Email iPhone

It wasn’t that long ago that email was an untapped resource. Within the past decade or so, technology and the Internet have advanced so far that it is incredibly easy to stay in touch with people all over the world at any hour of the day. Emailing has become a behemoth that has gotten out of control.

If you are unsatisfied with the native Mail app and are looking for something to help you get to Inbox Zero, we’ve got a list of what we believe are some of the best email apps for iPhone, and our favorite apps for organizing and reducing the daily routine of checking email.

Mail Pilot 2

Mail Pilot 2

To get a simplified email, this app uses a task-oriented mechanic. Instead of treating your emails like messages, it treats them like to-do tasks. When you are done with an email, whether by replying, forwarding, or deleting, you will check it off your task list. You can also set reminders for emails you’ve set to “snooze.” Access cloud storage services like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and Google Drive for attaching documents to emails. The widget puts your inbox right on your Home Screen. This app is available for $9.99.

Airmail

Airmail

One of the Mac’s most robust third-party email clients is now available on iOS. It has all of the great features the Mac version does, like push notifications for VIPs, and message snooze, and also has new features designed specifically for mobile use, like Badge alerts, customizable action swipes, and Apple Watch support. You can organize your email with labels and folder creation. Users with iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can take advantage of 3D Touch quick access and 3D Touch Peek & Pop features. This app is available for $4.99.

Spark

Spark

Readdle’s email client helps you get to Inbox Zero fast. It automatically recognizes personal emails versus newsletters and advertisements. Emails are organized by most important with “pinned” messages below. You can snooze an email for a later date or time and get a notification sent to remind you to address it. Use the Quick Replies feature to pre-make certain responses, like “That sounds great,” or “I’ll get back to you later on this.” Then, start typing the sentence and the Quick Reply will appear so you can finish with one tap. This app is available for free.

Boxer Pro

Boxer Pro

This is another fantastic mail client. I use this one exclusively on my iPad. It looks great and has a very similar set up to Mailbox. You can log into Facebook and LinkedIn to display profile pictures of correspondences. My favorite feature is the ability to “like” an email. Sometimes, you don’t have anything to say, but you want your buddy to know you shot milk out of your nose over their last message. This app is available for $4.99.

Gmail

Gmail

You can’t have a best-of email app list without mentioning Google’s email client app. Gmail’s new Background App Refresh feature makes it possible to be constantly on top of new correspondences coming your way. No more waiting for the app to load new mail. Switch between five different accounts, search archived messages, read mail with threaded conversations, and more. This app is available for free.

Triage

Triage

Instead of trying to tackle your entire inbox at once, this app is dedicated to helping you reduce the clutter through a minimalist email approach. Instead of viewing everything on today’s list of correspondences, you can only see one email at a time. You can archive the message, respond to it, or keep it in your inbox to deal with at a later time. It doesn’t take care of everything in your inbox, but it does help you address the most current issue at hand. This app is available for $2.99.

Dispatch

Dispatch

You may not think about action when you think about email, but this app encourages you to be active with its gesture-based features that help you take care of your daily onslaught of messages. Archive, delete, and move emails quickly to clean out the clutter. Then, respond to important messages, add contacts, get directions, and add meetings to a number of different compatible apps. You can even set a pre-made response to take care of simple emails that don’t need a personal touch. This app is available for $4.99.

CloudMagic

CloudMagic

When someone asks me about a message from a month ago, I sometimes spend 15 minutes trying to track down where I archived the original email. CloudMagic uses a “fast magical search” engine to help you find what you are looking for. Connect to a variety of mail services, plus Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, and more to put the search feature to work. This app is available for free.

Yahoo Mail

Yahoo

Yahoo’s branded email app is good for more than just its own email. After logging into your Yahoo account, you can log into Google, Outlook, and AOL. You can perform actions, like moving to another folder or deleting something, by touching and holding the screen to select an email. You can attach groups of photos to an email, and use the smart search feature to find messages in your inbox. Send yourself a message with one tap. You can also access your Yahoo News section right inside the app. This app is available for free.

Still having trouble finding the right email client for you? Here is a list of other email apps worth looking into:

Now tell us: what do you think is the best email application for iPhone? Is there even such a thing? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below.

  • Tom

    I rarely use email, and the default app is perfect for me 🙂

    • Maxim∑

      stock is great but doesn’t support push notifications for Gmail..

      • Stephen Hagans

        Push notifications for mail? Sure it does.

