Email is an essential method of communication in our everyday lives, one we use for work and play. But the interminable threads can go on forever, and your inbox can quickly become a cluttered mess. Thankfully, there are many email apps that are designed to help you better manage your inbox. Some apps filter emails based on conversations or popular contacts, while others filter content based on attachment type. Below are some of our favorite email apps for iOS, so you can boost your email productivity right on your smartphone.
To enhance your productivity even further, check out our picks for the best calendar apps for iOS and Android.
Astro — Email & Calendar
Are you looking for a unique email experience? Well, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something close to Astro. It’s an email and calendar app that’s powered by an assistant. The assistant can respond to hundreds of commands, so it can manage and search your inbox, add events, set reminders, and more. There’s a focused inbox that brings in your most important mail, and Slack integration enables you to search your Slack messages and share emails to specific Slack channels. Astrobot is so smart you can even communicate with it using Amazon Echo. The downside is that it only works with Gmail and Office 365 at the moment.
If you use Google services, then the official Gmail app is a must-have. It supports multiple accounts, and it integrates perfectly with all Google services. You can manage calendar invites or invitations to edit a document directly within Google Docs. Speaking of Google Docs, when you attach files, they will seamlessly integrate with Google Drive, so you can share them via the cloud.
Microsoft Outlook is one of the best email clients for iOS. It offers several attractive features, one of them being Focused Inbox. The way this works is that Outlook will present only the most important emails to you, instead of showing you a big list of every email you get. The emails you see are emails from contacts that you interact with most frequently. Next to that, you will see a tab labeled Other. This is where the less important, bulk emails will be. You can also see your calendars, and you can add Gmail or iCloud accounts. This app is even compatible with the Apple Watch.
Inbox by Gmail
Inbox is a different way of dealing with your email. One of the best parts about it is that it will bundle similar emails together so that you can deal with them all at once. The app also houses a very useful ‘pin’ feature, which allows you to easily pin important emails to the top of the app so that you can access them more easily later on. Inbox really tries to tackle the problem of messy inboxes. If you’re constantly having to deal with a large number of emails, this third-party app should definitely make your shortlist.
Newton Mail by CloudMagic
Newton is a subscription-based service that costs $50 a year. It works with several other email services, including Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, iCloud, Exchange, and all IMAP accounts. It has many of the features we’ve come to expect in an email app, including Snooze, Read Receipts, Send Later, and Connected Apps. This versatile app is also compatible with the Apple Watch, and there’s a companion Newton Calendar app to further enhance your productivity.
This app is very easy and quick to set up. It supports Gmail, Hotmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook, Exchange, and more. Edison Mail offers you access to a unified inbox, and it allows you to unsubscribe from junk mail and manage your subscriptions. You can manage the notifications by setting alerts for some senders and muting others. It supports Touch ID, 3D Touch, and it also has package tracking alerts. Edison Mail is one of the most feature-rich email clients that you will find.
Boxer’s main attraction is its ability to deal with emails in bulk using your own custom gestures. This app works with several cloud apps, too, including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and others. Much like Dropbox and Outlook, the design of the app is modern and clean, and this makes it very intuitive to work with. It’s an ideal solution if you need to manage emails in each of your accounts individually, or in a combined inbox.
Here’s another app that wants to take all your emails and organize them by categories within a unified inbox. Spark gives you a lot of freedom by allowing you to set swipe gestures. The app works with cloud services, too, allowing you to attach files from Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive. It even works with apps such as Readability, Pocket, Evernote, and OneNote. Similar to a chat app, Spark allows you to quickly reply to someone with a “Like” or “Thanks.” Spark is also compatible with Apple Watch.
Triage aims to tackle the complexity of email on your smartphone, helping you to clean up the clutter and quickly reply to messages. When you log into your inbox, your new messages appear as a stack of cards. You can deal with them with a few gestures — just swipe up to archive a message or down to keep it in your inbox. If you want to deal with a particular email quickly, you can also tap the message to reply. Triage supports Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud Mail, and most email services that support IMAP.
Yahoo’s official mail app isn’t just for Yahoo users because you can add your Outlook, Gmail, AOL, and a slew of other accounts. One of the best things about Yahoo mail is that it gives you 1,000 GB of free storage so that you can keep a lot of email in your inbox without having to delete it. This is great for folks who get a lot of emails with large attachments. It also connects to Google Drive and Dropbox, so that you can attach files directly from your cloud accounts.