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GMX Review

GMX is not as well-known as the big names that dominate the free email landscape. However, it meets all your basic emailing needs. Message composition, contacts, organizers and more are all present and work well.

Our Verdict

GMX is an effective free email service for creating disposable email accounts to set up online accounts or subscriptions.

For

  • You get unlimited inbox storage.

Against

  • The inbox ads give it a cluttered and overwhelming feel.
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Setting up a GMX email account is a straightforward process.

Setting up a GMX email account is a straightforward process.
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There are a lot of ads that make it hard to find the tools you need.

There are a lot of ads that make it hard to find the tools you need.
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GMX includes extra functions, such as an avatar maker and a mail collector.

GMX includes extra functions, such as an avatar maker and a mail collector.
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The top tool bar has a few functions. Most are located on the sidebar.

The top tool bar has a few functions. Most are located on the sidebar.
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You can set GMX to receive all your email messages from other accounts.

You can set GMX to receive all your email messages from other accounts.
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Other emails that you collect with GMX can be sorted into their own folders.

Other emails that you collect with GMX can be sorted into their own folders.
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The autoresponder lets you set up automatic reply messages for when you are out of town and unable to respond to email.

The autoresponder lets you set up automatic reply messages for when you are out of town and unable to respond to email.
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GMX can’t translate messages sent in a language other than English.

GMX can’t translate messages sent in a language other than English.
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You can import contacts from other email accounts and directly from social media accounts.

You can import contacts from other email accounts and directly from social media accounts.
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The calendar lets you set up email reminders of upcoming events.

The calendar lets you set up email reminders of upcoming events.
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You can attach files saved on your computer’s hard drive or from a cloud storage program, such as Google Drive.

You can attach files saved on your computer’s hard drive or from a cloud storage program, such as Google Drive.
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GMX lets you attach multiple files at once.

GMX lets you attach multiple files at once.
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When you send messages, GMX gives you a few seconds to change your mind and cancel it.

When you send messages, GMX gives you a few seconds to change your mind and cancel it.
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Contacts aren’t automatically saved in the GMX address book. You have to add these yourself.

Contacts aren’t automatically saved in the GMX address book. You have to add these yourself.
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GMX lets you attach files as large as 50MB.

GMX lets you attach files as large as 50MB.
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You can customize your inbox with a theme.

You can customize your inbox with a theme.
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You can add a priority level your outgoing messages so the person receiving it knows it’s important.

You can add a priority level your outgoing messages so the person receiving it knows it’s important.
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The GMX email mobile app is easier to use than the web-based interface.

The GMX email mobile app is easier to use than the web-based interface.
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Some of the more advanced tools aren’t available through the app, such as the video chat and avatar creator.

Some of the more advanced tools aren’t available through the app, such as the video chat and avatar creator.
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The GMX mobile app asks if you’d like to optimize attachments so they are smaller and don’t take up as much space while sending.

The GMX mobile app asks if you’d like to optimize attachments so they are smaller and don’t take up as much space while sending.

GMX is not as well-known as the big names that dominate the free email landscape. However, it meets all your basic emailing needs. Message composition, contacts, organizers and more are all present and work well. It also has a couple standout features, including the ability to directly import contacts from your social media accounts, that earn it a spot on our list of the best free email services.

Setting up a free email account with GMX is easy. You’re asked for some basic information, name, birthdate and the country you live in. You then choose an email address and password.

The biggest drawback we noticed while testing GMX is that there are a lot of ads. The inbox is cut into several mini view windows, with most hosting an ad for other GMX services, though there are affiliate company ads, too. This makes it look very cluttered, and it can be hard to find the true inbox you need. Because of this, we found it difficult at first to work with the email service, but eventually we found tools and functions we needed.

GMX has a lot of great features in addition to simple email. For example, you can customize your account with a color or theme that fits your personality. You can add a picture of yourself, or create an avatar. You can also use the GMX instant chat feature or video chat with friends and family who also have a GMX account.

GMX is one of the few free email providers that lets you directly import your Facebook contacts into your address book. It also has an integrated task calendar so you can set up appointments and email invites, and the program automatically reminds you when the event is close.

You can create alias email accounts to use for online subscriptions or accounts that won’t show your personal information, but will still feed right back into your primary GMX inbox. You can also use the mail collector to redirect your other email account messages into your GMX inbox, putting all your incoming email in one place.

GMX includes an autoresponder that automatically sends a reply to received emails during a designated time. This is a helpful feature if you ever can’t respond to messages right away.

We also discovered that GMX has a 50MB limit on attachments. Most other free email accounts limit attachments to 20MB or 25MB. GMX lets you attach files saved on your computer’s hard drive or from cloud storage programs such as Google Drive, and you can attach multiple files at once.

When you send a message GMX has a count down before the message is finally sent. This gives you a few seconds to cancel the message, just in case you need to edit or reconsider the message. While the other email providers we tested, such as Gmail, automatically create a contact when you send an email, GMX doesn’t; instead, it gives you the option of adding the contact to your address book.

The GMX email app was much easier to use than the web-based interface, especially since it didn’t have ads that cluttered the view screen. It was much easier to navigate and we easily found the tools we needed. The app can also optimize the attachment sizes to save space while sending. This doesn’t affect the files as all and they will be the same size and format when downloaded. We did have a few issues with the app: It took a while for messages to send, and we couldn’t find contacts that were saved in the web-based account.

We tried out GMX’s support features. The best way to get ahold of support personnel is through email. However, after you fill out the online form, GMX sends you an automated reply with a link to the online FAQs and another email address where you have to send a second request if your question isn’t answered in the FAQs. This set of extra hoops caused us some frustration, especially since we had to wait an additional 36 hours before finally getting a reply.

GMX is a good email service that will meet your needs of a free email account. The number of ads make it hard to locate the features and functions you need at first, but once you get the hang of it, this free email service has a lot of useful tools, such as video chat and mail collecting. The biggest plus of GMX is that is directly imports social media contacts.