Right here's the way to change the default e-mail app in your iPhone so as to use Gmail or Outlook as a substitute


Tap the gray button with the circles.

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Apple's new iPhone update, iOS 14, was released on September 16. One of the great features is that you can change your default email app from Apple's Mail app to another if that feature is supported. If you're like me and are using Outlook and Gmail instead of Mail, this is a big deal.

Typically, when you click a link to an email address anywhere, your iPhone just opens Mail and starts a new message, usually through your Apple iCloud account. It's annoying when this happens because your email might not come from your normal work or personal account and you might miss replies sent to an inbox that you don't use.

The change was first announced in June when Apple introduced iOS 14. This appears to be an attempt by Apple to counter complaints from competitors.

It's easy to change your default email app to iOS 14 and only takes a few seconds. I changed my account to my Outlook work account as this is the one I usually send emails from. But many other apps also support this.

Before we start, first make sure that you are running iOS 14.0.1, which fixed a bug in functionality in the first version of iOS 14.

You can check this by going to Settings> General> About. If you need to update, do the following:

Connect your iPhone and connect to Wi-Fi.Open Settings.Tap General.Choose Software Update.

Let's start.

How to change the default email app on iPhone with iOS 14

Change your default email account on iOS 14.

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Open Settings. Scroll to the email app you want to use. (This example uses Gmail, but works the same for all supported programs.) Tap the Gmail icon. Tap Default Mail App. Switch to the app that you want to use.

That's it. Now when you tap a link to send a new email to someone else, your iPhone will use the default app you selected. You can always change it by following the steps above.

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Katherine Clark