Joe Hindy / Android Authority
Email is one of the oldest and most important forms of online communication. It’s a service many of us use every single day. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them. Some may only have a single account on something like Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo. Their individual apps will give you the best experience. However, most people have email apps from multiple providers and want something that can aggregate it all into one spot. If you’re looking for something new, here are the best email apps for Android. The latter half of the decade was rough for email clients, as some of the best (such as Inbox by Gmail and Astro) went down in flames. We will miss them greatly.
We’d also like to give an honorable mention to Hey (Google Play link). It’s a really interesting and entertaining email app, but it gives you a new email address and is really expensive, so it’s difficult to put it on the list. It has some decent features, though, so check it out if you want another option.
The best email apps for Android
Blue Mail is one of the most popular email apps out there. It supports a variety of clients, including Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Office 365, and virtually any other POP3, IMAP, or Exchange clients. The app has a variety of notification settings for each one of your email accounts and also comes with some fun stuff like Android Wear support, configurable menus, and even a dark theme. It also has some smart features if you want them. It’s powerful and it’s completely free. There is a potential privacy issue since Blue Mail uses its own servers, but most likely won’t mind.
Cleanfox isn’t an email client, but it’s a useful app for email users. It basically helps you unsubscribe from the likely large number of things you somehow ended up subscribed to. You connect your email accounts to the app and it runs through and finds all of your subscriptions. It then unsubscribes you from them if you want it to. It can also delete old emails from those subscriptions and help you manage things in other ways. It’s a free app and it’s honestly not difficult to use at all. Most of the complaints are regarding bugs and bugs do exist, but Cleanfox does what it can and it does work for most.
Gmail is a bit of a cheap pick for email apps. It comes pre-installed on most Android devices. Thus, you probably already have it. The app supports multiple inbox settings, multiple accounts, and more. It supports most email services as well, including Yahoo, Microsoft Outlook, and others. It also supports a unified inbox, Material Design, and more. The team also added a bunch of Inbox by Google features before that client was taken down. It’s an excellent option for most folks.
Microsoft Outlook is a surprisingly decent email app. It features a simple UI, easy-to-configure features, and a dark mode in case you’re into that. It also supports multiple email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and others. There are also some Outlook-specific features, including a Focused Inbox feature to ignore spam and an integrated calendar. There is also the expected integration with other Microsoft Office products. It’s free to use and with so many complex email apps, this one is rather simple and easy.
Price: Free / $9.99-$14.99
Nine is one of the better email apps out there if you’re concerned about security and also use Outlook. It boasts no server or cloud features whatsoever. The app just connects you to the email services. On top of that, it has support for Exchange ActiveSync which is to be expected for any app that boasts Exchange support. You have a variety of options, including selecting which folders you want to sync, Wear OS support, and more. It’s rather expensive as far as email clients go and there are a few bugs here and there. However, definitely geared more toward business users.
Price: Free / $3.99-$9.99 per month
ProtonMail is a great email client for security-minded folks. The app boasts end-to-end email encryption. That basically means the only two people who can read your emails are you and the person you’re emailing. The app also boasts OpenPGP support, self-destructing emails (where supported), and most of the typical stuff like labels and organization features. This one does store emails on a server. However, that server is completely encrypted, and no one can read them, not even ProtonMail. Some of the email features require a $3.99 per month subscription with an optional $9.99 per month subscription that includes all of Proton Mail’s features.
Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $59.99 per year
Spark Email had a rather large overhaul in 2022. In addition to a new UI and some new features, the service also introduced a subscription service with more power-oriented features. You can still use the free version and get most of the features, though, so we’re leaving it on the list for now. The app is best known for its unified inbox with smart sorting so you only see the emails the matter. It works pretty well, which is good since it’s the central feature. Some other features include blocking senders, muting email threads you don’t care about, and more. There is also a teams feature if you’re looking at this for business use. It’s a serviceable overall option, although its recent redesign has left some users a bit miffed at the subscription.
Temp Mail is a neat idea for an email app. It lets the user create temporary, disposable email addresses for one or two time uses. You can create one to receive files from another person or create one to sign up for a thing that would for sure send you spam email. It doesn’t require registration and your email is disposed of when you’re done. It also supports multiple languages, QR code support, and you can make custom email names. In a world where spam and privacy are things, this is a decently good bridge between the two.
Price: Free / Up to $6.99
TypeApp Email is a fairly run-of-the-mill email client. It does all of the stuff you would expect. That includes support for most email services, a unified inbox, push notifications, rich text emails, wireless printing support, and some other useful features as well. You also get Wear OS support, a dark mode, themes, and other customization features. It certainly won’t blow your mind. However, it’s a good, simple email app that does what it says it does. We also liked the Material Design UI in our testing and the relatively simple method of switching accounts. It reminds us a lot of Blue Mail in terms of its UI. In any case, it’s good, it’s just not exciting.
Individual clients like Yahoo
Price: Free (usually)
The thing is that most third-party email apps work just fine. However, there is an advantage to just using the individual app for your email service. We listed Gmail above because it comes pre-installed on most devices anyway. However, others like Yahoo Mail don’t. They hook directly into the service and can do things that third-party clients simply can’t. For instance, Yahoo Mail includes features like Travel View, more granular notification options, and themes. If you have only one email and it’s not a Gmail account, you may want to consider using the official app so you can get the most out of it.
Bonus: OEM stock email apps
Price: Free (usually)
Joe Hindy / Android Authority
The stock email apps that come on phones actually do work pretty well. They usually support the basics, like multiple email logins, various email clients, forwarding, archiving, deletion, and more. Many are likely on this list looking for something more than that. However, the stock email apps on your device are usually about as simple, clean, and easy as it gets. Additionally, virtually none of them have ads, cost any money, or anything like that. Plus, they’re already on your phone anyway so they can’t take up any extra storage. It’s a good option if you need something super simple. Those who need power user features shouldn’t use these.