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April Email Market Share: Mobile Rises To 56%, Its Highest Point Yet

Every month, we track opens from more than 1 billion emails sent using Litmus’ Email Analytics and share the trends we observe in various email clients and environments. In April 2016, mobile opens rose to 56% while desktop opens maintained at 19%. Meanwhile, webmail decreased to 25%. This represents a peak for mobile market share, and the longest sustained growth we’ve seen after the holiday season.

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Mobile Dominates March Market Share As Trends Continue

Every month, we track opens from more than 1 billion emails sent using Litmus’ Email Analytics and share the trends we observe in various email clients and environments. March market share maintained the mobile growth we saw in February, with mobile email at 55%, webmail maintaining at 26%, and desktop opens maintained at 19%. Let’s take a more in-depth look at what’s shifting and what’s not for the month of March.

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Top 10 Most Popular Email Clients of 2015

As another year wraps up, email is still reminding us that nothing in this industry is boring, despite what some naysayers would like to have us think! We tracked nearly 1 billion emails every month throughout 2015, measuring where and how your messages are opened around the world. While some things remained the same—the top three email clients in January were still the top three in November—there was some drama along the way.

Gmail Opens Increase 20%: How to Optimize Emails for Any Gmail Inbox

In the first half of 2015, we’ve seen email open data continue to favor mobile apps and providers that focus on new and innovative solutions. Desktop opens have fallen 4% in the first half of 2015 now representing 22% of opens. Mobile opens have seized desktop’s fallen share, growing 4% to capture 49% of market share. Conversely, opens in free webmail services like Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook.com have decreased 4%; opens in these providers currently make up 29% of opens.

 

53% of Emails Opened on Mobile; Outlook Opens Decrease 33%

We’ve been tracking email opens for more than 4 years. And it’s incredible to see how behaviors have changed over time. Mobile email was barely a blip on our radars in 2011, and made up just 8% of email opens. Fast forward to 2014, and nearly half of emails are opened on smartphones and tablets—a 500% increase in four years.