Mac instructions: Set another mail program or Gmail website as your email default

The so-called Mail app for dealing with emails is preinstalled on the Apple Mac under macOS. It is therefore set up as the default for writing new emails when you click on a “mailto:” link, for example in the contact overview of a website. But maybe you want to use an email alternative instead of the pre-installed program? Then you've come to the right place. Below I will show you how you can set another email program (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) or Google's Gmail website as the default for handling emails.

Contact links lead to the standard email program and there to the window in which you can write a new email. But what if you don't want to use the Mail app on your Mac? Here are the instructions for setting email alternatives.
Contact links lead to the standard email program and there to the window in which you can write a new email. But what if you don't want to use the Mail app on your Mac? Here are the instructions for setting email alternatives.

Change the default email app on your Mac: Here's how!

While using the default web browser to open web links in the system settings of macOS, you now need the mail app for this. So you shouldn't uninstall Apple's preinstalled program too quickly. In order to set up Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook or another mail client as the new default program for handling electronic mail, you have to change the mail settings. Here are the step-by-step instructions for changing the default email app on the Mac:

  1. Opens the Email App on Apple Mac
  2. Click in the menu bar Email to the right of the Apple logo
  3. In this menu you now select Settings ... from
  4. In the Settings window, select General-Tab (gear icon).
  5. In the first line Default email program you can choose an app
Even if you don't want to use the Mail app on the Apple Mac, you have to use its settings to set the new default program.
Even if you don't want to use the Mail app on the Apple Mac, you have to use its settings to set the new default program.

Write a new email on the Gmail website: Here's how!

If you follow the instructions above, you can have links for composing emails to specific people or companies open automatically with an app other than Mail. Maybe you also want to use Gmail and set the corresponding website (mail.google.com) for it? This can be done by combining two measures, the first of which consists of the instructions above:

  1. Opens the Mail Settings and there that General-Tab
  2. Selects in the line Default email program the last item “Select…”
  3. So look for that Chrome browser and sets this as the default app
You can select programs that are not listed using the last point. This takes you to an overview of the apps installed on the Mac. You can also select Chrome there.
You can select programs that are not listed using the last point. This takes you to an overview of the apps installed on the Mac. You can also select Chrome there.

This first measure obviously requires that you have Google Chrome installed. If this is not the case yet, do so and then use the instructions to do so Browser as the default email program. For now, however, this only ensures that the browser opens with its homepage when a “mailto:” link is clicked. To tell Chrome to open Gmail and write a new email in this case, do the following:

  1. Opens the Chrome Web browser on the Apple Mac
  2. Get in touch mail.google.com with your Google account
  3. Click on the symbol in the address bar on the right that says like two squares pushed into each other aussieht
  4. Select the first point under “Allow mail.google.com to open all email links?” Allow from
  5. Confirm the process by clicking on the Readybutton
In order to open newly written emails directly in Gmail using Chrome, a so-called service handler must be installed. This can be done using the symbol shown in the address line.
In order to open newly written emails directly in Gmail using Chrome, a so-called service handler must be installed. This can be done using the symbol shown in the address line.

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