There are several options available for creating a free email account with services such as Gmail and Yahoo. The accounts will differ in the amount of email storage, interface, and the types of advanced features are included, such as messaging, filters, and the ability to import other data.
- Extremely versatile and available across atll types of devices
- Regularly adds new features and updates
- Will allow the user to "un-send" an email
Sign up: https://www.google.com/intl/en-GB/gmail/about/
Gmail's clean and uncluttered interface is regularly improved and upgraded, with useful new features added. Among these newer features is the ability to recall an email if you accidentally hit the send (or reply-all) button, the option to snooze messages so they can be brought back to your attention later, and a Confidential mode that prevents messages being forwarded, copied or downloaded by recipients, and adding time-limits so that messages delete themselves after a specified period. Gmail can automatically filter emails into Primary, Social, Promotions and Forums, and although this is a good approach, folders for organizing messages aren’t supported. Instead you would attach labels, such as work, personal and family. Clicking a label shows all the messages tagged with it, essentially making it a search term.
Gmail is excellent at filtering out spam and offers useful extras such as quick links to track deliveries, amend reservations, and more without opening the email and searching for a link. Emails from other accounts can be pulled and contacts imported, so switching to Gmail is painless. In addition, integration with the Google Drive provides you with 15GB of free storage for email (and other Google services), but there's a 25MB limit on attachments, which is more restrictive than some other options.
- Clean design
- Supports multiple email accounts
- Many useful features
Sign up: https://outlook.live.com/owa/
Microsoft’s Outlook.com email service replaced Hotmail several years ago. While it has the same name as the desktop software that had been a part of Office for so long, the web and mobile versions offer less options by comparison. For many people this is actually a good thing, as the free service still includes lots of useful features and tools. The ability for emails to be organised into folders is one of these, with the option of setting rules to automate any future arrivals. Multiple email accounts can also be used, so you can have your Gmail addressed message delivered in Outlook. And, there’s a comprehensive junk mail filter in operation and you have the ability to automate messages for when you’re away.
In addition, the Focused inbox which you can enable to prioritise messages from senders that you choose, the Sweep feature which moves or deletes all messages from a sender or all messages out past a certain date, not to mention tight calendar integration so that invites and travel arrangement emails appear in your schedule, and temporary email aliases and several other thoughtful tools, for many it's just as good as Gmail.
- 1 TB of storage space
- Shortcuts to images, documents, and attachments
- Integrated GIFs, emojis, and graphics for emails
Sign up: https://login.yahoo.com
Yahoo's email service has a modern look and feel, with many useful features. Yahoo's search has been enhanced in order to return emails, images, files and contacts, all easily accessible from shortcuts in the navigation column, and if you search for a contact, you'll see your entire conversation history. Event and package delivery reminders also appear at the top of your inbox, making it harder to overlook them.
Other email accounts likeGmail, Outlook, etc. can be added so you can see all your messages in a single location, holiday responses are available, and disposable addresses can be created so your privacy can be preserved, when necessary. Ads do exist in Yahoo Mail, and they seem more obvious than on some other services, but you do get a whopping 1TB of free storage so this may make dealing with the ads more palatable.
- 1 GB mail storage
- End-to-End Encryption
- Access passwords allow secure emails with non-Tutanota users
Sign up: https://tutanota.com/
Ensuring online privacy is becoming more and more difficult. However, there are a few secure mail serices that offer free accounts. ProtonMail is possibly more well known, but Tutanota is a solid alternative. This German company delivers 1GB of free mail storage(twice that of ProtonMail), with every email protected by end-to-end encryption and now searchable within the apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android. To fly under Google's radar, Android users can download the app on F-Droid instead of from the Play store, and push notifications are not sent through Google’s service, yet are still delivered instantly.
Tutanota users can exchange fully encrypted messages directly, but thanks to the use of access passwords non-Tutanota users can still share send and receive emails with little impact on your security or convenience. The free service is basic yet perfectly usable, allowing users only one account and limited searches, but you can purchase a Premium option that offers aliases, mailbox rules, unlimited searches, and custom domains.