How to set Gmail as default email client in Mavericks

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by brilliantthings, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Used to be able to use Google Notifier to set Mac OS default mail client as Gmail. This has now been discontinued

    Is there another way to set Gmail as default mail client?

    Or at least, are there any extensions for Safari to use Gmail as default mail client? Now every time I click a mailto: link, it opens, which I don't use.

    (I am trying Safari for the battery life benefits on my MBA. Long time Chrome user.)
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Problem is: Gmail is not a mail client. Gmail is a mail provider.
    And, now you are using Safari to access your Gmail - and that's fine.
    Now, clicking an email address will launch the default email reader - which you still have set to Apple's Mail app. (and, you don't use Mail)
    You can change the default email reader in Mail's preferences.

    (or, you could consider using your Gmail account in your
  3. brilliantthings thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Thank you so much.

    Webmailer does the job perfectly. Thank you. It can be set to make gmail in Safari the default email client in Mavericks.

    There is a bug: you have to make Webmailer the default email client from preferences in It doesnt work accessing the Webmailer PrefPane in System Preferences
  4. brilliantthings thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Webmailer is a mail client that redirects to gmail. So effectively making Gmail a mail client. Fantastic stuff.
  5. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    i found it when my GF was looking for jobs online, using yahoo mail in safari.
    completely changed her experience; it's a great little app!

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