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Google, in a continued effort to break stock Android apps out of Android, has just added Email to the Play Store. It's the Email app you know and love from Android, but with a few added features. For the initial Play Store debut, Google has beefed up security (in unspecified ways) for Gmail accounts, improved the account setup flow, added printing to the app, and fixed "other bugs."

It's great to see Google breaking more apps out into the Play Store - after all, this reduces each app's dependency on OS-level updates, allowing Google to make everything better without a major release. That said, the Email app isn't available for all devices just yet. Recent Nexus devices can grab the update, but beyond that compatibility is hit or miss. Notably, even the HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions aren't eligible. Those with compatible devices can grab the update at the widget below.


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.email-6.3-1218562.apk

Version: 6.3-1218562 (Android 4.0+, see compatibility above)

MD5: 37F20609851335E989BD6CD84DC2093E

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Thanks Anthony for the APK.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Guest

    Heh, I JUST sent you guys a Tip. Just noticed this on my Nexus 5.

    • Connor Mason

      Did you click it? "This app is a device administrator and must be deactivated before uninstalling"

    • Michael

      What's your bottom left button?

      • awaaas

        It's probably Gravitybox's app launcher

    • Mlibbey

      QUESTION! Since I know you use gravity box, im trying to set the custom button like you have to launch a custom app, but i cant find where to set the custom app? I choose "launch custom app 1" and assume it should take me to another screen to choose such app, but no luck. Any ideas?

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        • Mlibbey

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  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi


    So what else is left? Just the dialer, right?

    • Aaron Berlin


    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Is the contacts app available?

      • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

        Dialer and Contacts are same app.

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          Ouch, that's right! =D

        • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

          Isn't it the People app and not dialer?

          • joser116

            Instead of Dialer, he should have said Phone app, and instead of Contacts, it should have been the People app.

          • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

            Yes, that is true.

        • joser116

          Nope they are not. There's the Phone app, which also includes access to your contacts, and then there's the full blown dedicated People app. The Phone and People apps have been separate ever since Honeycomb 3.0.

    • Christopher Robert

      Dialer is out already


      Even works on TW based ROMs

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        How is an extracted APK the same thing as a Play Store release?

        • Christopher Robert

          An extracted apk that doesn't have to be installed in the system folder to work, is as good as a play store release. Anyone can use it, and you don't need root to install it. They just haven't put a link in the play store to the same exact apk you can download on your own. How does having a link in the play store make it that much more special?

          • tookieboy

            because it then means it can be updated without pushing an OS update =.=

          • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

            The fact that it's been tested / optimized for different devices and automatic updates come to mind.

    • vyktorsouza

      but Google Dialer is in Play Store since a few weeks ago, no?!
      omg is that it? are we done? finally?? all the core apps on the play store!!

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        Dialer is not on the Play Store...

        • vyktorsouza

          oh, another day..

      • joser116

        Phone app, People app, Clock app, and Calculator app still not in the Play Store.

        • AOSPrevails

          Clock and Timely should merge soon, at least I hope so.

          • joser116

            Timely's current design doesn't fit with what we've been hearing about Google's new design approach so a merger is unlikely, if Google wants to have a consistent design. I think they could just add features from Timely like Smart Rise.

        • John

          5) Wallpapers

          Sound Recorder may have ceased development. It looked like Google Now's "Note to self" feature would replace it but now that feature is gone.

          • joser116

            Wallpapers is not really an app. Its more like an OS functionality.

            And Google Now's Note to self feature is still there.

          • John

            True, wallpaper isn't an app but it probably should be.
            Google Now's note to self is still there but it doesn't record audio anymore.

          • joser116

            Seeing a wallpaper is a setting, I don't think any OS ever has had a dedicated app with an app icon just to set a wallpaper.

          • John

            Again, not the functionality. The actual pictures. The Play Store has wallpapers. You install the "app" and in the Android settings you can choose it as a wallpaper. No icon, just like Google TTS.

          • joser116

            Why would upload the wallpapers to Google Play.

    • Luca

      Play Store is missing from the Play Store xD

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Calculator, Dialer, News & Weather, Clock, and maybe the old stock Gallery with the Downloads app. I think that's it

      • tookieboy

        i believe g+ photos is set to replace the gallery

      • Simon Belmont

        All I want in the Google Play Store, out of that list, is probably Dialer. News & Weather is from Android 2.0 and has hardly seen an update since then.

