List of the Best Free Email Accounts

Free email accounts may seem like a dime a dozen, but there are some free services that stand way above the rest. This article will help guide you through the best free email accounts and which features make them the best.

When choosing a free email account, you'll want to look for a few characteristics to help you determine which one is best for you. The free email accounts will differ in how much email storage you get, what the interface looks like and how it can be customized, and what types of advanced features like messaging, filters, and ability to import is included.

It also is probably important to you what your actual email address is. If you can't find one that you like at your first pick for a free email account, I recommend moving onto another one to see if it's available there. Remember to try different combinations and variations to get an address that's not taken.

Gmail

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It's probably not a surprise that Gmail makes the top of my list for the best free email accounts. Gmail is Google's free email service that has a really nice modern feel to it, and there are numerous shortcuts you can use to make it even easier to work with.

There are different themes you can apply to Gmail's interface to customize how it appears, tons of advanced settings, and the ability to create labels and filters, import email in from other email accounts, use a chat client, and, among other features, install gadgets (add-ons) to extend Gmail's functionality.

You can even view your Gmail messages without an Internet connection if you install Gmail Offline.

Gmail shares a massive 15 GB of email storage with other Google services, which makes it super easy to share files with email recipients straight from your Google Drive account without having to leave Gmail, even files as large as 10 GB!

An email address at Gmail is setup in the format yourname@gmail.com. However, messages can be sent to yourname@googlemail.com as well and they will still arrive in your regular Gmail inbox.

Note: If you have a YouTube account, you can login to Gmail with the same information, as YouTube is simply a Google service that's accessed through a Google account. More

Outlook.com

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Outlook.com.

Outlook.com is Microsoft's free email service that, like Gmail, has a solid interface that's easy to work with.

Free email accounts created with Outlook.com are configured as yourname@outlook.com.

Changing how you work with Outlook.com couldn't be easier. You can very quickly change the color scheme of the page and choose where the reading pane should display.

I like how intuitive Outlook.com is - it's as easy as right-clicking an email to find further options like moving/deleting messages and searching for every email from that one sender, for example.

Email rules are supported with Outlook.com, which means you can set new messages to automatically move to a specified folder, be categorized, flagged, or even forwarded if certain conditions are met.

In addition to regular mail features, you can also connect to Skype, Facebook, and a couple other messaging services so you can stay connected without having to leave Outlook.com.

Users can enjoy easy access to other free Microsoft services through Outlook.com because it's part of Microsoft Office Online.

Note: Microsoft's email addresses used to be setup as @hotmail.com and @live.com. If you have one of those addresses you can still login to Outlook.com, but any new accounts setup will include the newer @outlook.com.

Yahoo Mail

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Yahoo Mail.

As would seem obvious, Yahoo Mail is the free email account offered by Yahoo!. Each new user gets a whopping 1 TB of free storage for email!

Yahoo Mail email addresses are setup as yourname@yahoo.com.

The compose window when making new emails is a bit similar to Gmail. One notable difference is that Yahoo Mail lets you attach files from Flickr and Dropbox without having to leave your email.

Several awesome themes are available with Yahoo Mail that changes the entire background and color scheme of the website, which makes for a pretty unique design.

Yahoo Mail lets you import contacts from a file on your computer as well as from your Facebook, Google, or Outlook.com account. This makes it easy to transfer contacts from a different email provider to Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Mail lets you create disposable addresses that are linked to your main email address but don't contain your name or any other personal data. This is extremely useful if you're often signing up for web accounts and don't wish to have your regular inbox spammed or filled with useless email.

Yahoo Mail also gives you access to an online calendar, a note taking application, and an instant messaging service. More

AOL Mail

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AOL Mail.

AOL Mail is another free email account option. The main page where you find your email also shows top stories from AOL.com, which can either be viewed as a nice addition or seem cluttered depending on personal preference.

Many advanced settings are customizable like changing the spam filter's sensitivity, controlling who (if anyone) can you send you mail, and blocking mail containing specific words.

In your mail settings, you can clearly read the IMAP and POP server settings, which are very useful if you're using your AOL email address with offline email clients. Most other email providers don't display this information, so that's a positive for sure.

I also like the fact that you can setup an alert to have AOL send you a text message when certain criteria are met, such as if an email from a specific contact that includes a certain word in the subject or body is delivered to your inbox.

Also included is a to-do list, calendar, and Facebook chat feature. You can also use your AOL email to send text messages to any US mobile phone by using the AOL website.

An AOL email address gives you an email like yourname@aol.com, but you can also receive mail if someone sends you messages at yourname@aim.com. More

Yandex Mail

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Yandex Mail.

Yandex is a Russian company that provides many tools in addition to free email accounts, such as an Internet browser, cloud storage service, and search engine.

Similar to Google, your Yandex email account makes it possible to access all of these services using one login.

The interface for Yandex Mail is very nice to work with. It's easy to read and provides a very simple layout while still keeping all the necessary tools intact.

There are also dozens of themes you can choose from to instantly transform the entire page. Some of the themes can even be interacted with, such as the Weather theme, which shows local weather below your mail.

Something interesting about Yandex Mail is that when you receive an email from someone, their online profiles are also shown, such as their Facebook account. This is very helpful if you receive email from someone that's not in your contact list.

Another feature I like is that, to combat spam and phishing attempts, Yandex Mail shows a green checkmark next to an email who's digital signature has been validated.

Email accounts created at Yandex end with @yandex.com. More

Inbox.com

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Inbox.com.

Inbox.com is similar to a few of the above free email accounts in that you get access to more than just email. Free users get 5 GB of storage to store email, contacts, calendar events, notes, files, and photo albums.

The email account you make with Inbox.com will have @inbox.com as the final part of the address.

Inbox.com has a bit of a strange interface because each section (email, calendar, notes, etc) have a sliding effect when they're opened and can take longer than necessary to display. It's not really a huge drawback but it can certainly be annoying.

Because file storage is also included with Inbox.com, attaching files to an email that are stored in your account is super easy because the "browse" section appears right below the email and doesn't require you to leave the page.

A small feature I find beneficial with Inbox.com that I haven't found elsewhere is the ability to recall the most recently created draft with a click of the button. Instead of browsing through the Drafts folder, you can click the arrow next to Compose mail and choose to open the last draft you worked on. More

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