to navigate.

  • Android is the largest player in the market of mobile platforms. For development of android app - One app, single objective must be your agenda. While you go to develop mobile apps, you should not try to make it a solution for many needs. Focus on offering with a single objective and develop mobile application around it.

  • Surprisingly, MailWise is not on this list. It's rather a shame, because it's the best clutter free email exchange app out there right now.

  • MailDroid. It might be expensive for the PRO version and buggy when using MS Exchange (which app isn't?), but it has some many compose options including one which I haven't been able to find on any other Android email app: Hyperlinks!

    Does anyone know of an Android email app that can do IMAP, MS Exchange and of course, hyperlinks?

  • Today i would also consider Cloudmagic which covers some 90% of my expectations. I used to have K-9 for several years until it started to behave erratically early 2014. The major fix for Cloudmagic would be allowing me to set a default Bcc address.
    I normally manage my main Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail accounts from Cloudmagic. It's easy, simple and sturdy.

  • I wonder why no one ever mentions Enhanced Email, I love it!

  • I do recommend Nine. Simply, the best. Html signature, zoom, sort by conversation, OOO embedded and integrated to GUI, VIP selection, sync of email, contacts, tasks, calendars. I use in sync with my corporate office365 and previously with Exchange but I understand it supports POP&IMAP as well.

  • Agree with Deep, Cloud Magic blows the others away.

  • Are there any mail apps that are rule - based? In other words as an example, automatically move an incoming message to a folder based on a subject or sender, etc?

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