Sending Email in Android using JavaMail API without using the default/built-in app


I am trying to create a mail sending application in Android.

If I use:

Intent emailIntent = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_SEND);

This will launch the built-in Android application; I'm trying to send the mail on button click directly without using this application.

3/22/2017 4:24:35 PM

Accepted Answer

Send e-mail in Android using the JavaMail API using Gmail authentication.

Steps to create a sample Project:

public class MailSenderActivity extends Activity {

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        final Button send = (Button) this.findViewById(;
        send.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(View v) {
                try {   
                    GMailSender sender = new GMailSender("", "password");
                    sender.sendMail("This is Subject",   
                            "This is Body",   
                } catch (Exception e) {   
                    Log.e("SendMail", e.getMessage(), e);   



public class GMailSender extends javax.mail.Authenticator {   
    private String mailhost = "";   
    private String user;   
    private String password;   
    private Session session;   

    static {   
        Security.addProvider(new com.provider.JSSEProvider());   

    public GMailSender(String user, String password) {   
        this.user = user;   
        this.password = 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.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));   
        }catch(Exception e){


    public class ByteArrayDataSource implements DataSource {   
        private byte[] data;   
        private String type;   

        public ByteArrayDataSource(byte[] data, String type) {   
   = data;   
            this.type = type;   

        public ByteArrayDataSource(byte[] data) {   
   = 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");   

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public final class JSSEProvider extends Provider {

    public JSSEProvider() {
        super("HarmonyJSSE", 1.0, "Harmony JSSE Provider");
        AccessController.doPrivileged(new<Void>() {
            public Void run() {
                put("Alg.Alias.SSLContext.TLSv1", "TLS");
                return null;

ADD 3 jars found in the following link to your Android Project

Click here - How to add External Jars

And don't forget to add this line in your manifest:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

Just click below link to change account access for less secure apps

Run the project and check your recipient mail account for the mail. Cheers!

P.S. And don't forget that you cannot do network operation from any Activity in android. Hence it is recommended to use AsyncTask or IntentService to avoid network on main thread exception.

Jar files:

6/7/2018 6:31:05 AM

Thank you for your valuable information. Code is working fine. I am able to add attachment also by adding following code.

private Multipart _multipart; 
_multipart = new MimeMultipart(); 

public void addAttachment(String filename,String subject) throws Exception { 
    BodyPart messageBodyPart = new MimeBodyPart(); 
    DataSource source = new FileDataSource(filename); 
    messageBodyPart.setDataHandler(new DataHandler(source)); 

    BodyPart messageBodyPart2 = new MimeBodyPart(); 



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