        I guess Clock would be another one that I'd like. The old Gallery has been superceded by Photos in G+, sadly.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Honestly I don't mind News & Weather, and I thought it received a facelift in ICS? It was stock during the 4.0 era if I'm not mistaken. Besides, Google can always take out the news part since they already have newsstand and leave it with Weather alone and have a neat weather viewer app, I have it on my Nexus 4 and the widget fits in pretty well IMO, on tablets - not so much because of more space on the homescreen (I use accuweather on N7 and N10)

          • Simon Belmont

            It did get a SLIGHT facelift in ICS. The tabs on top that you can swipe between looked more Holo-ish than Gingerbread-y. But that was about it. Even The Weather Channel icon is woefully low in resolution. :(

            I'll be honest. I do still use News & Weather. I slap it on one of my home screens, and check the news with it if I'm bored. If they updated it, I wouldn't be upset. ;)

    • LaDeX

      Not even keyboard is available for my devices (Galaxy S4, Galaxy S with SlimKat, Ainol Crysal 7 with CM). Calendar and Camera are only ones that actually are available.

    • as

      Dialer is not stock.

  • Tony Lara

    Sucks I can't get it on AT&T Note 3. But I have Nine and it's even better. :) but very excited to see more Google software on the Play Store.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We'll post the apk shortly, maybe it'll work.

  • nxtiak

    Heh, I JUST sent you guys a Tip. Just noticed this on my Nexus 5. Screenshots attached

  • lordmerovingian

    Seems to be AOSP, Stock Android compatible only.

  • http://www.corbindavenport.com/ Corbin Davenport

    I haven't used the stock Gmail/Mail app in months. CloudMagic FTW!

    • WitnessG

      Yeah, I love Cloudmagic. It looks really nice and it's super smooth.

    • vyktorsouza

      I'd use it, if it weren't for its icon, it's too ugly
      same applies for VLC

  • Brian Lippman

    "Google has beefed up security (in unspecified ways) for Gmail accounts"

    Why would you use the Email app for a Gmail account instead of the dedicated Gmail app? Just seems odd. I guess they should just merge the Gmail and Email apps into one app anyway, and just give access to features based off of what account you're using, if they want to keep some things "exclusive" to Gmail (or if they just can't do some things with other email accounts).

    • Anthony Tyson

      I've never used this app. I only use gmail. This thing gets disabled immediately.

      • Crispin Swickard

        And I am the opposite since I have 2 other email addresses that are not GMail addresses. ;)

        • Anthony Tyson

          I always feel like I should just add an email address so I can use it but it'd be pointless.

      • Sergio

        If only we could keep OTA updates after uninstalling stock apps...

    • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

      I'm guessing some folks want to use only one app for all their email needs.

      • Gordon

        Bingo, I use 5 different services in K@mail & love it but going to give this one a looksy

      • someone755

        I have 3 accounts; one Yahoo, one Hotmail and two Gmail.
        I just don't feel like having Gmail for one of the four. If that would be the case, I might as well get an app for each of the services.

        • pallzoltan

          I lime how 3 = 1 + 1 + 2 ^.^

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            Excuse me for making a typo.
            On the keyboards of regular mortals, the keys 3 and 4 are very close together.
            Apologies again, oh Great One as you have never made a mistake.

          • pallzoltan

            Dude, it's just fun :) I've made a typo myself: like* chillax ;)

          • someone755

            The amount of sarcasm I used is over 9000.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I had asked just this question yesterday when I saw a buddy of mine use both Gmail and Email. The answer was not surprising, but I never thought about it being a deal breaker personally.

      Ability to use Gmail without threaded emails.

      The person I spoke to works for a car dealership and gets leads always from the same email account and with the same subject. He can't deal with threads, and I can see how it would be a nightmare in the Gmail app.

      Maybe someday Gmail will offer it as an option, but I doubt it.

      • Ramiro Fernandez

        I actually prefer to keep the two apps separate, I use the email app for work email, and my gmail app for personal email. I get hundreds of emails a day at my work email and don't want to have to deal with unifying that with my personal email.

        I'm sure I'm not the only one in this boat, so I'm happy for Google to keep them separate.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          But multiple accounts just get added as separate inboxes. What could possibly get merged?

