Airmail 7Mac users, celebrate. A new and classy email client has just hit the Mac App Store. If you are tired of the native Mail app on OS X, or are a recovering Sparrow victim, you now have more choices.

Airmail is an OS X email client that offers a clean, attractive look, plus all of the features you’d like to see in a mail client. Not only can you have multiple accounts from different mail services, but you can also individually adjust the settings on each account. Your email experience may never be the same again…


The thing that makes Airmail stand out the most from the native OS X Mail app is the look. The app features a sleek, modern design, which can also be changed in the Preferences. You can keep the default look, or change to a classic, white look. The message theme can also be changed to one of eight different styles, or you can have them randomly change when you perform actions.

Account icons and mapping options appear in the far left of the screen. The email messages are listed right next to that and the read pane (the email itself) is on the far right of the screen.

You can add color-coding to emails in order to remind yourself of things that need to be done or have already been done. You can also change the way the mail client is displayed on your screen. You can hide the message list, detail section, and folder views in order to take up the least amount of landscape while still offering you access to all of your email accounts.

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App Use

The first thing you will do when you open the app is to enter an email account. Enter your name, the email address, and password for one of your accounts. If you have multiple accounts, you can add more in the Preferences section. I have two Gmail accounts and a Yahoo account and was able to add them all seamlessly.

After you’ve added your email accounts, you can adjust the settings for each of them. Go to the Preferences window and, under the Accounts section, select one of the email accounts from the list on the left side. Then, configure your folder mapping preferences, add aliases, and change signatures. In the Advanced subcategory, you can enable or disable notifications and change the sound options. You can also change the email composition font and size. You can then change the label colors, add an auto BBC for all sent mail from that account, and adjust the server sync settings.

You can change the default email sender in the General section of the Preferences window. You can also make adjustments to email interactions, shortcuts (including setting Gmail shortcuts) and connection refreshes.

Airmail lets you link all of your mail accounts with Dropbox. If you connect the accounts, all attachment files will automatically be saved in Dropbox.

If you are more worried about how much time your computer spends communicating with Airmail that you are worried about how fast your mail is delivered, you can change the resource settings. If you want to conserve resources, set the app to “Low Resources Slow.” If fast email communication is a priority for you, set the app to “High Resources Fast.”

This app allows you to have much more control over the way you send, receive, and view your email messages from multiple accounts.

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The Good

I love the way Airmail looks. I have never tried any email client other than the native Mail app on my Mac and I found this to be a very attractive looking way to keep track of my emails.

I found the search engine to work much better than it does in Gmail. This is a great asset for finding old conversations that I know I’ve had, but only remember bits about. For example, I was able to find a handful of email correspondences that I had with a group of friends at various dates about a particular band. I only had to type in the first three letters of the band name and all of the email conversations showed up.

The Bad

I set Airmail to refresh every minute (with resources set to high and fast). However, mail usually showed up about five minutes late. This was not consistent either. I had my Mail app and Airmail open at the same time to see which was faster and sometimes Airmail beat the Mail app, while other times, it was a few minutes behind.

Additionally, there were multiple times when mail didn’t show up at all and when I tried to manually sync it, nothing would happen. This was also not consistent. There were times when mail would sync normally for a long time, and then suddenly it would stop syncing and I’d have to restart the app in order to see new mail.


The app’s value is dependent on whether you feel like you need a new email app. Airmail is much better looking than Apple’s Mail app for the Mac and offers a lot of nuances that make it better for productivity. If you just want to try something different, the price is reasonable at only $1.99.


If you are looking for a new email client, this is a great looking app that gives you a lot of control over how you send, receive and view emails. You can adjust accounts individually and alter how powerful the connectivity and app communication is. I experienced an annoying syncing issue that makes the app useless for users who need to be able to see new messages as fast as possible. I’m sure this issue is being fixed, but be aware that you may experience a syncing problem. Airmail is available for OS X 10.7 or higher and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.

  • PathKiller29

    That last screenshot has an address in it.

    • Daniel Eliasson

      Well halle-fucking-luja.

      • Kurt

        Hallelujah means praise the Lord…quite the inappropriate comment

      • jo

        Yeah kind of insulting to some

      • quitcherbichinn

        really? we’ve gotten that pathetic in the world of political correctness? how many words do we ban? how many words do we censor? how many do we make illegal? to be quite offensive to many…i’m an atheist…i don’t believe in god but i’m not offended when people say jesus, amen, hallelujah, or anything else.

        what i think people…and apparently YOU need to do is realize that words are just that…words! they have the power that YOU allow them to have and if you allow them to have power over you then you will forever be at their mercy and someone will always be able to control you, your mood, your actions, your feelings. not everything in life that “offends” you matters…and just because you are offended doesn’t mean it matters either. if you don’t like something, don’t read it. if something offends you skip over it, don’t go to the site or whatever that has what offends you. just because something offends YOU doesn’t mean it offends others so why do your “feelings” suddenly matter more than others?

        get thicker skins people because this “that offends me”, “that’s offensive” crap is getting real old, real quick.

