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How to make Gmail Your Default Email Client on Chrome

Katie Reilly
July 2nd, 2020 · 2 min read

It can be frustrating when you click on an email link or to sign up for something (say a job application) and your Gmail is not the account that pulls. Instead, you wait as it loads your Apple email, Yahoo, or Outlook email; none of which you want to use to apply for this job. (In my opinion, the two email addresses you should have as a professional are 1) a Gmail email address and 2) an Alcamine email address. If you are still paying for email, you’re behind the ball.)

Below are instructions on how to make Gmail your default email client on Chrome on Windows & MacOS so that the next time you click an email link, it does exactly what you want it to.

Let’s Get Started

Go to your Gmail account in Chrome. In the top right corner of the screen, you should see a double diamond. Go ahead and click on this icon. A pop-up should appear.

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This pop-up is going to ask you if you want to “Allow mail.google.com to open all email links?” Below you will see three options. Select “Allow” and then “Done.”
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It’s as simple as that. Now when you click on an email link, you will be automatically pushed to Gmail where an empty draft email will be ready to go with the recipients email address already populated.

Accessing the Setting in Windows and MacOS

If the double diamond icon doesn’t appear in the top right corner, it is possible that you already have your settings set up, and you can double check these settings in Chrome Settings.

In the right hand corner, select the three dots in a vertical line.

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Select “Settings.” Go to “Advanced Settings,” then “Privacy and Security.” Scroll down to “Site Settings.”
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From here, you should be able to scroll down until you see the double diamond icon labeled “Handlers.” If the default Handler is something other than Chrome, go ahead and remove it. Go back to your Gmail page and reload the page. The double diamond icon should now appear in the right hand corner where you can enable it.

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Keep in mind that if you reset your computer, or your Chrome internet, it may default to the original settings, doing away with your selection process here.

Happy emailing!

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