10 best email apps for Android

by: Joe HindyOctober 4, 2016

best email apps for android
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. If you’re looking for something new, here are the best email apps for Android!

alto best email apps for AndroidAlto

[Price: Free]
Alto is a surprisingly decent email app from one of email’s pioneers, AOL. It supports a variety of platforms, including AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, Exchange, and others as well. It features a clean and colorful design, a dashboard to show you the important stuff, and a unified mailbox to see all of your emails in one spot. You can even customize swipe actions to do what you want. AOL is still working on this app, so it’s not perfect just yet, but it’s definitely one of the better email apps of the newer generation.

Download now on Google Play!

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aqua mail best email apps for AndroidAqua Mail

[Price: Free]
Aqua Mail has been around for a long time and it’s always been one of the better email apps. It should work with all of the big players, including Yahoo, Hotmail, Apple, Gmail, AOL, and others. It should also support Microsoft Exchange. You’ll also be able to use widgets, auto-fit to format your messages, OAUTH2, and Tasker integration for those that use that. It’s a solid overall email app that also has Material Design and a cheap price tag.

Download now on Google Play!

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blue mail best email apps for AndroidBlue Mail

[Price: Free]
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. It 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. This is about as good as it gets for email apps without going overboard and being ridiculously bloated. There aren’t too many features, but it’s not as lightweight as others either.

Download now on Google Play!

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Gmail best email apps for androidGmail

[Price: Free]
Gmail is one of the most solid email apps out there. Even better, the app comes pre-installed on most Android devices so you won’t blow any additional space if you choose to use it. It connects directly to your Google account which makes signing in wicked easy and you can use it along with other Google services. It also supports multiple email addresses (from multiple providers), a unified inbox, and more. It’s clean, draped in Material Design, and it’s also easy to use. In short, it’s pretty fantastic.

Download now on Google Play!

inbox by gmail best email apps for androidInbox by Gmail

[Price: Free]
Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app but it turned out to be pretty popular. It only works with your Google email account but it can do a lot of things with it. You’ll be treated to a much higher range of labels for easier (and more comprehensive) sorting. The app also has direct support with Google Now so things like reminders will also show up in Inbox. There are also various ways to view email and interact with it. It’s not typical compared to other email apps, but it’s great for what it does.

Download now on Google Play!

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K-9 Mail best Android email appsK-9 Mail

[Price: Free]
K-9 Mail is one of the older email apps out there and it’s remained steadily popular for years. It features an extremely basic interface that just works. You’ll also get wicked quick syncing, support for 2003/2007 Exchange, and a host of other services (IMAP, POP3). This one is also open source so you can read the source code or even contribute if you really wanted to. It’s lightweight and an excellent option for those who don’t need any frills with their email. It’s also free.

Download now on Google Play!

k 9 mail best email apps for Android

mailwise best email apps for AndroidMailWise

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
MailWise is another app that’s been around for a while that people seem to really like. It features a modern look complete with Material Design along with support for IMAP and Exchange. For what it’s worth, it does support POP3 at the time of this writing, although they do support Zimbra and Zextras Suite email servers. If you get the pro version, you’ll be able to set notifications for specific senders, customize your notifications more, and more. It’s a good option.

Download now on Google Play!

myMail best Android email appsmyMail

[Price: Free]
Another great email app is myMail. It’s a standalone service that works for anyone with a My account which gives you a short email address if you want one. It also allows you to log in with Exchange, POP3, IMAP, and SMTP accounts. In terms of features, myMail is fairly light but the ones it does have are fairly useful. It’s not perfect and it can be a little rough around the edges. However, it’s not bad overall and worth a shot if you need something on the simpler side of email.

Download now on Google Play!

mymail best email apps for Android

newton best email apps for AndroidNewton Mail (formerly CloudMagic)

[Price: $49.99 per year]
The developers of CloudMagic made a dramatic change when they switched their product over to Newton. It’s a paid-only email service that allows you to sign into all of your accounts under one umbrella account. From that point forward, you just log into your Newton account and all of your emails will be there. It also has a host of other features, including calendar support as well as connected apps that let you use a variety of other services in conjunction with this one. It’s for serious email users and the price tag reflects that.

Download now on Google Play!

newton best email apps for Android

nine exchange best android email appsNine

[Price: Free / $9.99]
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 and it will only connect you directly to your email. On top of that, it has support for Exchange ActiveSync which is to be expected for an Outlook app. You have a variety of options, including selecting which folders you want to sync, Android Wear support, and more. It’s rather expensive as far as email clients goes, but it’s definitely geared more toward business users.

Download now on Google Play!

