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

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You no longer have to manage Apple’s messaging app on your iPhone or iPad. As long as you are using iOS 14, iPadOS 14 or later, you can now set a default third-party email client. Do you prefer Gmail? Let’s configure it!

First, go to the App Store and download the latest version of the Gmail app. Once you are done, tap “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad.

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

Tap “Default messaging app”.

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

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

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

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