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Mailbox Coming to Android for Free Today (Updated: It’s Live!)

Dropbox announced this morning that it is finally bringing Mailbox, an incredibly popular iOS mail application, to Android and the desktop (Mac only). The apps should both arrive today, though the links on Mailbox’s website are not yet live.

For those new to Mailbox, think of it as a new way to attack your inbox, which can at times be very overwhelming. Mailbox lets you quickly swipe items away that you’d like to trash, archive, or get back to at a later date. For items that you have snoozed, you’ll see them automatically appear back in your inbox when the time is right, so that you can focus “on what’s important now.” The goal is to hit “Inbox Zero,” an inbox that hasn’t nothing left in it. 

Mailbox works with Gmail, so assuming you can get used to its thinking, could replace your Gmail app.


As soon as the link is live, we’ll update this post.

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  • David Chu

    What advantage does this have over the Gmail app? I think the Gmail app is pretty awesome already!

  • NeilGeorge

    Tried this yesterday and any email that came from a forum regarding new post, the fonts were small.. Wierd Uninstalled..

  • Kevin Chapple

    “Not compatible with your device” when trying to download from the PlayStore onto GalaxyTab3 8″. Thought ti was good for Android Tablets as well as phones?

  • MasterEthan

    I personally dislike the UI of this app. It’s just iOS 7 UI. Compare the two and you can barely tell whether it’s an android app or an iOS app. I hate this crap, I want my Android version to look like it’s made for Android not a port with the exact same assets used.

  • Adrynalyne

    Small update on article:

    Its coming to Mac. Its not on Mac yet, but you can sign up for when beta is ready.

  • Scott Smith

    I don’t get the “inbox zero” crowd. For me, my email epiphany was when I stopped caring how much mail was in my inbox and therefore stopped shuffling it around.

  • BilboBaggins76

    I keep hearing ios apps are better but polished isn’t a reason. What really makes them better?

  • GreenMeansGo

    My work inbox currently contains 46,057 messages, dating back to 1998. No “Inbox Zero” for me, thank you very much.

  • sdcoiner76

    I have not used it yet but I do love the people that seem to be upset that it uses Dropbox.

  • joseph barrientos

    so i like iOS and i LOVE AOSP, but i hate porting over apps. Either make one thats a universal design language for both parties or produce native applications for both. Its really not that hard of a concept. It’s almost lazy in a sense. It’s not like dbox doesnt have the budget or resources for it, hell, they have some of the best UI deisgners/devs I’ve seen. I love dbox, but I wont be using this app.

  • Manthas

    Doesn’t support folders; I do not keep all of my email in the main Inbox. Tried it, like the concept, but no good for me.

  • Michael

    Oddly I’m unable to sign into my gmail account using this app..

    • cjlee89

      2-factor authentication? Try creating an app password.

      • Michael

        I don’t have 2-factor authentication turned on. Also, Mailbox shows up in Account permissions so it has permission to pull my information.

  • Sam Del Valle

    I love Mailbox! When I left iOS for Android it was the one app I missed having, it worked really well! However I think I’ll stick to the Gmail app. The app works fine and theres no reason for me to exchange it. Not saying Mailbox is bad cause it really isn’t its actually pretty damn good and I would recommend it in a heart beat

  • jeff manning

    Zeroed my inbox in less than a minute. Thank you archive all option

  • mikewilson1021

    Just linked my business Google account with this because I hate the security administration privileges that come with adding the Google account straight to the phone. This is a much cleaner looking 3rd party email app than others (boomerang, k9, aquamail, etc) I’ll try it for a while. Yes, I would rather use the native Gmail app, but again, I hate having to put in a pin every time I unlock my phone.

    • I’m in the exact same situation. I’ve been using K-9 Mail but found the interface to be aesthetically unappealing. Not to mention the icon was kinda dumb in my opinion. The functionaly was good however, every extensible. Anyway, I prefer a simpler cleaner interface and Mailbox comes up huge in that regard. The reason I don’t use the native android Mail app is because it doesn’t support conversation view, again Mailbox shines bright in this department. Lack of folders is annoying, but the ability to search “All Mail” seems to get around that limitation.

      • Colin Huber

        Maybe give CloudMagic a go if you haven’t already.

        • Wow great suggestion, CloudMagic is even better then Mailbox. I suppose if I relied heavily on third party apps integration Mailbox would have an edge, but CloudMagic is more of what I’m looking for. Thanks for the suggestion.

          • Follow up: Now that I’ve been using CloudMagic for 12 hours I still like it better then Mailbox but it’s essentially the same app but without the Snooze or swiping functionality. The same cards are there and the interface fit choosing the cards is the same. It seems to me that Mailbox is just a rebranded CloudMagic without folders support. Anyone know anything about this?

