A built-in Mail app comes standard with Windows 11. If you haven’t changed the default email app, when you click on an email-related link, it opens in the Mail app by default. You don’t have to do anything if you prefer to use the Mail app. If you want to send links in Gmail by default through Chrome, you’ll need to make some changes on your Windows PC. We’ll show you how to make Gmail your default email on Windows 11 in this article.
Set Gmail as Default Email Client using Chrome in Windows 11.
There are several steps to setting the default email client on Windows 11. Set Gmail to open in Chrome as the default app for email links by following the steps below.
Allow Sites to Prompt to Become Default Handlers in Chrome
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to enable a Chrome application that allows sites to become default handlers for protocols.
- To do so, launch Chrome and then click the triple dotted icon in the top right corner of the browser window. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down to the Privacy and security section on the settings page.
- Then click the Site Settings.
- Click the Additional permissions link under Permissions on the Site Settings page to expand it.
- Then, to see the options, click Protocol handlers.
- Select the radio button that says “Sites can ask to handle protocols.“
Allow mail.google.com to Open Email Links in Chrome
You need to set mail.google.com to open all email links in Chrome now that you’ve allowed sites to ask to handle protocols. To do so, follow the steps below:
- To get started, go to mail.google.com and sign in to your Gmail account.
- In the address bar, you’ll notice a handler icon. To grant access to mail.google.com to open all email links, click it and then select Allow. Finally, click the Done button.
If the handler icon isn’t visible in the address bar or has vanished after a while, open a new tab in Google Chrome and type chrome:/settings/handlers into the address bar. Then press Enter on your keyboard.
Select the Remove option from the three dots beside mail.google.com.
To see the handler icon again, refresh the mail.google.com tab. Then, to allow mail.google.com to open email links in Chrome, repeat steps 1 and 2.
Set Chrome as Default App to Open Email Links in Windows 11
When you complete the above step, you need to set Chrome as the default app to open email-related links. Do the following:-
- By pressing the Windows + I keys on the keyboard, you can access the Settings app.
- Select the Apps category from the left sidebar when Windows Settings opens.
- Select Default apps from the right-hand sidebar.
- You can’t set the default app for each file type or link type at the same time in Windows 11. That means you’ll have to choose each file type individually. The “mailto” link is the most common email link on websites. Search for “mailto” in the search box under “Set a default for a file type or link type” to make Chrome the default app for the mailto link type. Then, on the search results page, click Mail.
- Select Google Chrome from the “How do you want to open this” pop-up window and click OK.
That is all there is to it. When you click on a “mailto” link on a website, Gmail will open in Chrome. Most websites have links to email addresses like “mailto:[email protected]” When you click on one of these links, you’ll be taken to a window where you can compose a new email that will be sent to the linked email address. It will now open in Gmail via Chrome in this case.
Similarly, you can configure Gmail to open for a variety of email-related file and link types, including:-