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[APP][5.0+] FairEmail - Fully featured, open source, privacy oriented email app

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asripath

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Like I have said before, dedication and distance don't go very well together. I don't depend on the project for anything, so I can easily take distance and let it go, but wouldn't that be a waste? It is just a choice, of which I have made countless in my life (I am 55 years young).

it might be a drop in an ocean....

i just came across your app and
have been using it for a week odd..

thank you
 
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heinhuiz

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Anyway, whatever you decide, make sure that you will not miss this project! (I will, but that's a side issue.) And keep in mind that a next project will be treated the same, if you want to make it broadly available like FE.

I wish you all wisdom with your choice.
 

nadir husain

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Anyway, whatever you decide, make sure that you will not miss this project! (I will, but that's a side issue.) And keep in mind that a next project will be treated the same, if you want to make it broadly available like FE.

I wish you all wisdom with your choice.
Oh I agree totally. We , as users, will be desperate to scramble onto something that vaguely reminds us of FE but you will also have to decide what app you will use. I can't bear to think of going back to any of the apps I used before this and most of the new ones have proxy servers and are a privacy nightmare. Besides it's your baby and you cannot just let it wither away....or can you?
 

David B-E

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Well that was easy.

So today FairEmail still not re-authenticating Oauth so won't sync, while Thunderbird continues to sync. As after a few years I don't remember how I configured accounts, I checked how my outlook.com mailbox is configured in Thunderbird. Just configured manually in Thunderbird like my other imap accounts, no Oauth, no special app passwords or any of that. So I deleted the account in FairEmail, then created the account again manually, server name, account name, my normal Microsoft password, picked an account colour. It syncs fine. Maybe because it's just the free outlook.com mailbox with a standard free Microsoft account, and I don't have a desktop Outlook/Outlook365 subscription, but just treating it like any old IMAP mailbox works for me.
 

topcaser

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The saved searches are really wonderful. Love it once understood how they are working. Saying that, why is it not possible to use a search string in parallel to the other meta options like star? This would be helpful
 

M66B

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The saved searches are really wonderful. Love it once understood how they are working. Saying that, why is it not possible to use a search string in parallel to the other meta options like star? This would be helpful
Please tap on 'More options', scroll down and you can select 'With star'.

The star at the top is a 'shortcut' to search for starred messages only.
 

topcaser

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Marcel, there isn't a dialogue like that in more options.

Here is a screenshot:
Screenshot_2021-09-25-14-41-47-24_208213728eb6a732b32bf625e881f060.jpg
 

topcaser

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Another feature request regarding saved search: imagine, you have an important email. OK, We can tag it with stars but sometimes I would wish to have a shortcut to them (since you need it from time to time). Isn't it possible to create a search out of a currently opened email? E. G. One could select which search parameters he wants to save from that email like title, sender and/or tags. What do you think?

I give you an example use case: I build a house and get quotes for certain things. From time to time I need to review the quotes.
 

M66B

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Another feature request regarding saved search: imagine, you have an important email. OK, We can tag it with stars but sometimes I would wish to have a shortcut to them (since you need it from time to time). Isn't it possible to create a search out of a currently opened email? E. G. One could select which search parameters he wants to save from that email like title, sender and/or tags. What do you think?

I give you an example use case: I build a house and get quotes for certain things. From time to time I need to review the quotes.
In the expanded addresses section, between the message header and message text there is already a search for the sender you might want to use.
 

M66B

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There is a new release, both on GitHub and in the Play store to workaround the Outlook authentication problems. In the error dialog there is a button to change the password, which will switch the account from OAuth to password authentication, which is normally not possible. There is also a help text for when 2FA is enabled, in which case an app password is required.

