Best email apps for Android: inbox like a boss

Best email apps for Android: inbox like a boss

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 to stay 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 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.

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Gmail: the gold standard

It's easy to become so familiar with Gmail that you forget just how good it is. Chances are you also use your Google account for a range of Android services, so Gmail will often be a presence in your personal or professional life, even if it's not your primary email. The app boasts 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. / © NextPit

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.

Spike: WhatsApp meets email

The functional structure of Spike is familiar, and anyone who has used WhatsApp, Slack, Skype or any other popular instant messenger, will feel at home straight away. However, Spike is not for SMS and instant messages, it's for email. Basically, Spike brings all the convenience of instant messaging services like WhatsApp to your email threads. Gone are the bulky subject headers, the clunky way threads work and all the rest of that email stuff that feels outdated in 2019.

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The email app for those who love instant messengers. / © NextPit

It also doesn't even matter if you are using Spike and the recipient isn't. The person you reply to will still receive a normal email, just as if you'd typed it out in Gmail, for example. Spike is available for Android, iOS (and Mac and PC). You don't need a separate account, you just log in with the password of your email account and you're ready to send emails the same way you WhatsApp - easy!

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. / © NextPit

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. / © NextPit

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.

Outlook: Microsoft is still in the 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.

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Microsoft may be old school but it's got new tricks. / © NextPit

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.

Yahoo Mail: not just email

Yahoo Mail is also one of the most popular e-mail management apps and allows you not only to read and send emails, but also to take a look at the latest news through the dedicated section. As with Gmail, the Yahoo app will also allow you to register different email accounts, including Outlook and Google accounts.

The interface offered is particularly intuitive: just use the sidebar to access the different folders or to configure the account according to your preferences from the settings. From the settings you can also determine what action to assign to the side swipe on an email message i.e. to mark it as read or delete it directly. But beware of the first message displayed in your inbox, because it is actually an advertisement. 

MyMail: fast and secure

MyMail allows you to keep all your email stored safe, whatever your email client, supporting any mailbox, from IMAP to POP3. The service offers a modern, colorful and easy-to-use interface, suitable for both beginners and geeks. Designed for mobile devices, this app offers maximum security through data encryption and allows you to write, read and forward emails with a simple swipe.

MyMail is fast and has a lot of control options. / © NextPit

Among the features offered by the app are customizable and filterable push notifications, the use of icons and avatars to access faster to contacts and favorite functions, the automatic suggestion of contacts while writing an email. A fast and secure app that will allow you to manage your personal and business emails without too many problems.

AquaMail: simple but complete

Are you looking for an email service that allows you to keep track of all your email addresses, from Google to Hotmail via Microsoft Exchange, and provides a clean interface, and is simple to use? Download AquaMail and you won't regret it.

Basically, the application shows the bare essentials, including all mail folders and a section dedicated to the mail received from all registered accounts. However, by accessing the settings you can customize not only the synchronization, backup and actions related to the emails, but also the graphical aspects of the interface. Among the most interesting configurations you'll find one that will allow you to automatically change the theme of the app based on the day of the week and the time. Set a dark theme for the night and set up holidays so you won't be disturbed!

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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  • Vijay Apr 1, 2019 Link to comment

    I am currently using Outlook for professional emails & Gmail for personal.
    Like the outlook app better because of the customizations available. It also syncs between the mobile app & outlook email client on my desktop. Not just the emails but the calender & tasks too. Not a big fan of focus inbox & their idea of clubbing email & calender in one app. Also the new shortcut design is really bad. Tried Protonmail but it allowed only a single email for free version.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 30, 2019 Link to comment

    David Sir Thank you for the great article.

    I am currently using two email apps on my Stock Android smartphone - Nine mail and Aqua mail Pro. Both of them are very nice. Using them I manage my Gmail account for banking and other official purposes due to Google's security, and Outlook mail for general communication, subscriptions and newsletters (like Android Pit 😁). Both the apps are value for money, fairly light on resources and provide a very good user experience.

  • yotzmach Mar 3, 2019 Link to comment

    You need to check out Spike email

  • Craig Lewis Jan 31, 2019 Link to comment

    With Google shutting down Inbox this March, what is another similar app that I can use. I really liked the tabbed functionality of Inbox and Gmail doesn't have it.

    • Kasper Mar 31, 2019 Link to comment

      You should try out Spike

  • Peter Laclavik Nov 8, 2018 Link to comment

    What about nine?

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    Deactivated Account Nov 8, 2018 Link to comment

    I use Microsoft Outlook Email app for Android and it suits me. Tried aquamail paid version but didn't find it as good as Outlook Email app.

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      Deactivated Account Jan 10, 2019 Link to comment

      Update : Ditched Microsoft Outlook because it was resource hungry and inconsistent. Using Aqua Mail Pro and Nine Mail Pro for Gmail and Outlook Accounts respectively and I am extremely satisfied. 😊

  • Rusty H. Nov 6, 2018 Link to comment

    I've had pretty good luck with BlueMail. Use to use K9, but started having problems with it a couple years ago of not refreshing like it should.

  • Parvind Chahal Feb 3, 2017 Link to comment

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

  • Adam Schwartz Feb 2, 2017 Link to comment

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

    • storm Nov 6, 2018 Link to comment

      K9 is the best aggregated mail tool for the general consumer. Keeps the Google or microsoft systems from sniffing all your other mail account content.

  • Stuart Smith Feb 1, 2017 Link to comment

    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.

    • storm Nov 6, 2018 Link to comment

      Signature content and pixel gifs is one reason I only use raw text email without read receipts. No HTML email for me.

  • Albin Foro Feb 1, 2017 Link to comment

    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.

    Update 18-11-06: for over a decade I've kept Yahoo for some online commerce accounts, mainly to avoid the bother of rerouting them and then finding a way to deal with years of saved folders. Since the "Oath" acquisition it's become a spam bucket, and "new" Yahoo even specially protects some really persistent pet advertisers (e.g. Wayfair) from being designated as "Spam" - the best you can do is create custom filters to send them to Trash, never blocked Spam. I may finally spend the hours it will take to dump Yahoo. I'd appreciate an article on how to change email services, including what to do with folders of saved emails.

    • Elfyn Nov 7, 2018 Link to comment

      Have you tried using BlueMail for your Yahoo account? When I set up BlueMail for my account and my gmail account it automagically imported the saved folders. It does an awesome job of filtering spam for both earthlink and gmail. Might work for yahoo too. I don't use yahoo so I can't say how BlueMail works with that. Good luck.

      • Albin Foro Nov 7, 2018 Link to comment

        Thanks, BlueMail works very well with Yahoo's service - I use it to aggregate my ISP email with the above legacy Yahoo account, and it displays all the Yahoo folders, but they remain "with Yahoo". (I keep Gmail separate for the reasons given.) My problem would be terminating the old Yahoo account altogether, and where would those accumulated folders of saved mail on Yahoo / Oath / Verizon servers go?

  • Mohidur Feb 1, 2017 Link to comment

    easy to earn point

  • Mohidur Feb 1, 2017 Link to comment

    by gmail

  • Àlex B Feb 1, 2017 Link to comment

    I love Inbox by Gmail ❤

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