The Best Free Email Accounts You Need to Consider

Joel Lee 17-03-2016

In just eight years, Gmail went from being nothing, to being the most-used email service in the entire world. As of 2012, it had over 425 million active users, and as of 2014, it became the first Google Play Store app to smash through the one-billion-installations record.


In other words, everyone knows about Gmail. But what about all of the other free email services out there? Gmail might be the most popular and the most well-known, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. Plus, you can’t keep using it, if you want to abandon Google.

So what else is out there? I’m glad you asked. Before you get started, you may want to find accounts linked to your current email address 6 Ways to Find All Accounts Linked to Your Email Address or Phone Number Find all accounts linked to the email address or your phone with these methods and ensure your data does not get misused online. Read More so you don’t leave anything behind.

1. (formerly known as Hotmail) was one of the first independent email services to be offered for free and without discrimination. In fact, until it was dethroned by Gmail in 2012, it was the most popular email service in the world.


The service has gone through numerous rebrandings over the years, and its current iteration is one of the best in terms of appearance and user-friendliness. It looks and feels very similar to the other web apps in Office Online, so if you use them, you’ll feel at home here.


It has a lot of advanced features, unlimited storage, integrates with OneDrive, and can handle custom domain names. If you decide to switch permanently, it’s easy enough to forward all your emails How To Play With Without Giving Up On Gmail I don’t think you will be changing over from Gmail to too soon. Definitely not brand loyalty, but certainly our email habits which makes that change just a future prospect. Gmail is great by... Read More . is ad-supported, but Ad-Free is available for $20 per year.

2. Yandex.Mail

For those who don’t know, Yandex is a Russian company that’s involved in all kinds of Internet ventures, including Web search, where it currently ranks as the largest search engine in Russia. Other services include Yandex Browser, Yandex Launcher, and Yandex Disk for cloud storage.


As far as reliability is concerned, you don’t have much to worry about with Yandex.Mail, which currently processes over 12 million non-spam emails every day. You’ll start with a 10 GB capacity, but as soon as you dip below 200 MB, you get a 1 GB boost. That’s effectively unlimited.


The interface is pretty nice, too. Not only is it clean and intuitive, but it has most of the features you’d need for an easy time: labels, categories, reminders, message templates, and configurable hotkeys. Definitely worth a try.

3. Zoho Mail

The Zoho Corporation is best known for its Zoho Office Suite, which is actually a pretty good free alternative to Microsoft Office, but its free email service isn’t all that shabby either. And best of all, it’s really free — no advertisements! You can even set up email at your domain for free with Zoho Mail.


Zoho Mail is aimed at professionals. It’s packed full of useful features like multi-level folders, complex rules and filters, tabbed and threaded views, advanced search, message templates, and an interface that seems designed for power users. All in all, it’s very solid.


After signing up for Zoho Mail, you’ll get 5 GB for email storage and a separate 5 GB for document storage, which you can access using the Zoho Online Office Apps. If you need more space, you’ll have to shell out for a premium subscription.

4. Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! Mail was one of the big three email services back in the day, and while it’s still in use by a lot of people, it has certainly fallen by the wayside in recent years. Interestingly enough, its current interface design is as close as you’ll get to Gmail’s classic interface.


Personally, I really like Yahoo! Mail. It’s simple and straightforward, but not so minimal that it feels outdated or lacking. Its feature set is admittedly a bit basic, but for a Web-based email service, it’s not bad at all.


And with a 1 TB storage capacity, Yahoo! Mail is basically offering unlimited storage. Attachments are limited to 25 MB in size, which means that even the wildest email user would have trouble filling up that much space in one lifetime.

5. ProtonMail

If security and privacy are the things you care about most in an email service, then ProtonMail is the one for you. Created by a CERN researcher and his research team of Harvard and MIT students, ProtonMail is the one of the best free encrypted email providers online.


ProtonMail is protected by Swiss privacy laws and a two-password form of inbox encryption. Emails are also encrypted before being stored and no metadata is kept (not even your IP address). You can even send self-destructing messages if you’re so inclined.

Free users get 500 MB of storage and 1,000 messages per month. Unfortunately, ProtonMail has been so popular that they can’t keep up with demand. You can join the waiting list and they’ll send you an invite as their server capacity allows. (Yep, they’re working on getting more servers, too.)

6. GMX Mail

GMX Mail has been around since 1997, yet surprisingly few people have ever heard of it. It’s been popular enough that it was able to acquire and its users back in 2010, bringing it up to 11 million active users in 2015. As far as perseverance goes, GMX Mail deserves a lot of credit. It’s one of the most popular email providers that are better than Gmail and Yahoo Mail.


With GMX Mail, you’ll get unlimited email storage, 50 MB attachment file size limit, 2 GB of file storage, and up to 2 levels of nested folders. However, if you’re in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you’ll be redirected to, which offers 1 GB email storage, 20 MB attachment file size limit, 1 GB of file storage, and 3 levels of nested folders.

Indeed, GMX Mail comes with cloud file storage, which is pretty awesome. The Web client also has a contacts manager and a calendar organizer, both of which are actually quite useful.

7. AOL Mail

I bet you didn’t know that AOL (formerly known as America Online) is still alive and kicking. In fact, it currently maintains a lot of products, including an RSS reader that’s quite good, as well as a free email service that’s sometimes wrongly referred to as AIM Mail.


