Developer: Sparrow by Google

Current Version: 1.6.4

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 12.4 MB - Download


Discover a new way to mail on your Mac.

Sparrow is a minimal e-mail application designed to keep things simple and efficient.
No gimmicks here... just your mail and nothing else.

Sparrow supports IMAP and POP:
You can use the following mail providers with Sparrow:
- Gmail (classic and Google apps)
- MobileMe
- Yahoo!
- Any custom IMAP server
- Hotmail, MSN, Live ...


Quickly flick through threaded conversations on your Mac like never before.

Quick Reply:
Responding to your mail as never been so simple. Click, write, and send in the same window.

Facebook Integration:
See the profile picture of your friends and even 'Add friends' directly from Sparrow.

Unified Inbox:
All your mail in one place.

Labels and Folders:
Create and edit labels and folders right from Sparrow. Easily keep a clean and tidy inbox.

Formatting Bar:
Change fonts, add bulleted or numbered list. Sparrow makes it easy to customize your mail.

Quick Look:
Simply press space to preview all your attachments.

Inline Attachments:
Drag & drop images and documents straight into your mail.

Cloud Attachment:
With Dropbox & CloudApp, sending a mail with attachment has never been simpler. Drag, Drop and sync.

Stay up to date with your mail stream on selected accounts.

Sending mails from different addresses has never been this easy.

Priority Inbox:
If you use Gmail, Sparrow supports Priority Inbox.

Minimal Mode:
Hide message previews and the sidebar. See more mail at a glance.

Extended Sidebar:
View all your folders, labels, and mail accounts straight in the main view.

‘We recommend giving Sparrow a try’ - Ars Technica
‘Sparrow is an awesome first step to a true native Gmail client for Mac’ - TechCrunch
‘I am insanely pleased with Sparrow’ - Stephen Fry
‘Sparrow aims for simplicity in a way that is rather inspired’ - TUAW

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Release Notes:

- Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.6.4
Review by ItsThisJustin

Geez guys... - I have no idea why everyone's reviews are so horrible. I mean, I get that you guys are upset that you feel Sparrow's devs "sold out", but they basically said they weren't making enough money on the app to support even a few full time employees. Geez, curse a company for accepting some money for their work from a huge company that can support their project for a lifetime. I have had zero issues with the app so far, its simple and easy. I wouldn't ever tell anyone to move to Sparrow if they don't have a huge thing for GMail as I think the Mail app in OSX is perfectly fine for standard POP stuff. I'm a big Google user and recently added all my accounts to my 2 main Gmail accounts so that everything will be synced up and backed up. Sparrow works great for this scenario, allowing me to send emails from my alias accounts which is something the default OSX app can't do.

Found helpful by 19 out of 40 people
Version 1.6.4
Review by 9mmmedia

Problems - I got this as an alternative to Mail and have had nothing but problems. First of all, there is no customer support. The devs completely jumped ship so those of us who shelled out $10 are screwed. I paid for the app but I still get a big black screen that says “Unlock all Sparrow’s features now, Buy Sparrow”. Went to the App store, and it just says “Installed”. Tried restarting, no dice. The app thinks it’s running in trial mode. Another issue is when I type an email, and I go to change something I’ve already typed, the characters aren’t selectable. For example, if I click and drag to highlight a word, it highlights part of it and when I re-type the new word part of the old word remains while the letters that I typed are not the ones showing up on screen. Another REALLY ANNOYING thing is that your signature is followed by “Sent with Sparrow” and you can’t remove that in preferences. I found a hack but it didn’t work. I don’t want my business and personal emails to look like advertisements.

Found helpful by 11 out of 13 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.6.4
Review by Marvin H.

Why is this still for sale? - This app is no longer supported, it should not even be for sale anymore.

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people
Version 1.6.4
Review by 07041776

I think Google killed it. - Google bought the guys behind Sparrow. It hasn’t seen updates since 2012. It’s entirely plausible that the people who built Sparrow are now working at Google on a next generation mail client, but for now, this program is dead. And that’s a real shame - I liked Sparrow quite a bit. Your best alternative now is an app called “Airmail”, also here on the app store. It’s kept up to date, unlike this application.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 1.6.4
Review by Sara Haze Fan

Used to be good ... now terrible! - This was the perfect app for all my Gmail accounts. Note, I said WAS. I could manage all my accounts and mail quickly and easily ... I was so happy with it for so long. Then, after the last update, it's not only INCREDIBLY slow, it also slows down my entire computer and causes other apps to crash. If they would offer a "downgrade" to the previoius version, I would do that in a heartbeat. Either that, or a refund would make me feel ok about it ... but, based on other reviews, I'm not expecting much. DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS APP UNTIL YOU SEE A NEW VERSION (newer than 1.6.4) AND NEW / BETTER REVIEWS!!

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 1.6.4
Review by damonbreeden

Needs attention - I used Sparrow a few years ago because it was the best mail client for the Mac. Once they stopped developing it, I stopped using it after buying a new Mac. However, after trying *all* of the alternatives over the past year (Mail, Outlook, and Thunderbird) that seemed likely, I went back to Sparrow Lite. Once satisfied that Sparrow Lite could still do everything it needs to do, I went ahead and purchased Sparrow. However, now that I have everything set up again, I find that there’s no option to import from Sparrow Lite! Once again, I have to set up *all* of my accounts, signatures, and behavior preferences. I’ll do it because I already bought it, but Sparrow seriously needs some attention from Google to make it a great mail client again.

Found helpful by 6 out of 11 people
Version 1.6.4
Review by WPeterson

Not even going, just “GONE" - This was the best app for Gmail: clean, reliable, intuitive. Now, it is useless. Won’t load any longer. Hangs up, claims endlessly to be “checking” for new messages. Won’t quit unless I force quit it. Did the developers sell out? That’s pretty harsh. Earning a living is important, of course. But Sparrow got abandoned somehow. In the grand universe of “All Things Google” Mac users are evidently a meaningless speck on the edge of an obscure galaxy. So I don’t expect much by way of a rescue. So I’m off to find an alternative. But this I will tell you: whatever is the new Sparrow-like mail app for the Mac that Google ultimately offers, I won’t have much interest. Abandoning an installed user base who raved about the product just isn’t good business. Certainly it doesn’t meet the standard of “do no evil."

Found helpful by 5 out of 7 people