For busy small business owners on the go, here are our top picks for the best Android email apps.
- Depending on the type of Android phone you have, your preloaded email apps may not be the best.
- Some of the top Android email apps in the past have been Outlook, Alto, Gmail and VMWare Boxer.
- Some of the most popular Android email apps today are Blue Mail, Cleanfox and K-9 Mail.
Unless you have a Google Nexus or Pixel, odds are the email app that came loaded on your Android phone isn't the best. Business users need reliable email access on the go, and different types of businesses demand different features.
These apps represent the best current email apps for Android in a variety of categories. There are hundreds of other email apps available for download, but the 10 apps we've selected are likely to suit the needs of most small business users.
Outlook for Android
If you're a classic business user, you rely on Outlook for everything from sending and receiving emails to scheduling meetings. If this describes you, there's no need to shop around for various email apps to improve your Android experience, because Outlook for Android is free, dependable and loaded with all the features you've come to expect.
The Gmail app can be downloaded for free on any Android device, and it's a no brainer for those who rely on Gmail as their primary email service. The Gmail app also allows you to manage non-Gmail accounts, so you can add your Outlook or other personal email to your Gmail app for consolidated management.
Email by Edison
Email by Edison differentiates itself from other email management apps by offering unique personal-assistant style tools. Using Email by EasilyDo, you can not only manage multiple email addresses (from multiple services) but also easily unsubscribe from newsletters, track packages, manage flight information, create categories and even store bills and receipts.
VMware Workspace ONE Boxer
This email, calendar and contacts app connects to your current email accounts (Gmail, Outlook, Exchange from 2007 and up, plus Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud and IMAP) without storing any of your information on its servers. Boxer makes it easy for users to archive emails, send automatic responses, send your calendar availability and even use the built-in "email likes" system to show email senders that you've received their message.
For $49.99 per year, subscribers to the Newton Mail app get an all-in-one tool that streamlines the email organization process across multiple providers, including Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook, Exchange and Yahoo Mail. This service is ideal for those who rely heavily on networking, because it has built-in read receipts and automatically provides sender profiles that include info like job title, organization location and pertinent social media accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter). You can also connect productivity apps, like OneNote, Trello and Salesforce, to Newton Mail, which isn't possible in most email apps.
According to Android Authority, Blue Mail is a very popular email app for Android. This is because it supports a variety of clients, including Yahoo, Outlook, Gmail and other POP3, IMAP or Exchange clients. Complete with a wide variety of notification settings, Blue Mail even includes things such as Android Wear Support, a dark theme, and configuration tables, all free of charge.
Another great email app for Android is Cleanfox. A great app for email users of all kinds, Cleanfox makes it possible for users to easily unsubscribe from the vast array of unwanted subscriptions most of us submit to over the years. By connecting your email accounts to the app, users can easily view all of their email subscriptions. From there, they can easily click on the unwanted subscriptions to get rid of unnecessary subscriptions that may have become annoying over time. This app is also free.
K-9 Mail is also a great email app for Android users. Although it is one of the oldest apps of its kind, it still provides users with a wide variety of benefits. For instance, it offers a minimal interface that makes navigating and checking your message a cinch. Additionally, it supports the majority of IMAP, POP3, and Exchange 2003/2007 accounts. Also, the app is open source with an almost retro feel. Best of all, this lightweight app is also free of charge.
Another great Android email app is the Nine app. For those who use Outlook and are very concerned about keeping their emails safe and secure, Nine is an excellent option. An app with no cloud or storage whatsoever, Nine simply connects users to the email servers they love. Additionally, this app also offers support for Exchange ActiveSync, which is a great feature for Exchange users. Complete with various options such as the ability to sync folders, Wear OS support, and more, a license costs $14.99. A free two-week trial is available.
ProntonMail is also an excellent Android email app. Complete with end-to-end encryption, many users have taken to ProntonMail because it offers a superior level of security and protection. In particular, the encryption makes it possible to keep your emails only between the parties who are sending and receiving the emails. Additionally, ProntonMail offers OpenPGP Support, can create self-destructive emails (where supported), and it also offers a wide variety of the bells and whistles available on other email apps for Android. Given that it does not store emails on a server, it makes it much more difficult for others to hack and sift through old emails. Best of all, all of these features are available free of charge.