Is it possible to make a mobile Safari open email links directly to the native Gmail app, rather than open up to Apple's Mail.app?


There is no way (yet) to change that without jailbreak tweak. Apple forces you to use Safari and (in this case also) Mail.app.

You can find the tweak here: http://www.webpronews.com/jailbreak-tweak-lets-you-make-chrome-your-default-ios-browser-2012-06

  • You mean, Apple forces you to use their mail app. – Jason Mar 20 '13 at 1:38

It’s possible to change the default mail app on iOS for mailto: links clicked in a web browser. Developers of Gmail app could develop a Safari extension that injects a JavaScript file in every webpage. Such file could modify the DOM, replacing all mailto: links into gmail: links. It would be only few lines of code. They could develop such extensions for other popular web browsers.


  • You cannot inject javascript without running the user manually running your extension. – Ezekiel Elin Oct 22 '18 at 0:59
  • But this is expected. This extension would be provided as an option from the third party mail app :p – Marco Marsala Nov 26 '18 at 9:40
  • Yes, that would be feasible but would still require the user to run that for the page before clicking the link. – Ezekiel Elin Nov 26 '18 at 20:39

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