  • Kevin

    I think Tim and Kellex owe me an apology for telling Mailbox is never coming to Android multiple times. 😉

  • Tony Byatt

    Bring it down Kellen…

  • bkosh84

    Hmm.. Keep getting a “Can’t add email account” error.. Oh well, Gmail works just fine 🙂

    • NeilGeorge

      Worked fine for me..

  • jdhas

    Infuriatingly incompatible with my Nexis 7 (2013).

  • EdenZero

    “hasn’t nothing?” Grammar check?

  • Nw_adventure

    Not for use on 2012 N7 – Lame on so many levels.

  • Ray

    Instant uninstall

    • You don’t give 1.0 products a chance to have bugs fixed?

      • Ray

        In 2014 why should I. A few years ago maybe I would

        • I would agree, but this app is seriously solid on iOS. I’m having issues on Android too, though. My Xperia Z1 won’t get past the tutorial for either this or Carousel.

          • Sean Walton

            I’m having issues as well. Uninstalled it and will try again another time, hopefully when the bugs are worked out.

        • Adrynalyne

          What makes 2014 the year of bug-free apps?

          • If you’re going to make an email app, yeah, I’d say it probably should be practically bug free upon release. If it’s not, it’s unlikely to survive for very long even if it’s a huge hit on another OS; there’s simply too much solid competition.

        • Jee

          Why does the year in which a product gets released matter? Every new software product will have bugs. That’s just the way software works.

    • Sam Del Valle

      It did freeze my Nexus 5 up for a minute but then worked fine. Maybe since its a 1.0 update and brand new not all the bugs have been taken out yet. I’d wait for a bug fix update and see what that does

      • Sean Walton

        Same issue on my N5. Mine froze for a while though. I got rid of it and will try again in a couple weeks.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Works fine on my N5, but maybe that’s because I’m on a custom rom and kernel? Though I would think that it would make it less stable…

  • BiggiePhat

    I dont feel right. I’ve never achieved my inbox before and this did it for me. I feel weird. Naked even.

  • Ray

    might be work mentioning that it ONLY works with Gmail

    • The Narrator

      I forward all my emails to my Gmail. You should look into that.

      • Ray

        i use to have my yahoo mail fwd some years ago but it seemed to have stooped how do you fwd yours?

        • elemeno

          Pay Yahoo $. It’s a premium service.

          • Ray

            Over my dead body 99% of Yahoo is spam

          • terrorist96

            It’s no longer a premium service. They made it free not too long ago. That’s how I switched.

          • tdurden64111

            It’s actually closer to 99.9 repeating.

    • Raj Bhatt

      Yeah I agree. I wanted to use my work email with this app since the default Email app isn’t that great. The only choices are Gmail and iCloud.

      • cjlee89

        I use Touchdown. Well worth the $20 for me. They have a trial to see if it works for you!

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  • Baspower

    I rely on those categories Gmail recently introduced.

  • The Narrator

    Just started using it and it’s already 10x better than Gmails app. Love it.

  • JSo

    I’d try it out if I had a dropbox account but I don’t. I already have Google drive, Box and Skydrive. I don’t need another one.

    • The Narrator

      Just make an account and that’s it. Not much else to it.

      • JSo

        But it’s just email. What’s so great about this app anyway? I’ve never used it.

  • xtrandrix

    Finally.. MAILBOX for android. This was the only thing i missed coming from ios

  • Scott Tucker

    Mailbox was welcome, nay, NEEDED on iOS. Gmail on Android is more than functional for my needs.

  • Jeff Tycz

    That’s a nice looking iOS 7 app, i mean android app…

  • TimXer

    i want an email app that handles gmail, exchange, & pop….any good ones out there???

    • jdhas

      CloudMagic is pretty great, if you can live with the fact that your emails live on their servers.

      • TimXer

        I did enjiy CM ; was awesome when using it…I don’t think they support pop accounts.
        Also learning about their servers… Thanks for the tip!

  • Sacchin Thomas

    Going to see what the hullaballo is about.

  • Sacchin Thomas

    It’s live on Google Play!

  • Liquidretro

    Not compatible with the Nexus 7. WHY!!!

  • shame it doesnt appear to support tablets

  • Dirge

    It’s live. Just downloaded it to my Moto X.

  • David Hyman

    Mailbox is awesome, I can’t wait to be able to finally use it on all my devices!

  • BobButtons

    The Play Store button just links to the top of the homepage.

  • WitnessG

    I’ll stick with Cloudmagic for my emails.

