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Best IncrediMail Alternatives for Windows 10, 8, 7 in 2020

Posted by Christin on March 11, 2020

Best IncrediMail Alternatives for Windows

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Published on March 11, 2020

With the sudden news of IncrediMail (now Perion) shutting down on 20 March 2020, many loyal users find themselves stranded looking for the best alternative to IncrediMail for Windows. 

Even with the increased reports of IncrediMail not working well on Windows 10 machines, it was the number 1 choice for many people for more than 20 years. What will users need to do, when they find their IncrediMail email client not working anymore?

Before we list the best alternatives for IncrediMail, we would like to stress the point that is made by the IncrediMail team too, that you get in touch with your email provider, ensuring that your emails, contacts, attachments etc. are backed up.

What should you be looking for as an alternative? The bottom line is, email clients need to be concerned with increasing productivity, and effective organization. In the specific case of IncrediMail stop working, the most important functionality to look at is the ability for you to move and access all of your emails to the alternative email client.

That’s why we rounded up all the Windows email clients for a review that allows you to move your (IMAP-supported) emails from IncrediMail.

The Best Alternatives to IncrediMail for Windows

1. Mailbird

If you were a big fan of IncrediMail’s customization options like backgrounds, and custom effects, then Mailbird 2.0 is the best alternative on Windows 10 today. Mailbird is an intuitive, smart and highly customizable email client that helps you organize your emails and communicate effectively with colleagues, clients, customers and professionals. Here is the full rundown on what Mailbird has to offer.

At Mailbird, we provide special customer support as well as 50% off all products to all IncrediMail users.

Customizing options include:

  • Background theme picture
  • Dark Theme option
  • Message Sound
  • Multi-language support
  • Welcome message
  • Theme Color 
  • Vertical / Horizontal layout

Mailbird also takes it a step further by bringing the entire client interface into the mix with options for enhancing its interface with colors, layouts and custom patterns.

Productivity features include:

  • Attachment Search – search for attachments using keywords
  • Drag & Drop of Attachments – easily drag and drop attachments into emails
  • Inline Reply – Colour coded name for easy inline replies
  • Quick Action Bar archivesnooze, reply, forward, trash that email, mark as important, star or mark as spamall within 2 inches of your mouse.
  • Quick Compose Shortcut – Control + Alt + Space quickly opens up a new message to write emails quickly and efficiently
  • Quick Preview of Attachments – View your attachments before downloading them to avoid downloading unnecessary content.
  • Snooze – Snooze emails during busy times and selectively filter out what kind of email you receive at a given time.
  • Unified Inbox – You can use Mailbird’s unified inbox to read all your incoming email at once — or instantly switch between your email accounts to manage them separately. It’s up to you.


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What’s great about Mailbird is that it has teamed up with many social media apps, video chat apps, organization and task management apps. It also integrates different calendars and has one of the strongest, native contact management apps. All of these, and many more, productivity tools and features are available from within the app, without switching or searching. 

Some apps include:

  • Apper.In
  • Asana
  • Chrome
  • Contacts Manager
  • Daily Social
  • Degoo
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • FormSwift
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Docs/Drive
  • Lifehacker
  • Veeting Rooms 

… and more! Activate your favorite ones and turn your email client into a beautifully designed and highly convenient productivity workstation!

How to Move from Incredimail to Mailbird

Once IncrediMail stops working, you will not have access to your conversations anymore. Moving your emails from IncrediMail to another email client is, unfortunately, not as simple as it is for other clients. So, let’s go over the how-to’s! 

First and most important of all, find out whether you have an IMAP or POP3 account.

We have created this screencast for you on how to check whether you are one or the other.


Moving from IncrediMail to Mailbird for IMAP users

IMAP users (without locally stored folders) should not face any issues when moving from IncrediMail to Mailbird. Your settings and emails are saved on your server and will sync with Mailbird as soon as you have entered your email and password into the app. 

