Five of the Best Email Apps on iOS

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Email apps are a popular App Store category for one simple reason - almost all of us need to access email on our iPhones and iPads. While Apple has its own Mail app built into iOS devices, some people want a more feature rich experience.

    Luckily there are plenty of developers out there who are trying to create the perfect iOS inbox, but it's hard to sort through the dozens of email apps available. We dove into the App Store in our latest YouTube video and rounded up a handful of the best email apps we found.


    Spike, a free app, is a conversation-based email app that used to be called Hop. The app's aim is to turn emailing into more of a message like conversation, organizing the inbox into a chat-style window.


    Spike removes email headers, signatures, and more to make the emailing experience chat-like, and it prioritizes emails sent by people while filing newsletters and other automatic emails to other folders. Other features include a unified inbox, email grouping options, quick responses, a unified calendar, and snooze. Spike is unusual and not our first choice, but it's definitely unique and could be what some people are looking for.


    Polymail, also free, is more of a traditional email app. It has a sleek, clean interface with a useful comment and mention feature that's available on the desktop for teams.

    On iOS, Polymail offers useful features like quick tags, read later, and read receipts to let you know what someone has received and read your email. You can also get reminders to follow up on an email that someone has read but not responded to. Other unique features include a calendar invite option in the compose window, one-click unsubscribe, email scheduling, click and attachment tracking, and more.


    Polymail is one of the more useful apps if you want to better track who is viewing your emails, but if you don't need that functionality, there may be better apps for you.


    Airmail, priced at $4.99, started as a Mac app and then expanded to iOS. Airmail is a straightforward email app with a focus on minimalism. There's a single unified "All Inboxes" view for quick email management, but if you swipe from the left, there's access to folders for to-do lists, snoozed emails, and attachments, which is handy for finding specific content.

    Airmail keeps it simple with options to reply, delete, and archive when viewing an email, though there are an expanded set of features in the compose window, including tracking, send later options, reminders, and templates. Airmail is compatible with a wide range of other services and apps so you can better integrate the apps you already use with your email app.


    Airmail's interface isn't going to appeal to everyone, especially on iOS, but it offers a good cross-platform experience.


    Spark, a free app from Readdle, is one of our top email app picks. Spark offers up a Smart Inbox that presents your most important emails first, saving the junk, newsletters, and less important tasks for later.

    Emails are automatically categorized into sections that include Personal, Notifications, and Newsletters, but you can use a single firehose inbox option if you want. Spark has a robust search engine, which makes it easy to find any email, something that we liked about the app.


    Spark has tools for discussing and collaborating on emails with your team, and it's one of the few email apps with these kinds of tools. It also offers options for scheduling emails and snoozing emails, plus there are smart notifications so you only get pinged when there's something important to see.

    Other Spark features include followup reminders, integrations with other services, and customizable swipe gestures.

    Edison Mail

    Edison Mail, another free app, is super popular on the App Store for a reason. It has a clean, modern look, customizable swipe settings, and all of the tools that you need for managing your email.

    Edison Mail's design is reminiscent of the design of the Mail app, so it fits well on the iPhone, but it offers a richer feature set than the Mail app. There's an included personal assistant that organizes your inbox, sorting out subscriptions, travel emails, bills, receipts, and package emails.


    It lets you track packages and sends an alert when something is out for delivery, and it can do other things like send notifications for upcoming flights. Traditional tools are included too, like snooze options, send undo, and one-tap unsubscribe. It also integrates with Face ID, providing another layer of protection for your inbox.


    Of all the email apps listed above, which are some excellent options for email management, we liked Spark and Edison the best, with Edison ranking as our top favorite. If you're looking for a new email app to try out, it's worth taking a look at everything on the list.

    Did we miss your favorite email app? Let us know which one you prefer in the comments.

    Article Link: Five of the Best Email Apps on iOS
  2. drinkingtea macrumors regular


    Jan 31, 2016
    I love Airmail. So many great email apps available on iOS. On Android? No. Not at all.
  3. antnee macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2014
    I used to love edison mail before they admitted they let their employees read peoples emails.
  4. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    DFW, Texas
    Shocked you didn't mention Outlook. The latest version combines what I like in Airmail and Edison
  5. fumi2014 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2014
    Outlook on iOS is by far and away the best. Makes Apple’s own effort look poor.
  6. antnee macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2014
  7. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    I think Apple did a good job interfacing their built-in Email with Microsoft Exchange. For some reason, Apple and Microsoft seemed to have cooperated nicely on that integration.

    I prefer to use Apple's built in mail versus a third party email application.
  8. Keane16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2007
    To each their own. I manage my work account using that app and never figured out how to quickly flag mail from the inbox view (if I’m just being stupid please let me know as far as I can see you can only have one shortcut for each left or right swipe so I have archive and delete).

    Prefer the built in Mail app for that reason alone as a swipe left lets me flag, archive or open the “more” menu.
  9. amcdaniel8 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2019
    Anybody know a good app that supports push notifications on subfolders?
  10. motm95 macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    I agree with the prior posters. I've tried all of these clients and others, but in the end, Outlook works best for me
  11. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

    Mac Rules

    Jul 15, 2006
    just customise the swipe action?
  12. Keane16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2007
    I have as I mentioned - archive and delete. It doesn’t let you have multiple options like the built in Mail app. And with my busy work mailbox it’s a pain. Hopefully they add it.
  13. The Whole Picture macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2016
    I'm always on guard for an app that 'free', which is code for 'you are the product'. If Edison is free, how is it monetised - how-do-they-make-money?
  14. Windlasher macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    Tried all of them: Been using postbox because that is what I use on my mac but EDISON on the Iphone is lightening fast... I mean really, really, fast. I add an email account and by the time I get to the main screen, my email is there.
  15. kognos macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2013
    This might as well have been called "The 5 best email clients on iOS that are not Outlook." Because Outlook is by far the leader, even if not liked for whatever reason.
  16. dr.ogg macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2019
    Silicon Vally
    LOL, you forgot the best one, the included apple mail app, it just works, it's clean and simple, and you don't have to install a single thing!
  17. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Does Outlook app get Gmail via push or fetch?
  18. antnee macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2014
  19. rodpascoe macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2006
    Truro, Cornwall
    Tried every app listed above, I have an obsession with mail apps.

    I come back to Spark (both on iOS and macOS) every single time. Slick, amazing features and rock solid.
  20. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    i've been using edison for a while now. love it. but polymail just caught my attention, i really like the chat-like organisation. curious, gonna give it a try!
  21. drumcat, Jan 31, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2019

    drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    All of which you must provide your email password, and every email traverses their servers.

    I did this with Airmail shortly, and they screwed up and forced 4 password resets with iCloud in 48 hours. Once I knew they were a proxy, it was immediately back to the iOS app. It's not just a better UI; it's a server you have to trust. I don't anymore after being burned.

    Just be sure you are comfortable with all of your emails going through the servers of the app you use.

    (Edit: remember, if something is free, you're the product...)
  22. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I've tried several of them listed and the ones I used were nice, but I just come back to two not even listed here. The native Mail app for my .mac address and Gmail for my business account. For me, they work great and do all that I need them to do.
  23. ELman macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2017
    Pushed, and it’s better that Googles Gmail app.
  24. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Is there a way in the Outlook app to not show 2 rows of preview text? I can only see 6 1/2 messages on my XR. With the GMail app, I can see 9 messages. I'd rather see more in the list.

    In the native iOS Mail app (which I only use for iCloud mail) I can see 11 1/2 messages.


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