For those of you who expect productivity to lead the way in your life; pre-configured email apps for Android simply cannot be enough. There’s a higher degree of expectation from an email app today than it was 10 years ago. Today we want them smarter, perhaps something with an integrated AI wouldn’t be too shallow? Thus, we are here to discuss 10 best email apps for android.
It’s very pissing when you have to sort all your frequent and important correspondences manually or when a contact’s email, that you’ve been waiting for all day, ends up in the ‘Bulk email’ or ‘Spam’ folder, despite setting up the filters.
To ensure a smoother exchange of communication, email apps for Android must be smart and read your moves so as to sync with your behavior and notice whom you send out emails to on a frequent basis. Also, it would be awesome if you could sync calendars or be reminded of a journey that’s right around the corner.
It’s a New Year and that demands some new apps as well. Here are 2018’s 10 best email apps for Android.
Most Android smartphones come with a pre-installed Gmail app which is pretty good for an average email user. Surely, you get 15GB for free to use between Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos with an option for upgrade available for a decent price, but it isn’t the most advanced app out there.
In my personal experience, Gmail misplaces a few of your regularly used correspondences into the spam folder. Its interface is straightforward, I’ll give it that. You pick the recipients, type in the subject and off you go composing a message. You can also pre-save a signature of your choice.
What Gmail fails to do is to smartly club your incoming emails from a specific contact into the right folder. Also, there’s no way to be alerted as and when emails arrive from an important contact. Yes, you can tag an email as important but you cannot do so with a contact.
On the bright side, if you are the kind who likes to get their hands on almost every ESP (Email Service Provider) out there, then Gmail will not disappoint you. Although you cannot see urgent emails in the priority inbox for non-Gmail accounts, that facility is only extended to ‘@gmail.com’ accounts only.
Inbox by Google
Inbox is a better-looking, smart (sort of) and, in my personal opinion, faster than Gmail. You can pin important email to the top and you could choose to be alerted to any incoming messages promptly.
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You can also ‘snooze’ (for a user-defined time period) or dump messages into ‘Done’ wherein any archived emails are also stored. Additionally, you can bundle or unbundle emails from any contact whom you exchange a lot of emails with on a daily basis. Unbundled important messages can be pinned to the top and you can also set a reminder at the same time.
Unlike Gmail, Inbox won’t let you add non-Gmail accounts, so that could be a minus for some of you. But it supports a variety of IMAP and POP email accounts, including Exchange, so there’s a reason to use it after all.
If you run a small business, then Zoho suite is a must-have. Furthermore, Zoho Mail has a dedicated set of pre-configured folders that stores Newsletters, Notifications regarding account status, payments, etc., and there’s one for ‘Group’ as well. You can also use the ‘Tags’ to quickly navigate through the app.
From within the app, you can easily access calendar and any events that you might have set or you want to set up now. You might also want to check out the Zoho Docs to add as attachments to an email.
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Any emails composed offline goes into the ‘Offline emails’ tab which facilitates the ease of use even further.
Outlook is a great app and the one that many people are familiar with. Its smartest approach lies in recognizing your Exchange, Office365, Outlook.com email instantly. Also, you can add Yahoo Mail, Gmail, and even iCloud email accounts to this application.
Once you are in there, you have the complete mobility to fetch any attachment, contact(s) or documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Outlook uses an AI algorithm that automatically shows essential email across all connected accounts. It does so, based on your communication patterns. Also, quick swipes in either direction allow you to manage the inbox even better.
In the Settings, you can integrate Add-ins such as Evernote, Jira, Nimble, OnePlaceMail for SharePoint, Trello, Wrike, and more.
Astro Mail has been grabbing the limelight ever since its launch on the two main mobile platforms- Android and iOS. It has everything that one would expect from an email- mail snoozing, send later, priority inbox, archives, and starred groups. The app is particularly popular for the built-in chatbot that is powered by Artificial Intelligence.
A few of the popular commands that the chatbot helps you with includes- ‘zap’ to unsubscribe to newsletters, and ‘add vip [email]’ to add important contacts to the priority inbox.
The only drawback to using Astro Mail is that you can only integrate Gmail and Office 365 accounts, with support for Yahoo and others accounts to be added in the future.
Nine is the new challenger in the list of best email apps for Android and it also supports Android wear. Its interface is almost perfect since you get to view any email ‘Fullscreen’ if you like. You can even create a task from within an email, create an event or create an invitation, should you choose.