AOL Mail offers unlimited email storage with a 25 MB limit on attachment file sizes. It’s also fully integrated with AOL Instant Messenger, if you still use that, and you can completely unsend emails that are sent to other AOL inboxes.

Other than the basic features you’d expect from a free email provider, AOL Mail doesn’t provide much more. The interface is a bit unpolished and it’s supported by ads. Overall, it’s neither great nor terrible. It is what it is.

Which Email Service(s) Do You Use?

At the end of the day, Gmail is perfectly fine, unless you have a specific complaint about one of its features, don’t trust it to value your privacy, or want to avoid using Google as much as you can. In that case, you’ll want to give these a try.

While you’re at it, why not pair your account with a free desktop email client?

Personally, I’ve been using Gmail since it debuted and it has never caused me any issues. However, that doesn’t mean Gmail is the best, so I urge you to try out alternatives whenever you can. You never know if you’ll find an alternative that you absolutely love.

There are also plenty of services worth considering if you’re looking for an email web app for reminders, quick messages, and burners 5 Must-Have Email Web Apps for Reminders, Quick Mails, Burners, and More These web apps can help turn your email into a more powerful tool. Use them for reminders, journal entries, and even burner mails. Read More .

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  1. Paul West
    September 27, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Judging by all the negative feedback in the comments here, as well as those on review websites I've checked, it would seem that the author of this article is yet another sloppy online reviewer who doesn't bother to do proper research, which is also exemplified by a total lack of facilities offered by providers. Consequently, the article is absolutely useless, while the title is nothing but click-bait

  2. JackGarbo
    August 27, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Tried to sign up with GMX. Constant "Technical errors", "Characters not matched". then checked reviews of GMX! Abysmal. Might gain some credibility if you delete it from your list. I have.

  3. Gary Wojcik
    June 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I must tell you that my experience with AOL Mail is TERRIBLE! Very slow, takes many clicks before you get to read your mail! In addition, their News Service that posts articles which you cannot avoid, are biased, untruthful in many cases, and just simply Bullshit!

  4. DeePee
    March 24, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    If you read anything about privacy, you know that they say do not give your info away. YET... Most email services require you to have an alternate eMail or even your phone number. How private will that be? Sure, it helps the service to harvest your data but it also has an opening for hackers. I am sure (yeah,,,,) that they are doing it for security reason--to track the bad guys. MUCH like if you ban guns, criminals will still have guns. If you make your mail private yet leave your Phone number, they will hack & harvest you. Just remember: ANYTHING DIGITAL CAN BE HACKED, EVENTUALLY.

    proton mail has appealed to me - it does not require validation except a Capta, unless you wanna give them the farm!

  5. Kay S
    March 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I have used MSN.COM email for 20 years and I Love it. Unfortunately I can't get new email addresses using it anymore. If someone knows a way to create one again, I'd love to know how.

  6. Lynne Weir
    February 27, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I am fed up with gmail's behavior! I am not very accomplished or knowledgeable about anything to do with computers. My Samsung note8 is the only device I use, and I frequently have trouble with that! However, Gmail is constantly telling that one or another email address does not exist or does not recieve emails, when I KNOW that not to be a fact. It frequently ADDS "" to an address that does not contain that, and THAT, I am pretty sure, is why the "address doesn't exist"! I do not want to just close or eliminate my gmail (my husband is an electronics engineer, and the whole gmail thing was his idea) I just want a separate, second address that google cannot interfere with. Is this possible, or am I stuck with only gmail?

  7. OwtRageous
    December 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    protonmail sadly turns out to be a spam magnet. cool-looking interface, but not worth it.

  8. Fred
    December 6, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    I have used GMX for years with great success but now I am having issues receiving email from one of my new webmail accounts when i try to get support from GMX all of their CONTACT links go to a page that is for set-up of account very disappointing

  9. Darry Dolan
    October 19, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Lay off the three-capital-letter abbreviations in your explanations . Spell it out. Thanks, DD

  10. dee
    September 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

    how do u un-send aol mail? I have been using it for yrs and that was an option yrs ago but I no longer see that option. At one time you could check to see if your mail had been read, that also is no longer an option

  11. m. edmund howse
    June 21, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    had an account for two days then it disappeared and i can't login and my$oft can't or won't let me rebuild

  12. George W Hamilton
    April 19, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    You people can't even provide a simple, straightforward form..

  13. George W Hamilton
    April 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Toooo much and toooooo many changes at "sign in"

  14. Darius
    March 26, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Stay AWAY from yandex. They block your account – supposedly for suspicious activity – and after that they demand your mobile phone for restoring it. It’s much worse than demanding a mobile phone from the start like does. Yandex is nothing more than a “phising mobile service”. Don't even think of creating account there!

  15. Pete
    March 5, 2018 at 11:39 am

    May I ask all you helpful commenters two questions?

    1) If one switches e-mail providers, as so many of you seem to do, how does one preserve all one's old e-mails? Or are they simply lost? I couldn't cope with that!
    2) Is there a good independent e-mail provider that is ad-free and low cost?

