Gmail is one of the most popular email applications. It’s practically synonymous with email. However, if your computer is running on Windows 10, Gmail is not your default e-mail client. If you’re setting up your Windows 10 and exploring the Microsoft features, you’ll notice that it’s Windows Mail that is the default.
But that doesn’t have to be the case. You can have Gmail as your default email client. So, how do you set it up?
Google Chrome E-Mail Setup
Google Chrome and Gmail go hand in hand. So, you might as well set up Gmail as your primary email client. Here is what you need to do to change that:
- Open your Chrome Browser and go to Settings.
- Then proceed to select “Advanced.”
- Click on “Privacy and Security.”
- Click on “Site Settings.”
- Finally, select “Handlers.”
When you are there, you have to make sure that you switch for “Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols (recommended) is turned on. What you need to do next is to sign in your Gmail account and select the handler icon that you’ll see next to the star icon. It’s on the right side of the address bar. Select “Allow” from the dialog box. And click “Done” after that.
Then, you have to head to the Windows Settings. Go to Apps>Default Apps>Email. You need to change the Email app to Google Chrome in the right panel.
That will let Windows 10 know that your default e-mail client is Gmail, and it will open Chrome next time you click on one of the e-mail links. After you set everything up, you should probably go and test it out. Just click on any e-mail from any website. The e-mail address should already be in the address bar. All you have to do is come up with the subject line and go on to write your email.
What Makes Gmail So Great?
It seems no matter what other free webmail offer or how well they upgrade, everyone still prefers Gmail. So, what makes Gmail so great? And what are the some that do not?
Malware and Virus Checking
This feature has to go on the top of the list. You can’t be too careful with viruses and malware. And Gmail is really thorough. It removes 99.9% of the risk that your computer will be infected through e-mail. They constantly update it and make sure that your e-mail is safe. That is why their G Suite is immensely popular for businesses.
25 MB per E-mail
Sometimes you can get annoyed when you can’t attach every file you want in one e-mail. Well, with Gmail, you can. Chances are, whatever you’re sending, won’t exceed 25 MB. Sure, if you’re sending it to someone whose e-mail can’t support that much, it won’t matter.
But if you send it to another Gmail user, it’s an amazing feature. It’s perfect if you want to send 3-5 high-resolution photos to your friends. It’s much quicker than sharing a link to a Cloud service.
You might not be a fan of Silicone Valley tech companies having a monopoly on the internet, but everyone depends on them now. Most people gravitate towards Gmail because they know that the webmail service will get all the attention it requires.
A powerful and wealthy company makes sure that Gmail is maintained regularly. It has really good Uptime. Uptime means how many days the service is working properly. Gmail rarely crashes. And even when it does, it’s only briefly.
Spam & Speed
Gmail handles spam e-mail pretty well. It has a sophisticated system of scanning unsolicited e-mails. You will rarely get those strange advertising e-mails or anything else alike.
Also, Gmail is very fast, and delivers messages very quickly. Some other webmail services that are a competition to Gmail may take up anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes to deliver a message, Gmail dos it within 10 seconds. It’s instant and very reliable.
The Not So Great Features
While it’s hard to find any serious flaws in Gmail, it is not perfect, of course. For example, some may argue it could have a better design. Perhaps it’s purposefully plain-looking, but it could use a more stylish upgrade.
Also, the labels can be a bit confusing, as people generally prefer folders. And finally, the composition screen is small. Gmail launches the composition screen on the right side of the screen. It feels a bit cramped. Yes, you can expand it, but it still feels like there could be a better solution.
Your Default E-Mail Is Your Choice
Microsoft and Windows 10 might try to get you to use their e-mail app, but if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. Setting up Gmail as your default e-mail is a simple and quick process. It takes a few clicks, and you’re there.
And there’s a reason you’d rather use it. It’s reliable, safe, and it has a lot of useful features and add-ons. Once you start using Gmail, you won’t be able to settle for anything less than that.
Do you use Gmail, Outlook, or another email client as your default solution? Let us know in the comments section below.