Gmail is the number one email provider on the planet. It’s feature rich, ubiquitous on smartphones, and very well presented. For these reasons, you might just want to be able to access your Gmail right from your desktop, without having to open a browser window first.
Fortunately, Chrome and now Microsoft Edge (Chromium version) let you turn web pages into unobtrusive desktop apps, with their own icons, which let you access sites as if they were their own programs. This method allows you to create a desktop version of Gmail that you can access immediately. You can also use one app for multiple email accounts!
First, activate Gmail offline
First, you need to turn on Gmail’s new native offline mode. You don’t have to, but if you want Gmail to function as a desktop app that you can use without the internet, and then sync with your online account, it’s highly recommended.
Go to your Gmail inbox, click the Settings gear icon at the top right, then under the General tab, click “Offline”.
Check the “Enable offline mail” box. This will open up several other options for you on the page.
Here you will see how much storage space your offline mail will take. You can also choose to store emails that are seven, 30, or 90 days old and download the attachments to your PC.
In the “Security” field, we recommend that you select the “Keep data offline on my computer” option if you are a home user and no one else can access your inbox. This will make the desktop app more seamless, with all of your email accessible as soon as you turn on your PC, instead of waiting for your entire inbox to sync every time.
Once you are done, click “Save Changes”.
Create a Gmail (Edge) desktop app
Now that Microsoft has made the smart move to turn its Edge browser into a Chromium-based browser, it has suddenly unlocked a lot of features that bring it closer to Google Chrome. One example is the fact that you can now turn sites into desktop apps. If you don’t have the new Microsoft Edge, you can Download them here.
To create an Edge-based Gmail app, open Gmail in Microsoft Edge, click the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner, then select Apps and “Install this site as an app”.
In the text box, you can leave the name as Gmail or enter another label, then click Install.
Gmail will open immediately as an app, without the URL bar and other browser distractions. For us, the shortcut didn’t appear on the desktop but in the Start menu under “Recently Added”. From there, you can drag it to the desktop to create a shortcut, right-click on it to pin it to the taskbar, and more.
Create a Gmail desktop app (Chrome)
So your Gmail inbox is now synced offline, but you still need to open your Chrome browser to access it. The next step is to turn Gmail into a classic desktop app.
To do this, simply open Gmail in Chrome, then click on the “three-dot menu icon at the top right -> More tools -> Create shortcut.”
Call up the Gmail shortcut, then click Create and the Gmail shortcut will appear on your desktop.
Then, in the Chrome address bar, type chrome: // applications to direct you to a page displaying your Google applications as well as the shortcuts you have created. Right-click on the Gmail shortcut you created, then select “Open as window.” Now the Gmail shortcut on your desktop will open in its own window rather than in the Chrome browser.
From the desktop, you can copy and move the shortcut as you like. Right-click on it and click “Pin to Start” or “Pin to taskbar” to pin the shortcut to the Start menu or taskbar, respectively, or copy and place it in the folder of your choice.
And that’s all. You’ve beaten the system and created a fully functional Gmail desktop app where it didn’t exist before.
What we’ve done above turns Gmail – with its lovely new interface – into a desktop app. If you are not married to the Gmail UI, remember that you can sync Gmail with great desktop email apps like Thunderbird, Mailbird, and even Windows Mail app to get the same. effect.
To continue to refine your online experience, try playing around with some Chrome flags to customize your Chrome browser. If you have a little time to kill, take a look at these secret games hidden in various Google apps and products.
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