FairEmail is an open source, privacy-friendly email app

FairEmail is an open source, privacy-friendly email app

As they say, Big Data is Big Money, and it’s hard to get around online these days. There are even toggles in the operating system themselves that let you disable location services but will continue storing your location data on their servers. Thankfully, Android is open source and many have gone for the pure AOSP flavor without letting any of Google’s code touch their device. That’s why it was interesting when XDA Recognized Developer M66B released an email application called FairEmail with the goal of being privacy-friendly.

FairEmail is open source, available on GitHub, and even has a testing program available in the Play Store (as of the writing of this article, the program is not live). Some would assume this means the application is light on features, but FairEmail is feature packed. Check out the full list of features below.


FairEmail Features

This email app might be for you if your current email app:

  • takes long to receive or show messages
  • can manage one mailbox only
  • cannot show related messages
  • cannot work offline
  • looks outdated
  • is closed source, potentially violating your privacy


  • 100 % open source
  • Multiple accounts (inboxes)
  • Multiple identities (outboxes)
  • Unified inbox
  • Distraction-free reading and writing
  • Message threading
  • Two-way synchronization
  • Offline storage and operations
  • Material design
  • Dark theme


  • Easy navigation
  • No settings
  • No bells and whistles


  • Allow encrypted connections only
  • Accept valid security certificates only
  • SMTP authentication required
  • Text view only (converted HTML)
  • No special permissions required
  • No advertisements
  • No analytics and no tracking


  • IMAP IDLE supported
  • Built with the latest development tools and libraries
  • Android 6 Marshmallow or later required

Check out FairEmail in our Android Apps forum

About author

Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.

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