Better Than Gmail for Android: Boomerang for Android Reviewed

Justin Pot 03-09-2013

Boomerang just might be the best email client for Android. Here’s why.


Ever since Sparrow made Gmail on the iPhone spectacular, iOS developers have tried to re-invent the way Gmail users access their mail on mobile. The same can’t be said on Google’s Android, however, and this makes sense: the operating system includes a Gmail app out of the box.

There is one app, however, that gives Gmail a run for its money. Last month the makers of the Boomerang browser extension Schedule Emails to Send Later with Boomerang for Gmail in Chrome Gmail is in ingenious tool for managing emails. Much of what it is lacking per default, is covered by Gmail Labs apps or browser add-ons. Boomerang is a browser add-on available for Chrome that let's... Read More released a full-blown email client for Android. This app not only brought Boomerang’s previously browser-only “snooze” button to mobile, but also allowed Android users to track when their emails are opened. Alongside these advanced, Boomerang-only features are many of the staples that makes the stock Android app so great: push notifications, multiple accounts and more.


Let’s break down the exclusive features, the equivalent features other alternative clients forget, and what’s missing from Boomerang for Android.

What’s Better?

We’ll begin with the obvious difference: the features only Boomerang offers Gmail-loving Android users. As a general introduction, Mark’s article shows you how Boomerang is a powerful Gmail extension Schedule Your Messages Inside Gmail With Boomerang Baydin (the company behind Boomerang) has just announced that users can reschedule messages inside Gmail once they have already been scheduled. Read More that lets you archive any email until a given date in the future. Check that article for an in-depth explanation of the core Boomerang features, which are also outlined below.



Email ‘snooze’ button: The feature this app is named for. With it you can set a message to disappear from your inbox until a set time in the future – creating exceptions if you get a response. If you get a lot of email (and you probably do), this feature can be a life saver.

Send Later: Want to write a message now but ensure it’s not received until later? You want this feature, then, which delays emails.

Track Responses: Need a response, and afraid you’ll forget? This feature can bring messages your waiting for a response to back to the top of your inbox, after a set amount of time.



Gesture-based inbox management: Swipe any email one way to archive it; swipe the other way to bring up the above options (from left: archive, trash, boomerang, tag, respond, star).

What’s Equivalent?

Some features in the Gmail app are commonly skipped in third party apps – but not Boomerang. Here’s a few I noticed.

  • Push notifications: Email addicts need not worry: Boomerang For Android comes with push notification support, so your notifications will keep on flowing.
  • Phone Contacts: The app uses your system contacts, so you don’t need to worry about importing or exporting anything.
  • Multiple accounts: If you use multiple Gmail accounts, you’re covered – you can log into and use as many accounts as you like.
  • Send From: Do you use Gmail’s “Send From” feature? Boomerang supports this, but it takes some setup. You can add accounts you’ve registered with Gmail in the settings.


  • Performance: the stock Gmail app is fast, but Boomerang kept up with it on my device.

What’s Missing?

Boomerang doesn’t do everything the stock Android Gmail app does. Here are a few glaring examples:

  • Inbox selections: Do you use Gmail’s new tabbed inbox? Boomerang doesn’t support it. The priority inbox is similarly missing, though the “Important” label is there.


  • Visible labels: Do you have filters set up to automatically label things? They won’t be visible in Boomerang’s inbox. You can, however, view the entirety of any label.
  • Widgets: There is no Boomerang widget as of this writing, meaning if you use one to monitor your inbox you may need to stick with the stock Gmail app for now.

What Doesn’t Matter (But Is Kind Of Cool)

This is totally irrelevant, but also kind of cool: Boomerang offers Wunderlist-style themes:



You can even set a different one for multiple email accounts, which is a nice touch. Magical bonus points that don’t count for Boomerang on this one.

The Verdict

If you live and breathe Gmail, and need to see your tags and use the tabbed inbox – Gmail is probably best for you at the moment. If you want Boomerang’s key features – from response tracking to hitting “snooze” on an email – Boomerang is well worth checking out. It offers features Gmail doesn’t, includes many of the most important ones and

Note that Boomerang is Gmail-only for now, but support for IMAP is coming. Also note that Boomerang, while free, does offer Personal and Pro versions with extra features. With these you can schedule more than 10 messages a month.

