Set Gmail as Default Email Client for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
Clicking an email link in a web browser defaults to launching Mail.app, which is great if you use Mail but not so great if you use webmail services like Gmail. This is fairly easy to resolve, though you’ll have to configure it separately on a per-browser basis, with different methods for Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera.
Set Gmail as Default Email Client in Chrome and Opera
- Launch a new browser window and open up Gmail
- Accept the confirmation at the top of the browser window and try out a mailto link
This can be undone or changed again by going to chrome://settings/handlers and adjusting the setting as appropriate.
Use Gmail as Default Email in Firefox
- Open Firefox Preferences
- Click on “Applications” tab
- Locate “mailto” under the ‘Content Type’ tab and change the action to “Use Gmail”
- Close out of Firefox Preferences
Switching back to the default behavior is just a matter of selecting Mail again as the action.
Using Gmail as Email Default in Safari
Safari users can either use a browser extension called GmailThis available from Apple’s extensions gallery, or can use apps like Gmail Notifier which we have discussed here before for it’s menu bar alerts. After Google Notifier has been installed:
- Open Mail Preferences and click on “General”
- Pull down the “Default email reader” and locate ‘Google Notifier’
- Quit out of Mail.app
Older versions of Mac OS X can use WebMailer as well, but Google Notifier is the most reliable.
Heads up to HTML5Rocks for the Chrome tip.