iOS Mail Alternatives: 5 Business-Friendly Options

Apple brings its Mail app to every iPhone. Despite being a perfectly usable email client that connects to a variety of email services like Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft 365, it’s not as feature-rich as it could be, especially for business and enterprise environments .

Luckily, there is a wide range of alternative email apps for iOS. In this article, I’ll review five excellent options, each with their own unique features.

A note before we begin: I’m only adding mail apps that connect to multiple services. Services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail offer first-party apps that only connect to that service. They’re generally solid options if you only need access to a single service.


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

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Outlook’s clear user interface makes it easy to navigate the app.

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

Like the Outlook desktop client, the iOS app reduces inbox clutter with an optional Focused Inbox feature that places messages Outlook deems more important in the main Inbox tab. Less important e-mails are filed under the “Other” tab. Other useful message handling features include optional message threading and the ability to quickly flag, pin, or snooze messages with a swipe or a few taps.

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