Make Gmail the default email in Win 11

Want to make Gmail your default email in Windows 11? You won’t see Gmail offered as a choice for default email because it’s not an email client. But there’s a way to work around that.

First, you’ll need to select Chrome as your preferred mail option.  Chrome must already be installed on your PC. If it’s not, download the latest version and install. Go to the Windows search box, type in Default app , and click on the results.

Click on Mail.

Then choose Mail To.

A pop-up menu will open. Choose Google Chrome.

Then open Chrome. Click the 3-line menu bar and select Settings.


On the left, select Privacy and Security.

Select Site Settings

Scroll down to Additional Permissions and click to expand the menu.

Select Protocol handlers.

Scroll down again and select Handlers. Make sure that the ability for sites to use handlers is turned on.

Now, open Gmail in Chrome and look for the double diamond icon at the right of the address bar.


You’ll see a window that asks you to give permission for Gmail to open all email links. Choose Allow. This will allow you to use Gmail as the default email for anything you open in Chrome.


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