The user gets a lot of functionality that does not require leaving the confines of the app to look elsewhere. It supports Exchange, Office 365, Hotmail, Outlook, GSuite, iCloud, and more. It also features ‘Active Sync’, which means that it forms a direct and secure connection to the mail server rather than any third-party server.
Here’s the interesting part, Nine is built more around security than any other email app for Android. You can choose ‘Passcode Lock’ at a user-defined time interval and opt for number scrambling, too!
Nine’s Setting is quite elaborate and gives the host a wide-range possibility to customize and even personalize the application as they see fit.
Under the ‘Encryption’ tab, all of the data stored within Nine can be encrypted. You can even change the security model from the default ‘Device level’ to ‘Application level’.
Unlike its other counterparts, Nine comes with a 14-day free trial with access to every function that it has to offer. Thereafter, the users can make a one-time purchase of $9.99 to continue using it.
One could say that Newton Mail was created basically for the business users than the generic kind, since it is possibly the only well-known email app alternative for Android that allows integration with popular services such as SalesForce, OneNote, ZenDesk.
Besides that, Newton Mail comprises of a host of attractive features like ‘read receipts’, snoozing, mail scheduling and two-factor authentication.
While it is pretty simple and fast, the in-app animations are fantastic and would make you want to use it over and again.
Upon the first subscription, a user gets 14 days of a free trial wherein you can assess Newton’s features and then decide if it is worth a subscription fee of $49.99 per year or not.
Joining the ranks of best email apps for Android is the Blue Mail and personally, I love it! Although it’s free, it does bring a multitude of customization options that extend to appearance, design, placement of buttons at the fingertips that makes it easy for a single-hand usage. You can also toggle between ‘All mails’ & ‘Only people’ for incoming emails.
Blue Mail is pretty interactive too! Even though depending on the data and the speed of your Internet connection it could take a bit of time to load up.
Otherwise, Blue Mail is a perfect business management solution that has everything that a small business owner would need to manage their everyday business affairs.
You can add from Exchange, Yahoo, Office 365, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL, iCloud, Gmail and GSuite, and other IMAP or POP3 servers. It interacts directly with the servers of the respective ESPs and does not bother bonding with third-parties so you are assured of complete security.
If you’re a big fan of email threads that makes boring old emails appear a lot more like instant messaging, then WeMail is the best email app alternative for Android. It has a ‘Quick Reply’ feature that lets you send short voice snippets just like WhatsApp.
The search feature is pretty strong, too! You can look for a mail from the past years, unless permanently deleted, easily and rapidly. WeMail puts an end to meaningless scrolls through the message inbox that we all hate, seriously!
Currently, WeMail supports the following clients- Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Outlook, Hotmail, Exchange, AOL, and IMAP.
Another attractive aspect of this best email app for Android is that it has several themes to choose from all of which make WeMail fun to use and none of which slow down the application itself.
MailDroid by Flipdog Solutions is a perfect emailing app. It comes with all of the basics that you would expect to see in an email app for Android. It is what you call, ‘a fully-featured email client’ for Android.
Not only you can receive and respond to emails, archive them, and neatly organize them into folders, you can also view multiple email accounts in a unified inbox. While personally, I am not a big fan of ‘unified’ mailboxes, for those of you who do like it, MailDroid might be your cup of tea. However, it does support a multitude of ESPs and remote servers as well – Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, Exchange, iCloud, FastMail, IMAP, POP3, and WebDAV.
There are swipe gestures in the inbox that almost everybody has gotten used to over the years. Although the filters need to be manually set, MailDroid does not lag behind in terms of its organizational capabilities. It allows you to set custom filters, define rules for contacts or subjects, switch between conversation view for email threads, and even pick a different notification ring for specific senders.
Additionally, you can search your account mailboxes both online and offline, so if you like to check emails on the go, MailDroid won’t disappoint you there.
A fair word of warning does apply here, MailDroid is ad-supported. If that’s not a turn-off and you want to give MailDroid a fair chance then you can upgrade to the Pro version and get rid of advertisements altogether. By doing so, you will also be able to add home screen widgets, manage correspondence and answer to your emails directly from the notification drawer and an added support for inbox navigation with the Android navigation buttons.
Nevertheless, MailDroid does take some time to get used to and if that does not put you off, why not download it for free and see for yourself?
For the year 2018, these 10 best email apps for Android are a must-try and at least, one of them will be a keeper on your Android smartphone. Do let me know which one you chose to stick with and why in the comments below.