Most popular e-mail providers in Germany 2020

GMX is the most used e-mail provider in Germany. In fact, it was one of the first free German email services, going online in 1997. Other leading providers were and Google’s Gmail.

Will Gmail overtake GMX?

GMX is currently owned by 1&1 Mail & Media GmbH, a German internet service provider. While it is the most popular email service among Germans, in terms of mobile net reach it was overtaken by, which was in the top ten. is actually a little older than GMX and both companies share the same owner. While Gmail takes third place in this statistic, it is climbing to the top of world rankings among email providers.

Daily emails on the rise

The share of German internet users who went online to send and receive emails has been growing steadily in the last decade. After all, it is one of the mainstays of online communication. The number of people sending and receiving emails daily has gone up in recent years, but so has the number of people saying they never email, even if it is, in comparison, a small share compared to those who do.

Leading e-mail providers in Germany in 2020

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Release date

November 2020



Survey time period

August 2020

Number of respondents

1,034 internet users

Age group

14 years and older

Supplementary notes

The source does not provide details on the wording of the survey question. The wording chosen here can deviate slightly from the original.

The source does not provide details on methodology.

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