Change your default mail app on iPhone

Do you use your account as your primary email address? Do you have our Mail App installed on your iPhone or iPad? Final question: Did you know that you can now set as the default email app on Apple devices? Find out how – in three easy steps!
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See how quickly you can make your iPhone’s default email app!

What does default Mail app mean?

When setting up an iPhone or iPad, iOS has a mail app that automatically comes on your device. The app itself is just called ‘Mail,’ and it is your default email app until you change it. When setting up your device, you have the option to add your email account directly into this app. The downside about that is that you don’t get the awesome features associated with your email account. The default Mail app that comes with iOS will only deliver emails and allow you to send them. Our Mail app features and advantages – that we pride ourselves on – will not be available. The fun part is that you can change your default Mail app to so you can use your email how you want.

In case you didn't get the memo, starting with version 14 of iOS and iPadOS, Apple now allows you choose the default email app and internet browser on their devices. This means you are no longer tied to the Apple Mail app or the Safari internet browser. 

What does that mean for users? If is your preferred email service (which we hope is the case), you can now use our app for all things pertaining to email. For example, “mailto” links can now open in the Mail App rather than your iPhone’s app. In other words, no more switching back and forth! Everything having to do with email on your iPhone or iPad will  automatically be directed to the app you’ve chosen as your default. So, you are now fully in charge of how you send and receive email.

How do I install the app for iPhone?

Before you can make the ultimate switch to make the Mail app your default mail app, you’ll have to make sure your iPhone or iPad is updated to iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 or later ­– and of course, you have to have the Mail app installed. Luckily for you, it is done quickly and in just a few steps.
  1. On your iOS device, open the App Store
  2. Search “” and select the option with our infamous dark blue and white logo
  3. Underneath the name and description, select Install. You are then prompted to confirm your installation with your apple ID
  4. Once your app installation in confirmed, the app will begin downloading on your device
  5. When the app is downloaded, it is ready to go! You can log in with your login information.
Pro tip: You can also protect your email app with fingerprint or facial recognition so that you don’t have to enter your password every time and your account is more secure.

How to set as your default in three easy steps

Follow the steps below to select as the default email on your iPhone or iPad. It will literally only take you a few seconds!

1. In your device’s Settings, find the Mail App on the list of installed apps and tap it.

2. Tap Default Mail App.

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This is where you can change your default mail app on an iPhone

3. Tap to set it as the default. A checkmark appears next to it to confirm it’s now your default email app.

Screenshot of default email app settings in iPhone
The checkmark shows which email app is your default

It’s that easy! And if for some reason you change your mind, you can simply repeat these steps, but select a different default mail app.
Bonus Explainer: If you’d also like to change your default internet browser on your iPhone or iPad, this is possible now as well. Simply go to your device’s browser settings and follow a similar process to select a default browser.

Still don’t have an account with us? You can already download the app and register there in a few short minutes! And the good news is, you can create a email address right in the app. Learn how here: Sign up for email right in our mobile app
This article first appeared on August 2,2021 and was updated on June 22, 2023.

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