How to make Gmail your default email program – Phandroid


We’re sure you’ve all come across email links on the web, mostly in the “Contact Us” section of a website.

For those who aren’t too familiar with designing or coding websites, email links typically use a “mailto” in their code that typically opens a computer’s default email program. It will depend on what you’re using, whether it’s Microsoft Outlook, macOS Mail, or other third-party email programs.

But if you are using Gmail as your primary email platform, this is going to be a bit tricky because unless you’ve gone to the trouble of setting it up in the email program of your choice, Gmail is accessible via browser by default. . If you’d rather not deal with third-party apps, don’t worry, because here’s how you can actually set Gmail as your default email program.

Set Gmail as the default email program


  1. In Chrome, click on the three dots icon to open the menu and go to Settings
  2. In the navigation bar on the left, click on Privacy and security
  3. Click Site Settings
  4. Click on Additional permissions to expand it
  5. Click on Protocol managers
  6. Make sure “Sites can request to manage protocols” is selected
  7. Make sure that “” is not in the “blocked” list, if it is, delete it
  8. In the URL bar, enter
  9. You will receive a prompt asking if you want to allow Gmail to open email links
  10. Click Authorize and you’re done


  1. Launch Firefox
  2. Click on the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the window
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click on General in the navigation bar on the left
  5. Scroll down to Applications
  6. Under “Content type” select “mailto”
  7. Under “Action”, click on it and select “Use Gmail”
  8. Make sure you are logged into your Google / Gmail account, otherwise it will just take you to the Gmail landing page

Microsoft Edge

  1. Launch Edge and click on the three dots icon to open the menu and go to Settings
  2. Click on Cookies and site permissions in the navigation bar on the left
  3. Click on Protocol managers
  4. Make sure that “Allow sites to request to become default managers for protocols (recommended)” is enabled
  5. Type in the URL bar
  6. When prompted to indicate whether you want Gmail to open all email links, select “Allow” and click Done

What happens now is that every time you click on an email link, a new tab will open in your browser with the Gmail Compose window already open and with the email address already filled in. . Just compose your email as you normally would and click send.


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