And of course, you can also check out these 5 other excellent Android email apps The 10 Best Email Apps for Android, Compared Email on a smartphone? Use one of these excellent email apps for Android to make the experience more productive and enjoyable. Read More if neither Gmail nor Boomerang is right for you. Let us know which app you prefer in the comments below, okay?

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  1. thinkling
    August 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Can't find a way to access gmail contacts. If that's the case this app is exactly 100% useless for me!!

  2. Lisa
    February 19, 2014 at 5:02 am

    not tech savvy, need some
    answers to two elementary
    questions plz. 1) where on boomerang
    page can I see my Contact List?
    2) How do I create or delete labels
    on Boomerang?
    Thank you.

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Lisa, I believe Boomerang integrates with your Android contacts, so you should open the Contacts app on your device – not look for your contacts in Boomerang. About labels, I'm not sure. Maybe you need to do that using the desktop version of Gmail?

  3. Anabella
    November 20, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Hi Justin!
    Yes it supports Android as well as Iphone. It's been my daily morning time saver lately. If you wanna try it ou here's a link to their toolbox:

  4. Anabella
    November 19, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Great article Justin. I've been using this tool until i came across mxHero and i have to say that not only offers the same features, but also it does it for free.

    • Justin P
      November 19, 2013 at 1:54 am

      This is a pretty great find. Is there an Android version?

  5. vivek
    November 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    thank YOU JoAnna
    u have solved a major problem i faced by telling about ContactsGroupU

  6. Enrique
    September 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you, JoAnna!
    Unfortunately, it is not (not yet?) available for my Nexus 7 v2.
    I am still surprised that Google does not allow us to use their groups option in our Android devices. Extremely disappointing.

  7. JoAnna
    September 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I use ContactsGroupU a free android app on play store... takes all your already made groups from your gmail contacts and allows you to choose the group to send to.. I love it! SIMPLE..FRIENDLY... and you can use gmail to send or k-9 mail. Try it! ( open the group you want to send to.. you do NOT have to tag all the names.. )

  8. Steve Young
    September 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

    What?! I love the Gmail plugin. Boomerang please make for iPhone!

    • Justin P
      September 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      If I recall they're working on it, but there's a mobile web version if you want to try it in your phone's browser:

  9. Enrique
    September 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    No, Justin, it doesn't. And yes, it is extremely surprising that Google hasn't activated this extremely useful work tool in its mail app. Just try it and tell me. I am really frustrated...

  10. Joe
    September 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I too want the Groups feature on my Android Gmail, I use it daily and on my laptop and will be very useful on my GN2.

    • JoAnna
      September 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I use ContactsGroupU a free android app on play store... takes all your already made groups from your gmail contacts and allows you to choose the group to send to.. I love it! SIMPLE..FRIENDLY... and you can use gmail to send or k-9 mail. Try it! ( open the group you want to send to.. you do NOT have to tag all the names.. )

  11. Enrique
    September 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I'm still looking for THE app that will allow me (finally...) to use my Gmail groups and to send them mails as I do from my laptop. Until then, I really feel I'm losing my time.

    • Justin P
      September 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Does the stock Gmail app really not do that? I find this surprising...

    • JoAnna
      September 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I use ContactsGroupU a free android app on play store... takes all your already made groups from your gmail contacts and allows you to choose the group to send to.. I love it! SIMPLE..FRIENDLY... and you can use gmail to send or k-9 mail. Try it! ( open the group you want to send to.. you do NOT have to tag all the names.. )

  12. Chris
    September 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I love the Gmail app for features, K9 for online PGP and Boomerang for snooze. But I'm selfish and want all 3 features baked into one. Someone please fix this.

  13. Dheeraj R
    September 4, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Gmail for Android is perfect !!!!!!

  14. Jack O
    September 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    In my opinion, Gmail for Android is perfect. I really don't know what they could change to make it better. I have never used Boomerang, but after reading this article I am going to try it out and see if it lives up to it's hype.

    • Justin P
      September 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Boomerang matches most of Gmail's features and adds a few more, but yeah: Gmail is pretty awesome in and of itself. Let us know what you think of Boomerang, though.

  15. K9FanGirlAndProudOfIt
    September 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I love K9: pure and simple, but with all the power and without the price. Everything I wish for in emails at my fingertips... K9 is the first app I install and a phone that doesn't supports it, could never be sold to me.