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  • name

    where is acompli?

    • JosephHindy

      Too many issues. People are reporting bugs, lag, slow downs, and various other problems. It’s probably great on iOS, but they haven’t made it good enough on Android yet. I’ll revisit them the next time I update this list.

      • quick2learn

        Great article; thanks for your research and summary points. Love that the article spawned so many additional comments and suggestions. I especially appreciate the author for participating in the comments section. Any way you might consider putting the top 5 or so in a table to compare features? My request for your re-write / update.

  • IncCo

    Is Mailbox no good?

    • JosephHindy

      Dropbox was lazy with it. iOS cloned, doesn’t really work that well…no real reason to use it unless you’re hardcore Dropbox yknow?

  • MG

    This list is lacking without Nine – Exchange ActiveSync

    • Zain Ajam

      Nine is the best email app for by mobile as a companion to Microsoft outlook on my computer. I use it for my work exchange account and love it

      • JosephHindy

        You guys are right, I totally missed that one. It will certainly be added on the next update to this list :)

        • luminelx64

          When it come to Exchange ActiveSync, Nine is the BEST.

          Also, the Blue mail icon on your list isn’t for the latest version. They’ve added exchange ActiveSync features to the latest version.

          • Jeffrey Spaggot Muntley

            Wow so many NINE shills here.

          • Krishna Murthy

            Can someone provide me the link for the app you guys are talking about? i am looking for an app that works best for office mail

        • Super Meat Boy

          I also love Nine. Server-wide search is the way to go.

    • Phil Schaefer

      Came here to say just that. Super worth it!

    • Toni Foertsch

      yeah, definitely missing.

    • dcdttu

      I was about to comment about Nine, glad other people agree. I freaking love Nine, especially the variable sync options.

    • philemon_loy

      I was happily using Nine for my work email (company hosted MS exchange) but was prompted by the article to try Blue out. I like the interface marginally more. But it was much worse for battery use. And it doesn’t seem to have the full suite of exchange support (can’t find the calendar). After one day, I went back to Nine.

      • evo34

        BlueMail is the single-worst battery draining app (non-GPS category) I have ever installed. Amazing that anyone uses it.

    • jed1923

      totally agree, great app…but Nine isn’t free

    • ducksonetime

      Oh, mate – thanks so much for the recommendation. Nine Exchange is the best exchange mobile client I’ve ever used.

    • SweKiwi

      SO many thanks! This actually made it work my workphone and work e-mail.
      The built-in e-mail app is so underwhelming in comparison.

  • DamonZ28

    I’ve been using MailDroid for over a year, works great for me. I have Gmail, Hotmail, Charter, and exchange emails all set up. I’ve tried some of these others, didn’t really work for me.

  • ShawnPete

    I’ve used Enhanced Email for years. It has mulitiple account capabilities and works with a wide range of email clients. It has the ability to create and sync folders. You are able to set up custom colors for accounts for the app and the led notifications. It may have more capabilities, but that is all I’ve used so far.

    • JosephHindy

      I’ll look into it, thank you!

  • tech4life

    My favourite on this list is CloudMagic. I gave it a try a few months ago and once I did I never looked back. I love how everything is in one place, and that with the account you make, as soon as you log in on in it will sync all of your preferences and accounts, really good for someone like me who doesn’t stay with a phone/ROM for long.

  • Ano Niem

    My favorite is 1. Aquamail, 2. K9, 3. Blue Mail

    If I remember correctly, Cloudmail is the app that saves inlog of email-accounts of their users on their own server.

    • It’s “cloud magic” and that’s “logins”

  • alacrify

    For Exchange, I still use Touchdown – supports things like MobileIron and even though the GUI isn’t up to Android design specs, I like the way it works. And the calendar is killer.

  • Raul

    wemail is the best for me, the search function is incredible, better then google’s, and the attachments section is just … wow…everything in one place.
    BTW the developer respond pretty fast to feature requests.
    yahoo mail shouldn’t be in this list because it’s limited to one client only,even gmail supports multiple clients.

    • JosephHindy

      You could say that yeah, but if you use Yahoo Mail, the only really great client for it is Yahoo Mail. Other ones deliver the mail but you can’t do a lot of the Yahoo specific stuff. People married into the Yahoo ecosystem should probably stick to that, hence why it’s here.


    I am using a Blue Mail. It deliveries emails faster than other clients.

  • John Conatser

    i personally like Mailbox

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  • S363

    Note that AquaMail puts an ad on all outgoing mail unless you pay them $4.95, which seems like a lot. Dealbreaker for me.

