Email is an essential method of communication in our everyday lives for both personal and work use. The interminable threads can go on forever, and your inbox can quickly become a cluttered brain-melting mess.
Thankfully, there are many email apps that can 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 and iPadOS, so you can boost your email productivity without leaving your smartphone or tablet.
To enhance your productivity even further, check out our picks for the best calendar apps for Android and iOS.
Gmail is probably the most-used email service on the planet, and for good reason: It’s tied into Google’s portfolio of services. Forget about accessing your Gmail account using Safari, and instead, use Google’s dedicated app for iPhones and iPads. It’s a far better solution than Apple’s own stock Mail app, and even allows you to access other accounts like iCloud, Outlook, Yahoo, and more.
With the Gmail app, you can edit attached documents directly in Google Docs, share files using Google Drive, and manage calendar invites. Google Meet is integrated into the app as well so you can videoconference without the need for a second app. Other features include threaded emails, support for Siri shortcuts, and more.
While Google’s Gmail app supports Outlook, Hotmail, and Live, Microsoft’s stand-alone Outlook app is an exceptional email client. And like Gmail, you can add other email accounts not associated with Microsoft, like Yahoo and iCloud. You can access Microsoft’s Calendar within Outlook too, which is convenient if you mostly work on Windows 10.
The app’s main selling point is Focused Inbox which prioritizes all emails deemed important, such as those sent from contacts you interact with the most. You can toggle this feature off if it becomes too bothersome along with the app’s “organize by thread” aspect. Cloud storage accounts can be added to share and store files.
If you want an email client that is a bit less mainstream, Edison Mail seeks to reduce the overwhelming email “noise” by using a Spam Blocker feature similar to how calls and messages are blocked. It simply blocks emails from undesired senders and is separate from the app’s Mark as Spam component.
Other features you’ll find highly useful include selective notifications for certain senders, support for Touch ID and Face ID, package tracking alerts, and a Verify Sender component that alerts you to suspicious emails. You won’t see any ads either — unlike Gmail and Outlook. It’s available on the Mac App Store if you want a multi-device solution.
Airmail is a comprehensive email app with more features than you can shake a stick at. It brings all your email accounts together under a single banner, making them easy to manage in a unified view. But it’s what you can do from there that really catches our interest.
For example, you can send emails to your calendar as events or to-dos, snooze certain emails until later, lock your emails with Touch ID, undo send, block senders, and more. It’s an absolutely staggering feature set, and it comes with a clean experience that’s also accessible on a Mac.
Airmail is free to use, but push notifications and multi-account support are locked behind the Airmail Pro paywall, costing $3 per month or $10 per year.
Spike is different in that it presents your emails as text messages, stripping out the signatures, headers, and threads in favor of an experience that’s more in line with WhatsApp than Gmail. While it might not be the best experience if you get lots of different emails from the same contacts, it’s a good layout if you commonly lose previous contacts in the crush of new messages.
Outside the texting0-like design, Spike includes a group chat feature using your email that crams all messages and files into one group. Priority Inbox brings important messages to the forefront and shoves low-priority messages to the side. You’ll also find a “live collaboration” component and a tool for managing tasks.
Spike is free to use but the Pro subscription ($4/month) increases the number of notes and tasks, groups, group participants, the storage amount, and more.
Newton is another email app that looks to bring everything together into one location. It works with several other email services, including Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, iCloud, Exchange, and all IMAP accounts.
Newton has many of the features we’ve come to expect in an email app, including Snooze, Read Receipts, Send Later, and Connected Apps. It’s also compatible with the Apple Watch and synchronizes with the Mac app version. There’s also a companion Newton Calendar app to further enhance your productivity.
Unfortunately, Newton costs $50 a year, but if you love the features, it might be worth the money. You can try everything Newton Mail has to offer for 14 days.
Boxer’s main attraction is its ability to handle and sort emails in bulk using custom gestures. It’s an ideal solution if you need to manage emails in each account individually, or in a combined inbox. This app works with several cloud apps too, including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and others.
Overall, Boxer is more in tune with businesses and the enterprise. For instance, with a simple tap, you can join a conference call without having to hunt down a meeting number or access code. You can send an instant reply, swipe through your inbox using a customizable gesture, send your availability, and more.
Boxer is part of VMware Workspace ONE.
Team-focused Spark uses a Smart Unified inbox, meaning it crams together all emails from all connected accounts and reorganizes everything into different categories. For instance, all new emails appear under New whereas newsletters fall under the Newsletters category. Swipe on an email, and you can “pin” it to the Pins category. Didn’t mean to pin that email? Just shake your iPhone.
Other nifty features packed into Spark include quick replies, scheduled emails, smart notifications, personalized swipes, support for cloud services, a Smart Search component, and more. It’s great for teams too, offering a real-time editor for composing emails together, private team comments, and email templates.
Spark is free to use, but premium features like 10GB per team member, unlimited email templates unlimited collaboration, and so on require the Premium subscription. Spark supports Apple Watch and offers a Mac app too.
Let’s get real here: Yahoo has been around since the internet entered our homes, and chances are, if you’re old as dirt, you have a Yahoo email address older than a 56K modem. If you’re still checking that account, or if it’s fresh and new because 1TB of free storage can’t be ignored, the Yahoo Mail app is your best bet.
If you’re someone who receives many emails with large attachments, then the Yahoo Mail app is an option worth considering. The app connects to Dropbox and Google Drive to make managing your attachments convenient and simple. Yahoo Mail will also collect your emailed coupons from stores to make shopping more manageable.
Yahoo Mail allows you to gather and categorize all of your coupons from all your favorite stores to make the shopping process easier and care-free. In addition, you have a variety of neat swiping features you can select from in order to customize your Yahoo mailbox. The app is entirely free to download and use. However, if you’re cool with spending $1 every month or a small $10 fee each year, you can opt for Yahoo Mail Pro to remove ads and get priority customer support.
All of these iOS email applications are designed to sort through the countless emails that get sent to your inbox each day. Their goal is to make your life easier, more organized, and less stressed about the consistent bombardment of new messages.
Today, the control is in your hands. You can remove any spam or junk mail from your inbox permanently, so they don’t get in the way of the messages you really want to see.
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