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The Best Apps for Managing Your Inbox

by Christina DesMarais on February 27, 2014

zero inbox ShutterstockKeeping up with your email can be a real pain. Not only do most of us complain about being buried in messages, we might have several inboxes — one for work, one for personal communications and (if you’re smart) a separate account you use to sign up for services that later will spam you with ads, deals and newsletters.

Sure, the mail app on your smartphone or tablet works fine, but plenty of third-party apps can make handling email easier. Here are two of the best ones.

myMailThe Best Email App for Android: myMail

Instead of forcing you to access your various email accounts in separate apps such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook or the email app that came loaded on your device, myMail lets you aggregate everything in one place.

The app's clean interface shows circular avatars to the left of the messages in your inbox that include the sender's photo, first letter of his or her name or the company logo.

The thing I appreciate most about myMail is how easy it is to use. When you swipe left on any message in your inbox queue, a ribbon appears that lets you tap once to mark a message read or unread, move it to a folder, mark it as spam, delete it or mark a message to find it more easily.

You can also swipe the entire list of messages in a particular inbox to the right in order to access a dashboard showing you which account you’re in, the folders and subfolders in each and your personal settings.

You can add a custom signature to your outgoing messages, adjust what times of the day you want to receive notifications, and turn on a novel feature that lets you “Hide the Sender” and “Hide the Subject” so that other people can’t see who’s emailing you if you leave your device lying around. You can choose to download attachments automatically or select them manually if you want to save on data use.

Overall, myMail is a simple app if you have more than one email account and like tapping and swiping to manage your messages.

Price: Free in Google Play and iTunes

Boxer appThe Best Email App for iOS: Boxer

Even though Boxer launched less than a year ago, it’s become a popular, highly rated app for good reason.

The free version lets you import messages from one account, including Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, Yahoo or many other platforms.

One thing that’s particularly nice about Boxer is how it lets you manage your mail with one or two taps or swipes. For instance, a short swipe on an email calls up a grid of nine action options, including adding the email to a to-do list, sending it to the archive, marking it as spam, adding to it a label or quickly responding to it with a choice of a handful of prewritten responses such as “I’ve added this to my to-do list” or “Can you give me a little more detail?” Boxer also includes a unique feature that lets you “like” a message, which fires off a reply to a sender telling them so.

Customization is another place Boxer stands out. If you’re vigilant about marking things as spam or deleting or archiving messages as soon as you no longer need them, you can configure Boxer to do these things with one swipe (whether you prefer a long or short swipe to the right or left). Boxer includes push notifications you can set to notify you when messages arrive either immediately, at varying intervals or not at all.

Boxer also integrates with SaneBox, a cloud email filtering service that analyzes your inbox to see if you’re connected with senders on social media platforms or if you’ve ever replied to a message before in order to determine which messages to prioritize. SaneBox (free for a two-week trial, then $6 per month) tucks messages it deems less important into a separate folder you can peruse later.

The premium version of Boxer gives you the ability to import messages from multiple email accounts, use email aliases, employ a passcode lock, save content directly to Box and Dropbox, use custom signatures and write custom quick replies.

Price: Free at iTunes ($5.99 for premium)


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From Joel on February 27, 2014 :: 2:27 pm

Have you tried Cloudmagic ?

I am going to leave that there! you decide!



From Ron Ablang on February 28, 2014 :: 10:03 am

Why would you want to check email on a phone?



From Rewey on April 01, 2014 :: 4:21 am

And for that matter, who the heck wants to walk around with a phone in their pocket??? Back in myyyy day, we would all queue up at the local store’s payphone and drop our tuppence in the top. Then ask the operator to connect us. Why have we left these glory days behind???



From Drew Gibbons on April 07, 2014 :: 11:17 pm

You should also check out Inbox Cube.  Pretty slick email client if you ask me.  I’ve tried Cloud Magic as well, but it looks too boring, just like the native mail app.  Inbox Cube however is visually pleasing!



From Michel on January 07, 2015 :: 5:56 am

It’s a nice post guys, but I would have chosen Mailwise. I’ve tried many email apps before and so far none of them was useful and easy to operate like Mailwise. It’s an email client that works great with the exchange, has a really neat look and manages multiple email accounts from different providers such as Gmail, Outlook and Hotmail . You should give it a try:



From inboxmind on January 09, 2015 :: 10:46 pm

Thanks for sharing some cool apps. The next generation of smart apps that learn from user behavior can take your productivity to a whole new level.
For instance, InboxMind - a smart email app for busy professionals, prioritizes your email by learning from you. It keeps you focused on what’s really important, tracks your actions and cuts through the clutter! Choose your priorities and let InboxMind do the rest. And thanks to its innovative InboxRadio feature, you can even listen to your important email as soon it arrives or a summary of your inbox so you can stay up to date, hands-free and on the move.

Please take a look at and leave your comments and suggestions at its twitter account  Coming to App Store soon. Thanks!



From Facek Usef on January 11, 2015 :: 1:17 pm

Appreciate the info. Big help to those of us non-millennials tying to keep up with this stuff!


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