Five free, feature-rich alternatives to Gmail for Android

Five free, feature-rich alternatives to Gmail for Android
Most Android phones in Western markets come with at least two email clients - it's the stock email app, or Gmail. Usually, the stock email app is kind of simple and limited, while Gmail does Google's own email service best and forgets about the rest. Of course, there are many alternative apps on disposal, and some of them can be better, more elaborate, and - perhaps most importantly - can support multiple inboxes from different mail service providers without making a mess organizing all those messages. Others have gesture controls for faster, more efficient work. And others just look nicer. 

Whatever you're looking for, there's an app for that, and probably an alternative to that app. So here, we'll have a look at five alternatives to Gmail for Android users that we think are worth the attention. Check them out, you've got nothing to lose, as all the apps are free.

Aqua Mail

AquaMail offers easy account setup for popular email services including Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, FastMail, Apple mail services ( /, GMX, AOL, and more via standard Internet email protocols (IMAP, POP3, SMTP), as well as Microsoft’s EWS (Exchange Web Services) protocol. Meanwhile, Microsoft Exchange is supported via IMAP or EWS, which includes access to server side contacts (personal and global, with search), and Calendar sync. The app plays well with other email apps that you may be using to access your IMAP or EWS mailboxes. It uses existing folder structures to synchronize drafts, sent, and deleted messages.


MailDroid might be well known to some, but it isn't showing its age. It covers a huge amount of functionality, including IMAP Idle Push for servers that support it; Saving and Downloading attachments from email to SD card; Spell Checking; Search online and offline email; Password protection; Cloud storage integration (dropbox,, google drive); Custom themes using the MailDroid Theme Plugin; And more - but what else do you need, really?

CloudMagic Email

A modern email app, this one works with all popular email providers and delivers instant push notifications for all types of email, regardless of the service you're using. CloudMagic is integrated with notetaking and tasking apps, such as Wunderlist, Todoist, Evernote, OneNote, and many more apps. It comes complete with support for Microsoft Exchange, custom folder sync settings, and optimization that sees emails pushed from the cloud instead of constant polling.


Mailbox aims to be light, fast, and mobile-friendly with a combination of gesture control and mobile-friendly layout. Like in Gmail, you can Quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash folders. Mailbox learns from your usage patterns to automate common actions - mute conversations you don’t care about, snooze messages from someone until a given period expires, or route all of your receipts to a list. If you want a wide plate of email options, look no further than this app.


myMail supports all major email providers and any other IMAP or POP3-enabled mailbox - at the same time. The app is designed specifically to keep all your mail securely in one place. Our email client allows you to preview, read, reply and forward your messages as well as to add and view attachments. myMail also has real-time push notifications support, contacts’ avatars, local and server-side search, integrated file browser for attachments, ActiveSync protocol support, labels & filters, and a short, sweet email address (if you want one).



1. Cyberchum

Posts: 1087; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Currently using cloudmagic. Will try mailbox and see if it's lighter.

2. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

I love cloud magic. Been using it since I got my GS6 and the recently dropped the pro version and gave all the extra features away for free, they did say they were looking for other ways of monetization. Which usually means ads but hopefully not. CLOUD MAGIC FTW!!!

3. joeyhalls

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

Anyone tried Type Mail? It's the first app I found that isn't blocked by my IT dept for exchange/office 365 plus it's just the best layout/design I've ever used. You can also set a per email account quiet time which is nice if you want to ignore work emails on the weekend while still getting notified for personal ones.

4. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

I use Type Mail as well for my work email. Great email app. Probably the best there is.

5. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Free? There must be adverts, or the app designer is selling your details. Otherwise how do they funds the development?

6. lakshesh

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Using a email option on my s6e . it doesnt refresh. i did the settings but no use. my iphone was best . i had 3 emails. nd i dont have to worry about updating each of my email ids for new mails. it does automatically and all 3 of them were in d same app.. would try cloud

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