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Too many emails? Chuck ‘em! FREE | CHUCK.EMAIL

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Our sig­nif­i­cant other has an in­box that gives us the willies: where our in­box is as neat, clut­ter-free and well-tended as a sub­ur­ban lawn, their in­box is an un­tamed jun­gle full of crazed mon­keys where mes­sages hang around for months un­read, and ur­gent mes­sages of great im­por­tance are lost in a tsunami of spam. It’s as mixed as our metaphors, and what it re­ally needs is a good clean-up, courtesy of Chuck.

This app’s pur­pose in life is to gather a whole bunch of mes­sages and chuck them out of your in­box — or in­boxes — ei­ther per­ma­nently or tem­po­rar­ily, so that you can get on with your life. It gives you a bird’s‑eye view of your email, group­ing mes­sages by sub­ject, sender or date, and it sup­ports mul­ti­ple mail ac­counts for those of us forced to use mul­ti­ple ad­dresses or aliases. As well as iCloud, it runs Gmail, Out­look, Ya­hoo!, Com­cast, Of­fice 365, AOL and Mail.com.

It’s ridicu­lously quick on even the busiest email ac­count, and its in­ter­face works re­ally well on iPhone. There’s an iPad ver­sion too, but we felt much more com­fort­able with Chuck on the smaller screen, where it feels just right when used one-handed. It sup­ports land­scape on Plus-size phones, too, de­liv­er­ing a fa­mil­iar if cramped two-pane lay­out that en­ables you to see mes­sages — al­though if they’re for­mat­ted, only a few lines at a time.

Chuck isn’t the best way to read email, but it’s su­perb at or­gan­is­ing it. You can se­lect huge num­bers of mes­sages at once and then move, spam, delete, star/un­star or mark them as read/un­read. The app has a ‘chill’ op­tion that hides mes­sages for a spe­cific num­ber of days — handy if you’re on va­ca­tion, for in­stance.

Chuck’s built-in search is light­ning fast, and the abil­ity to man­age mul­ti­ple in­boxes si­mul­ta­ne­ously makes email man­age­ment ef­fort­less.

If you work in the sort of en­vi­ron­ment where buttcov­er­ing emails ping all day long, or you take part in very busy email dis­cus­sions, the app will save you enor­mous amounts of time. It’s not our favourite email app for ev­ery­day use, but when the go­ing gets tough, it’s the app we turn to to re­move the dead wood.

If email feels like an avalanche, chuck all the inessen­tial ones away, be­cause this is a su­perb app for achiev­ing in­box zero.

Gary Mar­shall

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