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Swamped in email? Take charge of your inbox with these email apps for iOS

Are you drowning in email? Can't get your inbox count anywhere close to zero? Is your productivity taking a hit? Reclaim your inbox with these email apps for the iPhone and iPad.
Inbox by Gmail
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Inbox by Gmail

Since I'm a heavy Gmail user, my app of choice is Inbox for Gmail, and it's worked well at keeping my inbox manageable.

  • HIGHLIGHTS - Get the most important information without even opening the message. Check-in for flights, see shipping information for purchases, and view photos from friends right up front.
  • BUNDLES - Similar messages are bundled together so you can deal with them all at once. And get rid of them with one swipe.
  • REMINDERS - More than mail, you can add Reminders so your inbox contains all the things you need to get back to.
  • SNOOZE - Snooze emails and Reminders to come back when you are ready to deal with them: next week, when you get home, or whenever you choose.
  • SEARCH - Inbox helps you find exactly what you're looking for-- from your upcoming flight to a friend's address-- without having to dig through messages.
  • WORKS WITH GMAIL - Inbox is built by the Gmail team, so all your messages from Gmail are here, along with the reliability and spam protection of Gmail. All of your messages are still in Gmail and always will be.

Price: Free

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iPGMail
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iPGMail

iPGMail is an app that implements the OpenPGP standard (RFC 4880, RFC 6637) and allows the user to create and manage both public and private (RSA, DSA, ECDSA) PGP keys and send and receive PGP encrypted messages.

iPGMail supports PGP key generation (RSA) directly in the app and stores them securely using the iOS keychain for the application. Using your own private PGP keys, you can encrypt and/or digitally sign any messages. Optionally, your public key can be attached to any message you send from the app so that the recipient can then import it into their own keychain, either on the phone or on any computer with PGP support.

Price: $1.99

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Dispatch
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Dispatch

A very highly rated app. It's biggest "trick" is that it integrates with over 55 other apps. For example:

  • Archive important mails to Evernote
  • Save links to read later with Pocket
  • Create tasks in OmniFocus & Things
  • Set reminders in Reminders or Due

Other apps it integrates with include: 1Password, Asana, AppigoTodo, 2 Days, 2Do, Appigo Todo, Asana, Box, Chrome, Clear, Dolphin Browser, DashPlus, Drafts, Droplr, Evernote, Facebook, Fantastical, Finish, Google Maps, Google Translate, HockeyApp, iCabMobile, Instapaper, Message, Mercury, Omnifocus, Pinner, Pinbook, Pinswift, Pushpin, Pocket, Pocket Informant, Readability, Reminder, Safari, Skype, The Hit List, Things, Trello, Todoist, Toodledo, Twitter, Wunderlist.

Price: $6.99

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Boxer
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Boxer

Boxer claims to be the fastest, most innovative email, calendar, and contacts app available for iPhone, and I'm not really about to argue with that. It offers support for Gmail, Outlook, Exchange (2007 and up), Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud, & IMAP accounts.

Features include:

  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR SWIPES - Swipe to delete, archive, spam + 9 other options to choose from
  • CLOUD ATTACHMENTS - Dropbox, Box, Google Drive support & more
  • PUSH NOTIFICATIONS - Notifications for all your email
  • EVERNOTE INTEGRATION - Send emails to Evernote with just a tap
  • BUILT-IN CALENDAR - Now your email and calendar are seamlessly integrated in one unified app
  • CALENDAR INTEGRATION - Swipe to accept/decline meeting invites
  • SEND AVAILABILITY - Calendar invites tell you if you're available and let you choose and send your availability
  • BUILT-IN CONTACTS - Sort your contacts by recent and set favorites
  • GMAIL LABELS - Full Gmail label support
  • SMART FOLDERS - Boxer remembers where you like to file things
  • CONFIGURABLE INTERFACE - Don't like our swipe actions? You can change them in the settings.
  • PROFILE PICTURES - See who your email is from with profile pictures right in your inbox
  • CANNED RESPONSES - Use "quick replies" to send common responses while on the go
  • CONTACTS INTEGRATION - Including links to social profiles, phone numbers & even recent messages
  • TODO LIST - Swipe to your To-Do list and never forget an important message
  • EMAIL "LIKES" - Use Like to quickly acknowledge a friend's message
  • DASHBOARD - Shows you all of your important and time sensitive items at a glance
  • SECURITY - Secure your email with a passcode or PIN to encrypt your data

Very powerful app.

Price: $4.99

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myMail
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myMail

myMail allows you to manage emails in your Gmail, Hotmail, Live, Outlook, Yahoo, MSN, iCloud and AOL email accounts at once.

  • Push Notifications -- Customized to best fit your work/life schedule
  • Your Inbox -- More personal and visual
  • Search smarter
  • Enhanced security with PIN lock and Touch ID compatibility

Price: Free

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Zero
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Zero

Designed specifically to help you get through your email quicker and spend less time administrating your inbox.

