Making Gmail The Default Mail Program

If you write and read all your e-mails in Gmail; You may want to consider setting Gmail as the default mail program. Whether you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge; In Windows 7 and above, Gmail can be set as the default mail program!

How to Set Gmail as Default Mail Program in Google Chrome

When you set Gmail as the default email program in Google Chrome; When e-mail links on web pages are selected, they are automatically opened in Gmail.

Step 1 Open a Chrome window.

Step 2 Select the three dots More option in the upper right corner of the Chrome window and click Settings.


Step 3 Go to the bottom of the page and select “Advanced”.

Step 4 Click the Site Settings tab in the Privacy and Security section.


Step 5 Scroll down and click the Handlers tab from the Additional Permissions section.

Step 6 Change Allow sites to request default handlers for protocols to On.


Step 7 Open Gmail with Chrome. A window will now pop up asking you to allow Gmail to open email links.


Step 8 Select Allow.

How to Set Gmail as Default Email Account in Firefox

Although Firefox often uses the Windows default email program to open email links, changing the settings will make Gmail the default:

Step 1 Open a window in Firefox.

Step 2 Click Open Menu in the upper right corner of the window.


Step 3 Choose Options.

Step 4 From the General tab, go to the Applications section.

Step 5 Type “mailto” in the Content Type search box and select it from the list of results.


Step 6 Select the drop-down arrow to the right of Use Mail and choose “Use Gmail”.

The changes will be saved automatically and you can now use your Gmail account by default.

How to Set Gmail as Default Email Service with Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge uses the Windows e-mail default setting. While there is no direct way to choose Gmail as the default email client in Microsoft Edge; You can set Gmail as the default email program in Google Chrome and then choose Chrome as the default for all emails.

On Windows 10:

  • Type default in the Windows search box and select “Default Application Settings” in the list of results.
  • Under Select Default Applications, select Email.


In Windows 7 or 8:

  1. Select start
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Choose Programs.
  4. Select Default Programs.
  5. Select Associate a file type with a program.
  6. Under Protocols, select MAILTO.

After following these steps; On the page that opens, select Google Chrome and close the window. When you click on an email link in Microsoft Edge, a new Google Chrome browser window will open with Gmail.