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There has never been a shortage of highly useful email clients for iOS and Android. However, even though every popular email client comes with the same set of basic features, their innovative aspects and ease of use are what sets them apart.

Alto is AOL’s Contender for the Best Email Client

If you’re using the stock Mail app on iOS, or Google’s Gmail app on Android, you should know that there are some much better alternatives out there, completely free of charge.

In this article we will be looking at an iOS/Android email client that comes from none other than AOL. It is called Alto, and this is one of the most capable apps of its kind after having received a new major refresh earlier this month. Let’s take a closer look.

First, it’s important to say that Alto is capable of everything you usually expect from a mobile email client. It features threaded conversation, swipe-to-archive, active push notifications, as well as a combined inbox. On iOS, it even supports 3D Touch for quick actions.

Furthermore, if you’re an iOS user, you can use Touch ID to add an extra layer of security by locking the app. This is a small, but very important feature since our inboxes are usually full of private and sensitive data.

This email client comes with numerous features that are making reading and replying to emails as quick as possible. In addition, there are numerous sorting options, which is why Alto will try to teach you upon the initial launch. After having a quick glance at the app’s features, you will be prompted to sign into all your email accounts.

Even though this app comes from AOL, it supports Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and iCloud mail. The next step will take you to a menu of your accounts, similar to how the iOS Home Screen looks.

One of the most prominent Alto’s features is called Cards. This is an ingenious way of pulling out important bits of information from your messages and displaying them using beautiful, descriptive cards. For example, this works really good for flight statuses and for checking package progress, all from one location. Even though you can access all your available Cards from the app’s Dashboard, you can also see them in your inbox.

Another feature that sets Alto apart from similar apps is its automated assistant. This feature allows you to easily sort your messages and find what you’re looking for. Each of your inboxes is able of sorting mail by one of the following categories: Snoozed, Personal, Photos, Files, Unread, Starred, Shopping, Travel, Finance, and Social.

However, these are not just simple filters. If you decide to look for a photo, you will see a grid of all your photos with titles indicating where they come from. The same goes for varies types of files that you usually receive as attachments to messages.

Alto is definitely one of the most capable email clients out there that allows you store all your emails in one place and easily sort them in numerous ways. On top of that, it’s free of charge. There isn’t really anything else that you can wish for.

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We have a different way of doing email. Alto goes beyond the typical inbox by providing intuitive organizational tools and features like Cards and Stacks that automatically highlight the most important and timely information. Find photos, attachments, flight schedules and more without opening a single email. Your email experience doesn’t have to be painful. Download Alto Mail for free and become more organized than ever. Spend less time digging and more time living.

Manage all your inboxes in one place
No more cluttered mess to sift through when searching for a specific email in a specific account.
Alto keeps your accounts all in one place whether it’s Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!, iCloud, Hotmail, AOL Mail and even your corporate accounts. Alto supports Microsoft Exchange, and any account that uses IMAP.

Real-time Updates for Travel and Shopping
Whether it’s a last-minute flight delay or gate change, get alerts and updates in a simple yet elegant setting. Track your packages and latest orders. All this without having to open a single email!

Your hub for life’s details. Not just flight information, but rental car locations and directions to the hotel. Dinner reservations and a Lyft ride to get you there. Online shopping receipts and shipping details consolidated into one place. All of your information organized based on what’s most timely so you can find what you need, when you need it—all with the tap of a finger.

Organized by Category
Alto automatically sorts and categorizes email by the content or status of the message. Find not only Unread, Starred or Snoozed email in one place, but also Photos, File Attachments, Shopping, Travel, Financial and Social messages. There’s even a “Personal” category that includes email only from people you know!

Messages can be “snoozed”. Customize your snooze time and answer messages when it’s most convenient.

Customized Swiping
Personalized swiping actions (archiving, snoozing, deleting, etc.) make acting on email faster and easier than ever before.

Many More Features
• Supports Gmail, Yahoo,, iCloud, AOL, Office365, Exchange and any other IMAP accounts
• Supports English (US and UK), Spanish, French, German, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Japanese and Korean
• Device calendar integration
• Full cloud syncing across multiple devices
• Push Mail (if supported by provider)
• Unified Inbox
• Folder access
• Mark as Spam
• Conversation / Threaded Mode support
• Customizable mail preview
• UNDO Send, Delete and other actions
• Print directly from the device
• Interactive and customizable push notifications
• Signatures for each account
• Tablet support (including iPad Pro keyboard shortcuts)
• 3D Touch support
• Horizontal screen layout support
• Message Archiving
• Bulk Editing
• Rich Text composing
• Snooze
• Customizable Swipe Actions
• Unsubscribe from unwanted emails
• Access to contacts (device & supported accounts)
• Recent contact list
• Attach any pictures or file from device or stacks
• Share mail and stack content with any app on the device
• TouchID protection
• Fully featured web version
• Calendar integration (device & supported accounts)

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Novak Bozovic
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