How to Send Email in Android Using JavaMail API

Last Updated, 2020-05-20 java android smtp

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A developer who can't get over android and want to send emails using your smartphone? This tutorial talks about how you can send email in android using JavaMail API. Let's begin, shall we!

The best and in fact the easiest way to send email in android is to use an Intent.

This is the Android's standard API provided in their standard SDK. You can directly use Intent.ACTION_SEND and call startActivity method to transfer the email sending request, to the Andriod OS. And, then Andriod will basically open an email application with the recipient email address, subject line, and body content already filled out. And, the email sending will be up to the email app installed on the mobile to do the actual sending of the email.


Here is a sample Intent code:

Intent i = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
i.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL , new String[]{"[email protected]"});
i.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "Subject of Your Email");
i.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT , "The HTML/TEXT body content of the email");
try {
startActivity(Intent.createChooser(i, "Send mail..."));
} catch (android.content.ActivityNotFoundException ex) {
Toast.makeText(MyActivity.this, "No email client configured. Please check.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Note: It is important to use .setType("message/rfc822") in the above code else it will show you all of the applications that support the send intent. You won't notice while you testing on the emulator, but when you go to send a "text/plain" email message on a real device it will give you a list of 15+ apps which supports Intent and may or may not support email sending.

In case you don't want to use Intent, and want to take full control of sending an email within your app then you'll have to write your own client to send the email or best solution is to use the port of JavaMail API for Android.


In order to use the lightweight JavaMail port of the JavaMail port API in your Andriod application, you'll need to primarily download the following 3 jar files:

Once downloaded, you can put these jar files in the libs directory of your application project.

Now, you're ready with the basic setup, let's proceed further on how to use these jars to send emails.


1. Define a JSSE Provider

The first step is to define a JSSE (Java Security Socket Extension), provider. Here the JSSE provider of the Harmony project is used:

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public final class JSSEProvider extends Provider {
  public JSSEProvider() {
    super("HarmonyJSSE", 1.0, "Harmony JSSE Provider");
    AccessController.doPrivileged(new {
      public Void run() {
        put("SSLContext.TLS", "org.apache.harmony.xnet.provider.jsse.SSLContextImpl");
        put("Alg.Alias.SSLContext.TLSv1", "TLS");
        put("KeyManagerFactory.X509", "org.apache.harmony.xnet.provider.jsse.KeyManagerFactoryImpl");
        put("TrustManagerFactory.X509", "org.apache.harmony.xnet.provider.jsse.TrustManagerFactoryImpl");
        return null;


2. Implement a DataSource for sending data

Create a byte array to transport data during sending an email.

public class ByteArrayDataSource implements DataSource {
  private byte[] data;
  private String type;
  public ByteArrayDataSource(byte[] data, String type) {
    super(); = data;
    this.type = type;
  public ByteArrayDataSource(byte[] data) {
    super(); = data;
  public void setType(String type) {
    this.type = type;
  public String getContentType() {
    if (type == null)
      return "application/octet-stream";
      return type;
  public InputStream getInputStream() throws IOException {
    return new ByteArrayInputStream(data);
  public String getName() {
    return "ByteArrayDataSource";
  public OutputStream getOutputStream() throws IOException {
    throw new IOException("Not Supported");


3. Create Mail Sender

The next step is to create an email sender object. This will primarily contain the logic to send the email.

Note: In this tutorial, GMail is been used as an SMTP server to do the final delivery of emails. In case you want to use a different SMTP server, just change the server details in the below code.

public class MailSender extends javax.mail.Authenticator {
  private String mailhost = ""; //Hostname of the SMTP mail server which you want to connect for sending emails.
  private String user;
  private String password;
  private Session session;
  static {
    Security.addProvider(new JSSEProvider());
  public MailSender(String user, String password) {
    this.user = user; //Your SMTP username. In case of GMail SMTP this is going to be your GMail email address.
    this.password = password; //Your SMTP password. In case of GMail SMTP this is going to be your GMail password.
    Properties props = new Properties();
    props.setProperty("mail.transport.protocol", "smtp");
    props.setProperty("", mailhost);
    props.put("mail.smtp.auth", "true");
    props.put("mail.smtp.port", "465");
    props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.port", "465");
    props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.class", "");
    props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.fallback", "false");
    props.setProperty("mail.smtp.quitwait", "false");
    session = Session.getDefaultInstance(props, this);
  protected PasswordAuthentication getPasswordAuthentication() {
    return new PasswordAuthentication(user, password);
  public synchronized void sendMail(String subject, String body,
    String sender, String recipients) throws Exception {
    MimeMessage message = new MimeMessage(session);
    DataHandler handler = new DataHandler(new ByteArrayDataSource(body.getBytes(), "text/plain"));
    message.setSender(new InternetAddress(sender));
    if (recipients.indexOf(',') > 0)
      message.setRecipients(Message.RecipientType.TO, InternetAddress.parse(recipients));
      message.setRecipient(Message.RecipientType.TO, new InternetAddress(recipients));


4. Send an email

The next and the final step is to send the email.

Note: And don't forget to add the below line in your manifest. This will give the Internet permission to your AndroidManifest:
<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.INTERNET” />

Here is the final code to send mail.

new Thread(new Runnable() {
  public void run() {
    try {
      GMailSender sender = new MailSender("[email protected]",
      sender.sendMail("This is a test subject", "This is the test body content",
         "[email protected]", "[email protected]");
    } catch (Exception e) {
      Log.e("SendMail", e.getMessage(), e);

You're all done now, just launch your Android application and check whether you have received the email or not.

Note: In case you're trying to use GMail SMTP for sending an email and getting the authentication error, then no need to really worry because this is mostly because you have not yet authorized external code access to your GMail account.

Solution:  Turn Allow less secure apps: ON from your google account settings.

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In case you're getting some error which is not documented as a part of this tutorial then please refer the JavaMail API error library.

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