    Thanks for any responses

  16. Alan Jennings
    December 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I made the transition to GMX from Gmail, and was happy until today, when they did the exact same thing that Google was doing, and locked me out of my email, sent me a message to change my password while I was trying to log in, claiming "suspicious activity," and then kept resetting the page as I was trying to enter the information into their forms, and threw the Google based "Captcha" lockout on THAT, and no matter how many Captcha screens I kept going through, it put me in an endless loop, and never stopped sending new screens at me. I don't have time for that crap, and it's the main reason I wanted a different email account. These companies use tainted algorithms to tell them whether something is "suspicious." I have an ISP that reroutes their traffic through different hubs, showing that I am logging in from different areas. So what? What about people that travel all the time? What an aggravation.

    • Pete
      March 5, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Hi Alan,
      Agree with you entirely on the travel thing. I'm sick and tired of warnings from Microsoft in particular that "there's been a suspicious log-in to your acount" just because I travel a lot. Don't millions of folk? I never get that hassle when I log in to my on-line bank from abroad!

  17. ay tee
    November 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    REMOVE YAHOO FROM THIS LIST. Do not use them if you want security and longevity. There is no way to recover a forgotten password. After more than 20 years of emails I forgot my password, and what do they say? You're SOL, there is no way to fix that.

    I don't know how these reviewers can keep Yahoo on the top ten list when it is so easy to lose everything. DO NOT use Yahoo.

    • Ernie Johnson
      January 8, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      I want to get away from yahoo-mail but I need to find a email that has a home
      screen the same as yahoo where it is easy to log in emails of new friends
      and or check my list of friends emails at one click and I'm still looking I find that
      gmail can be a problem and now I find that GMX can cause real problems to
      clients already signed in with them because they gmx don't like their password
      that sucks !

  18. Edward
    November 9, 2017 at 6:42 am

    For the people behind GFW, we have to give up any Google service. Comparing Outlook and Yahoo!.com, I go for Outlook, since Yahoo! is always promoting to get your upgrade to premium account, otherwise unmovable ad is there at the top of my mail list.

    • Edward
      November 9, 2017 at 6:44 am

      And I'm considering to try Zoho...

      • Freya Marshall
        November 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        I love Zoho and have been with them for years, just as a private person, not a business. But recently they brought out a new interface which I "tried" and it's awful Can't find a way back to the old one, so that's why I'm reading this article. Still, if you've never known the old interface you might like it. The poorest thing I found about it was its search facility - not a patch on gmail.

        • Ben Arnold
          February 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm

          I felt the exact same way, but because I have thousands of clients, I couldn't change email services easily so I stuck with Zoho and after awhile it didn't even bother me anymore, I can't even remember what the old interface looked like. I've used all other email services under the sun and while Zoho is perhaps one of the slowest, simplest, and less features, and navigation involves a few more steps than most services (I get lost in my own home so maybe that's just a user error and not Zoho's fault), it's none-the-less robust, very secure, never gives me any problems concerning logging in and stupid login games that all the other services love playing (jump through this hoop of fire and we'll open your Gmail account, oh we show that you don't have a Yahoo account anymore it has been deleted, oh you want a Yandex account oops it has been hijacked on your first day congratulations). Zoho is slow as a turtle but a true God send. Stick with it. Because so far Zoho seems to be loyal and sticking with us!

        • Freya Marshall
          February 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm

          I wrote to Zoho support about my problem and they told me how to get back to the old-style version I wanted. It was just too ridiculously easy that I felt a bit of an idiot!

          "You can switch on from older to new version and vice versa by selecting the Settings icon, where you can find the older and new version choosing options."

        • Maggi
          April 4, 2018 at 10:59 am

          Can you send the link for the free version as could only find the paid business site. Also does it have a calendar included

    • Ernie Johnson
      January 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      outlook is too close to yahoo and all bad stuff can bleed over to outlook if you were first at yahoo and then went to outlook as yahoo likes to attach to all and everything.

    • Ernie Johnson
      January 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      yahoo has one virus after another that gets in their system and this drives me nuts
      so I have to say good bye to them for good !

  19. jgf
    October 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Interesting article, interesting comments. My two cents' worth-

    I loved hotmail; and was furious at Micro$oft's dictatorial shuffling of all its accounts to Outlook ("If I'd wanted to use Outlook, I'd have been using Outlook"). Told them to just delete my account and left. (According to Thunderbird it is still active, probably loaded with spam by now.)

    Gmail is google; I've no desire for my mail to be datamined.

    Over the past couple of months have tried registering with several of the others mentioned, but this isn't "snail mail" so there's no need to give them a physical address, even if just a zip code. And I'm certainly not giving my phone number to some anonymous online entity. Close the tab and move on.

    GMX bombards you with ads. Dealbreaker.

    Proton sounded interesting, but the registration page never loads (tried several times over the past month).

    Had an inbox account briefly but their policies are too draconian and their customer "service" deplorable. Go "too long" without checking your mail and your account is deleted without notice. Contact them and basically get a "tough s**t" response.

    Have two Yahoo accounts (having read Jonathan Swift, they are aptly named); one for 12 years, the other for 18 years. But for the past few years these yahoos just will not leave you alone; "Yahoo makes it easy...", yes, by constantly nagging you to "verify your account", "you need to log in again", "you need to change your password", "we want your phone number". For those first three you are actually locked out of your account until you comply. Unacceptable. So after all this time I'm moving on.

    A brief requiem for my two favorite email providers: muchomail and MyWay. Had accounts with both for 15 years, they were basic mail programs - no stock tickers, no sport scores, no chat, no video, no ads, no nagging ...and excellent spam blocking. Both were abruptly taken down about a year ago.

