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Protonmail vs Gmail- Which is the Best Email Service?

amit mishra
Protonmail vs Gmail- Which is the Best Email Service?

Gmail is undoubtedly one of the widely used email services in the world. While this free email service is reliable in terms of compatibility and variety of features, Google is known for accessing your information for suggesting advertisements according to your interest. If you do not wish to share any such information with your email service, ProtonMail can be an ideal alternative to Gmail. To know whether to stick to your Gmail account or switch to ProtonMail, you can go through the comparison provided below.

Comparison of ProtonMail Vs Gmail


The main advantage of ProtonMail over Gmail is security. The emails sent and received through ProtonMail are secured with end-to-end encryption. Unfortunately, Gmail doesn’t offer this option, but that doesn’t mean Google doesn’t take your security seriously. The end-to-end encryption feature in Proton Mail ensures that emails are only readable by the sender and recipients and no one else, including ProtonMail.


While Android and iOS applications are available for both ProtonMail and Gmail, if you wish to access your email account on third-party email clients like Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, or Apple Mail, you can easily set up your Gmail account on them, however, you will not be able to use your ProtonMail on such email programs. The only desktop email application that you can use to access your ProtonMail account is using the “Wrapper” app which you can download from Github.


One more feature that ProtonMail stays behind Gmail is that you don’t have the option to search emails in your ProtonMail account. This is purely due to the end-to-end encryption feature that ProtonMail offers. As the email service provider is unable to read your emails in the ProtonMail account due to the security feature, you will manually need to look for specific messages. On the other hand, Gmail offers dedicated search options that make searching messages from any point of time an effortless task.


While both ProtonMail and Gmail provide assistance to the users through the extensive library of help articles, Gmail has a dedicated widget in its interface that allows you to search for assistance. However, the case is not similar to ProtonMail. In ProtonMail, you are directed to the support section on its website if you ever need assistance with any concern or query.

Plans and Pricing

Both ProtonMail and Gmail are known for offering free plans to users. However, when it comes to business usage, you would want to go for a paid plan from either of the email services. It is to be noted that Gmail is basically a part of G Suite which comes with a suite of numerous Google apps.

The pricing for ProtonMail starts from $5 per month for a single user and goes up to $8 per month for up to 5,000 users. Each user gets 5 GB of storage and five email addresses. For a single user, the email service limits the number of emails that you can send in a day.

On the other hand, G Suite offers three plans  - Basic, Business, and Enterprise. The price of these plans varies from $6 per month to up to $25 per month. The best thing about G Suite is that it offers far more storage compared to ProtonMail.


So, this the brief comparison between ProtonMail and Gmail that may help you choose the right email service for your requirements.

amit mishra
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