  • SNOOZE - Similar to Mailbox, Zero can schedule emails to appear in your inbox at later time.
  • PRIORITY MODE - Like your personal assistant, Zero can sort incoming messages in order of importance with one click. Zero's self-learning algorithm can show the most relevant emails first, so you always stay on top of what's important. You can still chose to sort messages by time received when it is more convenient.
  • EMAIL TEMPLATES - With 50% of all the email you write being variations of the same messages, Zero offers a perfect solution to compose professional sounding emails in seconds. Use dozens of prewritten emails to save you time when composing emails. Whether it is introductions, requests, thank you's, for personal or professional use. Zero has it all!
  • SWIPES - Archive, delegate, triage or snooze any email in seconds using swipe gestures.
  • UNREAD screen - Each email on the UNREAD screen is summarized into a card like format, allowing you to quickly scan the summary and decide what to do with the message without the need to open an email. The "Social feed" format allows you to quickly jet through a crowded inbox. Following the best practices of the GTD concept, you will be able to clean your inbox with every swipe.
  • EMAIL CARDS - Email cards are a great way to preview emails from services like Slack, Mailchimp, Jira, Wrike, Google, Facebook, Tinder, Tedx and many others. Email cards allow you to stay informed while cutting down processing time for unwanted emails by more than half.
  • ATTACHMENTS screen - A convenient way to browse, preview and download all the attachments of an email.
  • GREAT DESIGN - Beautifully designed interface creates a true mobile experience and make working with Zero app a breeze. No new tricks to learn, or complicated gestures to remember. Everything is designed to be intuitive and simple for the best user experience.
  • PRIVACY & SECURITY - Zero does NOT store your password, messages and contacts on third party servers. Such personal information belongs to you and stays on your phone and with your email provider.

Price: Free

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Spark
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Spark

If your email is littered with newsletters that you want to remain subscribed to but don't have the time to organize, then this could be the email client for you. Spark automatically determines if an email is a personal message, a newsletter, or just an automated notification.

Other features:

  • UNIFIED INBOX - See all of your important email at a glance, with a unified inbox which knows the difference between a personal email, a notification and a newsletter.
  • SMART SEARCH - Use natural language to search through your emails. Type "attachments from Alex last week" to see all the emails sent to you last week by Alex with an attachment.
  • SIGNATURES - Spark will automatically find your most used signatures. So you can quickly swipe between them when composing an email, to choose the one that's best suited.
  • INTEGRATIONS WITH SERVICES YOU USE - Integrate Spark with tools like Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Readability, Pocket, Evernote and OneNote to easily attach files from these services to your emails.
  • QUICK REPLIES - Let your friends and colleagues quickly know what you thought about their email with one tap to send a "Like", "Thanks" or any other custom reply.
  • SMART NOTIFICATIONS - Enable Smart Notifications to only be disturbed by emails you care about.
  • SAVE ATTACHMENTS - Save attachments to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Readability, Pocket, Evernote, OneNote or any application on your iPhone and iPad.
  • SAVE EMAILs AS PDFs - Need to refer to an email at a later date? Save it as a PDF to view later on your iPhone or save it to the cloud to access anywhere.
  • CUSTOMIZATION AND PERSONALISATION - Customize Spark's widgets and sidebars to match your workflow.
  • CALENDAR WIDGET - Add the calendar widget to quickly see all of your event invitations at a glance. Respond to invitations and save them to your phone's calendar with just a tap.
  • APPLE WATCH APP - Quickly manage and reply to your emails from your wrist. Tap one of our quick responses or dictate a longer message, all while your phone stays in your pocket.
  • GREAT DESIGN - Sparks is designed to look great on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The content of your emails is always the priority.
  • ATTENTION TO DETAILS - We've spent over 18 months sweating every detail and interaction of Spark. We hope that you'll love using it as much as we loved making it!

Price: Free

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CloudMagic Email
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CloudMagic Email

CloudMagic has been designed to be simple, beautiful fast email. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple Watch and Mac OS X.

Compatible with Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook/Hotmail, iCloud, Google Apps, Office 365 and any IMAP accounts.

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

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Triage
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Triage

Triage isn't a true email client, instead it "is for people who struggle to stay on top of their inbox. It doesn't try to replace your desktop mail client, but lets you use your downtime to quickly remove the noise and stress."

When you sign in to your mail account, your new messages will appear as a stack of cards. Simply flick messages up to archive, or flick them down to keep in your inbox for later. You can also tap a message to view its full contents, and compose a short reply.

Triage supports Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and iCloud Mail accounts, and most email services that support IMAP.

Price: $2.99

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Microsoft Outlook
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Microsoft Outlook

Who said Microsoft can't develop great apps for iOS? Outlook is one of the best - if not the best - mail apps for iOS out there. And don't let the Outlook name fool you, this app has nothing to do with the desktop application that man remember (usually with dread and hated).

Outlook for iOS works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com (including Hotmail and MSN), Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and iCloud.

It features:

Seamless inbox management

  • A "Focused" inbox that displays your most important messages first. The more you use it, the smarter it gets.
  • Swipe gestures to quickly schedule, delete and archive messages.
  • Smart filters to help you sort through your inbox.

Easy access to calendar and files

  • Share your meeting availability with just a tap and easily find times to meet with others.
  • View and attach any file from your email, OneDrive, Dropbox, and more, without having to download them to your phone.

Work on the go

  • Open Word, Excel, or other Office document attachments to edit them directly in the corresponding app and attach them back to an email.
  • Set your Out of Office messages directly from your iPhone or iPad.
  • Multitask seamlessly on iPad with full Split View support in iOS 9.

Price: Free

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