However, we have tried to find a solution for people that would like to move their locally stored folders to Mailbird. As for now, it seems there are no options to move your folders. IncrediMail uses a very specific and protected setup.

The options available are a little bit complicated, especially for non-tech-savvy people. For getting guided through those steps, please reach out to our support*. 

Please watch the screencast for a better understanding and let us know if you have any questions.


Moving from IncrediMail to Mailbird for POP3 users (with or without local folders)

Similar to the local folders, it is, unfortunately, not that simple to move from IncrediMail to Mailbird (or any other email client) if you are using a POP3 account. 

You will have to save each email, one by one, manually to  .eml format and then bulk import them to your POP3 account in Mailbird. You can follow the instructions as described in this KB article from step 5 onwards.

There are a few paid options that are provided by third parties. We can’t 100% guarantee the effectiveness of these tools, that are not developed by Mailbird. Nevertheless, we can guide you through the necessary steps to safely move your emails from your IncrediMail POP3 account to Mailbird POP3/IMAP if you reach out to our support which is 24/7 and free*. 

(*Please note that we will provide free and professional support to you but we are not and we do not own any of the paid options to move your emails.)

Please watch the screencast for a better understanding and let us know if you have any questions.


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2. eM Client

source: eM Client


eM client is another Incredimail Windows 10 alternative. It has a very bare-bones easy-to-use email interface that operates on Windows XP, Vista, 8, and 10 – perfect if you have an old computer still running previous operating systems.

Email Features:

  • eM Client supports all major services including Gmail, Exchange, iCloud and
  • It integrates email, contacts, calendars, a simple to-do list and a chat function into its interface
  • It has a contact and attachment search function
  • Supports all standard protocols (POP3, SMTP, IMAP, EWS, AirSync)

This could be a great option for somebody who is new to using email interfaces or just doesn’t need a whole lot of communication platform add-ons. While it has less UI customization options, it presents a solid and secure communication system equipped with message encrypting, mass mail and delayed send, a built in email-translator, templates and signatures and more.


eM client’s calendar is highly customizable allowing you to integrate internet calendars, tasks and to-do lists effortlessly. Share calendars and tasks with other colleagues, friends, clients or customers. Use the full-text search in events and tasks; send meeting invitations and confirmations, schedule meetings and more.

Contact management

eM client gives you custom contact views, an extensive number of data fields, categorization and folders support, easy access to communication history, an easy way to search for emails from specific contacts and most of all makes merging contacts from various addresses an easy task.

Other Features

The chat function allows you to message people in real-time and sends attachments from a detached window. eM client also offers:

  • Central management of desktop clients for companies
  • A de-duplicator tool
  • Customizable Widgets
  • Sidebar for quick access to Contact details, Agenda and Invitations

3. Postbox

Source: Postbox


Postbox is a relative newcomer to the Windows email client scene, but it’s already received high praise for its clean and simple interface. Unlike eM Client, it does not offer a free version. However, Postbox has a free trial so you can give it a try on your Windows 10 device.

Main features:

  • Possibility to add dynamic data in Postbox 5 in responses and templates. This means placeholders automatically populate with data from the message itself or through your own custom fields.
  • 70 professionally written email response templates for job inquiries, recruitment letters, reference requests etc.
  • Quick post – sending messages through various integrated platform apps
  • Image scaling and message size indicators – perfect for people who work within photography
  • Anti-tracking – a function that allows you to see when your emails are being tracked to keep your information as private as possible!

Other alternatives

There are many other alternatives out there, such as Outlook, Thunderbird, etc. However, Mailbird is considered to be one of the best alternatives to all these email clients and one of the most effective tools for business and personal use. 

Are you a Windows user? Try out its amazing interface and productivity features! Feel free to contact our 24/7 free support: we’ll be happy to assist you.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been revamped in January 2017 and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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Published on March 11, 2020


23 thoughts on "Best IncrediMail Alternatives for Windows 10, 8, 7 in 2020"

  • the best in IM is notifier working permanently in the background. it even starts automatically with win. is there any other email client with that great function?

