It’s “you’ll never go back” better
HEY replaces workarounds, messy hacks, and daily frustrations, with built-in workflows, effortless organization, and clever features that levels-up email in meaningful ways.

Screen emails like you screen calls
You screen your calls, so why can't you screen your emails? With HEY, you can. HEY puts you in complete control of who's allowed to email you. Don't want to hear from someone? Screen them out and won’t hear from them again.

Naturally grouped
Inboxes are typically an intertwined mess of new and old messages haphazardly mixed together. Yuck. With HEY, new messages are always grouped together at the top, and previously seen emails are always at the bottom. Neat and orderly by default. No need to wade through the inbox jungle with a machete.

Spread ’em out, read ’em together
Let's say you have 7 unread emails. Why do you have to open one, close one, open one, close one, open one, close one, and so on. It's rediculously inefficient. With HEY, you can open multiple emails at once and just scroll though them, just like you would a newsfeed. It's a revolutionary way to read your emails. You'll never go back to the old way.

Find files without pulling your hair out
If you’re looking for an attachment, why should you have to find an email first? That’s backwards. With HEY, you get an attachment library that gathers up every attachment you’ve ever received in one organized, siftable place.

Just set it aside
Sometimes you get emails you need to reference later - travel info, handy links, numbers you need, etc. With HEY, you can 'Set Aside' any email in a neat little pile for easy access whenever you need it. At hand, but out of your face.

Put receipts in The Paper Trail
Receipts, confirmations, and transactional emails getting in your way? With HEY, you can send those types of emails to The Paper Trail where they'll be out of your way, but easy to find when you need them.

Blocking email spies 24/7/365
Many companies track which emails you open, how often you open them, and even where you were when you opened them. It's a massive invasion of your privacy. HEY blocks these trackers and tells you who's spying on you.

Fix bad subjects without busting threads
If you don’t start the thread, you're often stuck with other people’s generic, non-descriptive email subjects. With HEY, you can rename a subject so it makes sense for you without changing things for the other person.

Add private notes to any email thread
Conversations may start in email, but they may continue somewhere else. Some emails turn into lunches or calls or video conferences. Where do you put the notes from those - especially if they relate to the initial email conversation? With HEY, you can add personal, private notes (and files) to any thread. This way you keep everything related to the conversation on one page, even if it didn't all happen via email.

Notifications you control
HEY push notifications are off by default so your phone doesn’t steal your attention every time an inconsequential email hits your inbox. However, HEY lets you selectively turn them on for specific contacts or threads so you don't miss the things you really care about.

A built-in ‘Reply Later’ workflow
What if you need to reply, but you don't have time right now? With HEY, just click the “Reply Later” button to move an email to a dedicated ‘Reply Later’ pile at the bottom of the screen so you don’t lose or forget it.

Stop heavy senders from dominating your inbox
When you get lots of emails from someone, they can take over your Inbox. With HEY, you can choose to bundle a sender into a single row. This means no matter how many emails they send you, they'll only take up a single row in your Inbox. Clean, controlled, and calm.

Get off threads without having to ask
Stuck on a mega email chain and want off? Good luck asking someone to remove you. With HEY, you can unfollow any thread and replies won’t show up as new emails anymore. Out of your face forever.

What’s New

Version 1.0.5

We've got a great bundle of updates for you today, enjoy!
• NEW: iPad keyboard shortcuts for quickly switching screens
• NEW: iPad trackpad hover support for Reply Later, Set Aside and a bunch of other spots
• NEW: More bulk actions when viewing a contact, now you can label, delete, and move items to other boxes
• NEW: Quick preview .docx and .html files that you receive as attachments
• NEW: Access your Clips, Drafts, and Contacts from the HEY menu
• FIXED: Reply Later and Set Aside stacks will now stay in sync and in the right order
• FIXED: Tapping a push notification will no longer result in an error page at first
• FIXED: A bug that often caused error pages when switching back to the app after leaving
• FIXED: Now you can navigate to older items in your screener history
• FIXED: Now you can remove threads on the merge confirmation screen
• FIXED: Now HEY will handle any email links within the app instead of opening the system mail app
• FIXED: Tapping the login link from in your web browser will no longer launch the app

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Evan Sims ,

Finally a privacy-respecting inbox

I was one of the first users of Gmail, getting in on the first round of beta invites that went out. I was so enthusiastic about a company bringing the concept of email out of the Stone Age. But as the decades passed, Google dropped the ball. They dropped the “do no evil” mentality in favor of the bottom line. We all learned, the hard way, that advertising-based companies like Google and Facebook don’t care about their users, they care about advertisers. Because there’s no such thing as a free ride, and on free platforms, your attention and data are what is being sold, to marketers.

Finally, Hey is here to reinvent email again, and this time for the better. Yes, Hey is a subscription service. And that’s a good thing. That means they don’t have to sell their souls, and your information, to survive. They have an actual, ethical business model. On top of that they protect you by filtering out those nasty tracking “pixels” in emails that let marketers know a scary amount of detail about you, including how many times you opened their emails, at what times, roughly where (geographically) and on what types of devices.

And there’s so much more to love about Hey. The Screener, the Imbox, the Paper Trail, Reply Later, Focus & Reply, global files browsing- I can go on and on. I’m thrilled to be a Hey customers, and I think you will be too.

Choco Chicken ,

Goodbye Gmail... Hello HEY!

I have been a Gmail user since the early days of the product. But after over 15 years I have become disenchanted with the service. Ads have taken over, my data is being sold and frankly my Gmail address is everywhere after 15 years and a spam filter just can’t do enough.

I have tired every solution under the sun: specialized clients, add-ons, filters/rules, labels and no matter what i used something felt amiss.

Along comes HEY, and from the first pitch I saw on the service I was intrigued. Basecamp and team definitely have a set of strong I ideals and opinions on what should and should not be in the world of email, and i strongly happen to agree.

Privacy... CHECK, Data Security... CHECK, Quickly sort emails into practical categories...CHECK, In-depth Search.... CHECK, Great Unique Aesthetic....CHECK

I am a full convert, and only after a day of use during the trial I happily signed up, forwarded my gmail to HEY and let everyone I knew I have made the switch.

Not to mention how responsive the team is to both bugs and ideas for how to improve the service.

Thank you Basecamp and HEY team... I finally found an email that gives me what I have been looking for.

WxxxxxxW ,

Not even close

I feel like this product is more of a proof of concept than an actual useable system. In order to truly be able to replace the competition, I feel like the following are necessary: custom domains, built in calendar (who has email without their calendar and contacts in the same system)? The ability to truly manage your personal contacts, not some long list of people who have emailed you. The list of allowed emails is novel and even useful, but it should not be the same list where your actual imported contacts are. Ability to turn notifications on for everyone then mute certain ones if needed versus them defaulting to off for everyone from the start. Notifications are annoying, but they’re needed if Hey is to replace a current email system. Finally and one of the most important, we need the ability to import our old email into Hey. Hey can’t replace my current setup if I have to keep referencing a different system to view old emails. I think the price is way too high at this point. For $50 to $60 a year you can have your own domain on Microsoft, Google, Fastmail etc plus have access to the other tools they offer.


Basecamp, LLC
40.7 MB

Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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