All of us are always looking for the best way to access our emails. Gmail is one of the most popular free email services around the world. However, it is not available in China due to censorship issues. This can be annoying when you are in mainland China or traveling there for business purposes.
There are many other free alternatives which provide the same features and security. In this article, you will find a list of top ten Gmail alternative webmails which you can use in place of Gmail while still being able to access your emails comfortably. We have also featured a few mobile apps for Android and iOS users if they want to try these services on iPhone or Android devices.
Below is the list of best Gmail alternative webmails:
1) Yahoo Mail
Yahoo is one of the oldest email services known to us with an easy-to-use interface. All Yahoo users are allowed 6 GB of storage space for free. It allows you to access your Eq Mis email on various devices like Android, iOS, BlackBerry, etc., using different clients.
The best thing I liked about Yahoo is the availability of a calendar feature which allows you to manage your Google calendar from within your Yahoo email inbox. Another useful feature is the contacts list integration with social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to let you know who’s who in your contact book.
You can sign up for a new account using your mobile number. You may have to first verify your mobile phone number by sending a PIN code as SMS to the number provided by Yahoo after signing up.
2) Windows Live Mail
If you are currently using Microsoft’s email service from Outlook, then you can switch to a new webmail service called Windows Live Mail which is available for free. It is basically the new version of Windows Live Hotmail with more features.
Using Outlook, users can access their emails on different devices including iOS and Android devices. All your contacts are synced with social networks like Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., to bring you an integrated contact list in webmail which you can also manage. You don’t have to worry about losing any data during the transferring process as all your emails, contacts, etc., are already saved in Outlook.
3) Hotmail and Live Mail
While we are talking about Microsoft, we will not miss mentioning Hotmail and Live Mail which were once the most popular email services. If you happen to be having an account with them, I suggest you change the email address as soon as possible (yes, they still exist!).
The new webmail interface is easy to use and comes with all the features. You can import your contacts from social networks or Gmail accounts to optimize your contacts list.
The best thing is, Hotmail webmail service also allows you to send email using your phone’s SMS feature if you are traveling abroad. This is helpful while sending business emails on the go when you do not have an internet connection or you don’t want to use data.
ProtonMail is a Switzerland-based encrypted webmail service which is gaining popularity among internet users for its easy-to-setup, easier-to-use security features. It uses AES encryption with 2048 bit RSA per default which makes your emails completely secure.
Best thing is it does not have a limit on storage space unlike Gmail which allows you only 10 GB of data. You can also take advantage of ProtonMail's calendar feature to manage your Google Calendar events from within your email inbox.
5) Zoho Mail
Zoho mail is one of the most popular webmail service providers around the world. It is a fully-featured service with various features to manage your Gmail account from within its web interface. It allows you to import contacts from social networks and other email addresses to optimize your contact list.
The best thing I liked about Zoho is, it has an online file storage feature, just like Drive or Dropbox which allows you to upload your files and documents to the cloud and access them from anywhere. You can also manage your Google Calendar using the Zoho calendar feature.
FastMail is a premium webmail service which offers a good-looking UI with an easy-to-use interface. It provides you 10 GB of storage space for a free email account. Once your account is created, you can start importing contacts from different email addresses or social networks.
It also has a calendar feature which allows you to manage your Google Calendar events directly on the webmail. You can quickly set reminders for an event using the keyboard shortcut Cmd + Enter on Mac and Ctrl + Enter on Windows. This way, you don’t need to open Google Calendar to set a reminder for an event.
FastMail allows you to send email from your phone’s SMS feature, but only on specific carriers like AT&T, Verizon or Orange. You can also take advantage of their powerful search bar which searches across all the emails in your account.
7) GMX Mail
GMX is another popular webmail service provider which is completely free. It provides 10 GB of storage space with a 1 GB file attachment limit. Besides, you can also upgrade your account to the Premium version which offers 100 GB of storage for $19.99 per year.
You can also take advantage of Gmail’s spam filter or content scan to protect yourself from phishing and spamming attacks. Apart from protecting your inbox, it also helps you to manage multiple email addresses for a single user by preventing the other accounts from being accessed by unauthorized users. It works pretty well with Gmail as all emails are routed through Gmail SMTP servers.
8) AOL Mail
AOL mail used to be one of the most popular webmail services before Hotmail came into existence. AOL had more than 30 million users at a time, but now it has less than 10% of that number. It is not as secure as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail, but still the best option if you want to access your old AOL account from anywhere using a third-party web interface.
MyKolab is a Switzerland-based webmail service which delivers email via local servers. It has all the features to manage your Gmail account using its web interface. If you are looking for security, you should probably try ProtonMail instead of this one. But if you are looking for an open-source service with many features, you should try MyKolab.
It also has an online file storage feature which allows you to upload your files and documents directly to the cloud. It is one of the few webmail services which lets you share files with others directly from your email inbox without requiring any additional plugins or software.