Send Email Intent


Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, "[email protected]");
intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "Subject");
intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "I'm email body.");

startActivity(Intent.createChooser(intent, "Send Email"));

The above code opens a dialog showing following apps:- Bluetooth, Google Docs, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Orkut, Skype etc.

Actually, I want to filter these list-options. I want to show only email related apps e.g. Gmail, Yahoo Mail. How to do it?

I've seen such example on 'Android Market' application.

  1. Open Android Market app
  2. Open any application where developer has specified his/her email address. (If you can't find such app just open my app:- market://details? , OR search by 'Vehicle Diary')
  3. Scroll down to 'DEVELOPER'
  4. Click on 'Send Email'

The dialog shows only email Apps e.g. Gmail, Yahoo Mail etc. It does not show Bluetooth, Orkut etc. What code produces such dialog?

This question is tagged with android email android-intent

~ Asked on 2012-01-02 13:50:09

The Best Answer is



Official approach:

public void composeEmail(String[] addresses, String subject) {
    Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO);
    intent.setData(Uri.parse("mailto:")); // only email apps should handle this
    intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, addresses);
    intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, subject);
    if (intent.resolveActivity(getPackageManager()) != null) {

Ref link


The accepted answer doesn't work on the 4.1.2. This should work on all platforms:

Intent emailIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO, Uri.fromParts(
            "mailto","[email protected]", null));
emailIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "Subject");
emailIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "Body");
startActivity(Intent.createChooser(emailIntent, "Send email..."));

Update: According to marcwjj, it seems that on 4.3, we need to pass string array instead of a string for email address to make it work. We might need to add one more line:

intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, addresses); // String[] addresses

~ Answered on 2013-02-22 10:36:58


There are three main approaches:

String email = /* Your email address here */
String subject = /* Your subject here */
String body = /* Your body here */
String chooserTitle = /* Your chooser title here */

1. Custom Uri:

Uri uri = Uri.parse("mailto:" + email)
    .appendQueryParameter("subject", subject)
    .appendQueryParameter("body", body)

Intent emailIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO, uri);
startActivity(Intent.createChooser(emailIntent, chooserTitle));

2. Using Intent extras:

Intent emailIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO, Uri.parse("mailto:" + email));
emailIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, subject);
emailIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, body);
//emailIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_HTML_TEXT, body); //If you are using HTML in your body text

startActivity(Intent.createChooser(emailIntent, "Chooser Title"));

3. Support Library ShareCompat:

Activity activity = /* Your activity here */

    //.setHtmlText(body) //If you are using HTML in your body text

~ Answered on 2013-04-25 14:46:29

Most Viewed Questions: