How to Set Gmail as Default Mail app on iPhone 13

This post will walk you through configuring an iPhone 13 to make Gmail as the default email processing application instead of the stock Mail app for iOS. Here’s a quick guide on how to set Gmail as default mail app on iPhone 13.


Every iPhone feature comes with default apps to carry out individual functions. The default mail app option for instance is set to Mail app. However, you can change this setting and use your preferred default email app instead. Just keep reading to learn how to get this thing done on your new iPhone 13.

Email Processing App in iOS 15

While most iPhone users don’t mind changing the default mailing application, others, particularly sole Gmail users find Google’s mailing platform better and thus altering the default Mail app would be a better option. 

In addition, the Gmail app for iOS also offers a ton of great features which the default Mail app does not.

By default, Apple sets its very own Mail app as the primary application for email processing. However, end-users are allowed to modify this setting and set a third-party app as the default mail app on their respective iOS devices.

To make this possible, the preferred third-party email app must be downloaded and installed on the device.

For instance, if you’ve downloaded and installed the Gmail app on  your iPhone, you can set it to replace the Mail app and use it as default. Just be sure to set it up with your Google account so you’re all set to view and respond to important emails on your iOS device using Gmail. 

To give you some input on how to get this done on the new iPhone 13, this post highlights a simple walkthrough as follows.

Steps to set Gmail as default mail app on iPhone 13

The following procedure is also applicable when altering the default email processing application on other iPhone models running on the iOS 15.4.1 platform. Actual screens and menu items may vary between device models and service providers so the interface may likewise vary slightly on individual devices. 

To ensure all key features and menu options are accessible, keep your iPhone software updated.

To check and see the current version of your iPhone, just head over to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu. There you should see the current iOS version of your phone and say whether or not it is up to date.

Start whenever you’re all set to configure the default email settings on your iOS device.
Step 1: Open the iOS settings app menu by heading to the Home screen then tap Settings.
Step 2: In the settings app menu, scroll down to find and then tap Gmail.
Step 3: On the succeeding menu, tap Default Mail App. Available email applications will load up on the next screen.
Step 4: Tap to select Gmail.


Available options may vary depending on the mailing apps added on the phone.

What happens when you set Gmail as the default mail app on iPhone?

With this setting, Gmail will be set as the default email processing application on your iPhone. To switch it back to Mail or change it to any other email service providers, just repeat the above steps and then select your desired email app.

Aside from sending emails, sharing a link will already be carried out using the Gmail app instead of Mail by then.

If  you delete Gmail app or any other mailing app, the iPhone will set Mail as the default mailing app. To use Gmail app or any other third-party mail app again,  you’ll need to reinstall it on your device.

Google Chrome as a default web browser for iPhone?

Aside from the default mail app, Apple also allows iPhone users to change the default browser from Safari to any other third-party browsing application that best suits different needs and preferences.

This is made possible with Google’s constant updates to Chrome that made the app able to replace Safari on the iPhone and iPad.

If you prefer Google’s apps, particularly when it comes to browsers, then setting the default browser to Google on your iPhone would be a good decision.

And that’s all about altering the default iOS email processing app with Gmail on the iPhone 13 in iOS 15.4.1.

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