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      Christin Baumgarten says:

      I know you can set Mailbird to start on Windows startup, I am not sure how it works with the other clients to be honest.

  • thanks for this, I love IM but haven’t been able to use it since the last Win10 update

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      dstranger99 says:

      Click Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > View your update history > Uninstall updates.

      Scroll down to the Windows updates, click on KB 3132372. At the top, click Uninstall. That’ll get rid of the bad patch. Your IM should work again.

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        Brent Pearce says:

        Not a bad patch – IM has not kept up with the play, I believe last upgrade to IM was with 2.5 in Feb 2012, rolling on to 4 years, cant blame MS for someone else’s lapse

  • Is it possible to turn off mailbirds mail preview panel?
    It by default is opening every email, and i afraid it going to open the wrong one and infect my whole PC.

  • Hi,
    Is it possible to get emoticons as one has in IncrediMail?

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      Christin Baumgarten says:

      Hey Veni, thanks for reaching out.

      At the moment we don’t support emoticons. Let us know if you have any more questions that we can help with. Have a great day, Christin

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        Judy SKIBSTED says:

        You really should include emoticons. That was the Highlight of Incredimail. Plus they had Stationary, for Birthdays, Holidays, etc. which made it sooooo Fun!

        • Andrew @ Mailbird
          Andrew @ Mailbird says:

          Hi Judy! We have recently introduced emojis to Mailbird, hope that helps a bit! 🙂 Thanks for the interest.

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    Marsha Voelker says:

    Can you create your own stationary for Mailbird?

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      Christin Baumgarten says:

      Hey Marsha, currently you cant create your own stationary in Mailbird. Have a great day and thanks for reaching out:-)

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    Dottie Bortko-Rizzo says:

    After losing mail in Win10 Mail and going back to, which has become too confusing for the casual user, I tried Mailbird. It was great. Got all my 3 accounts into it along with contacts quite easily. Then I got the dreaded notice that it would cost $, which was not earth shattering. Just not used to paying for email program. I passed on the upgrade then suddenly lost one of my email accounts. I contacted them and received note back indicating that the free version no longer accepts use of more than 2 accounts. I left and went back to Win10 Mail. A few days ago I got a notice saying that my watermark was reached at the roadrunner site so I went in to clean SOME of the mail out and left others. When I went back to Win10 Mail, ALL my mail was gone. So here I am again looking for another email desktop or web based. Looking at Inky, Incredimail, etc. Sure wish Mailbird would let folks know that the Free Version cannot carry more than 2 accounts. Found Mailbird to be misleading. Too bad. I really liked it.

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      Christin Baumgarten says:

      Hey Dottie, thanks for reaching out. We are sorry you felt mis-informed and we really appreciate your feedback. We are pointing out on our pricing page that the Lite version comes with a limited amount of supported email accounts. Please let me know should you have any questions and decide to give Mailbird another try. Have a great rest of the week:-)

  • Excellent article! We will be linking to this great article on our site.
    Keep up the good writing.

  • Incredimail has announced its’s closing down as of March 20 2020.

  • 3-13-20 is the LAST DAY OF INCREDIMAIL & IT SUCKS. I can’t get Mailbird to work like they say Incredimail does. I tried getting all the folders & contacts from Incredimail over into mailbird, but it only got some. Plus, I got Yahoo, Hotmail & Gmail. Any idea of what program can get all emails like Incredimail did, because it won’t
    with mailbird. If figured if it worked, I’d by it.

  • tem alguma ferramenta de exportação do incredimail que possa importar depois Mailbird?

  • I want IM back, I don’t want other mail providers because all is bored, blank and no picture backgrounds. Nothing excited for me. I want IM is more cool email and more fun! Just saying.

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