      • Kurt

        Hi hypocrite, you just got offended by my words. Hey they’re just words why the rant mr. hypocrite? No need to answer that.

      • quitcherbichinn

        LOL i’m not offended by anything you have said. i find what you said to be pathetic. i find the concept of everyone being offended at everything pathetic, not offensive. sorry but you lost that round. nice try though.

      • Kurt

        Don’t edit your rant. It proves you’re a typical bigot and a hypocrite. Just humble yourself for a min and perhaps you’ll see that.

      • quitcherbichinn

        Who edited something? I said what I meant and nothing has been changed by me. If you find anything I said as bigotry then you are a complete idiot and live in a land all your own. I haven’t said anything hypocritical. I have seen you try to bully people on here and be a complete uneducated prick. Italy work with others but it doesn’t with me. You think highly of yourself as though you are superior to anyone. However I am not the one…I’ll bury you. I suggest you just give up your pointless and baseless argument and just move on.

      • Kurt

        You uploaded an avatar and an inappropriate one at that. You’re a mature little boy. Trying to be a little rebel boy? Please don’t bury me. You are so scary with your words. You’re just a typical bigot. You hate anything/anyone who doesn’t think like you. Good job tough guy. You proved you are thin skinned again. keep trying to act like you aren’t angry. You and your rage. haha Love that reply of yours. you were so angry hahaha. i win (again)

      • quitcherbichinn

        no the avatar is my facebook picture and if you don’t like it that’s really too bad. if it were a girl and guy you wouldn’t find it inappropriate so who is the bigot? do explain to me where i’ve shown ANY bigotry…i’m waiting. where have i shown any hate? as stated over and over the fact that you are offended by insignificant shit shows YOU are thin skinned…the fact my picture offends you is proof that you are thin skinned AND a bigot/homophobe. your attempt to bully me shows YOUR anger. i have no hate, no anger, no rage nor have i shown any bigotry or hypocrisy. you, however, have shown all of those in spades so by all means continue.

      • Ken

        I have been following your conversation and I find it hilarious. But I must say I completely agree with you, quitcherbichinn.

      • quitcherbichinn

        thank you….a voice of reason and sanity! =)

    • Sn0wFl4kz

      OMG now the pro hacker is coming and he’ll hack the mail account and then he’ll send spam mails to every people and that are so much mails that the internet will crash and then i can’t read more idb news 🙁

  • Pranav Shankar

    i just want to set up my hotmail account as imap…anyway i can do that?

    • rosssimpson

      Go to “Options > See All Options > Account > My Account > Settings for POP, IMAP, and SMTP access” on your browser emails (, get your server address and then use that in the imap settings of the client, then as your username and password that is your usual email and log in, it also gives you a port number to use (if applicable) – I’ve just set my university outlook up, so i’m guessing it’s the same for imap 🙂

      • Pranav Shankar

        hey so I’m not finding those on my browser email!:/ theres no mention of imap at all!

  • Kurt

    Anyone know of a good email client that cares for users privacy? Yahoo Mail now scans all emails to yahoo users and from them. This all gets stored for immidiate use and for future use-advertising. (dot)com/privacy/us/yahoo/mail/ymail/details.html

    I wish IDB would do an article about this. MSM is ignoring it

  • Damian W

    I have been beta testing this mail since its beginnings months ago. I can say one thing about it. It is awesome!!! “Sparrow on steroids”. All the functions sparrow is missing this email tries to add them

  • Chuck Finley

    Doesn’t support Exchange so it’s basically useless to me. Why do no replacements ever support Exchange?

    My work email is Exchange so I’m stuck with isn’t bad…it just lacks a few nice extras that the other replacements provide.

  • Falk M.

    Apple, sit down, watch and learn.
    Time to step up the game with the applications already on the Mac, not just adding new little ones every year…

    I miss when OS updates didn’t come yearly but were significant and stable at latest from 10.n.1 or 10.n.2…

  • Vasilis

    hi, how can i make
    my default email app in share buttons? indid make it default email client through mail app/ pregerences, but when i click on a photo for example and the click share button, email is no longer an option. thanx

  • Francois Montrelay

    One question: One persisting issue with iMail is signature formatting.
    Signatures never appear in the receiver’s box like you think they will and this is very unprofessional (apple seems to have been ignoring this issue for long).
    Is this problem solved with Airmail?

  • Dave Koch

    Really, I have to troll through all of this off-topic nonsense to get a product review. People, take your ludacris arguments to one of those forums for people who have too much time on their hands.

  • ozytony

    Can anyone tell me – i added a email address and it seems to be taking for ages to download all the emails to my Airmail – from IMAP.. my service and email isn’t the slow.. but sheesh its taking for ever..


  • ghayes

    Mine stopped the sync between my Galaxy phone and also would not send group emails?