The Best Email Client for Mac OS

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Airmail is the best email client for most people. It’s easy to use, supports a number of different email providers, has a solid search function, and more.

Airmail 3 is a new mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. It offers support for iCloud™, MS Exchange, Gmail™, Google™ Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!™, AOL™, Outlook.com™, and Live.com™.

Airmail was designed from the ground up to give you a consistent experience whether you use single or multiple accounts, and to provide a quick, modern, and easy-to-use interface. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption. It’s the mail client you’ve wanted but haven’t been able to find… until now.

We’ve taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail. Airmail has beautiful design and offers support for all major email services. Switch between accounts in a flash, effortlessly turn your emails into tasks or notes in other apps, and quickly reply to incoming messages within seconds. Email has never been so easy and productive.

Airmail 3

Platform: macOS
Price: $9.99
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Features

– iCloud Account sync
– iCloud attachment upload and share the link.
– Handoff support, Composing Draft and folder selection are mirrored on different devices
– Today Extension, quick access to your inbox.
– Action Extension, Airmail Compose, Inline create and send messages directly form other apps
– Action Extension, Airmail Share to quick send messages and attachments.

Accounting:
– Unified Inbox
– Alias with custom SMTP
– Exchange, iCloud™, Gmail™, IMAP, POP3, Google™ Apps, Yahoo!™, AOL™, Outlook.com™, Live.com™
– Local Accounts
– Import from Apple Mail, MBOX archive, EML, EMLX, Airmail 1.x

Interactions:
– Quick Reply
– Undo History
– Offline operations
– Move messages on Different mailboxes
– Interaction sounds
– Multi Touch gestures
– Exchange Meeting Invite

Shortcuts:
– Gmail Shortcuts
– Custom global shortcuts
– Quick Label, Move, Label and Archive
– Quick folder selection

Attachment:
– Drag and drop
– Quick Look preview
– Google Drive, Dropbox, CloudApp, Box, Onedrive, Droplr, FTP
– Inline image attachments
– Winmail.dat preview
– VCalendar

Conversations:
– Group by id
– Group by subject
– Chronological Reverse
– Muted CC’d conversation

Visual:
– Multiple visual themes
– Minimal and extended Mode
– Plain Text Rendering

Notifications:
– Per account notifications
– Notification center support
– Notification alerts with custom actions

Address:
– Gmail, Exchange and OS X contacts
– Contacts Group
– Filter by address
– Open Directory search

Composer:
– Google App Directory
– Exchange Global Address List
– LDAP directory
– Markdown, Html(Html Source for templates), and text only.
– Custom settings per single account
– Bullet and numbered list.

Sending:
– Auto CC, BCC.
– Pending operations
– Send Delay
– Redirect
– Send again
– Bounce

Advanced:
– Split Screen Support
– Time Machine friendly
– Deckles mode
– EML Import/Export
– Disable GPU to save battery life
– Applescript
– Activity monitor
– Data Detectors

Signatures:
– Multiple Account Signatures
– Markdown, Rich text, Html Source, and text only.
– Signature above or below the quote

Search & Filtering:
– Global search for multiple accounts
– Realtime powerful filters
– Sort messages, Date, Attachments, Conversations ….
– Show messages of the same user
– Flags and filters

Folders, Labels:
– Nested folders
– Create, Delete and edit folders
– Custom colors synced by iCloud
– Custom folder mappings
– ToDo, Done, Memo

Send to:
– Omnifocus
– Fantastical
– Evernote
– Apple Reminder
– Calendar
– BusyCal
– Things
– 2To
– Wunderlist
– Todoist

Privacy:
– Per user Autoload Remote Images,
– Disable icon detection

The Competition

Apple Mail is probably the most obvious competition here. The packed-in email client is… fine. It works on a fundamental level, but since it’s only updated when Apple updates its entire operating system, it’s pretty devoid of modern features. If you just check and reply to emails, it does the job though.

Spark (Free) is easily the best alternative to Airmail for people who don’t need as many of the advanced features that come packed into it. Spark has a lot of the modern razzle-dazzle of Airmail without the clutter. It has smart inbox sorting, iCloud syncing with the free mobile app, email snoozing, and quick replies. The free part might seem like its main strength, but it gives me pause because it’s unclear what the business model is, and therefore hard to tell what will happen to the app in the future. We’ve seen far too many abandoned email apps over the years to trust any free app moving forward, even if it is run by a company with a whole productivity suite. Still, it’s a great alternative to Airmail and free to check out if you’re curious.

Postbox ($40) is another great competitor. Like Airmail, Postbox excels in search options and additional powerful features you won’t find in most other mail clients. For example, you get message summary mode, sorting by type/subject of email (called the Focus Pane), add-ons, easy archiving of messages, and more. It’s a little clunky to actually use though, and Postbox doesn’t feel as at home in macOS as Airmail does. While you can check out a trial of Postbox for free, it’s a tough sell at $40 unless you really enjoy it.

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