The ProtonMail Mobile Apps are about to get even better!

ProtonMail Best Email App

It’s official, ProtonMail is now the highest rated email app!

Since we launched ProtonMail’s iOS and Android apps a month ago, we have had an amazing reception from the community. We are now the highest rated email app in the Android Play Store, with more than 3000 reviews. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have already downloaded our mobile apps. We are not only the best secure email app, but we are the highest rated email app in the entire Android app store. This is a huge milestone for online privacy, because it shows that it is possible to make encryption so easy to use it can become widespread.

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Together, the ProtonMail community is bringing about a revolution in how people communicate online, and if this trend continues, the future of online privacy is indeed very bright. We believe it is always possible to do better, so for the past month, we have been busy working. Our support team has closely listened to your feedback and we have been working overtime to make improvements.

Over the next couple days, we are releasing the next version of the ProtonMail Mobile Apps to participants of the ProtonMail secure email app beta program.  It was only thanks to the thousands of ProtonMail supporters who donated to join our Mobile Beta program that we were able to complete the development of our mobile apps.

As a way of giving back, we are pleased to announce the continuation of our Beta program. While our apps can be downloaded for free from the iOS and Android stores, we will continue to release new versions earlier to Beta program members. New features, advanced performance optimizations, and cutting edge encryption improvements will be exclusively released to Beta users before their public release.

If you would like to support ProtonMail and join our Mobile App beta program, you can do so here: https://protonmail.com/secure-email-app

If you like ProtonMail, please consider upgrading to a paid account, as this allows us to keep the service running and continue development.

The success of ProtonMail has always been directly tied to our passionate community and we are grateful to have your support on our mission to protect privacy. We are working for you, and in the coming months, we will be releasing many more exciting features that will continue to make ProtonMail the best secure email service. We also have a very exciting secret project that we look forward to unveiling later this year!

Best Regards,
The ProtonMail Team

Click here to learn about the new features in the new ProtonMail iOS App

Click here to learn about the new features in the new ProtonMail Android App

If you don’t yet have a ProtonMail account, you can get one for free here: https://protonmail.com/signup

 

 

About the Author

Jason Stockman

Jason is the Co-Founder of ProtonMail. He works on building ProtonMail's webmail interface and front-end encryption. Jason has 10+ years experience building websites and applications.

 

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48 comments on “The ProtonMail Mobile Apps are about to get even better!

  • Love Protonmail. The service, the customer support and all. But I’ve got to tell you that the ipad app sucks big time. One has to zoom in and out in order to read the email because the characters are too small.

    Also, it’s nice to see your consideration toward the beta program supporters. But don’t forget those who are supporting the service continuously with a premium account.

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  • English:
    Please add the option of automatically deleting e thirty days in the trash if you do not do it manually

    Spanish:
    Por favor añadir la opción de que se eliminen los correos automaticamente a los treinta días en la papelera si no hace hace de forma manual

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  • So beta user should use google play to update their app ?
    I’m confused, the beta client do not propose any update whereas google play does 🙁

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  • Loving ProtonMail!
    I highly recommend it to everyone I know! (mostly tech savvy ppl)

    Would love to see a conversation view in the app, customs filters to organize messages better and an enhanced address book added soon! (I know it’s all planned, just anxious to see those features added!)

    Keep it up guys/gals! Amazing work! 😀

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  • Hi,

    This is offtopic but it looks like an issue that should be discussed in public.

    Today I wasn’t able to access ProtonMail’s log in page using Firefox web browser.. This was the first time that that happened to me. I found out why, but I don’t understand if it’s a bug or what…

    I use an add-on called “Privacy Settings”. I always have “full privacy” option activated. This option automatically disables “dom.storage.enabled”. With dom.storage disabled, neither https://app.protonmail.ch/login or https://mail.protonmail.com/login work.
    I would like to kindly ask you why is that? It was working just fine yesterday…

    (More info about this http://kb.mozillazine.org/Dom.storage.enabled)

    Thank you for your reply.

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  • Well, what can I say except a huge: Congratulations!

    A short critical comment:
    I really think the “Sent from ProtonMail mobile” being un-removable in the settings, yet are removable manually in the email itself should go. It is just an annoyance step that sort of takes away from the experience without providing much benefit at all.

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    • No security and no privacy??? we all know how invasive google is, sure. but having loose apk’s floating around that can’t be reliably or assurably updated are infinitely more insecure. F Droid depository is great but it doesn’t provide the same reliable authentication and certification that google play does.
      what google play offers is certifiable secure applications. you can be sure that what proton mail
      gives them is the same as what you are installing on your phone. google can’t actually mess with this. Not even because it’s open source – but thats even better
      And, if you are using anything else at all on your android, then google knows you have installed the proton mail application. So what 😉

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    • I guess we all appreciate and share your default skepticism towards Google, and I can understand why you’re concerned.

      But fact is, this is not a problem after all. Like an other poster commented, Google provides reliable authentication and certification for all apps that are distributed through Play Store.

      No one expects you to just trust Google, they (and e.g. Edward Snowden) have shown beyond doubt they can’t be trusted. If I were Google and the NSA, I’d undoubtly try to find a way to secretly manipulate every single Android app that was ever available to increase my ability to steal every last bit & byte out of everyone’s digital luggage. But, to the NSA’s disadvantage, it’s not that easy, and Google needs to provide all the security possible for the integrity of everything that’s supposed to be installed and work with Android OS. This is the only way to make sure there won’t be a monumental amount of problems for average users and severe security issues for Googles own backend and eco systems. So, that backdoor is actually very well closed, even to Google.