          • Ramiro Fernandez

            It's a matter of psychology. If my work email was visible within the same app as my personal email, and I could see my unread count grow, I'd end up reading it. And then responding to it. And all of a sudden I'm working 24/7.
            Keeping them separate allows me to compartmentalise work away from personal and only deal with it when I'm working.

          • Donatom3

            Pretty much the same here for me. Plus I like knowing that whenever I'm in the gmail app, I know I'm not sending an email on an account that could be monitored by my employer.

      • Kyle Riedemann

        I've long though about moving my University Google Apps account into the email app instead of just using Gmail. Alot of content (like Google+, I think Movies and Music) doesn't work with that account, but adding it as an account wide device still makes me pick between accounts when signing in to Google apps. And Keep defaults to using my University email every now and then. I also have a shared account that's only for sending out Google Developer Group news, so I could see putting that in the Email app and having it set to check for new mail once a day.

      • https://www.vizify.com/longbrook/ longbrook

        I use the two to keep my work and personal email separate. I don't want to mingle the two.

    • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

      I use the Email app for Gmail because I have three email accounts (two of them work-related Exchange accounts) and would rather have all my email in one place, with a unified inbox option. It's disappointing to me that Google doesn't just merge the apps as you suggest, since the Gmail app seems to get a lot more attention from them than Email, though the latter is clearly has the potential to be a lot more useful.

      • arnonymous

        does the gmail app have unified inbox? Please show me how...

      • Garett

        On a related note, it appears this new email app doesn't have support for exchange accounts...

    • http://twitter.com/justingoldberg Justin Goldberg

      Because some of us want to see all our email in the widget (people who auto archive certain emails such as groupon etc...), but only get notifications for the inbox. This is only possible with the modified stock email client in the store or k-9.

  • jab416171

    This is not what we want. Google is making AOSP less and less functional out of the box by doing things like this. As every app moves to the play store, all new changes become closed source, and the app in AOSP stops receiving updates, patches or fixes. Eventually, there won't be any apps left in AOSP.

    • Dan Gerbe

      And why is that a problem? AOSP should be core functionality. You can download the app you want & now google can update them more easily and faster.

      • mcnegro

        I can see it possibly as a problem for those wanting to code custom features into the apps.

        It's great that the email app has been uncoupled.

        4.4 had issues with exchange accounts not properly push notifying. 4.4.2 fixed it, but some handsets took a while to receive an update. For someone like myself it's not hard to drop in the replacement email.apk but for regular users it was a problem.

        • Tony Murray

          Why would they remove this from AOSP???
          I don't see any reason to remove the email app from AOSP, they didn't seem to add a reliance on google play services or anything like that.

          • grumpyfuzz

            it won't be removed from aosp, just development for the aosp app might stop.

    • Zargh

      The power doesn't come from the apps, the power comes from the framework. As long as the AOSP apps work well enough to illustrate how to hook into the underlying system to build that type of app, it really doesn't matter.

  • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

    Gave up on the Google Email client a while back. Been using 'Nine' since about two weeks after release. It makes the stock Google app look so dated and horrible.

    • Will P

      Thanks for the tip. This seems like exactly what I want out of the email client. The rich text editor makes it so much better.

    • Ramiro Fernandez

      I do like Nine but would drop it for stock email in a heartbeat if Google introduced threading like how it's done in the Gmail app.

    • Adrien Assadian

      Yeah Nine's great, but expensive as fuck.

  • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

    Also, apparently this app is incompatible with my N5 and N7 2013. Wtf Google?

    • Andrew Gallagher

      Works fine on mine (both N5 and N7 2013). What country are you in? I'm in Canada.

    • Frederico Silva

      Works fine on my N5 (Portugal)

    • vlite

      It is not available in Malaysia. Perhaps it'll take time to propagate it to other countries?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Still propagating. Give it a bit. It definitely is.

      • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

        I'm in Australia. I will sit tight a bit longer. :)


      • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

        Several hours later, I'm still seeing the incompatibility error message.

        If I'm running a custom AOSP ROM, would that have some effect on it? I'm starting to think it might.

        The stock Email app is already installed but I'm thinking there may be some variation between that and the stock Email app that comes direct from Google via a Factory Image for example.

