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Apple has never allowed users to change the default built-in email app on the iPhone and iPad. But all that changed starting with the new update in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 launched on September 16, 2020. Users can now change their default email app from Apple’s Mail app to third-party email apps, including Outlook and Gmail. This is an excellent option for users who very much prefer Gmail instead of Mail.
Before this new update from Apple, if you want to perform an email task, your iPhone will open the in-built Mail app. But with this new update, your iPhone will open emails in the new app you set as your default.
As of writing, iOS 14 supports the following mail apps: Outlook, Gmail, Hey, and Spark, with more added in the future.
Before you can change the default email app on your iPhone, make sure you’re running iOS 14 or higher. To find out, go to Settings > General >About. If it doesn’t indicate running iOS 14 or higher, open Settings > General > Software Update. To change the default email app on your iPhone, follow the steps below:
How to change the default email app on an iPhone with iOS 14
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap Mail
3. Tap Default Mail App.
4. You will see a list of all the possible default mail apps that Apple currently supports. If you’ve installed an app and it’s not on this list, that means it’s not supported yet. From the list of options, Tap the mail app you want to use as your default app.
That’s it. You now have a new default mail app. From now on, when you want to perform any email task, your iPhone will use the default app you’ve selected. If you later want to change back to Mail or any other third-party mail app, simply follow the same step above.
Change default email app on iPhone (FAQs)
Answer to related questions people also ask:
What is the default iPhone email app?
The default email app on iPhone is Apple Mail. Once you set up your iPhone (or iPad), iOS will create your email account using the built-in Mail – even though you may have an alternative mail app installed on your iPhone.
How do I make Gmail my default email on iPhone?
To make Gmail the default mail app on your iPhone: Install the latest version of the Gmail app and go to Settings > Scroll down and tap Mail > Tap Default Mail App > Tap Gmail.
Can you change default apps on iPhone? / How do you change primary email on iPhone?
To change your default primary email app on iPhone: Open the Settings app > Scroll down to the bottom and tap “Mail” > tap Default Account > Select the email app you want to use as the new default.