This is a workaround, which will probably cause problems later on when Microsoft disable Basic Auth (password authentication). See also here.
 

famusc

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Does the quick sync option for pop3 and imap save battery in addition to data? Is it safe for Gmail and office365 exchange? Thx
 

David B-E

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Just to express my view on the issue, when I decided to look for a new Android email client some months ago, if FairEmail at the time had said flatly that it didn't support Microsoft/Outlook.com email accounts and wouldn't in the future, but otherwise everything else it did then and does now, I would still have tried it, still have chosen it over all the others I tried, still paid for the Pro license, and would still be happily using it now. Frankly, I'm not bothered. I only have the outlook.com address because it was given to me automatically when I created a Microsoft account for the assorted Microsoft desktops then laptops I've had since then. The only emails I get in that mailbox are the automated calendar ones which I'd turn off if I could be bothered to make the effort, the odd account security one which is also sent to one of my main non-Microsoft email addresses so I'd get anyway, and the odd (usually automated) response to me submitting feedback about Edge Canary from Edge Canary where I'm logged in with my Microsoft account. They'd be no loss, but actually i have Outlook on my phone anyway (but not laptop) not for the email but for the calendar which syncs better with my laptop than the Google/Android one. I haven't configured it with any other email address than my Microsoft one, but it does fetch that tiny trickle of Microsoft email to my outlook.com address, so if FairEmail didn't fetch it, I could read that tiny bit of email in Outlook while doing the over 99% of my normal email use of my other 5, non-Microsoft mailboxes in FairEmail.

So, for me even if FairEmail lost the ability to connect to my outlook.com mailbox completely I wouldn't be bothered, and would think it a crying shame if such a brilliant email client, head and shoulders above any other Android client I've tried, was abandoned just because of this issue with Microsoft mailboxes. But that's just me, and I know there are people who cry and scream about things (even if the issue was made clear at the outset) without any attempt to understand the realities of things: that must be very wearing and stressful for app creators.

Oh, and on another matter, Marcel, I'm afraid disability makes me drop in and out of conversations, be unable to write, or even read for stretches of time, and forget there were things I should reply to in the periods when I am vaguely functional. So a belated thank you for addressing the issue I raised about occasionally needing to switch the original display of a particular message to light theme from the dark theme I have FairEmail configured to. Those new menu entries and especially the optional theme switching icon in the message display is perfect. Thank you - such great support for the needs of a user.
 

greta123456

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Well that was easy.

So today FairEmail still not re-authenticating Oauth so won't sync, while Thunderbird continues to sync. As after a few years I don't remember how I configured accounts, I checked how my outlook.com mailbox is configured in Thunderbird. Just configured manually in Thunderbird like my other imap accounts, no Oauth, no special app passwords or any of that. So I deleted the account in FairEmail, then created the account again manually, server name, account name, my normal Microsoft password, picked an account colour. It syncs fine. Maybe because it's just the free outlook.com mailbox with a standard free Microsoft account, and I don't have a desktop Outlook/Outlook365 subscription, but just treating it like any old IMAP mailbox works for me.
Same here, from yesterday all I got is server authenticate failed.
 

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  • 7
    After contacting Marcel, he sent me a test version, where the issue is fixed. I tested it and the wrong message doesn't appear anymore. The fix will be included in the next release. Thanks Marcel!
    The issue was that the signature is embedded in the encrypted message. For example old Outlook versions use this method, but the standard nowadays is to sign and encrypt in one go. The change is to check if there is a signature in the decrypted message and to suppress the notice in this case:

    4
    @cklassen how about using the accent color for the buttons at the end of the fields?

    This won't change much for existing users (too many people hate change), but still improve things.

