CloudMagic email client comes to the Mac

By , Jan 6, 2016


On Wednesday, CloudMagic released an OS X version of their minimal email client, which is also available on iOS, Android, watchOS, and Android Wear. Like its mobile counterparts, CloudMagic for Mac supports email accounts from Google, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, and any IMAP-hosted account, making it a well-rounded client for managing several accounts in one place.


If you already have an account with CloudMagic, signing into the Mac app will automatically sync all your email accounts, making for a seamless login process. When launching CloudMagic, users will be greeted with their inbox, which can either be presented in a unified view or with only one account showing at a time. Users can assign a color to each of their email accounts in CloudMagic, which appears in the unified inbox as an indicator of which inbox it’s from, making it easier to keep track of accounts when working in the unified inbox.


The app’s menu bar contains options for selecting an account and its subfolders, a search bar that is surprisingly fast at returning results, buttons for filtering the inbox to only show starred or unread messages, and a compose button, along with a couple other controls.

Each email in the inbox has options that are revealed on a mouseover, including delete, archive, mark as read or unread, star, and a checkmark button to select multiple emails for mass actions. Clicking on an email pulls it up in a simple sheet with all the typical options one might expect in a message view, but I can’t help but comment on how nice and clean this view looks. The thin lines and abundance of white space cleans up emails beautifully, and a simple click outside of the email dismisses it and returns the user back to the inbox. It’s worth noting, however, that there is no split view with the inbox to the left and a selected message to the right as in the CloudMagic iPad app. Users can only view the inbox or an email, but not both simultaneously.


Composing a new email brings up its own window in OS X, meaning it can not only be dragged around separately from the main client, but users can minimize a draft as well. The entire compose window has a minimal design and is very easy on the eyes, although it lacks any dividing lines, which appears slightly odd but doesn’t detract from the usability at all due to the use of decidedly different font sizes between the subject and the email body.

In the time I’ve spent with the CloudMagic for Mac beta, I’ve been pleased with what it has to offer. With the recent announcement of Mailbox’s impending doom, many users are undoubtedly looking to find a suitable replacement email client, and I’ve little doubt that CloudMagic is the answer for many. With a solid presence on iOS and its recent move to OS X, CloudMagic provides a well-rounded ecosystem for anyone looking for a simple solution to managing their email. CloudMagic for Mac is available for $19.99 in the Mac App Store, and if you haven’t checked out CloudMagic for iOS before, it is a free download.

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  • Johnny Bravo

    How does this compete with Airmail 2?

    • karthik suroju

      Airmail 2 is only on Mac and iPhone. Whereas, we are on all the devices: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Android Phone, Tablet, Wear and now Mac OS X. Our Exchange support is second to none. The quality and reliability of the app has made CloudMagic the preferred choice for 3 million users. I don’t see Airmail 2 as a competitor.

      • Damian

        Airmail on iPhone?? are you sure?

      • karthik suroju

        Sorry! Airmail is only on Mac. Their website says, they are coming soon to iPhone.

      • Poincare

        Get facts straight: Airmail IS NOT on or available for iPhone!

      • networking_in_maine

        Airmail 2.6 is an email client, as is cloud magic, right?

        If you don’t see how that makes them a competitor, then I really don’t know what to say. Sure you can make the case that cloud magic is a better fit because it’s on more devices and managed via the cloud which facilitates that cross platform capability, or because you have simplicity or features X,Y & Z and that may be true. But since they are currently the #1 paid app in the iTunes ecosystem and Cloudmagic is currently #21, I don’t see how you can make the flippant comment that they are not a competitor.

        The beauty of things is, that it doesn’t matter whether you see them as a competitor or not. Someone is wrong on the internet all the time, and this is just one of those cases.

        If someone can choose to either spend money on your product or someone else’s product to do the same task, those two products are competitors.

  • :D

    Still waiting on Spark

    • Hot12345

      Me to!, Spark is the on iphone

    • Steve R.

      Does Spark have an estimated launch date for their mac app?

      • :D

        No but they’re nearly done, apparently. You can sign up for the beta from a link they provided on their Twitter page. The iPad version should be released this week 🙂

    • Lit

      How does Spark compare to CloudMagic? CloudMagic is really good, but I’ve never used Spark

      • :D

        Spark is really good because it offers a lot of functionality while still remaining as simple as Cloudmagic. You should give it a go some time. My favourite things about Spark are the message snoozing and signature swiping features (you’ll know what I mean once you give it a go). It’s free too, so there’s no harm in trying :).

    • Jon K

      Spark on iPad is out in beta so in the next few weeks I would guess. Cloudmagic doesn’t even support Gmail aliases (not even iPhone which has been out over 2 years); so 5 million plus Google Apps users are out in the wind and cannot use Couldmagic. Been promised for 1.5 years now as “coming.” “Coming” and “on the roadmap” are only excuses for so long, considering paid contacts features were added to Cloudmagic’s iphone app instead of basic functions like gmail aliases. Monetizing over hundreds of requests for gmail aliases on their blog on twitter. Got tired of waiting and Spark does all of the basics right out of the box.

  • If you’re a Gmail user (which is A LOT of people), using any of these third-party apps really is disadvantageous. None of them have all of Gmail’s features like marking as important, muting, filtering similar messages, blocking, reporting phishing, built-in translator, chat, text, call, undo send, one-click unsubscribe, package- and flight-tracking detection, powerful filters, lab features, themes, offline mode, aliases, etc, etc, etc.

    Another major disadvantage is that Google’s spam-detecting algorithm gets better only if you mark such emails within Google’s own web app. Marking them in a third-party app has zero effect on the algorithm, in other words, Google never learns what you just marked as spam.

  • Damian

    20 bucks 🙁 no thank you

    btw. it is my favourite email client on iOS

    • Vinit Joshi

      Damian, this is just v1 and we have some grand plans for the future. We’ll be adding a lot of business features down the road, so stay tuned 🙂

  • :D

    Spark for iPad is going to be released this week according to Readdle’s Twitter page and the Mac app is on its way soon too

  • macsmister

    I’ll chime in on this to say CloudMagic offers Trello integration… which makes it my de facto favorite mail app.

  • Micro

    Polymail has been my go to lately. Mobile coming soon.

  • Chelatenous

    Disappointed that Cloudmagic wants to charge for use on the Mac. I put it on my Android phone first, and liked it alot. Was upset that I cannot use it for free on my MacBook Pro! What to do?