    My thanks to the person here who mentioned tutanota, I'd never heard of them but giving them a try.

  20. Rose
    October 20, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I have used yahoo for over ten years. I never had any problems until two years ago when it got sooooo slooow that I thought it was my laptop that was the issue. So I bought a new laptop. No better. I am just a bit faster than a "hunt and peck" typer, but often yahoo can't keep up with me. WHY!!! Because they are too blasted busy loading annoying ads! Not to worry though, you can get ad- free yahoo...for $50 a year! No thanks.

    • rutahbo
      December 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Install Adblock Plus and Yahoo will most likely work normally again.

  21. Andy
    September 30, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Outlook wanted me to jump through hoops to reactivate my account (which they deactivated). Too much personal infomation required for my liking so I deleted it and lost all of the stuff within the account even though it was on my PC. It said I'd lose it if I deleted the account which only made me do it faster. B#st#rds!! Win 10 sucks BTW :)
    It seems MS is only interested in flogging stuff to you through the Win store and serving ad's which I'm not interested in anyway. Was on Startmail for a year @ 80 bucks US and found it a good service. Will go back to it. Good customer service as well.

  22. Julieta
    September 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Although Yandex claims that you can register for mail service without a phone number, it seems that your account is marked as suspicious after you register. Beware of misleading advertising! Google is not the only one out there looking to grab your data. Here is the response I got from Yandex when I asked for support. I have since deleted the account.
    This problem is caused by the fact that your login seemed suspicious to our security system.

    To be able to start sending messages again, you must indicate reliable personal information on page (link edited out)
    On that page you will have to link a mobile phone to your account via the 'phone numbers' link, if you haven't done so already. There may also be a CAPTCHA test to complete.

    After doing this your account will automatically be unblocked.

    Best regards, Anna K.
    Yandex.Mail Support Service

    • dennis
      December 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Interesting. I switched to Yandex when inbox stopped being free and was happy with it until a couple of weeks ago when I started getting this:

      "An error has occurred

      Please refresh the page or try again in a few minutes. You can also try the light or mobile version of Yandex.Mail, or search for a solution on this support page.
      Please wait...

      The page is taking a long time to load.

      Try refreshing the page or use the light version."

      The light version really sucks, it looks like a web page from 1994 and has limited functionality. At least you were able to figure out how to contact support, can you or anyone else tell me how to do this? Thanks

  23. Trishaa Minter
    September 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    All these services have the worst customer service ever if you can reach them at all!!!
    One even wants to verify my web and that caused me 2 days to get my provider calmed down.
    I hope to leave which has gone from free to $40 plus a year. I've looked at 19 free emails with them taking from 2-4 days to respond with no answers.

    Good luck

    • klrao
      February 12, 2018 at 3:35 am

      hi trisha , just try - , you my like it , i like it, hence i am suggesting you

    • Iki
      February 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Try tutanota or netcourrier. Really nice email services.

  24. Abg
    August 26, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Protonmail and Outlook user..for 3 years...never dissatisfied with any.

  25. Geminga
    August 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I do not trust anything bed with the government

  26. Paulo Cesar
    August 7, 2017 at 4:22 am best provider !

  27. Bill Erdman
    June 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I just got a notice tha AOL is going to stop being free. I will switch to some other email provider.

    • Dennis
      December 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      only the desk top browser $4.99 per month. But you still use the email any time and any place . just not on the AOL browser
      I have Gamil also. and I'm sick of it.

  28. mark
    January 27, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Protommail is a complete and utter waste of time. you go there and the page takes forever to load and PEGS all of your cores. You leave and your browser is STILL owned by what ever scripts they had running while you were on their site and now EVERY page you go to takes forever to load in and every part of the browsing experience is TOTALLY buggered.
    I went there, clicked on the create account and closed the window 3 minutes later while it was still loading and i was at 400% cpu. that was a few minute ago and my broswser is still screwed up. will need to killall -9 firefox and relaunch
    Also, glad you did not have - they themselves are constantly emailing your account with "you have been selected to buy this garbage" emails

  29. Kathy
    January 14, 2017 at 3:40 am

    I have used Hotmail (now Outlook) for almost 20 years. It was my favorite; nothing else came close to having the features I wanted. But when it became Outlook that all changed! I get tons of emails every day, and they add up fast. It used to be, when I hover over the sender for the drop down and select "find email", and it brought up all of the emails from that address, and I clicked the box on top for "all folders', which selected all of that sender's emails... I could click on "Delete" – and voila, all would be deleted in a single stroke! .. NOW, I click on "Delete"... and NOTHING happens! This is consistent. It doesn't matter which sender I bring up, en masse, and try to delete... they will not delete! Meanwhile, my inbox gets bigger.. and bigger.. and bigger...

  30. isaac pentlin
    January 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    IO used Yahoo for many yrs; but lately I have been getting much spam.I spam them and they still spam me. I closed the account. I am getting the same problem like I have with Yahoo. with and I emailed them that I will close them in successive months. wrote me back and admitted they are having trouble with spammers. I had a or GMX accout which seamed to be the best. LYCOS is very basic and I like them. I have a Gmail account and I have no problems with spam there.

