How to set Gmail (or Spark, etc.) as default instead of Apple mail on iPhone and iPad


With the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 (detailed review), it became possible to choose a default mail application, different from the standard Mail. While there is nothing wrong with Apple’s Mail, some people just prefer a third-party app with different features.

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If you are one of those people and want to change the default email app on your iPhone or iPad, here’s how to do it. Then, when you click on an email address or a link where you can send an email, you can automatically use your preferred app without any further action.

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How to set Gmail (or Spark) as the default email program on iPhone and iPad

Obviously, if you want to use a third-party mail application by default, then you already have it downloaded and installed. However, make sure the program is updated to the latest version.

1. Open the app “Settings” on iPhone or iPad.

2. Go to the parameters of the mail program in the list of attachments.

3. Select a section “Default mail application”

How to set Gmail (or Spark) as the default email program on iPhone and iPad

4. Select the mail application you want to use as default. If you have multiple email apps installed, you will see all of them as available options, as shown in the screenshot below.

How to set Gmail (or Spark) as the default email program on iPhone and iPad

Keep in mind that not all email apps have this feature at this time or offer it yet. Therefore, if you do not see the parameter “Default mail application” in the settings of the mail application, you may have to wait a while until the developers update the program.

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