        • Crispin Swickard

          I sideloaded it on my N7 with a CM rom on it. It did not overwrite the system app. I just had to disable the old stock one. Were you trying to install from the Play Store directly, or sideload?

    • Michael

      works great on my nexus 5

  • Mystery Man

    Email up sucks compared to gmail. Merge apps please

  • Crispin Swickard

    I hope they resolve the issue I have been having since 4.4 of getting duplicate emails...

  • Stanley C.

    Pretty nice! I only use 2 mail apps gmail and stock mail!

    Now I dont need to copy from my N7 and install the apk i my S4 anymore!

  • Chris Andrson

    Looking for a direct download link

  • browngeek

    So why use this over the Gmail app? Well I used to use it for work Exchange accounts, which you can't use with the Gmail app. I have however ditched using the stock app for Nine email instead. However, I guess moving the stock email app to Google Play it means they can update it a bit more regularly rather than when they update the OS, so probably a good thing right?

    • blumpkinator

      the only reason to use this app is for exchange & imap/pop.

      Nine is way better for exchange.

  • Ali

    My nexus 5 got the update as soon as I read this page. The only thing I have a problem with is how can I clear all the emails in trash without doing individual delete.

    • Simon Belmont

      Ha. They still haven't added that yet, huh?

      I really hope that gets added soon. It's so dumb that it's not there already (a simple "empty trash" button).

      • Arthur Jolivet

        It is missing perhaps because it's a pop/imap/exchange protocol whereas Gmail is the official application for gmail.com ??!

        • Simon Belmont

          I'm not using Gmail with it, though. I'm using a POP3 account, and I just want the "Trash" folder to not have 5 billion things in it that I've deleted over the months.

          It literally takes me 10-15 minutes of tap tap tap tap tap tap to manually delete each and every thing, if they've accumulated over a couple months. A simple "delete all" button would be marvelous.

  • Biyobe

    Downloaded, installed... Only able to setup account as pop or IMAP... I need exchange... Anybody else having that issue??

    • Stanley C.

      As Ive already said before, non nexus devices need: Exchange2Google.apk for exchange work. Ill take from my N7 and upload. Just wait...

      • Biyobe

        Oops, must have missed that... I guess that would make sense

        • Stanley C.

          Here you go:
          Exchange2Google.apk 6.2-1148727 from KK 4.4.3 system.

          Just install as normal apk...

          • Biyobe

            Cool thanks

          • Dan

            Works great, thanks, much better than the samsung app on y note 2

    • Joe S

      Try Nine client. It's much better for exchange and has many features that make using it on Exchange a dream. Lots of similarities to the Gmail app with swipe to delete and rich notifications. The developers are very active and take suggestions to make the app better!

  • Owen Finn

    Hey - does this have the "off-peak" hours scheduling?

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  • TheyCallMeVinnie

    I use and love the Gmail app for one reason, instant message notification. With the stand alone mail app, the soonest you can get notification is 5min. Not the case with Gmail. Its instant

    • pfmiller

      It depends on the mail protocol. Exchange supports email pushed from the server.

  • http://4cm4k1.com/ Anthony C. Maki

    Yay AP credit #2!

  • Galath

    YES!!! YES!!!

  • Omar Feliciano

    Doesn't work on TW 4.4.2 Note 3

  • Cristi

    Not available for Nexus 7 (LTE)

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      Commits of core to core-libart...

  • Vladimir

    I just installed it on CM11/SlimKat and it works but there is no option to add exchange accounts, just POP3/IMAP. I guess it's missing a component.

    The client which comes with the ROM (compiled from AOSP I guess) has Exchange option and it works well.

  • Vimal Kaul

    For Exchange to work, you will have to install Exchange2Google.apk Download the latest version from here http://www.mediafire.com/download/41wucrs7te9a593/ex.apk

  • Alvin Brinson

    Also very notable is that the Nexus 7 LTE (2013/deb) is listed as NOT COMPATIBLE in the play store.

    Both my 2012 N7 and N5 are listed as compatible.

    I can theorize this is due to Google's failure to bother releasing 4.4.3 for the N7 LTE, and maybe the new Email app requires 4.4.3?

    Whatever the reason - I'm beginning to be more than a little upset about how badly those of us who spent extra on the LTE tablet get treated.

  • Android Developer

    What are the disadvantages/advantages over Gmail?
    And is it open source, like it was on the AOSP ?