      Now, so far so good. The app as such is extremely secure, the NSA hates the whole service, and it should absolutely only be downloaded and installed from Play Store or wherever else ProtonMail officially may choose to make it available to their users.
      However, you could of course assume that the whole Android OS is compromised, and that it e.g. has a deep embedded keylogger and other hidden sevices in it that lets Google read and record all activities on your device, including the entering of passphrases and keys, the content of the decrypted mailbox as you read it, your composing window when you write etc. This is fortunately very, very unlikely and very difficult to acchieve and maintain over time without anyone outside a limited group of Google employees and NSA experts ever finding out.
      If you still think this may actually be the case, you should quite simply not use an Android device or any Google service or product at all. You’d have to stick to your homemade OS or find a Linux distro or anything else that you eventually trust more than Google, Microsoft or Apple, but could of course run into other problems, like not not being able to use ProtonMails services and apps.

      ProtonMails philosophy is to work for the prevalence of secure communication for everyone, and as we know, it doesn’t help much if something is brilliantly secure if it’s too demanding for most users to use, or for other reasons is not used. E.g. PGP has been around for decades, but still the average person hasn’t even heard of it, nor has any idea about why and how.

      So, what ProtonMail does, is they aim for the masses and the leading platforms where the masses are dancing, rather than trying to tap into more people to esoteric geek clubs, which will never get us where we want to be; in a world where everyone’s communication and data is encrypted and sent over secure protocols.

      We should be grateful for ProtonMails efforts in this field rather than spending time worrying about Google’s untrustworthyness, which is proven once and for all. Also, we can safely raise our glasses for the fact that Google is not able to tamper with it! Cheers!

      Ps:
      Did I remember to remind everyone to donate or sign up for beta testing? Or both? No? Ok, I will now: Donate! 😀

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      • Not everyone has the play store. There are lots of widely sold phones with their own Android variant – lower cost Chinese made phones like Lenovo for example – that does not have it. It’s sooo easy for you guys to just allow the .apk file download and display the file hash on your site. Why not do it? Soon more tablets and notebooks will also be able to run Android apps, so there will be even more devices that could potentially run it… but who knows if they will all use Google Play store.

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        • What I meant was there is coming Chrome OS, some Linux variants, and already existing phone OS’s, that can run Android .apk apps. Some of them, particularly from China, may not have Google Play access.

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          • Thanks for your reply.

            First, let me stress the fact that I have no other connection to the ProtonMail team than that of a user and customer, though I can understand why my slightly over-the-top fanboy writings would make some think so. 😀 So, all requests or ideas for ProtonMail should be addressed to them, not me.

            However, I agree you have some good arguments for making the apps available elsewhere, and I’d be surprised if this wasn’t something the team is working on. Just my two cents, of course.

            What do you think, PM?

  • Only usable with gapps on android.
    It really makes no sense at all to use protonmail and google apps…
    Please release an .apk file or let the mobile app be open source and in the F-Droid repository.

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    • Paid subscriber here…I fully agree. I basically have to use Protonmail via the browser on my phone. While webmail is fantastic, F-Droid is a must. Really privacy conscious people simply don’t wanna use Google – period.

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  • Hi PM Team,

    Kudos on your accomplishments to date.
    Curious though as to what the ETA is on the release of a full-fledged desktop client?
    This would up the level of usability of the application by a huge degree.

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  • Hi PM Team,

    Kudos on your accomplishments to date!

    Curious though as to what the ETA is on the release of a full-fledged desktop client?

    This would up the level of usability of the platform by a huge degree.
    Plus it would positively impact the number of people willing to upgrade.
    The importance/factor of security aside, not being able to use a desktop version makes this minimally useful.

    Not asking for any concrete date, but just a rough idea of when it might be ready?

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  • Will you at some point be adding a “Preview pane” for email messages when viewing them in the Horizontal Layout, eg. – messages on top row, previews at the bottom of the screen?

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  • Hi ProtonMail Team,

    Any idea/estimated timeline on when we can expect to see a release of the Desktop Client?

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  • Strange, Crashlytics does not show the update (even after a manual refresh) also, I have not received an e-mail invite like all the times before, what´s going on here?

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  • One of my better managers post, I’ve seen so far, is going to be very feasible for me to ProtonMail +, at the earliest opportunity, or perhaps make a good donation service is very good double security that it provided me.

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  • Please provide a good, intuitive calendar application with efficient synchronisation, and we will no longer need Google.
    Please. And thank you for the great job.

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  • I have a paid proton web-mail account and it’s great. I supported twice your crowdfunding goals. 1. because you need startup money – 2. when proton was offline because of a big ddos attack and again need money to fix it.
    So I want to install the proton app on my sm. And than there was the big disappointment. Your app can only be installed if I give you permission to look into my contacts – apps history – you want to know my identity and to see what’s in my photo/media maps. Why you need all this information for? Proton start looking like all free app developers, if it’s free then the user become a product.

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  • Hello, I dont get notifications, neither sound or vibration, when I receive email. I used to get both of them. I reinstalled app on my Androind, but problem remains the same. I know I can change notifications in settings I did with no success.

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    • Could you submit a bug report through the ProtonMail app? You can report a bug through the main menu using the report bug feature.

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  • Are you guys considering a protonmail encrypted messenger? I’ll browse around the site to see if that has already been addressed. I searched a bit and didn’t see anything recent directly from Protonmail. Great work guys and thank you for all that you do for the world. We need it now more than ever here in the USA. If only the East Germans and Russians citizen had had this pre 1992.

    I can’t believe that Donald Trump now is in charge of NSA! Good lord.

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  • i love Proton Mail, but want to repeat a moan I had recently, that the language English originated in England, and is spoken by the English people. It is also spoken by lots of North Americans, Australians, South Africans etc etc etc, but to see English with an American flag really pisses me off. English is English, please put the correct flag by the correct language, and remember we don’t all live in the good ole’ U S of A!

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