      • Maxim∑

        I think it “fetches” for mail every hour at most which is fine too but push is supposed to be nearly instant. its only a gmail issue

      • Isa Altintas

        I think there is a tweak for that ‘push for gmail’. If you’re jailbroken atleast :’)

      • Maxim∑

        I bought the phone too late, but thanks still

      • wonderboydave

        if youre jailbroken install the tweak push for gmail. it uses the push notifications from the gmail and embeds it within the stock mail app.

      • ben

        try cloudmagic,, it;s awesome 🙂

    • Jack Wong

      But I also have the Mailbox.app to replace mail.app because I can only take care my own task at night or weekend.

  • hkgsulphate

    I wanna know are there any email apps that provide great quoting feature? I mean, unlike the default mail app just gives you On date at x:xxPM, someone wrote:

  • Leonard Wong

    Cloud magic is the best!

  • Technocrz!

    Whatever they release for me Mail.app is awesome, i try every single app but always end up on default one.

    • xTc5oh8

      I have bought multiple email apps, most recently Boxer and no matter how hard I try to force myself to stick with it, I always go back to the default mail app as well. For some reason the fact that you cant shut off the avatars in boxer pisses me off to no end.

    • burlow

      i was the same way until Mailbox. it took me about a week but it’s been months now and I haven’t looked back. if apple implemented swipe archive/delete/snooze i may go back

  • Sim

    Boxer is the way to go. I love gesture based apps. They make things so easy.

    • Boxer for Mail
    • iCab Mobile for Internet (+Browser Changer + Nitrous)
    • Coast for Internet (iPad + Browser Changer + Nitrous)

  • Redha Hassan

    What’ wrong in the default mail app ? … It does the job very well … Great search bar … VIP for notification … Sign in using multiple accounts … Flag … etc

    • CAS

      It’s almost perfect, but it lacks push notifications for gmail.

      • Tom

        Yeah. That’s the only reason i have to use gmail.

    • felixtaf

      Cant attach anything once you compose an email from the stock app! Its simply stupid that it doesnt allow you to attach a photo or doc or video once u start an email from stock app. (U can attach only if u select ‘send via email’ from another app. Thats a major issue.

      Next is no push for Gmail (although its a gmail issue, Apple can take steps to rectify it ). Coz i get chats pushed, but not emails!

      Other than these, stock app is great. I use Gmail app only to get the push notification for new mails and opens stock app to respond to it!

      • Tom

        You can! Just long press and click on insert photo or video

      • MichaelQ

        Can’t attach? RTFM. Been easy since ios7.

    • Vasilis 2

      it lacks push notifications fo gmail

    • burlow

      too many steps to archive, trash, etc, and snoozing is such a helpful feature of mailbox and it appears boxer has it too

  • Pierre

    Are you kidding ?

    TRIAGE is no longer being developed.

    The last update is from last November. Their presence on twitter is dead, they don’t even answer to their email support.

    IMAP support in the app is *broken*, outlook doesn’t even work. You can get it for gmail, sure, but why pay for a dead app ?

    MAILBOX settings interface is broken. They know it, but they don’t want to fix it because they say is Apple’s fault.

    DISPATCH doesn’t support push notifications – they tell it even on their app description, but you don’t mention it.

    EVOMAIL+ support for IMAP is a nightmare. Errors after errors, you have to try the same exact configurations a lot of times, until the app will finally accept them. The same configurations which other apps accept without issues.

    The only good advice is to go for the free apps, and test them with your accounts. Then, if you dare to go with the paid apps, take a look at when they’ve been updated last, and if there’s any activity or not (and what kind of answers !) on their twitter account.

  • weztimonial

    Tried many other apps. But i still go back to the default mail app. I would use Dispatch if there’s push notifications. But they will not be implementing it, so default for me.

  • On my iphone I use default mail app it’s perfect for me. On my nexus I use cloudmagic to log in to icloud email becoz the default android email app doesn’t let me 🙁 so from ur list I love CloudMagic 😀

  • omrishtam

    anyone can tell what is the best FREE mail app (by your opinion)

    • CloudMagic 🙂

    • John Tremendol

      Mailbox

  • David Gitman

    I hate seeing over 1000 red notifications so that’s why I am not using mail apps

    • felixtaf

      Lol… U could sit down and clear all the unopened mails in ur email too.

      I hate to see unopened mails in inbox. 😉

    • Mistrjon

      Ok.

  • At

    I need an all in one client as I have multiple email addresses(4), I tried Cube but it’s a mess, hard to distinguish between each address. I am currently trying Mailbox as of this morning and so far so good.

    • Neil Patel

      CloudMagic is just the right thing for you.

    • iAmEmaill

      Have you tried Inboxcube now? It looks pretty slick, I think they’ve come a long way…the one thing they are missing is tasks/snooze, but they tell me it’s coming soon from a support email I sent them…

  • Neil Sardesai

    I miss Sparrow.

