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Which apps sup­port which ser­vices?

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All our apps were easy to set up and start us­ing, but there are key dif­fer­ences in the ser­vices they sup­port. It’s worth not­ing that if you are us­ing two-step ver­i­fi­ca­tion on iCloud or Gmail then you’ll need to gen­er­ate an app-spe­cific pass­word for your mail app: you can’t use the same pass­word in two dif­fer­ent email ap­pli­ca­tions. You can have up to 25 app-spe­cific pass­words in op­er­a­tion at any time.

Air­mail sup­ports IMAP (in­clud­ing Google), POP3 and Ex­change, as does Out­look; Mail­box will only con­nect to iCloud or Gmail; Post­box works with IMAP, POP, RSS and news­groups; and Thun­der­bird will work with pretty much any­thing ever in­vented. Uni­box is IMAP-only, so you can use it with the likes of Gmail and iCloud but not POP3 mail if you like to keep things old-school.

If you use Gmail and have lots of la­bels set up, Mail­box ig­nores them: it has its own lists, which ap­pear in Gmail as sub-la­bels of the Mail­box la­bel. To use ex­ist­ing la­bels, you’ll need to nest them in­side the Mail­box la­bel.

Mail­box keeps the choice sim­ple: you can use iCloud, or you can use Gmail. That’s it.

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