    • JosephHindy

      At least you only pay once and it’s not an ad, it’s a “sent via” message and most email apps, free and paid, do it. Also, $5 isn’t that much money.

  • Mike Snyder

    Boxer? Anyone?

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      I liked Boxer for a while. I don’t remember why I gave up on it and moved to Aquamail.

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  • Will S.

    I use K9-Mail, and what I really like is that it doesn’t require resource hogging auto-sync to receive push notifications.

    • StraightEdgeNexus

      Blue mail is much better.

    • shonangreg

      I upgraded from K-9 to kaiten, their pay version. It was my favorite email app, but it has not been updated since March 2014, well before Lollipop came out. It crashes on me, on several different devices, up to a dozen times a day. There is next to no communications from the developers. A lot of reviewers on the Play Store are complaining and wondering if the app has been abandoned.

      I want a new app, one that allows me to keep my accounts separated, not forcing me to use a unified inbox. That takes out several popular apps.

      And the gmail app? I can’t add an email account to either the gmail app or even Chrome without adding a whole new account to my device (android — accounts, not just an account inside an email app).

      I use Mailbox by dropbox, but I’m thinking about switching over to Aqua Mail for all my email.

      One note: It bothers me that some of these free apps might be collecting our email. Blue Mail, now Type Email (stupid name, btw) is an example of this. No one even knows what company is behind the app.

  • pikov

    Maildroid!!! How did you miss it???

    • JosephHindy

      It was a little rough around the edges in my experience. I may make it in when I update but it just didn’t feel “quite right” when I used it :)

      • pikov

        Can you be more specific?

        • JosephHindy

          Sadly, no. I can’t really describe it, it just didn’t “feel right”.

          • MailDroidDev

            We’d love to know what did not feel right so we can make it better. We are very good with communication, so just email us if you give it another shot.

          • JosephHindy

            When I come back to re-write this, I will do that. Thank you.

          • Anonymous

            For the business user, or simply the user who wants many features and control, maildroid is incomparable. Search needs work. But feature set is spectacular. Can’t believe it’s not on the list. Probably the best on Android.

          • MailDroidDev

            Looking forward :) We always want to improve.

  • Mark Adam

    Mailbox has to be the best app missing from this list. It started as an ios app, but it is now available for android. It’s amazing. Inbox by Gmail feels like it took a lot of its cues from this app.

  • Inbox is my #1 then Gmail, they have an email app that treats emails like a sms thread or something like that I can’t remember the name. I hate Outlook and anything associated with it.

  • paulkoan

    K9 hardly can be described as having basic features. It is really the only option for power users. Multiple identities. Folder priorities, push / poll per folder. Multiple accounts with unification. If you need all of these then k9 and maybe aqua will cover you.

  • Chris

    Gmail. no brainer here. why use anything else?

    • KRB

      Wish the Gmail app had a dark mode. Looks pretty garish when you trend toward the darker colors and you’ve got this red and white email client in the middle of things…

    • D.S. Ryelle

      Only because the native gmail app stopped refreshing when I knew there was new mail. Otherwise, I’d still be using it.

    • Jason Hunter

      There’s no REGEX and there’s no THREAD and SORT support to begin with. It’s fast, but if you’re an email power user, it really sucks. People use it because it’s very fast and free and because they have no friggin’ clue about techmology.

  • Mike Garcia

    I would suggest TouchDown by NitroDesk. I have been using it for years.

    • Daniel Flick

      Since Symantec bought them it has steadily gone downhill to the point of being unusable for most people. I have managed to keep from upgrading on one of my phones but once I change that device, I need to find a workable alternative.

  • Neelesh

    You missed touchdown.

  • Anggelos

    Anyone here knows of an app that can handle both email and social networks, hence you go once place to get both email and social network updates (and also replay to notifications as well)

  • Ron

    That’s a great post guys! Good job!
    Personally, I prefer using Mailwise. It works smoothly with my org exchange as well as my private Gmail, and makes email conversation much clearer. Give it a try


  • farvardinzad

    nine rules them all.

  • David Gomez

    A big one that was missed is ChiaraMail http://www.chiaramail.com. Really cool app that offers complete privacy. I have used it to send secure messages to my friends (they say not even the government can snoop on your messages) and I can change an email after I have sent it as well as send large attachments (goodbye dropbox).

  • Rick Cox

    MailDroid is also very good and has been my mainstay email app … Inbox has me intrigued with the sorting ability… Which I really like…

  • Poopik Shmill

    Can someone please tell me how to delete one mail from a “conversation” when using gmail or inbox?

