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Aqua Mail is now part of the MobiSystems family

MobiSystems is proud to announce that Aqua Mail is joining its family of productivity and business apps.

Please see the full announcement for details.

I (Kostya Vasilyev) will remain involved in the project.

Yahoo blocking “less secure” mail apps

What Yahoo calls “less secure” is just the good old fashioned “password based” login – where a mail app sends your password to Yahoo’s servers, over an encrypted network connection.

This is how it’s worked for years and years, with pretty much all mail providers.

Now, the new tech, called OAUTH2, is more secure (it doesn’t need to send the passwords to the mail servers at all), but it doesn’t mean that passwords are suddently not secure.

And this is the cherry on top:

Even though Yahoo started enforcing OAUTH2 –

– they still have not provided a way to make mail apps support their requirements.

There are numerous messages on their developer support forums, even from someone at Samsung it seems – and no response whatsoever.

And therefore, for now, the only way to use Yahoo mail with any third party app, is to re-enable “access from less secure apps”.

( the only exceptions seem to be the Gmail app and the Outlook app, well, they probably knew who to call )

Please follow this support article, the relevant link is near the end:

PS: AquaMail already supports OAUTH2 for GMail, Hotmail and Yandex.

These companies have provided the relevant technical info on making it work. Yahoo, however, does not seem capable or willing.

App not fetching all recent messages from Hotmail?

Symptoms: a Hotmail account shows a few very recent messages, and then there is a large “gap” to 2013 or something.

A known issue that seems to come up pretty often in @hotmail / @outlook accounts.

I guess it’s their ongoing “migration to new servers” (they’ve been moving all accounts to “new servers” since a few months, gradually).

Please try this:

– Long press on the account (on the app’s main screen) -> options and folders -> account options.

– Change the “messages to sync” setting from a number based value (“25
messages” etc.) to a date range based value (“last 7 days”, etc.)

– Back out and refresh the account

The FAQ has screenshots of the setting, if you search it for “Hotmail”.

Oh and if you don’t make any changes, then any messages received since the “migration” should be fetched and sorted correctly, at the top of the message list, so that may be a viable option too (and certainly easiest, not doing anything at all).


This update is visible to all users and from all devices.

+ Bug fixes.

+ Bug fixes / changes in the code that highlights URLs / phone numbers / emails in message content.

+ In addition, this highlighting is now *not* applied inside <pre> tags.

+ OAUTH2 authentication for Yandex.

+ Tasker: the plugin now returns data from all matching messages, as arrays (not just one).

+ If you use the “start the app in” (smart folder or a folder) and also use the app’s “message counter” widget, please see the FAQ near the end, there was a change.


This update is visible to all users and from all devices.

+ A help screen for “undo instead of confirmations”.

+ When using “dark with light messages” theme – the message editor is now light too.

+ Updated widget sizes (“message counters” widgets).

+ New icons and a few other touch-ups (for material theme).

+ “Muted” colors for color chips (contacts). Settings -> message list.