Gmail Now Able to Be Set as Default Mail App on iPhone and iPad in iOS 14

Apple in iOS and iPadOS 14 is allowing third-party apps to be set as alternatives to the default browser apps on the iPhone and the iPad, and now one of the most popular third-party email apps, Gmail, can be set as the default email app on your iOS devices.

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With the latest Gmail for iOS update available in the App Store as of today, Gmail can serve as a replacement for the Mail app.

You can set Gmail as the default email app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ by downloading it from the ‌App Store‌, opening up the Settings app, scrolling down to Gmail in the apps list and then tapping on Default Mail App.

Google previously updated Chrome with the default browser function so it can be set to replace Safari on the ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌. Those who prefer Google's apps can now have a mostly Google-centric experience on the ‌iPhone‌, at least when it comes to browser and email.

It's worth noting that there is currently a bug that resets the default apps that have been set to replace Safari and Mail every time a device is rebooted, so Gmail may have to be updated as the default email app whenever you restart your ‌iPhone‌ until Apple fixes the issue.

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Top Rated Comments

farewelwilliams Avatar
50 months ago
oh when it comes to becoming a default app, Google implements it in a hot second...but when it comes to other iOS features, Google drags its feet.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rjp1 Avatar
50 months ago

oh when it comes to becoming a default app, Google implements it in a hot second...but when it comes to other iOS features, Google drags its feet.
They were also quick on blocking Picture in Picture for YouTube.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mattkally Avatar
50 months ago
Until you restart it ;p
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
decypher44 Avatar
50 months ago

Remembered why I stopped you the Gmail app as soon as I set up. The ads are terrible, and no idea how to get rid of them. I can live with the Mail app not having push notifications for my gmail accounts just to avoid the ads
Ads? I have been using gmail and the iOS app for a long time. I had to check again to be sure. I don’t see any ads. Where would I find them in the app?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dcingie Avatar
50 months ago
For real.. how long again did it take them to implement dark mode? Lol
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
irishv Avatar
50 months ago
Now how about changing the default music app?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)