5 Gmail App Alternatives for Android
For most Android users the stock Gmail or Email apps on our smartphones and tablets is plenty. They have enough features or functionality to complete most daily tasks, but not everyone wants to use Gmail. Here we’ve gathered a list of five or so great Email app alternatives for Android.
One of the biggest advantages of using Android is the fact that there are so many 3rd party apps and additional options available for core features. Whether Gmail isn’t what you’re looking for, or you need added features for Outlook.com or Microsoft Exchange, the few apps below should serve you well.
Read: How to Stop Unwanted Emails in Gmail
Google’s continued to improve Gmail to the point that it does everything, and does it well, but some may still want something different. Android’s stock Email app does support Exchange, IMAP, or POP3 accounts, but so do the many options we’ve outlined below. First up is CloudMagic, but that’s just one of many you’ll want to try while searching for a Gmail replacement.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to Email apps for our Android devices, and many offer different looks, features, or needs to suit each user. Not everyone needs color-coded emails, folders, or POP3 access, but if you’re searching for something other than the stock options we have you covered.
First up is CloudMagic which is a popular choice for many. It has a simple, clean, yet beautiful interface and is loaded with features. Even the search function is nearly as fast and accurate as Gmail. It supports nearly every major email platform. Ones like Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, iCloud, Outlook.com, Yahoo, and any IMAP or POP3 account you may have.
Another benefit is this will let you manage all your email accounts with one app. Everything is color-coded by email account or type, and again, search makes finding important emails or documents a breeze.
The pop-out navigation bar on the left side separates all your emails into easy to navigate columns, making multi-tasking and working with multiple accounts simple. It has a bright blue notification bar and an extremely clean user interface, and you’ll have no problems making your way through all your emails, no matter where they come from. They even have a card system where you can send or share emails or clips to the cloud, Dropbox, Evernote and more. It’s quite powerful, and one of my personal favorites. Oh, and it supports Android Wear. – Download CloudMagic
Since making its debut in November of 2013 myMail has continued to gain popularity, and it’s one of the most popular Email app alternatives on both Android and iOS. myMail is all about a simple, effective, and mobile-friendly email system for our Android devices. It has more users than CloudMagic, and even Mailbox, which we’ll talk about below.
myMail looks a bit more like iOS than we’d like, but the user interface is clean and simple putting everything out of the way so you can focus on the content in a mobile-friendly fashion. Just like CloudMagic and most in our list, myMail can manage emails from Gmail, Hotmail, Live, Outlook, MSN, iCloud, AOL, Yahoo mail and my.com accounts, not to mention it supports all IMAP and POP3 accounts. It’s pretty useful.
It doesn’t support Microsoft Office Exchange, so keep that in mind, but for everyone else this is another great option to consider. We especially like the at-a-glance emails and all the notification controls. – Download myMail
Mailbox by Dropbox was an extremely popular iOS app that eventually came to Android, and was loved by many. However, in December of 2015 Dropbox killed Mailbox and a host of other side-apps. It’s no longer an option, so try TypeApp Mail instead.
In a search for Mailbox replacements we came across TypeApp Mail, or TypeMail. It’s a well-rounded a feature-complete email app for Android with between 1-5 million downloads, over 100,000 reviews, and many seem to love it.
It’s loaded full of features, swipe controls, and support for every major mail type. From push notifications, to a fan-favorite email “clusters” feature, smart conversations, Android Wear support, themes for customization, mobile printing, a nice widget and more. It has it all, and is getting more and more popular now than Mailbox has been shut down. – Download TypeApp Mail
Where CloudMagic and a few of these others seem a bit too plain (or clean, if you will) Blue Mail spices things up. It’s more of a casual interface, but still extremely easy to use and navigate. It supports Exchange through IMAP, so you’ll be missing Exchange ActiveSync, but that aside it supports every other major platform and is another excellent all-in-one solution. It’s very similar to TypeApp mentioned above.
One of my favorite features of Blue Mail is to keep track of my procrastination. Rather than tapping an email and it being listed as read, which will let you easily forget about it, Blue Mail offers reminders. You can save for later and have a new notification arrive in 15 minutes, an hour, or even the next day. It’s customizable, and helps me keep track of important emails from any email account.
