How to Set Gmail as Your Browser's Default Email Client for Mailto Links

1. Open your Gmail email account in Chrome and click the Protocol Handler icon overlapping-diamonds in your browser's address bar. If you do not see this icon, skip ahead to step 3.


When prompted to "Allow Gmail to open all email links?", select "Use Gmail," and click "Done." Then you are done! Skip steps 3-5.


If you were unable to see the Protocol Handler icon overlapping-diamonds, click the Chrome menu icon chrome-menu-1 in the top right corner of your browser, and choose "Settings."

4. Click the "Show Advanced Settings" link at the bottom of the screen: 

5. Then click the "Content Settings" button under the "Privacy" header.

6. In the pop-up window, scroll down to the "Handlers" section and click the "Manage Handlers" button. 

7. Then select Gmail from the mailto drop down as shown below: 

8. Then click "Done" and your email client will be set up.

Note: If you are still having trouble (for example, your "Protocol handlers" window appears blank with no options), try installing Google's Mailto Extension for Chrome instead