Best Email application in iOS - Gmail or Apple MAil

In this article, we compare the two most popular mailing applications in iOS. They are Gmail and Apple's own Apple Mail app. Both are very good apps, but when it comes to iOS, which is better? That's the question that is being answered in this article.

When we discuss with our peers the list of mailing applications, the first one that comes to our mind will be Gmail. It's true with most Android users, but when asked to an Apple user, their opinions may vary. There is no doubt that Gmail is one of the best and most popular mailing applications in use, Apple users prefer its Mail app over Gmail. You can find why it is so in this article. Keep reading.

Moving mails

Moving mails can't get any better than in Apple's Mail app. With this app, you can move your emails just like moving files on a computer. All that's required is that the mail account you want the mail to move to must be signed in within the app, and of course, you must be connected to the Internet unlike moving files in file manager. In Gmail, you don't get to do that, and the only thing you can do is categorising the emails as social or promotions.

Scanning documents

Scanning documents is another feature that gives the Mail app an edge over Gmail. By using the Mail app in iOS, you don't have to rely on any kind of third-party apps to scan your document, and it really saves time. Otherwise, you need another application to scan the document, and then upload it to the email application. Here, you get a shortcut against that tedious process. In Gmail, there is no mechanism to perform it within the app, but the Mail app gives you so many options when you fill the content of the mail. You get to choose the camera for both photos and scanning documents, and you can even insert drawings or scribblings in the mail. These features are absent in Gmail. Sure, you have the option to add attachments from the photos app and Google Drive, but still, the Mail app gives you plenty of options to work within the app.

Adding accounts

If you have too many accounts from different sources, then the place for you is the Mail app. It's one of the perks you enjoy when you are using an app native to the iOS whereas a third-party app like Gmail provides only the addition of its own accounts and limited features. In short, you can't add, for instance, a yahoo account in the Gmail app, when you can do it in the Mail app.


The above picture shows the way to get your mail setup done. For that, all you have to do is enter settings, and then the Mail app. That's all. From the list, you see select the Mail app and choose the account source, and if you happened to see your account, not in the list, you can select the other, and put the details in there.

Scheduling an Email

This is one area where Apple has to rely on third-party apps like Google to get it done as the Mail app has no options to do that. In Gmail, you can schedule an Email to a target date and time, on which the Email should be sent.


You can access this option when you compose the message by simply touching the three dots that appear above the messaging window. From the options that appear, select schedule send, your time, and Gmail will do the rest.

Sending large files

When it comes to sending huge data over an email, Gmail is one step ahead of the Mail app. With the Mail app, the user can send only attachments up to 5GB through iCloud whereas, in Gmail, the user can send up to 10 GB using Google Drive.


The above screenshots show how to send a file using iCloud. For doing it, you just have to long-press the file you want to share, and select Mail, then put in the details of whom you want it to send to. That's all.

VIP in Mail app

Have you ever gotten tired of searching for a particular mail or a mail from a special person from the vast collection of mails in your inbox? Then, the solution is here. In the mail app, you can add your special person to the VIP list, and all the mail from that person will appear there. Also, any future mail from that person will be seen there, and you don't have to type the name in the search bar or scroll through the inbox to find that mail. It's a great feature to have in a mailing application, which saves us a great deal of time, and we will never miss any important message from our loved ones.


The above screenshot shows how easy it is to set up the VIP list in your mail app. The option is easily accessible on the left-hand side along with all other options.

Wrap up

When both applications are compared, the native app of the iOS, Mail app, holds the edge over the third party Gmail app. Except for some sections like sending large chunks of data over Email, and scheduling messages, the Mail app holds supremacy over Gmail. The functionalities like scanning documents within the app, moving mails between different accounts, adding accounts from different sources makes it favourite among Apple users.

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