We all love Gmail for its extremely user-friendly behavior including categorization and prioritization of our emails and other useful add-ons. But how would you like it if Gmail becomes your desktop email client? Damn! That would be superb! You like your desktop email client because of the fact that you can store your emails locally and afterward check them even if you don’t have an internet connection and that’s one of the things that Gmail can surely do! Follow the below mentioned instructions to set up the Gmail as your desktop email client.
1. Desktop Application Shortcut
Start with opening up your Chrome browser and follow these instructions
- Head to the Chrome menu (three vertical dots) and look for the More Tools option
- Now click ‘Add to desktop’ and a Gmail desktop shortcut will be created
- If you want to pin it to your Taskbar or add it to the Start Menu, just right-click the shortcut and you’ll be provided with the options to do so.
2. Allow Your Browser To Handle Mailto Links
A problem arises when you open an email address via a hyperlink. It opens up in your default desktop email client and the link instead of starting with http://, starts with mailto:. So to avoid this problem, open Gmail in your Chrome browser and click the Protocol Handler Icon in the address bar. Now select the ‘Allow‘ option to let Google open mail.google.com for all email links. The Protocol Handle Icon can be accessed through Chrome menu icon (three vertical dots). Head to Settings > Advanced > Content Settings (under Privacy and Security). Click Handlers and enable it.
3. Enable Offline Support
Now comes the best part which brings this service at par with your regular desktop email clients. Gmail has the ability to provide you offline support through its Chrome app. For that, visit Gmail Settings > Offline in the web client. Here, you’ll find a link to the Gmail Offline app. Click this link and you can choose to Allow offline mail. After you enable the option, your offline support mode will be enabled and you can go through your emails without any internet connection.