Spark on iPhone 11 ProSource: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

It doesn't matter who you are or what you do with your devices. Some people use their iPhone for work, and others use their iPad for art, but all of them use it to check their emails as well, and it's completely normal. Using your iPhone or iPad is more convenient most of the time, that is, if you're using the right tool for the job.

Most people use the Mail app, but others dislike it. Maybe you're in the second group, but with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose a different app. If you or someone you know is looking for alternatives, here are the best mail apps for iPhone and iPad.


Spark on iPhoneSource: iMore

Spark is a personal favorite of mine, and it's pretty much the only app I use to stay on top of my email and not drown in it.

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One of the best features of Spark is the ability to sort and group your incoming emails by type. It groups all newsletters together, making it easy to delete them all at once with a simple swipe gesture while keeping important and personal emails separate.

There is support for multiple email accounts, and each one can receive "Smart" notifications, which mute strangers and automated emails while letting you know about messages with higher priority. You can even pin emails you don't want to lose, snooze them for later, and even send "quick replies," such as "thanks," with a single tap.

Teams can also collaborate within Spark to discuss emails, so you don't need to go to another app like Slack. Spark supports native integration with a lot of third-party apps and services as well.

If you want one of the best ways to maintain your inbox, then we highly recommend Spark.

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Spark Mail

Spark is a personal favorite, and there's a reason for that. It's a complete mail app with many tools that help you keep your inbox clean and organized. It also has Smart notifications that notify you of what's important while leaving the junk and spam email muted.


Outlook on iPhoneSource: App Store

Despite the name, Microsoft Outlook is a powerful and functional email app that works with various email services, not just Outlook accounts. It works with your Gmail, Yahoo Mail, IMAP, and iCloud, in addition to Hotmail and MSN with accounts.

Outlook is fantastic for those who need to have their schedule with their email, along with contacts. You can create calendar events directly from emails, which is a convenient feature to have. There is full integration with cloud storage services, so you can access files in Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more.

If you are looking for a professional email solution for your iPhone or iPad, then Outlook is a great option.

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Outlook Mail app

Outlook is a mail app better suited for professionals. If you're looking for an app to help you with the business side of things. Outlook will help you stay up to date with your meetings, schedule your emails, and so much more. Plus, it works with other email providers, not just Outlook accounts.

Edison Mail

Edison MailSource: App Store

Edison Mail is one of the smarter email apps available for your iPhone and iPad. It's especially great for those whose inboxes continuously and want to do something about it.

With Edison, you'll have support for multiple email accounts. It works with Gmail, Hotmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook, Exchange, AOL, IMAP, and more.

The coolest feature with Edison is the fact that you can unsubscribe from annoying newsletters with one tap. If you do a lot of traveling, Edison displays travel notifications and trip info on a single screen. This way, you'll find your itinerary in one place without having to search for flight and hotel info one-by-one.

Edison even takes cues from Spark and other email apps with features like Smart notifications, quick replies, bulk delete, thread views, snooze, and more. If you are looking to take back control of your inbox, Edison is a great app to help you do it.

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Edison Mail

If you're having trouble achieving Inbox Zero, Edison mail might help you out. Its features, like one-tap unsubscribe and spam blocker, make it easy to eliminate unwanted emails in just a few taps.


Gmail on iPhoneSource: App Store

For avid Gmail users, you should be making use of the official Gmail app.

The Gmail app offers support for multiple Gmail emails, real-time notifications, and universal search that works across all accounts. The convenient Undo Send feature is available here to prevent embarrassing mistakes. You can even clear out your inbox quickly with intuitive swipe gestures, organize messages with your Gmail labels, and even respond to Google Calendar invites directly.

There is a lot to love about the official Gmail app, and it's definitely one you should be using if Gmail is your primary email account.

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Gmail - Email by Google

You've probably already heard of and used Gmail in the past. If you only have Google accounts, then Gmail is one of the best mail apps for iPhone or iPad you can get. It's got many useful features and gestures that make it easy to use, even in smaller displays. Plus, these gestures are customizable to make the experience your own.

Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail on iPhoneSource: App Store

Whether you use Yahoo Mail or not, the Yahoo Mail app is a good contender to consider, and it works with non-Yahoo accounts.

The Yahoo Mail app looks gorgeous with a fresh and clean design that's pretty easy to use and navigate. You can take action on individual messages through intuitive swipe gestures, customize the color and theme to your liking, send GIFs directly in messages, and more. Some standout features include Deals View, which notifies you when deal emails are about to expire, and Travel View that displays gate changes, delays, and even cancellations.

Yahoo Mail can even send you notifications when the emails come from people, so you aren't bothered with newsletters and other unimportant messages. Plus, Yahoo Mail gives users 1000GB of space of cloud storage, so you don't have to worry about space, and there's support for third-party cloud storage solutions.

Despite the Yahoo Mail name, the app works with any email account and is a great email app in general.

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Yahoo Mail

Despite what you may think, Yahoo has one of the best mail apps for iPhone and iPad available. You can use any email account in general, and you get a bunch of helpful tools, including 1000GB of storage.

Newton Mail

Newton MailSource: App Store

If you're looking for a little more out of your email app, and don't mind paying for a subscription for some great extras, then Newton Mail may be of interest.

With Newton Mail, you can add multiple accounts and view all of your messages in a unified inbox. Some of the standout features behind Newton Mail are read receipts, so you can see when the message has been read, a daily recap on messages that need your attention, send drafted emails later, undo send, and much more. Plus, you can unsubscribe to emails in a single click! And there is a ton of third-party service integration, like Dropbox, Evernote, Instapaper, Trello, and more.

Newton Mail has a 14-day free trial to check out all of the features. If it is a service you wouldn't mind paying for in the end, a subscription costs $49.99 a year.

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Newton Mail

If you're really serious about your emails, then you should try Newton. I say this because Newton Mail is a paid subscription service that costs $50 per year. This might be worth it, though, because of all the tools and features you get out of your subscription. You can always try it for free for 14 days before you make a choice.

What are your favorites?

There are many options for email apps out there, but these are some of the best mail apps for iPhone and iPad we could find. Our personal favorite is Spark because I love my emails being sorted by type, and the Smart notifications mean I only get notified for emails that matter.

What are you using as your email app on your iOS device? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Updated October 2020: Updated for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

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