Guide to the new interface
Welcome to the new Fastmail interface, based on JMAP! We have made a large number of improvements which are detailed below.
- If the sender is in your address book and there is an image, this is now shown as their avatar.
- If you open an email from a sender in your address book without a name, we will automatically add the name of the sender to the contact in your address book.
- Save attachments to file storage is now available on mobile.
- You can now attach files from file storage on mobile.
- If a message is sent in both plain text and HTML versions, you can now toggle between the two using the View as text / View as HTML action in the message's More menu.
- Composing a reply no longer happens inline with the rest of the conversation. Instead, a View conversation/Edit draft button in the top right lets you flip between them, with the current scroll position maintained in each. For super fast referencing of the previous content, use the keyboard shortcut
Cmd+Shift+S to toggle between them. Your cursor position will be maintained too.
- Folders shared with you by other users now appear in different subsections in the sidebar rather than buried under a "user" folder.
- More attachment types can now be previewed.
- Multi-level undo/redo is now available, via the standard platform keyboard shortcuts:
Ctrl+Z or Ctrl+Shift+Z (Mac)/ Ctrl+Y (Windows).
- Searching "is:unread" will now show unread threads rather than just unread messages in that mailbox if conversations are turned on (This will now match the mailbox unread count).
- Only the first 100KB of very large messages is loaded by default, to prevent slow downs and accidental large data use. A link is displayed on the message to load the rest.
- Folder sharing for multi-user accounts is now available from Settings → Folders.
- Switch the current contact group using the
g shortcut. Works similarly to swapping folders in the mail view.
- Contacts saved when you send an email to someone new are now added to an Autosaved group so you can easily find them afterwards.
- New views! In addition to Month, there is now Day and Week views of your calendar. The previous "in Detail" view has been renamed Upcoming.
- The Mobile interface has been updated to more closely match the desktop UI. This allows an overview of your schedule in the Month view. For more detail, check out the Day, Week, or Upcoming* view.
- The current time period is more clearly shown. No more wondering what day today is!
- The time navigation is better, with a date picker in the top left (shortcut
g ), and swiping navigation in the top right.
- There's a new look for the agenda list in the Upcoming view, which more closely matches the Day and Week view look.
- We've revamped the Files interface to be bolder, clearer, and with the ability to preview several types of files!
- You can now create a link to any file or folder in your file storage, which you can then email to people. You don't have to email files around: just send them the link.
- There are more options to search your files. Use "before:" or "minsize:2M" or "is:folder" etc. Combine them with boolean logic.
- The g shortcut now works like it does in mail, pulling up a search bar.
- Folders with no mail can be hidden, using the Hide if empty option.
- Folder sharing for multi-user accounts now available from Settings → Folders.
- New tab bar for quick navigation between mail, contacts, calendar etc.
- When viewing mail, there's a new bottom action bar with labels for taking actions. No more tapping to toggle between actions and navigation. Swipe the toolbar to go back to the navigation bar if you need it. Find 'undo' under the More button.
- Website setup has been simplified, so it's easier to use!
- Settings for websites are no longer hidden. This field is now visible in the Settings menu.
- Websites can no longer be 'disabled'. Previously disabled websites will stay disabled.
- Searching by "substr()" is no longer available.
- The notify command in Sieve is not supported. Instead, we support notifications for folders other than Inbox natively on the app, and
addflag "$notify"can be used for other notification needs to your Fastmail app.
The old version of the Android app v1.07.08 does not work with JMAP. You must upgrade to v1.07.10.
If your password or two-step verification is rejected after the upgrade, try force-quitting the app. If that doesn't work, you may need to clear your cache and log back in again.
What is JMAP?
This version changes how the Fastmail web interface talks to the server, basing it on a new standard called JMAP.
Fastmail is proud to have led the development of this new standard, based on our years of experience with email. We believe in open standards, which are given as much review as possible from experts around the world for greater transparency, rather than proprietary changes which try to lock users in to a single vendor.
JMAP is a modern standard that sets out how mail clients should talk to mail servers, to take advantage of how humanity’s use of the internet has changed in the years since email was first invented. It recognises that these days email is often done from mobile devices or through websites.