With smartphones and tablets now essential parts of your life, mobile email apps have evolved, each offering their own approach to the task of managing your inbox. But not all email helpers are created equal. From general purpose email app replacements to ones offering customization options, and AI smart assistance, here are the 15 email apps you might want to take for a spin. (Image Credit: Sfio Cracho/Shutterstock)
Microsoft acquired the excellent mobile email app Accompli in 2014, extensively reworking and rebranding it into the mobile version of Microsoft Outlook (Android, iOS). The resulting Outlook mobile app is a mobile productivity powerhouse, bringing your email, attachments, contacts and calendars into easy reach. Outlook's built-in analytic engine automatically surfaces important email (across multiple accounts) based on your communications, and quick swipe controls allow you to easily triage your email. It's a great mobile email app, and works with Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud email accounts. Microsoft is looking to enhance the Outlook mobile app, with a variety of new features planned to roll out in the near future.
Google's Gmail (Android, iOS) comes default on most Android devices, and if you're already a heavy user of the search titan's web mail service, this may very well do everything you need. The Gmail app supports multiple accounts and notifications, while also offering particularly handy tools for organizing your emails. Automatic filters can sort out social notifications and spam mail, and users can get really get down to the nitty-gritty, setting rules for tagging incoming mail by sender and automatically shunting them into folders. In addition to Gmail, the app also supports a variety of IMAP and POP email accounts and Exchange. Google is continually adding features and improvements to the mobile apps, such as an Undo Send feature, customizable priority notifications, and the option to turn off the conversation view mode.
Dispatch treats your inbox as a to-do list. The app features quick, aggressive sorting options to quickly get your mail into archives or sent to a variety of other apps. Users can archive emails into Evernote, send links to Pocket or create linked events with Fantastical. It's fast, but not perfect. While Dispatch supports most IMAP services, it doesn't support POP email. It's a powerful tool for users that turn their emails into task items, sharing email content to a variety of apps and services.
ProtonMail (Android, iOS) offers its users a free, end-to-end encrypted email solution designed to make sure that nobody but you and your intended recipients can decrypt and read your messages. The service uses open source implementations of AES, RSA, and OpenPGP to help maximize security and privacy, and the app has the additional advantage of being ad-free. While anyone can sign up for a free ProtonMail account and email address, premium tiers offer more organizational features and cloud storage.
Airmail is a powerhouse email client on OS X that has since made the jump to iPhones and iPads, delivering a rich set of features as well as interface elements designed with the latest version of iOS in mind. The app provides support for Gmail, Exchange EWS, IMAP and POP3 systems, with gesture controls, single or threaded message views, labels, filtered search and more, all synced between your Mac and iPhone. Airmail also plays well with other services, supporting document import from OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox and letting you open links in many different browsers; it also features “send to” support for apps and services such as Trello, Evernote, and Pocket.
Edison Mail (Android, iOS) is an all-in one mobile email app that supports a variety of email providers while also bundling in a handy smart assistant and numerous helpful email management features. The app features configurable swipe controls, auto-sorting of email by categories, and a handy bulk unsubscribe feature to help you get off spammy mailing lists. Real-time travel notifications immediately inform you of any travel-related messages such as flight delays or gate changes, and the package-racking system makes a search for tracking codes a thing of the past. Edison's app supports Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Exchange, Outlook, Office 365, Hotmail, AOL, and IMAP accounts.
Astro Mail (Android, iOS) is another email app that trakes the AI-powered approach to provide intelligent assistance to the task of organizing your inbox. The app fields many of the features we've come to expect from modern email clients, such as mail snoozing, send later, and a unified inbox for Gmail and Office 365 accounts. The magic happens with the app's built-in mail chatbot that can make intelligent recommendations about unsubscribing to mailing lists, archiving messages and selecting contacts as VIPs; you'll also get reminders on important emails and other notifications.