iOS Email apps

Updated: April 25, 2019

2019. Mobile Gmail gets Material Design UI



Gmail on mobile (for iOS and Android) is getting a new look that is in line with the company’s recent Material Design updates to Gmail, Drive, Calendar and Docs and Site. Indeed, the new UI will look familiar to anybody who has ever used the Gmail web app, including that version’s ability to select three different density styles. You’ll also see some new fonts and other visual tweaks. In terms of functionality, the mobile app is also getting a few new features that put it on par with the web version. Like on the desktop, you can now choose between the default view, as well as a comfortable and compact style. Google also notes that the new design makes it a bit easier to switch between accounts. Another nice addition to the mobile app is that the large red phishing and scam warning box from the web version now also appears in the mobile app.


2018. Gmail’s iOS app gets a unified inbox



Many people today have more than one email account, often using one for work, another for personal.  While Gmail users on Android have had the option to see multiple inboxes in a single view, iOS users – until now – have had to switch accounts by tapping between them in the app’s navigation. With today’s iOS update, there’s instead the option to use the new “All Inboxes” view from the left-hand side drawer. The option works with both G Suite and non-G Suite accounts, including third-party IMAP accounts, the company notes. Though a unified inbox is a seemingly minor feature, it’s the sort of thing that has driven many Gmail iOS users to third-party apps, since Gmail itself was lacking.


2016. Gmail for iOS Gets Undo Send button



This is the first time in four years Google has updated its iOS app for Gmail. The new version is a lot like the Android version, which has been present on Android devices for the past two years. The new design is the result of customer demand for “highly requested features” like easier message deletion, easier archiving and easier email management, he said.  One of the welcome features is “Undo Send,” which already exists on Google's desktop Inbox service. Undo send gives users a short window of opportunity to recall an email.  Google also improved search and spelling suggestions for terms in search.


2016. Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS and closes Sunrise



In 2015 Microsoft acquired Sunrise, the popular calendar app. Now Microsoft has closed this app and delivered a major update to the calendar features in its Outlook app for iOS. New Outlook's calendar has a design that looks much more like the old Sunrise app than previous versions. The in-app calendar uses colored icons that will look familiar to Sunrise users. The update also added a few new ones with event-specific graphics. Outlook is also much better at handling specific locations for events. It now uses Bing to fill in locations for meetings and appointments and you can open maps and directions directly from calendar entires as well.


2014. Microsoft acquires Acompli email app



Microsoft to buy Acompli for its slick iOS and Android email and scheduling app. Acompli is a mobile email application for professionals. It focuses on helping people find the most important emails in their box, quickly. Acompli addresses some of the shortcomings in Microsoft's Outlook offering for iOS. Its standout features for any user are an integrated calendar and simple methods to share files from various cloud accounts. But for Microsoft users, the big plus is Exchange support. The app also has some of the smarts that Microsoft has been implementing through its Clutter feature for its Outlook Web App for iOS and Android. Besides Exchange, the app also support Office 365, Google Apps, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Live email services, as well as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.


2014. Zoho Mail is available for iOS and Android phones


Zoho released the long awaited native mobile app for Zoho Mail for iPhone and Android. Besides providing a sleek, intuitive and fluid interface to access your email on the run, it also includes exclusive Calendar, Contacts and Files modules – a complete email app suite. The result is an app that empowers users to maximize their productivity while on the move. The app features include customizable push notifications, quick swipe actions, reminders for emails you’d like to defer until later, powerful search, ability to work with attachments.


2013. Microsoft launched Outlook for iPhone and iPad



Until now, iPhone and iPad users in companies that use Exchange mail server had two options - to set up access to the mail server in built-in iOS mail client (via Exchange ActiveSync), or open the web-interface Outlook Web App in browser. Of course, both options had a lot of restrictions for working with Outlook, and Microsoft has finally decided to release the native apps OWA for iPhone and iPad. Why only now? In order to give advantage to Windows Phones and Surface tablets. Why they ventured to take this step now? Because there is a catch. Although Outlook for iOS is free, it can be only used by Office 365 subscribers, who pay $100/year. So it's the same story as with MS Office for iPhone. What advantages will get the users and companies who are authorized to use Outlook for iOS? At first, the opportunity to separate corporate mail from the personal and separately receive push-notifications of new messages and calendar reminders, to see the number of new messages on the iPhone/iPad start screen. Admins will get the ability to remotely wipe data from user email, contacts and calendars in case if the device is lost or employee is fired. In addition, the app features voice command input, integration with Bing maps and auto-responders. Besides, maybe you like to use email in Metro interface.