  • Vivek

    Agree with most of them,I guess the editor forgot to mention the unanimous winner… Nine exchange email is the far best…

  • patstar5

    I use CloudMagic, I have email and Gmail disabled. I tried inbox by Google and deleted it. If only CloudMagic would add printing support…

  • Beshr AbdulHadi

    And what about Mailbox?

  • bandini75

    The best is NINE by far.

    No comparison with the others listed above.

  • Craig Dennis

    “Acompli” is a very good application

  • I feel the AOSP one was there for Nostalgia… it’s practically gmail, because didnt gmail get multiple account support?

  • Marius Oprisan

    Surprised Box wasn’t in that top.

  • JustaNickname

    Boxer… You should try that, too.

  • Rick Poirier

    Trying to find a reason not to use Nine. Can’t.

  • Type Mail

    Blue Mail is now Type Mail – http://www.typeapp.com/ – it also supports Exchange accounts.

  • Bruno

    K-@ Mail… is the best!

  • Silence Dogood

    Nine is ok, but I am tired of having to open emails twice to get to the newest one. You get a new email and it opens to a thread. You then need to click again to open the email. I also don’t always read emails in a chain, but those skipped emails remain unmarked and unread. Annoying when I keep thinking emails are there. I get an email, I want to open and read that email. So close, but moving on from Nine for now.

  • Shelagh D-B

    Frightening when the 2 top email apps mentioned no longer exist ;( they no longer have either blue mail or aosp mail at googleplay ;(

    • Vycke

      Blue mail is known as Type Mail these days, same maker, some looks but more features (added exchange support) and just a different name

    • OneMore

      Blue mail is back. The developers now support both Type and Blue Mail. This, according to an email I received from them.

  • Bobby Flint

    Great list – tried many of the options. The one lasting the most for me, and my current one is Blue Mail – https://bluemail.me.

  • J.H. Jensen

    Please telle me….

    which the email app can display a counter out on the app front – I want number 2 app

  • TundraDoubleMove

    I’d also suggest eNotify for filtering email alerts

  • Cleveland25
  • Epoch

    Nine Exchange Rocks!!!
    I was having trouble with encryption on my custom ROM CM12.1 for OnePlus One with no other exchange app (Gmail, Mailwise and others) working but Nine Exchange went through it’s own quick encryption and within minutes I started getting my emails..
    Another cool feature is the VIP notifications, which is missing on most of the other apps.

  • IJK

    Which is these works flawlessly with arbitrary IMAP servers, and can handle encryption/decryption with X.509 certificates?

  • Comment_Cop

    Im using Nine, its works with Exchange very well and its a nice clean modern interface. I recommend it highly.
    Then in second place for me is K-9. K-9 is great as its free and has good security features and other options. I find its just a bit messy and fiddly at times.

  • DJS

    K9 should be avoided at all costs. It has all sorts of shortcomings but the worst aspect of it is that there’s no support at all. If there’s no support, there’s no point having it. Numerous emails to them go completely unanswered.

  • HerbertF

    I’m new to this mobile mail business. Is there a client that works like a desktop application? Can I select multiple messages (with something like a tick box) and then delete them all? Switch between all or unread messages? Search for keywords in the header only? In other words, I want Thunderbird. (I know it doesn’t exist, but what comes closest?)

    • OneMore

      Try Type, I believe it does all of the above. Plus more!

  • Carey Vandenberg

    No Touchdown? I’ve used it every since I ditched my Blackberry a few years ago and it has been excellent on an exchange server. I’d be interested how it compares against the other sin your list.

  • Seth Thomas

    Love Nine Exchange. If you are not on an HTC Sense Phone and are using the default Android Mail app, this app really takes it up to a clean, professional and very nice application to use instead. Like it much better than the Outlook, Default Sense/AOSP app as well. Nicely done and worth the money.

  • disgusting1

    For Microsoft Exchange, I’ve found Type Mail to be the most versatile email app out there. However, It does sync your exchange contacts and calendar, which is kind of a disappointment.

  • recluse52

    Isn’t mailbox shutting down?

  • Carla Alvarez

    Thanks for this list. I have my first Android based phone ever in my BlackBerry Priv.

    I’ve used android before with my tablet, but the Priv is my first experience using it for day to day tasks. The biggest issue I’ve had is that the native email app won’t delete emails on the server. Since I have multiple emails I monitor and I get a ton of junk email, this is a huge issue as my real emails get buried under the junk. Not being able to truly delete emails has severely impacted my ability to keep up with emails on the go.

    I never had an issue with this on the BlackBerry OS and I’ve read that this has to do with the Android platform. I’ve spent so much time trying to find a solution to this, even going back and forth with the host for my domains to make sure it isn’t a server issue.