  • gumbald

    Unless I'm missing something, this doesn't do Exchange accounts?

  • TheLastAngel

    Oh thank goodness! Now they finally will fix all the bugs more quickly!

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    i think the best one is k9 that has a lot of more features.

  • Gran PC

    Does this mean the open source version is not going to be updated anymore?

    • Arthur Jolivet

      like Phone, Camera, Music and other before, I think that the open source version has disappeared since they have updated the app with KitKat (and Play Store)

  • Emir Ribić

    It doesn't upgrade old email app. The old one was without .google in it's package name. When I installed this, I had two email clients.
    I guess we can cross of email from AOSP updates now.

    • Arthur Jolivet

      What is your phone ? ( It has upgraded old app for my N4)

  • Barend Stapelberg

    Where is the exchange support. It only gives my options for P2P and IMAP

  • jamaall

    I actually noticed this yesterday but didn't even notice that it wasn't getting updates before. I hit uninstall updates instantly because i only use gmail.

  • deltatux

    They still need to fix their Exchange Services battery drainage bug. It's killing my phone here...

  • Jehanzeb

    Where is the latest exchange apk ?

  • Jim

    Best bit of the update is it now lists sent emails by the recipient, rather than just showing your own name against sent emails. Don't know why Google took so long to sort this, but better late than never.

  • Eickhel Mendoza

    Here is the Exchange2Google.apk for Exchange to work. Got it from my Nexus 7 2013.


    • Renan Lazarotto

      Thank you, sir.

  • http://google.com/+ThomasBeling Thomas Beling

    I'm unable to grab this app from the play store using my nexus 7 LTE (2013). Store displays the notice: this app is not compatible with your device. I've tried the download from Germany.

  • Tiuri Elvander

    My Nexus 7 (2013) claims it is not compatible with this version of Email ???

    • Gonza

      Same thing here. Also for the N4. Thats weird

  • Simon Belmont

    Finally. I have been waiting for this to happen for months. The stock email client needs a lot of love and the ability to get more frequent improvements and fixes than just by the system-wide OS updates. So glad about this.

    Hopefully they fix (or have fixed) the issue I've been having since I've been on KitKat (literally since I bought my day one N5), that won't let me download my attachments. Android 4.4.3 finally SHOWS the attachment thumbnails, but they still won't freakin' download.

  • Alex Rusinov

    Play store says my phone is not compatible with this version. Galaxy S3

  • Alex Rusinov

    This version doesn't give an option for Exchange

  • René Simonsen

    "Those with compatible devices can grab the update at the widget below."

    So I skip the rest of the article to find said widget, only to be disappointed :(

  • Matthew Fry

    You've been able to side load it for quite some time so I'd guess this is the non-updating (since it's the first build) version of a staged rollout.

  • Arthur Jolivet

    It's an advantage to have speedier new updates, of course. However, when there is a new android version, there are less new features :( . It's what I have noticed since 4.2 : for me 4.2 4.3 and even 4.4 were pretty minor in term of new important features (and UI changes) on a Nexus.

  • Tony Gultice

    Well I couldn't get it from the store, but the APK worked for me..
    Virgin Mobile LG Volt LTE running 4.4.2

  • Gonza

    Play Store says incompatible with Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 4. Weird....

    • http://iron2000.blogspot.com/ iron2000

      I suspect it might be region restricted?

  • freshiem

    is it me or does this not support Exchange? I am only getting POP or IMAP options?

  • http://itinkerstuff.blogspot.com/ Mark Lester Buenaobra

    I'm still waiting for Google Stars to be released and News and Weather app to be updated. Not to mention Clock (merged with Timely?). Also, it would be nice if Google can take a leaf out of CM's book and improve it's calculator app (give it more features similar to Xlythe's), as well as it's clock app by including the ability to add custom clocks (adding time zones not categorized by cities).

  • http://www.tangcla.com/ Clarence Tang

    After sideloading the APK, I've got two versions of the Email app in the app drawer - one is the 4.4.3-89 version, and the new 6.3-1218562.

  • toniolol

    Is there a way to add an exchange account like in the older "email app" ?
    I found only POP or IMAP settings.

  • dlbarron

    Installing this breaks my Exchange accounts, so be warned

  • Armand

    It says app not installed.