    • Damian

      Sparrow – the promise that never would happened

    • soundmanbrad

      Sparrow should probably still be on this list

  • Mosey Levy

    A little surprised hop isn’t HIGHLIGHTED on this list. Besides it’s innovative features – it’s a universal app and it’s super fast and sending and receiving.

    • Cev

      Hop is nice, only thing missing is cloud integration. It needs Dropbox or Box or something so you cam attach documents to emails. The attacemts feature in Hop is like in whatsapp or solething which isn’t bad but needs more.

  • Stephen Hagans

    Was a sad day when google killed sparrow. RIP

    • Vasilis 2

      is this formal?

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  • Damian

    Boxer is the way to go. It has everything a stock email should have. But when I am jailbroken I use stock app due to advantages coming from tweaks.

  • Jonathan

    Mailbox is the best.

    • felixtaf

      Only if u use iCloud or Gmail!

      • Jonathan

        Which I do. xD

  • Fase Booc

    I vote for Molto. Why? I get almost 10 or no more than 15 mails a day, and I like it’s interface. I have 2 gmail and 1 icloud account, no prolem with push notifications also; One of the nicest thing it has, the replay option: just like a chat window!

  • Allan Nyahoda

    For me Altamail is great too. It allows sender to reply with attachments, something the stock mail app and many other mail apps don’t do.

  • David Fabian

    Mailbox is my main email client on the iPhone to archive and snooze messages to keep my inbox like a todo list. I also use Hop which is useful because you can set it to only notify you of messages from real people (eg. Not newsletters, marketing messages, receipts, etc.), and it makes those messages infinitely threaded by sender, so you can quickly see previous messages from that person regardless of subject.

  • MichaelQ

    I’d like the default app to have a built in browser rather than kicking out to safari all the time. Annoying.

    Also would like both Archive and Trash on the slider option and in menu bar. Plenty of room. Make it so.

  • Mike

    Mailbox’s the best if you intend to attach types of file other than photo or video. With Mailbox, any files stored on your Dropbox can be attached to your email.

    • Dan

      same with boxer, and no pressure to reach the 0 inbox.

  • mkOS

    I use Gmail App for two reasons:

    1) Push Notifications

    2) Automatic Mail placement in categories: Social, Promotions, etc.

  • Skyshoot85

    Mail + Tweak AnyAttach its awesome!!!!

    • soundmanbrad

      I wish the developer would update the tweak more quickly. I have learned to use iFile to send attachments if I need to with the stock mail app.

  • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

    what about to Boxer app? supports more emails than any of the mentioned apps

  • MissyMac

    I use Mailbox to manage my email and Filey to manage my email attachments (it helps ensure that I don’t miss any important files).

  • Sleaka J

    “With iOS 7, Dispatch can now be woken up by iOS periodically, which gives us the opportunity to fetch mails in the background.”

    That’s not push notifications at all. Are you sure you even read it?

  • Dan

    I like boxer, I like the fact that it has contact pictures and that it connects to FB and Linkedin. You can also attach files directly from dropbox.

  • soundmanbrad

    I am Using mailbox and like it a lot. I will probably switch to Boxer if I get an exchange email in the future.

  • Byron C Mayes

    I dislike all of the one’s I’ve tried so far. For different reasons — lack of iCloud support, lack of Exchange support, no threading, Gmail only, no Gmail subcategories (oddly in a Gmail-only app), too much clutter (I rarely need photos of email correspondents), too “cutsie”– but more often than not, they’ve been poor searchers.

    Seems they all focus on doing one thing great, and leaving the rest to chance. I need a complete app that handles all of my accounts. Would be great of Airmail for OS X were to get an iOS companion.

  • ivana

    does someone know some mail app with push notfication but for mail service like netaddress. I download boxer before few days and boxer use background app refresh, and i don’t like that ! i wanna use some imap or pop mail cilent with push notification and i dont want forward my emails to cloud or gmail acc

  • Jorel

    it is that simple

  • Maximus

    I like Molto. It’s free. The fact that you can reply to an email right below without tapping the reply bouton makes it very efficient and time saving.

  • Tigerlily

    I hesitate to use many of these apps. Have you ever read their privacy statements? They often reserve the right to collect a ton of your email, store it outside of the country (where privacy laws may not apply), and hold your credentials. This is not only a personal problem – my corporation is subject to industry standards which prohibit a third party from wielding so much control.

    So I’ll stick with the standard mail, which is simply a local client with a local on-device encrypted database, and without any 3rd party “oversight”.

  • Dan Coomer

    It is like POP3 just doesn’t exist.