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iOS Mail alternatives: 5 business-friendly options


Apple includes its Mail app on every iPhone. While it is a perfectly usable email client that connects to a variety of mail services including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft 365, it isn’t as feature-rich as it could be, particularly for business and enterprise environments.

Thankfully, there’s a wide range of alternative email apps for iOS. In this article, I’ll discuss five excellent choices, each with its own unique feature set.

One note before we get started: I am only including mail apps that connect to multiple services. Services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail offer first-party apps that connect with only that service. They are generally solid options if you only need to access a single service.


Outlook is Microsoft’s mail and calendar app for iOS. It connects natively to Exchange and Microsoft 365 and enables deep integration with Outlook for Windows or macOS, making it an excellent and obvious choice in many enterprises. But Outlook isn’t a one-trick pony. It supports other mail services as well, meaning it can be useful if you want a single mail client for work and home, or for situations where you need to access multiple work-related accounts.

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Outlook’s clean interface makes the app easy to navigate.

Outlook’s iOS interface is surprisingly clean and easy to navigate — in some ways it’s better than its desktop sibling. Microsoft also offers an excellent Outlook watchOS app that continues that clean interface.

Like the Outlook desktop client, the iOS app reduces inbox clutter with an optional Focused Inbox feature, which puts messages Outlook deems more important in the inbox’s main Focused tab. Less important emails are placed out of the way in Other tab. Other useful message handling features include optional message threading and the ability to quickly flag, pin, or snooze messages via swiping or a few taps.

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