Apple’s default email app on iOS is quite capable and does what’s it’s meant to do, but it’s not exactly great to be honest. There are times when you need more functionality and useful features, and this is where third party email applications come in. The App Store is full of them and it can get confusing trying to make the right choice.
Unless you have a lot of time on your hand to run a search and try them all one after the other, this list should be of help.
This is undoubtedly one of the best out there. Formerly known as Accompli before getting acquired by Microsoft and rebranded to Outlook, the app’s great attachment management makes it a great choice. Outlook comes with its own calendar and contacts sync.
As good as this email app is, it doesn’t integrate with Document 5, the only app that allows attachment of local files on iOS. It was my primary email app before I discovered this. If you deal mainly with cloud storage, this shouldn’t be a problem. The nice feature that lets you pick an attachment from Mailbox A and use as attachment in Mailbox B is quite neat.
Spark by Readdle is another great email app for iOS that’s completely free to use. With Mailbox app dead, this may be the closest thing you might get. Spark organizes your email and totally removes clutter by showing you what matters first. If this doesn’t work for you, you can always use the regular inbox.
It supports most email accounts and you shouldn’t have issues getting your favorite email provider to work with it. I particularly found it easy adding a webmail based account. The app automatically kept trying different ports to see which worked well.
Email is relatively new but it’s good enough to compete with existing email apps. The clean, simple UI makes it different. As with others, multiple accounts is supported and the app lets you customize your experience with features like swipe actions, default browser, undo time window and more.
It comes with an assistant that organizes your mails with sections like Subscriptions, Bills & Receipt and Packages for easy management.
This was formerly available only for macOS, but the iOS version too is now available. At $4.99, AirMail may appear too expensive but features like cloud synchronization between devices, HTML rich composer, email tracking, email PDF conversion, integration with popular apps and services with loads of other features make it worth the money.
Boxer Pro ($4.99)
Boxer Pro is another paid email that’s quite expensive. Like AirMail, it comes with features that try to justify the price. Integration with popular apps and services is supported and it comes with its own calendar. Canned response is one of the features that make it great with quick reply.
There’s a free version you can try out that only allows a single email account.
Wondering why Gmail and Inbox by Gmail are not on this list? Gmail hasn’t been actively supported by Google on iOS, the last update was almost a year ago and you can only use 5 Gmail accounts. Inbox on the other hand too supports only Google accounts.
There are several other apps you can try out if those listed above are not exactly what you need. There’s Alto by AOL which is totally free. MyMail too (which has almost the same UI with Mail.RU app) is free and supports multiple accounts.