5 Features to Use in Spark Mail

5 Features to Use in Spark Mail

Since the demise of Newton, I’ve been using Spark Mail on Mac and iOS and exploring Missive too. The last 3 months has been good with Spark Mail, however I’m exploring the many talents of Missive before fully committing to an email application, seeing as I’ve only tried one since August.

Spark has dozens of helpful features to help you tackle email, let’s explore five!

the features of Spark Mail

Spark Mail is a personal email client (with team collaboration tools too). It’s used by over 1,000,000 people worldwide and does pack in plenty of easy to use, powerful features.

Spark by Readdle has been a frontrunner for many since Newton Mail’s fall from success. The majority of the features help personal email users to take control of their account.

Features of Spark include:

  • Smart Inbox

  • Unified Email

  • Send Emails Later

  • Follow-up Reminders

  • Smart Search

  • Snooze Email

  • Shared Drafts

  • Reply with Email Templates

  • Email Signatures

  • Smart Notifications

  • Advanced Settings

  • Quick Replies

  • Powerful Integrations (Todoist, Evernote etc.)

  • Built-in Calendar

They even have a team version for teams to use to collaborate over drafts, emails and more. You can find out more information about Spark for teams here.

5 Features to Try in Spark

As mentioned, Spark Mail is packed with plenty of features to explore. Many of them reside in the design and way you use Spark everyday.

The one thing I liked from day one about Spark is the attractive nature of the inbox and the advanced settings that allow you to change many of the preferences.

1. iOS Pinned Folders

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Quick access to folders is valuable. The SaneNews and SaneLater folders I use with Sanebox can easily be opened with two taps, as opposed to always swiping and searching within the email navigation sidebar.

You can pin any of your folders to this button inside of Spark iOS and it works great!

2. Send Later

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A simple feature, Send Later, has been a major feature especially when working with overseas clients. Scheduling an email for later helps to reduce pressure on the client to reply in awkward times, or force me to stay up later sending emails.

It also improves general response time between emails, here’s some of my thoughts on Send Later when I used to work with Newton.

3. Folder Favourites

On the Mac edition, access to the folders I use most in Favourites down the side is a massive bonus. Like the iOS edition, just saves 3-4 moments searching and almost acts as my other inboxes to check in on. Super similar to the iOS pinned folders but for Mac.

4. Snooze Emails

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Snooze email is my most used feature in Spark. The act of snoozing an email to when it’s more relevant is something I think all email apps should now have. A huge must. Whether that’s a question from one of you or a client mail, it’s a lifesaver at the weekend, to get that email out of my inbox and ready for me to answer at Monday @ 9AM.

5. Calendar Day View

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Even though I don’t use the Spark Calendar exclusively, I' love the day view inside of Spark Mail’s Calendar. If I haven’t browsed my calendar on Google, I use it to get a picture of upcoming appointments and if I need to re-schedule or cancel any via email.

What’s Spark best for?

Spark Mail is highly recommended for professionals and even casual users. The nature of the free application is perfect for iOS only users to get into email.

Although it lacks read receipts, more advanced rules/workflow tools and other such detailed features, the basic use of email, combined with the send later, snooze and even the new email templates makes it an attractive place for those coming from apps like Gmail, Apple Mail and even the likes of Airmail.

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