How to Set Gmail as Your Default Email App: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re a Gmail user and prefer to use it for all your email needs, you may find it frustrating when clicking on a mailto link in your browser prompts the OS email client instead. But don’t worry, you can easily set Gmail as your default email app in most popular browsers. Here’s how:

Google Chrome

In Chrome, you can set Gmail as the default email app from the Gmail interface itself. Just click on the “Two arrows” icon in the address bar and select “Allow” to open mailto links in Gmail. If you can’t find this icon, you can configure it from the Chrome settings by going to Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings > Handlers > Mailto >


In Firefox, go to the hamburger menu at the top right, select “Options,” and navigate to the “Applications” section. From there, find the “Mailto” option and choose “Gmail” from the drop-down menu to set it as the default.


To set Gmail as the default email client in Opera, go to the Opera menu or press Ctrl + P to access settings. Then, go to “Privacy & Security” > “Manage Handlers” or enter opera://settings/handlers in the address bar. From there, select “Mailto” and choose “”


In Safari, you’ll need to use a mailto extension. Install the mailto extension and select “Gmail” as the default email client in the extension interface.

Internet Explorer

For Internet Explorer, you can use the Google bar to set Gmail as the default email application. Install the Google bar, click on the “Wrench” icon, go to settings, and check the checkbox next to “Use Gmail for ‘Send to’ links” under “Web browsing tools.”

Windows 10 and macOS

To open mailto links outside of your browser in Gmail, set Gmail as the default email app in your browser, and then set your browser as the default email application in your operating system. In Windows 10, go to Settings > System > Default apps > Email and select your browser. On macOS, open the “Mail” app, go to Preferences > General, and choose your browser as the default email reader.

If you want all mailto links to open in your configured browser, you can set the browser’s “Default programs” settings accordingly. Simply include “Mailto” in the defaults for your browser, and all mailto links will open in your configured browser.

By following these simple steps, you can make Gmail your default email app and enjoy seamless email interactions. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please let us know in the comments.


1. Can I set Gmail as the default email app on my mobile device?

No, the process mentioned in this article is for setting Gmail as the default email app on desktop browsers. The settings on mobile devices may vary depending on the operating system and email client.

2. Will setting Gmail as the default email app affect my existing email configuration?

No, setting Gmail as the default email app will only ensure that mailto links open in Gmail. It won’t change any of your existing email configurations or preferences.

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