  31. Steph Bor
    December 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I've used google for 16yrs. A group member sent an explicit video in a whatsapp foum . My google accounts are always signed in, i auto uploaded to google google disabled all my accounts.
    Pics, email, docs... all gone. no human to contact just auto response sayign you violated their TOS. I try to explain, not going anywhere.
    So, no point staying after this experience. Just shows how too many products with 1 firm acn harm you daily life when you there an innocent mistake.
    Anyone used Zoho or Yandex?

  32. Marek Sumara
    October 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    No love for iCloud? It's free, and includes Apple office-style web apps. Anyone with an iPhone needs it especially for "Find My Phone" :) I've been around for awhile (I have an address), and have collected several accounts over the years on Gmail, Yahoo, Zoho, Outlook / Hotmail, etc. My @mac address is by far the most-used, with gmail second (they used to be #1 in spam filtering). I don't even remember my logins for my Yahoo account. Zoho is ...there, but secondary... and Outlook / Hotmail I only keep out of necessity of continuity.

    What I continue to find sad is how many folks just accept the email account that comes with their ISP... create their digital life tied to that account... and then find themselves in crisis when they switch ISPs without planning for the transition.

  33. George Schwarz
    October 23, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Your recommendations for Yahoo and Outlook destroy your cred. I get more spam and junk with those two than I have ever gotten with gmail.

  34. Toms
    October 22, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    In my opinion everybody uses gmail. I also like to use / email. Well service and working on their products.

    • Sentinel
      March 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Your opinion that "everybody" uses gmail portrays you as a clueless fool.

      • bubacarr
        March 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

        hello there how are you doing there i want to be friend with you because you are really honest

  35. Erwin
    October 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I like using Zoho mail.

  36. asad
    October 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    i am using proton mail since it launch. the interface is simple with no hidden twists and their self destroying mail feature is talk of town. Though the capacity for free proton mail is limited to 500 mb, but i think its more then sufficient for users like me. If want more space, go pro.

  37. Ethan
    October 18, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Why can't Gmail on Android do one click multiple select like on the desktop version?
    I've had Gmail on PC since it began and appreciate its capabilities, but one function not included on their Android app is sorely missed. On the desktop version at the main inbox (as well as social networking and promotional inboxes), we can grab a page worth of multiple emails to process with 1 click in the check box. We can also for search emails filtered in various way & do likewise. But not on Android? Selecting one email at a time to move to another folder or send to trash is ridiculous! Though the Android email apps I've tried so far don't exactly have this function like Gmail on PC, there is a way by searching to select multiple emails. For example, using the app "MyMail" to get my Gmail, to grab multiple emails, I just open an email, then long press the From sender's tab & select Find Messages. Long press to select one email, click the upper right corner, Select All, then delete or move to a folder. K@Mail does this too & has Rich Text.
    When I aquire a newer Android in the coming months with 32 or 64 gigabytes in primary storage, I look forward to compare & try other apps that can be set up to retrieve Gmail and non web mail. Meanwhile I wish I could remove Gmail and other Google bloatware to save storage space, but my phone is not rooted. Any recommendations for a faster flexible and customizable smartphone with large primary storage is welcome. TIA

  38. pbc
    September 20, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Yahoo has a good email service, but its customer support is the pits. I have been trying to resolve a problem for 5 days. Their FAQ's do not address my problem.. There is no way to talk to a real person. No email contact for yahoomail? Ironic. No person to chat with. I am changing my email today even tho i have been with yahoo for many years.
    I'm not a computer genius and I need to have a support system I can rely on.

    • Joel Lee
      September 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Oh man, I'm usually able to troubleshoot on my own so I totally overlooked the whole customer support angle. You're right, some of these email services are pretty bad in that department. Thanks for bringing that up, Pbc. Do you still use Yahoo or did you switch to something else?

  39. Anon
    August 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I use gmail almost exclusively for things related to Google such as messages from YouTube subscriptions, which I never read. That's because I don't trust (((Google))). should not be on anybody's consideration list for email services because Microsoft suddenly and arbitrarily locks people out of their email accounts. That's a nasty surprise when that happens. You want your email to be totally reliable, and Microsoft's email offerings woefully fail to meet that standard.
    I use Startmail, which is not free. It has a few quirks that are annoying, but it is private and fairly reliable. The quirks are that you can't make permanent settings for email fonts and colors, the hyperlink frequently won't clear for the next link you want to insert, the site on rare occasions goes down for up to a few hours, images often won't paste directly into an email and must be saved to disk first, and the service they use to receive payments will think you're a spammer, which can make it difficult to pay for the service. Still I much like Startmail because it's private and reliable. They don't scan or read your email or arbitrarily lock you out.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Wow, Startmail sounds awful! Just a few quirks and (only) goes down for up to a few hours!? Doesn't sound reliable at all.

      Email privacy only really exists if you use two-way encryption. In all other cases, email is probably the least secure communication medium you can use. Investing in a VPN would be a better idea.

      • Anon
        August 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

        It has only been down for three or 4 times that I know about over the past year and those were only for a few hours. I can live with that. Microsoft's sudden surprises are intolerable. A site being down briefly for maintenance is one thing. Locking you out is another matter that's far worse.

        I agree about the encryption and privacy. An email service has no business reading or scanning its users' emails even if they aren't encrypted. Startmail doesn't do either. A VPN is a good idea. That will hide your location if it's a good VPN, but it won't protect you from a bad email service.

        If this link will post here, you can read what others have said about their bad experiences with Microsoft email.