    • K

      I used to be a big fan of Cloudmagic till I read their privacy policy. Basically they upload all your emails onto their servers. I trust the people behind the app but if those servers become compromised then that’s a big problem and is why I’m no longer using it.

      • Liquidretro

        Good to know.

      • BobButtons

        I don’t know when this was posted but they added the following note to their Privacy Policy so it may be worth checking back in a while if you enjoy their service:

        “PS: We are working on an update where no emails are stored in our servers. ETA: 6 weeks.”

  • Defenestratus

    I’m really sick of iOS retread apps.

    The Gmail app does everything I need it to do.

    • bd1212

      This app is a lot better, trust me. It was one of my most used on iOS.

      • Defenestratus

        The fact that you used iOS (willingly I presume) makes me automatically discount any kind of app recommendations you might make. Sorry. Nothing personal.

        • K

          I think you forgot /s

        • The Narrator

          iOS apps are better. It’s not a hard concept to understand. But hey, that’s like, your opinion, man.

          • Nathan Borup

            iOS being better is YOUR opinion

          • bd1212

            He didn’t say iOS is better (it’s not). He simply said iOS APPS are better, and it’s true, they are.

          • Nathan Borup

            Need I quote? “iOS apps are better. It’s not a hard concept to understand.” -The Narrator

          • bd1212

            Again, where did he specifically say “iOS is better”? He didn’t. He said the apps were better. There’s a huge difference between iOS itself and apps on iOS.

          • Nathan Borup

            yes, that is what I was referring to

          • SVem26

            Android on phones > iPhone, but iPad > android tablets

          • The Narrator

            Yes. keyword being APPS

          • Nathan Borup

            yes, that is what I referring to

          • The Narrator

            Never said iOS as an OS is better.

          • Nathan Borup

            Read the above comment

          • Guest

            yes, that is what i was referring to

          • Pretty much universal, man. Like I said above, Android has the edge as far as customization goes (swiftkey and launchers and linkbubble type stuff…), but compare anything in both appstores or anything exclusively on ios.

          • Nathan Borup

            False, purely opinion. I like android apps because of the free services included. Most apps on iOS cost more for people buying them and for the developers publishing them

          • MasterEthan

            I was comparing some today and have you compared Pushbullet (one of my favorite apps ever). The iOS version is crap in comparison, and I’m not just talking features.

          • OF

            Not really. Nothing wrong with any of the apps I use on my Android. But hey, that’s like, my opinion, man.:)

        • bd1212

          It’s one of the most agreed upon points that iOS apps are generally better than Android apps. I love Android, but most apps lack the polish and attention to detail that their iOS counterparts seem to have (not all, but many of them do). Don’t know why the fact that I’ve used iOS automatically discounts my opinion, but whatever floats your boat I guess.

          • Haha

            It’s all about Nokia, referrer xD

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            Unfortunately, a lot of Android fanboys are just as badif not worse than their iOS loving counterparts. I agree with you though, I love Android and have no intention of going back to iOS but the one thing that always stood out to me was Android’s lack of polish and fluidity/smoothness, mainly in third party apps. Although it is getting better and is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was back in 2010 when I bought my Droid X.

        • I suggest you try some ios apps man. Besides android apps that allow for system customization, ios apps trounce android apps.

        • Chris Hughes

          That’s a really ignorant thing to say.

          • WestFiasco

            REALLY ignorant.

        • xtrandrix


        • Bryan

          You sound like everybody that said Instragram was ruined when they released in for Android.

        • XboxOne

          Angry Fandroid loser.

    • The Narrator

      Gmail app sucks.

    • dhirensavalia

      So if I am understanding your comment correctly, you are tired of having multiple choices of apps for the same service? I understand your frustration, but when apps start out being iOS exclusive, I would like to see them on Android.

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  • Nathan Borup

    Will it support exchange email accounts?

    • It still doesn’t on iOS so no. Not at launch. Someday maybe, but don’t expect it anytime soon.

      • Nathan Borup

        Dang… this could come in handy at work with the snooze functionality

    • Droid Ronin

      I use CloudMagic, which supports exchange accounts. It has a nice UI too.

      • monkey082506

        I like CloudMagic but I don’t like to automatically receive work emails. I haven’t been able to find out how to sync differently than auto so I deleted it.

      • SA_NYC

        Thanks for the tip, going to try CloudMagic.

      • Colin Huber

        Been using it a while too. Best I’ve found for Exchange so far.

    • TechTitan

      Nine actually has some some of the same functionality and supports exchange email. It’s the best email client I’ve used.

  • litobirdy


  • Walter Partlo

    Email snoozing sounds helpful.