How to Set Gmail as the Default Email App on Your iPhone

How to Set Gmail as the Default Email App on Your iPhone
The Gmail logo on an iPhone.

How to Set Gmail as the Default Email App on Your iPhone: One of the first things most people do when they purchase a new smartphone is add their Gmail account. You may have more than one account, maybe you’ve made a new account that you want to add, or perhaps you skipped the email step during the initial setup process. Whatever the reason, adding a Gmail account is easy.

You no longer have to deal with Apple’s email app on your iPhone or iPad. As long as you’re running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or higher, you can now set a third-party email client as the default. Prefer Gmail? Let’s set it up!

First, head over to the App Store and download the latest version of the Gmail app. Once you’re set, tap “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap "Settings."

Scroll down to “Gmail” and tap it. You can also type “Gmail” in the search bar at the top, if you prefer.

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Tap "Gmail."

Tap “Default Mail App.”

Tap "Default Mail App."

Select “Gmail” from the list, and you’re done!

Tap "Gmail."

Gmail is now the default email app on your iPhone or iPad. Whenever you tap a “mailto:” link, it will now open Gmail instead of Apple’s “Mail” client. You can also set any other compatible email client (including Outlook) as the default if you decide to switch again later.

While you’re at it, you might also want to replace the default web browser with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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Lucila is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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