      • Anon
        August 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        I tried to post a reply, but it didn't show after I clicked on post comment. Maybe the link/URL I put in was a problem.

        Startmail is not awful at all. I have other email addresses to deal with temporary outages. Three or 4 times over a year is all the down time I know about. That's an entirely different matter and an acceptable one in comparison to being locked out.

        Usually I don't need email privacy, but I definitely need reliability. Locking people out is totally unreliable.

        A VPN is a good idea for hiding your location and identity, but it won't protect you from a bad email service.

        There's a forum on Microsoft that has a few comments about bad experiences from users. It's titled "Your account has been temporarily suspended"

        • Tina Sieber
          August 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm

          I guess I've been lucky. I can't remember ever having been locked out of my email account. I'm not using Outlook though. Thanks for the details on that issue!

  40. Fullofhope
    August 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I have to stop using gmail because it is uninstallable on Thunderbird. It endlessly asks "Config could not be verified--is the username or password wrong?".
    if you do a search on this message you see loads of people get it, and not all manage to get round it, I being one of them.

    • DarkSocksRaily
      December 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Usually this happens if you're not signed in with the account you're trying to add to thunderbird.

      I've got two gmail accounts and they're the easiest (of all others like outlook, gmx, yahoo) to set-up on thunderbird.

      Just sign in with your browser first and then try to add it on thunderbird.

      • Ernie Johnson
        January 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

        What the hell is Thunderbird ?

  41. Anonymous
    August 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I have a couple account on several email provider. One of these ( is finishing to give free account and I want to change to an other host (after 8 years). It's matter of "sound" of my email address because I want to use it for job seeking and some similar "official" reason.

    I don't understand why do you suggest Yahoo and AOL if their services isn't so reliable?
    I found a useful comparison:
    I'm tending to use Zoho.

  42. Brenda F.
    August 5, 2016 at 2:35 am

    The biggest issue I have had with GMX is that it only allows you to store five draft E mails.

  43. Anonymous
    July 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    If you use AOL or Yahoo, expect your accounts to be compromised, hacked, or broken into.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      More so than any other free email service? What makes you say that?

      • Anonymous
        July 13, 2016 at 10:33 pm

        If you have been following such news like some of us were, you'd know that by now. In fact I remember when Yahoo promised to harden their email servers after over 273 million accounts were hack at one point.

        I can also give you my personal experience. I have several gmail, and accounts, due to the nature of my business, and try to keep separate emails to forward to from my business domains. I also keep around half a dozen of throw away Yahoo, AOL and couple of other accounts.
        The only accounts I had compromised were 2 yahoo accounts and all three AOL accounts.
        Historically I was more cautious with AOL and yahoo, used more complex passwords than the rest, and activated 2 step verification with all yahoo accounts the minute that became available, still got hacked along with millions of them.

        I have been a Linux system admin for the last 22 years, and know exactly how to lock down my accounts and services, so user problem is not the culprit here.

        • Leanda
          August 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

          Hi John,
          I also use gmail for business purposes, but lately it bumps my emails to more that 25 recipients back to me. And do not try sending more than two messages with more than 25 recipients on one day! It is really annoying. Any ideas how to get around that? Gmail keeps telling me I am spamming - but I am not.
          Seems like I must go see a professional, since I tried and it did the exact same thing.

        • Joe Rodriguez
          December 9, 2016 at 4:09 am

          I was one of those 273 yahoo accounts that got hacked.. with 2-step active. I only used that account for Yahoo Answers tho, not even for email so it wasn't anything more than a minor nuisance, thankfully.

          I've been using gmx for nearly a year now, I like it. It also allows you 10 alias email addresses in a few different domains, has worked out so far.

          I've recently started using Yandex because of the extra services. Seems good so far.

      • Anon
        August 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm

        I had good experience with Yahoo for years. Then in 2012 I was awakened with a call from my cousin who had received spam from my Yahoo email account that had been compromised unbeknownst to me. I followed the suggestions I could find from Yahoo such as changing my password. Nothing worked because it was a Yahoo insider who had commandeered my account. The log Yahoo had for when I was signed in to my account had been altered. The links on Yahoo for help with the problem were disabled. I had a strong password. Only an insider could have compromised my account like that. The spam that the hacker neglected to delete from my sent folder had addresses from India. Yahoo has people working for it in India who are untrustworthy. Since that incident, I've received tons of spam. Yahoo doesn't have good tools for filtering spam. Verizon bought Yahoo. Maybe Verizon will make it better.

        • PxDx
          October 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

          You're sick calling Indians as not trustworthy. Please get well soon.

    June 26, 2016 at 9:16 pm




    • Anonymous
      July 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Your Caps Lock key is stuck.

      • wl
        July 31, 2016 at 7:09 am

        Shift key?

        • Sentinel
          March 4, 2017 at 11:42 pm

          Comcast is so lame that maybe it only allows uppercase (j/k).

  45. email tester
    May 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I still have a Bigfoot forwarding address... remember that??

  46. Ralf
    March 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

    GMX is one of the best and everybody in Germany knows it. As it is mentioned in the text for them security is very important. That's why mails are encrypted when they are sent between GMX Users and all the mails are stored on servers in Germany

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Ralf! Kinda weird that the German version of GMX is different. I wonder if us non-German users have an inferior version in terms of security?