    If you wish you can contact me for a test version with this to see how it looks like.
    4
    Hello @M66B , when I recieve an encrypted mail and decrypt it with FairEmail, I get the message, that the mail isn't signed (see the attached screenshot). But when the mail is decrypted there is an icon left of the lock icon and when I tap on it, a message appears that the signature is valid. So the first message seems to be incorrect. I used version 1.1782.
    After contacting Marcel, he sent me a test version, where the issue is fixed. I tested it and the wrong message doesn't appear anymore. The fix will be included in the next release. Thanks Marcel!
    4
    Is it possible to hide these buttons at the bottom of an email?
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    I never use them but find myself accidentally clicking them frequently.
    You can disable these button again in the behavior settings.
    2
    @M66B , in the composing window there are three icons (see attached screenshot). Two of them are tap-able, one doesn't have a function. I would recommend to remove that one (red on the screenshot), because like it is now, it is not consistent. Although they have the same style, they don't have the same function. Additionally, when you remove it, there is one element less in the window and every UI element that isn't there means less mental work for users.
    Although I prefer minimalism, the icon is a hint about what the input field is about. The CC and BCC fields have a different icon. There is a hint text too, so I will give this some thought anyway.
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    Version 1.1775 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    There is another solution for showing the text / padding size in the overflow menu. Please let me know what you think about it.
    15
    Downloading the internet still isn't finished and will take a little longer because I just uploaded version 1.1779 to GitHub and the Play store (test program).

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases
    14
    Version 1.1777 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    12 more infrastructures will be recognized:

    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/app/src/main/res/values/strings.xml#L1809

    If no blocking errors will be reported, this version will be released publicly in the Play store today.
    14
    Version 1.1774 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    This is a release candidate for the next public Play store version (once a month only now to prevent 1 star reviews for "too many updates").
    14
    Version 1.1773 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    This version was released to fix the message composer not opening because the OpenKeychain app isn't responding.
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    FairEmail
    Open source, privacy friendly email app for Android

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    See here for a description:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/

    Downloads:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email#user-content-downloads

    See this XDA article for some screenshots:
    https://www.xda-developers.com/fairemail-open-source-privacy-friendly-email/

    See here for more screenshots:
    https://email.faircode.eu/#screenshots

    Frequently asked questions:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/blob/master/FAQ.md

    This XDA thread is about using the latest version of FairEmail.

    For support on authorizing an account you should consult the documentation of your provider, see also here.

    Off topic comments are allowed as long they are related to FairEmail and are in the general interest of the followers of this thread.

    Discussion of purchases is not allowed here, please contact me via here instead.


    XDA:DevDB Information
    FairEmail, App for all devices (see above for details)

    Contributors
    M66B
    Source Code: https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/


    Version Information
    Status:
    Stable

    Created 2018-08-02
    Last Updated 2020-11-18
    42
    It is time for a new, modern, open source, privacy friendly email client for Android.

    I have just released a first alpha version for feedback on the design and features.

    Not for production use yet!

    Most of the stuff basically works, but be prepared for crashes and error notifications.


    Safe email is a working name, but it is for several reasons not a convenient name, so suggestions for a name are welcome.
    37
    I have just released alpha version 0.15

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/releases

    With a bit of luck the next version can be a beta version.

    I am putting a lot of effort into this project, so thanks are appreciated.
    37
    I have just released alpha version 0.10

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/releases

    I have put many hours into developing and debugging this release, so thanks are appreciated.

    This version is still not suitable for production, but all basic functions are present now. The goal is now to stabilize this version into a first beta release, so please let me hear what problems you have.

    Edit: due to database changes you'll need to setup your accounts/identities again.
    33
    I have just released beta version 1.745

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    The changelog might seem uninteresting, but in fact displaying messages has been rewritten to introduce inline displaying of original messages. I spent about two days developing and testing this, so at least a "thanks" will be appreciated.

    Some background: normally the web view cannot be used in a scrolling list (of messages in a conversation) and although there exist several workarounds for this, none were satisfactory. However, I had a completely novel idea (as far as I know) about how to approach this without the usual edge cases (hopefully) !

    To do: investigate if using a dark background is feasible (setting the background dark is simple, but the challenge is to modify the message so that everything is still readable). I will consider to add an option to always display original messages.

    Please report any problem you discover, so it can be fixed.