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17 Best Desktop Email Clients for Mac

Some Mac users prefer to access their email inbox from a desktop app rather than web browser. A desktop email client app make it easy for organizing inbox. The common reason why people prefer to use desktop email client is that they mostly are capable to handle multiple email accounts. Some also equipped with additional features to manage tasks, schedules, contacts and a lot more.

Mac is basically has its own default desktop email client app, Mail. But, we are not going to discuss about it. There are tens options of email clients for Mac apart from Mail. Some are designed exclusively for Mac only, some are cross-platform that provide their services for Mac.

Whether you want to organize your Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook inboxes, here are the top 17 desktop email clients that you can consider for your Mac device.

1. Hiri

Let’s start with Hiri. This is a cross-platform email client. One of the platforms that is supported by this app is Mac. Hiri is a paid app so you have to buy before using it. However, you can probe this app for free for 30 days without having to pay. Unfortunately, Hiri currently only supports Exchange and Office 365. Hiri is designed to cut down the amount of time you waste on “unactionable” emails.

2. Inky

Inky is also a cross-platform app that run seamlessly on Mac. It’s a great tool for personal and business. You can manage your inbox to make everything easier. Aside from desktop, Inky also provide mobile app for iPhone and iPad. You can also sync your inbox across the devices you have. Inky comes with a lot of features. One of the notable ones is smart sorting to enable you arrange emails based on their relevance. You can use Inky to access your inbox from Gmail, Office 365, Outlook and Exchange.

3. Airmail

Airmail is developed for Apple’s products only. You can install the email client on you Mac to access your inbox from Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, Exchange, AOL and Live. Airmail support two common protocols IMAP and POP 3.

Airmail is a paid app that is optimized for MacOS Sierra. The email client is also integrated with other services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and One Drive. Which mean you can attach files from those services easily.

4. Unibox

Another Apple only email client. Unibox adopts the different approach in delivering messages to your inbox. Your messages will be grouped by sender. The method makes Unibox a potentially great pick for lead nurturing because it means that every sender only appears once in the main inbox list.

Unibox can be used to access your inbox from iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Microsoft Exchange. You can also utilize this app for other tasks including arrange the schedule through calendar feature, organizing contacts and taking notes. Unibox is a paid app but you will be given a free trial to probe the app.

5. Postbox

Postbox is probably one of the best email clients in the market. And it’s available exclusively for Apple’s products, including Mac. Postbox is a feature-rich email client but you need to pay some dollars to get some features of it. The free version of Postbox only gives you minimum features. With Postbox you can filter your messages to be viewed by sender, subject, date, priority, size and a lot more. Postbox is also integrated with some cloud storage services such Dropbox, Box and One Drive.

Some email services that can be accessed using Postbox include iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook 365, Fastmail, Hotmail and a lot more.

6. Zimbra

Back to the cross platform app. Zimbra is one of the famous names in the email service field. You can use Zimbra to build you own company’s email if you want. But, if you only need a desktop client app to access your Gmail or Yahoo inbox, Zimbra is also capable to handle it. The desktop email client of Zimbra is available for major platforms including Mac.

7. Thunderbird

Thunderbird has been around for years as a cross-platform email client. Mac is one of the platforms that is supported by email client that is developed by Mozilla. Thunderbird has not too much features but it’s good enough for managing your inbox. It supports two major email protocols POP 3 and SMTP. Some of email services that are supported by Thunderbird including Yahoo and Gmail.

8. Nylas

Nylas is another cross-platform desktop email client. This is basically an open source project but available exclusively for Windows and Mac devices. You can also use this app for accessing Gmail and Yahoo inbox. Nylas comes with minimum but handy features. Some of its prominent features include undo send, reply template, spelling check and translate. Describing it self as the best free email app for Mac, Nylas comes with a sleek interface.

9. Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is also a great choice if you are looking for a desktop email client for your Mac. Microsoft also provides its product to Mac. But, as we knew, Microsoft Outlook isn’t an standalone app. Instead, you need install Microsoft Office suite to get Outlook. You can also use Microsoft Outlook to access Gmail inbox and other services. Though its main role is to access inbox on desktop, you can also use Outlook for more tasks such as taking notes, arrange schedule, manage contacts and a lot more. Furthermore, Outlook also lets you install additional add-ons to enrich the features.

10. Opera Mail

Opera is one of names among cross-platform desktop email client apps. This email client was previously bundled with Opera browser. Since the version of Opera 15, Opera Mail is no longer become an integral part of Opera browser. Instead, it’s developed as a standalone desktop email client app that is available for major platform, including Mac.

Some leading email services are supported by Opera Mail including Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, Live, FastMail and a lot more. Opera Mail also supports major protocols like POP3, IMAP and SMTP.

11. Foxmail

Simple but useful enough. Foxmail is a desktop email client that is available for Windows and Mac. There is no different between the two version. You can install Foxmail in your Mac to access inbox from Gmail and other accounts. Foxmail isn’t a kind of feature-rich email client. But, there is no bad to give it a try. One of its notable features is undo mail.

12. Polymail

Polymail is a freemium app. Which mean you need to pay to get more features. Free version is available but with the minimum features. The email client is available for Mac only. It comes with a numbers of useful features to ease your tasks with email. One of its prominent features is Email Tracking that will instantly informs you whenever the sent email is opened at the recipient’s end. The premium features of Polymail include Activity Feed, Message Templates and Auto BCC.

13. MailMate

MailMate is another simple email client that is built exclusively for Mac. Although it is quite simple with minimum features, there no bad to try this one. MailMate comes with a rich notification system which is tightly integrated with MacOS. It also features Markdown integrated email composition and advanced search conditions and drill-down search links. You can use MailMate to access your Gmail inbox.

14. Mailplane

If you are looking for a desktop email client to handle multiple Gmail accounts, Mailplane would be a great choice. This email client has been designed exclusively for cover that need. You need to pay some dollars to use Mailplane for a long term as it’s a paid app. However, you will be given a 15-days free trial to try it out. If you impressed with the way Mailplane works, you can give your dollars.

Apart form Gmail, you can also access and manage other Google’s services like Calendar and Contacts. The email client also comes with a notification feature that is directly integrated with the Mac bar which displays an unread count of new emails.

15. Spark

Named as the best email client in 2016 by Apple. Surely, Spark is also a must-try app if you are looking for the best email client for your Mac. Spark is a free app that run seamlessly on all Apple’s products, including Apple Watch. You can utilize this app for boosting your productivity as it’s also integrated with other services like Dropbox, Box, iCloud Drive, Evernote and a lot more. Other notable feature of Spark is the Smart Inbox that lets you quickly see what’s important in your inbox and clean up the rest. All new emails are smartly categorized into Personal, Notifications and Newsletters.

16. Canary Mail

Canary Mail is another email client that is built only for Apple’s product. It’s completely free app with minimum features but handy enough to access your inbox whether it’s Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook or FastMail. Using this email client your emails are encrypted and stored locally and securely on your Mac, not on an online server. Canary Mail also comes with an important enough feature, Read Tracking, that lets know when your email is read by the recipient.

17. Redkix

Redkix is an Israeli startup that want to reinvent email. The company promises to keep its product free forever. So, there is no bad to give it a try. Redkix is available for major platform such as Windows, Android, iOS and yes, Mac. Currently, the app supports Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, and Office 365. All you need to do is login with your existing accounts to access your inbox.

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