If you use both Google Chrome and Gmail, why not make it easier to compose emails? Here’s how to make Gmail the default email in Chrome.
If you’re a Google Chrome user who also uses Gmail as your main email application, then why not have email links you click on a website open directly in Gmail?
Normally when you click a linked email address on a webpage, you’ll see your computer’s default email application open. You probably see a new compose message window with the email address you clicked populated right in. But if you prefer to use Gmail, then you likely have to copy that email address, open Gmail, and paste the address in a new message.
What you might not realize is that there’s a simpler way! With a quick change to your Google Chrome settings, you can have those links you click open right to Gmail, here’s how.
How to Set Gmail as the Default Email in Chrome
Navigating to the section you need in your Google Chrome settings takes a handful of steps. But once you’re there, getting Gmail set as your default email application is a cinch.
- Open Google Chrome, click the three dots on the top right to Customize and Control Google Chrome, and select Settings.
- Pick Privacy and security on the left and then Site Settings on the right.
- Scroll down to the Permissions area and click Additional Permissions to expand the section.
- Select Protocol handlers.
- Mark the option for Sites can ask to handle protocols. Note: You can revisit this section after you add Gmail and change your preference if you like.
- Open Gmail (mail.google.com) in a new tab.
- Click the Service handler icon on the right side of the address bar for Gmail and pick Allow.
- Click Done.
If you head back to the Chrome Settings, you should see Gmail (mail.google.com) listed as the default application for email.
You can then give your new setup a try if you like. Head to a site, click the email link, and Gmail should open right up. And not only that, but the email address you clicked should populate in the To field.
So you can add your subject and message, and then send your Gmail email on its way!
Remove Gmail as Your Default in Chrome
If you change your mind later and no longer want email links from Chrome to open in Gmail, it’s simple to remove it. Head back to the same area of your settings for Protocol handlers. Click the three dots to the right of Gmail (mail.google.com) and select Remove.
Create an Email Easier With Gmail and Chrome
If you regularly use both Chrome and Gmail, this quick change can make creating emails from links you see much easier. And if you switch email applications down the road, you can remove Gmail as your default email program for Chrome.