  47. Sandy Coulter
    March 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I have been using AOL mail both web-based and in the AOL software for over 20 years. I have never been hacked and it has allowed me to conduct business with very few glitches. Some of my colleagues will laugh and make remarks like what kind of geek uses AOL, etc. My answer is that it just plain works and I prefer to stick with proven technology. Yes, I have tried many others just for the sake of experimentation but have found non as easy and trouble free. It is also super easy to transition to from other accounts as I have done for people having problems with Yahoo, hotmail or gmail. Try it and you will see what I mean.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 2:18 am

      Well if you've been using it for that long, you probably have a massive archive of emails stored up! If I were in your position, I'd hate giving that up just to switch somewhere else. As I like to say, if something works for you, keep using it. :)

  48. David S
    March 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Almost everyone I know has had their AOL account hacked. I think they must allow brute force attacks on the pword. They also seem to divulge email addresses that former users used to send email to.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Somehow that doesn't surprise me. Thanks for the heads up David!

  49. Janet
    March 27, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Do any of these have their oen android apps? :)

  50. Debra Marr
    March 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    With 425 million active users I really don't think Google would have the time to be checking clients emails.
    I started using Gmail because I prefer google chrome as a browser, I also still have a yahoo email account.
    What happened to excite? I had to get a new computer in 2012 & could no longer access my excite account, had thousands of emails from friends all around the world that I was keeping.

    Some good info there, shall be bookmarking this for future reference.

    • Anonymous
      March 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      "With 425 million active users I really don’t think Google would have the time to be checking clients emails."
      You mean 'privacy by obscurity'? Don't hold your breath. NSA processes that many messages in an hour and they have no problems extracting the info they are interested in. It is all done with software algorithms that automatically find the data of interest. Untouched by human hand.

  51. John
    March 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    What about Thunderbird or is that just an email server that handles everythng

    • deezy
      March 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      I use it on Mac and Windows. While not the most refined, it works just fine.

      But it is a Mail client software for an existing email account. You still need Gmail or AOL or Yahoo or some email server to host your mail.

  52. Anonymous
    March 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    When I look through my archives, the most hacked email addresses resulting in spam in my inbox come from Hotmail and Yahoo.

    So bad that for a while, maybe 10 years or so ago, if an email showed up from either I would call or write asking the sender if they were aware that they sent me anything before I considered opening it.

    When it comes to these two, I've talked many people out of joining and into closing old accounts. I am still very cautious when dealing with messages from those providers.

  53. JIm
    March 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Why would anyone use Gmail when Google freely admits it owns all your email and can look at it and mine it for names and data as much as they wish?

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Convenience, ignorance, or apathy. At least Gmail is reliable (you know it won't ever disappear) so maybe that's worth the price of privacy? For some people, anyway.

  54. Anonymous
    March 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Who the hell uses Yahoo mail these days. I thought everyone would be on Gmail.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      More than you'd think! Most are probably people who signed up a while ago and couldn't be bothered to switch away. :P

      • Anonymous
        March 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        I've stayed with GMail because of inertia; I was to lazy to switch. After all, it IS a chore to change your email address on all the sites where you left it. :-)

  55. Anonymous
    March 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    yeah, all are very nice

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks, I hope it helped. :)

  56. Hildegerd Haugen
    March 25, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Ghostmaiil is good too.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      It's nice that Ghostmail has encryption! Too bad the free plan is a bit crippled in features, but it's still worth checking out. Thanks for the heads up, Hildegerd!

    • Anonymous
      August 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Unfortunately ghostmail will close for individuals. The reason is "presumption of guilty". This is a paranoid stupidity in my opinion.

      They don't serve at all because there could be some criminal mind among their users. What kind of thinking is this?

  57. George Schwarz
    March 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I've got no beef with Gmail when using it with Office/Outlook in IMAP. I like it less using it in the webmail format. I use, but detest Yahoo for its ads and massive spam. I do OK with my hotmail account. In general, I'd prefer a client to webmail.

    One regret is migrating away from Pegasus' Pmail.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Any reason why you're using different services? Nothing wrong with that, just curious. :)

  58. Pravin
    March 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Hey, Joel

    You didn't include / One of my favourites. Using since 2000.

    • Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries
      March 25, 2016 at 12:51 am

      See the first two sentences of #6:

      "GMX Mail has been around since 1997, yet surprisingly few people have ever heard of it. It’s been popular enough that it was able to acquire and its users back in 2010, bringing it up to 11 million active users in 2015."

      I have had accounts with both for a very long time, and while they're better now at handling spam, their filters still aren't that great.

  59. Anonymous
    March 18, 2016 at 11:56 am

    1 Of The Reasons I Did Not Use Free YAHOO Mail More Frequently, Was The Feature To Redirect Mails To Other Accounts Was Only Reserved For Premium Users.

    A Few Days Ago, I Was Pleasantly Surprised That After So Many Many Many Years They Decided To Include That Feature For Free Users, Too.

    Does Anyone Know When They Finally Got Smarter ?

    Thank You.

  60. gjohnson
    March 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I still prefer non-web mails. They seem to have more features.
    Win Live Mail still works well plus I have backup emailers that work similarly to WLM:
    eMailClient, Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook contained in Microsoft Office, Mailbird - I receive emails from friends who use IncrediMail.
    These were all easily set up - so I'm ready when WLM is taken from us.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      True, I prefer desktop email clients too. Right now I'm using Postbox. Good thing is that desktop clients can be used in conjunction with these email accounts!

