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?

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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, 2013 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
    Oct 22, 2018 at 0:59
  • But this is expected. This extension would be provided as an option from the third party mail app :p Nov 26, 2018 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
    Nov 26, 2018 at 20:39

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