These reminders popup from the bottom vs the slide-out menu to the left, which is where we’d rather it be, but it’s to ensure to don’t miss those important emails you wanted to be reminded about at a later time. If you procrastinate like I do, Blue Mail may be worth considering as well. It also has a nice tablet interface, which many of the others don’t offer. Give it a try today. – Download Blue Mail
Inbox by Gmail
Nearly all Android smartphones and tablets have Gmail, but they also have “Email by Google” or an Email app made by the manufacturer, like Samsung. However, Google also offers its own alternative called Inbox. It’s all about being organized and getting back to whatever it is you’re doing, rather than sorting through and deleting unwanted emails. It takes some setup in the beginning, but will be a powerful tool once done right and all finished.
It highlights important emails like flight info or package tracking, and gives you pop-ups so you don’t even have to open the email. Then bundles will combine similar emails together (like work stuff or spam) so you can deal with similar emails all at once. It’s extremely powerful, and rather smart.
You can snooze emails to popup again at a later time so you don’t forget about them, similar to Blue Mail and has a nice and extremely customizable notification system. This way you’ll never miss something important, even if you’re too busy to look at it when it does arrive. Snooze it for later, then deal with it when you need to. It works great with Android Wear, has a similar design as it was made from the team that made Gmail, but sadly it only supports Gmail. If you need support for AOL, POP3, IMAP, or any of the other email options this isn’t for you. – Download Inbox
A couple of honorable mentions go to K-9 Mail, TouchDown for Smartphones, Molto or even MailDroid, although the options mentioned above happen to be our favorites. Give myMail a try, or Blue Mail if you want all the quick reminders and snooze features. In the end everyone needs something to suit their own needs, something Gmail may not provide, so give them all a try and see what works best for you.
02/04/2015 at 2:14 pm
I use K-9 now. Do any of your suggested email apps have spell check built-in or immediately accessible at the user’s discretion? That is, not automatic but available if I want to run it?
02/05/2015 at 9:03 am
I’ve tried all of these and they’re all pretty good and have different ins and outs.
The one I finally settled on in the end was not in your list: Boxer.
I use Boxer because it has short and long slides to do different tasks and you customize these swipes to do whatever you want and change them left and right, etc.
Also, a lot of these don’t have a “mark as Spam” option. That bugs me a lot.
02/05/2015 at 9:18 am
Ahh. Completely forgot about Boxer. Good point!
02/05/2015 at 2:47 pm
I have been seeing allot of email clients reviews out there and I think I I’ve never seen Mailwise client? I’ve tried most, but I always go back to Mailwise for my work mail. But for my personal mail, Google Inbox is brilliant!
02/05/2015 at 11:35 pm
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10/30/2015 at 5:16 am
The ability to receive and respond e-mails is perhaps the most useful feature on an android phone. Throughout our day, whether its personal or professional we all read and answer email on the go. The default e-mail client on android are able to perform the function efficiently, but there are list of alternative email apps, which have better features and good interface as compared to them. One that might present in your list is “Mailwise” whose review you can read here https://www.appreviewninjas.com/email-for-exchange-mail-apps-android-app-review/ . Mailwise offer clutter free email experience, and reduce the need of installing separate email apps for every email accounts you have. Installing a single app, you can set up your accounts on Hotmail, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Yahoo, Outlook, etc.
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01/28/2016 at 4:09 pm
Recently moved to Android from iOS…and couldn’t deal with the Gmail app. I tested many email apps and finally settled on AquaMail.
Works. Infinitely Configurable. Looks great.
Works with every server, every service, every mobile and multi-device configuration…because there is a setting for absolutely everything. It will take a few “rounds” of configuration and setup but it can likely do what you need. Also a great online FAQ and user forum. Developer is passionate about this app and responsive. Tried 5 or 10 email clients; AquaMail works for me.
02/04/2016 at 8:37 pm
Perhaps you did not know that Google has dropped the email app on Android 6? They only offer gmail app.
rob damiani (@rob_damiani)
06/16/2016 at 9:29 am
BlueMail and TypeMail are made by the same Dev Team. I used to use TypeMail but the CONSTANT updates and GUI changes drove me batty. Currently rolling with CloudMagic on my Android.
08/16/2016 at 6:40 am
+1 for BOXER