    Now I’m trying different apps solely for the purpose of deleting emails. I tried Blue Mail and I really like the interface, but it is the same thing as the native emails, deleted emails reappear in the inbox. Aquamail deletes on the server; however, selecting multiple emails was SO SlOW, I’d rather find an app that let’s me go through them more quickly. I guess I’ll start going down this list

  • eric noack

    Most of the problems with all these email clients is the ability to do a batch delete.
    The Yahoo client for instance does one at a time , not great when you have a thousand emails. The Gmail well I couldn’t find a batch delete on that one either, same with CloudMagic. If it is there it’s not obvious.
    Bluemail on the other hand has this feature so its the winner.
    I also noted that Cloudmagic does not want to connect my pop account and it fights every step of the way not wanting to connect to my Imap as well, so I gave up in the end.

  • Michael Swingley

    What about TypeApp? Been using it for about 3 yrs. Great email client!

  • Luis Diaz

    Outlook is pretty smooth on my device.

  • Goblin Shark

    Gmail for me since it first came out. Google knocked it out of the park with that service and they didn’t muck it up after they released it so thank you.

  • Surendar Rajavijayan Sundar

    I am surprised you didn’t include MS Outlook here. It’s solid app particular the focused inbox is really good.

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      Outlook is okay, but I still prefer Aquamail. I’d say Outlook is my 2nd favorite.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    Someone at AA made a mistake. This is NOT a Pixel article.

    Seriously, I’ve tried all of the above except Alto, and settled on Aquamail.

    • Steven Horvath

      What was it you liked best about Aquamail that made it the preferred email of choice?

    • Alto is pretty solid so far, though I’m unable to send emails from gmail to multiple recepients, and there’s no outbox, so I had to type everything again.

  • Tommy M.

    I use Nine now. I used to use Touchdown but the Nine app turned out to be better, in my opinion. You will get a lot of customization options with Nine and – for all of the dark theme preferring people – you can have a dark or light theme.

  • @nsmartinworld

    Android Gmail doesn’t just work with Gmail accounts. I just set up a GoDaddy POP account with it. However, it bugs the crap out of me because you can’t select all unread emails and mark them as read, a basic deficiency.

  • @nsmartinworld

    I read an article recently which claimed that BlueMail might store a user’s emails on its own servers. The author suggested that the company didn’t respond clearly when he asked if this was the case. Security.

  • noh1bvisas

    i use gmail for notifications, so i can delete it right from the notification or reply. i use whatever the stock email is for everything else because i hate the conversation view in gmail (can’t make it turn off).

  • WAusJackBauer

    Anyone know if there are any free email apps with email tracking? (Also known as read receipts)

  • Jimdroid

    Gmail & Yahoo .ail is enough for me

  • Say What??

    Aquamail has a TON of options and I’ve been using it since it came out. It makes Gmail and Yahoo and almost all of the others like barebones.

  • Mohammed Shebin

    Outlook FTW .

    Surprised that it is not mentioned here.

  • gad-get

    What about Outlook for Android? I am quite happy with it.

    • Sam Osa

      Outlook for Android is awesome

  • Kunal Narang

    The Yahoo Mail app for Android is pretty awesome as well. Wish they had included it too.

    • jcatl

      It doesn’t even display an unread badge. Worthless.

  • trapchan

    what’s the one on first image?

  • bigpupp

    I needed to update my email client about a month ago and downloaded/tried all of these and more. I was surprised that the one I liked the most (by a big margin) was Blackberry Hub.

  • Hrishikesh Patel

    BlackBerry Hub is great

  • beachbum68

    I’d like a mail client that would let you find all email from a sender and SELECT ALL to delete/move/etc. Why is that so flipping difficult? Simply not possible in Gmail/Inbox, you can do it if you use the gmail web page in Desktop mode but what a PITA…

    • beachbum68

      Ok… tried MyMail and it looks like it can do that well enough.

  • Luuk5991

    I use Outlook, it works great to me

  • Robin Horson

    You guys should try wemail. The best in my opinion

  • Jon

    If I go with ‘Alto’, do I need to go to my local Blockbuster Video and/or Turtle’s Music Store to grab a 7000 free AOL minutes disc?

  • adailtonba2

    Where are the updates for Inbox?

  • StPaulie

    I don’t need a lot of features in email so the Gmail app has been working. It’s missing one key feature for me – the ability to mark an email as spam if I’m using an account that’s not Gmail. Anyone have any suggestions?

    • StPaulie

      I found out that Blue Mail allows me to do this. I’ve got it on my phone now and we’ll see how it goes. Their support is great. I sent in feedback and got an answer almost immediately.