  61. Anonymous
    March 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

    glad that protonmail is in the list

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Yup, it's worth knowing about. Do you use it? If so, how do you like it?

      • Al
        March 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        I use them, Joel. Love it so far. Encryption is built in by default, so I don't have to deal with it but I am covered. The new release of the mobile apps was a huge deal for me!

  62. Grant Real
    March 18, 2016 at 2:31 am stopped allowing users to set up or manage accounts using their own domain in April 2014 but both Yandex and Zoho support mail@your-own-domain at no charge

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Good to know! Thanks Grant.

  63. Bobmark
    March 18, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Aside from divorcing from Google, you need to tell me why any of these are better than Gmail. The possible exception is ProtonMail with its encryption.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Divorcing from Gmail is the main reason, but user interface is another. Sometimes people just prefer one over another due to appearances and what not, which is still a valid reason to switch in my opinion.

    • Anonymous
      March 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      GMail is missing features that I consider important and that I had with ATT WorldMail 15+ years ago. The features GMail does add, I find useless.

    • katcfw
      October 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I like the ability to sort my email by subject, sender, date etc., and gmail does not offer the sorting feature. It does have a "search" feature that works quite well, but that doesn't fulfill what I seek

  64. Amanda Hugenkiss
    March 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm


    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Oh, Hushmail looks pretty nice! But I don't see a free plan. Am I missing it somewhere?

      • Gary
        April 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm

        Hushmail was a nice service, but they no longer have the free option, that I know of. I had it, but you had to sign in at least once every three weeks to remain active, and because I fell into a coma for five weeks, I was unable to log in They closed my account. When I came out of the coma, I wrote to them about the situation. All they did was tell me to sign up for the paid plan, since the free plan had lapsed! I wish there were another free email like that one available.

  65. rascus
    March 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Very good article. I'm missing only tutanota on that list.

    • Anonymous
      March 18, 2016 at 10:02 am

      +1 for tutanota

      • Albert
        March 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

        It is good only for encryption. But their receiving box is very bad :(

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks rascus! Didn't know about tutanota.

    • Al
      March 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Tried Tutanota, but it just doesn't compare to Protonmail. The user experience is terrible. Plus Protonmail is built on openPGP so it is inter-operable with a bunch of other encrypted services.

    • Tom
      October 6, 2017 at 3:41 am

      I use both TN & PM. PM is more expensive for a pro account, but it has more valuable features. TN won't allow you to delete aliases once you've created them. So if you MEANT to make an alias "HappyUser@..." but made a mistake and created "HapyUser@..." instead, too bad. The mistake will remain forever as one of your allotted aliases. People have asked TN over and over again to address this & they refuse to. That's an absurd policy & when my paid subscription is over I won't be continuing with TN.

  66. Anonymous
    March 17, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am trying to extricate myself from Google's clutches, GMail being their last hold on me.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      No problem! If you decide on one, do let us know which and why. :D

      • Anonymous
        March 26, 2016 at 3:07 pm

        Considering my desire for privacy, I would like to switch to ProtonMail. The problem with switching is that I will have to notify everybody of my new address. In view of how often we leave our email address, that is not going to be an easy task.

        • Al
          March 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

          Totally, agree. I just made the switch and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Just set your Gmail to auto-forward new messages to your new email.

  67. amro
    March 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    GMX is great in a lot of ways, but I had to abandon it because it has gained a negative reputation for spam. Who knew that making it harder to sign up was actually a good thing?

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Hmm, I wasn't aware of the spam reputation. That's sad to hear.

    • Al
      March 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      This is why I had to leave GMX. I've found the best deliver-ability with Gmail, Protonmail and Outlook. Ended up with Protonmail because of their security.

      • Anonymous
        July 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        Did you use their spam filter? This is what it says on their website:

        “A good spam filter is the key to keeping your inbox free of junk mail. GMX is aware of this and has created a spam blocker with our users in mind.”

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Did you use their spam filter? This is what it says on their website:

      "A good spam filter is the key to keeping your inbox free of junk mail. GMX is aware of this and has created a spam blocker with our users in mind."

  68. Kevin Wampler
    March 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I can't believe AOL is still around! I didn't know GMX was still around, too. Very informative.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Kevin! Funny how AOL still exists, huh? Haha.

  69. Anonymous
    March 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks, good roundup! I would be concerned about the future of Yahoo mail, the company is in an awkward (money-losing) situation right now, and I would concerned about the future of any of its offerings.

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Gary! Even though Yahoo! doesn't seem to be flourishing, I think they're still a long way away from going bankrupt. I don't really have any data to back that up though, so maybe taking caution is actually a good idea. Hmm.

      • deezy
        March 25, 2016 at 11:39 pm

        While I agree that Yahoo itself is not in imminent danger, they are reducing staff and cutting product lines, and if they are not making money on Email, who knows if they will cut it or not.

    • Jeff Fuller
      March 26, 2016 at 4:44 am

      As someone who still has a address,which is what eventually became Yahoo mail back in the 90's, I am not surprised Yahoo has been hemorrhaging users. Their interface has been getting worse in recent years IMHO, but then again I never liked the Gmail interface.

      Thanks for the article,I'm going to start researching some alternatives.