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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.

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

JGIGS

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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.

In fairness, how many apps does Apple even make for Android and other platforms let alone updated in a timely manner? Personally I'm just grateful Google makes most apps multi platform.
 

4jasontv

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In fairness, how many apps does Apple even make for Android and other platforms let alone updated in a timely manner? Personally I'm just grateful Google makes most apps multi platform.

Like iTunes, me, and Apple TV+? Any app you pay for is likely cross platform.
 
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decypher44

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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?
 

lazyrighteye

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I've asked before, but feel compelled to ask again: why on Earth would anyone purposely add Google anything to their devices? Not only are their intentions A) we'll documented, B) of the worst variety and C) unapologetic so, my forced experience with Google Classroom this past year was a nightmare. What a cluster of a UX. Stunning, actually.
 

tgwaste

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The default app stuff stinks.

You cant make a bookmark on the homscreen with Chrome and if you open a homescreen bookmark made by safari it opens safari.

Another case of Apple only giving us half the feature.
 

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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?

Whenever I go to my inbox there's an ad that looks like a new email but it isn't. Same for when I use the webpage but it's easier to ignore there
 
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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

I have been using Gmail app on both my iPhone and iPad for ages and see no ads whatsoever. Where do you find them, exactly?
 

decypher44

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In the "Promotions" and "Social" tabs, if you use them.

Thanks. I wouldn’t even know where they are. I guess one would have to seek out the ads to see them?

Actually, looking at the app right now. I don’t see those categories anywhere. I have Mail and Meet at the bottom. In the “hamburger”, I don’t see those. Weird. Maybe I set it up that way eons ago and gave it no more thought. Very interesting. Thanks again!
 

gaximus

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This is awesome, I'd never use it for gmail, but still awesome. Also is the only thing this does is cause new emails to be created from `mailto:` links? because I don't do that often and imagine that most people don't?
 
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