Gmail’s latest update allows you to set it as the default email app for iOS 14

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Gmail has a new update that makes it the default email app for iOS 14. The company made the announcement via its Twitter page on Monday. With this, the Gmail app can now be set as the default email app on both iPhone and the iPad.

To get started, update your version of the Gmail app for iOS to the latest one, then proceed to Settings on either iPad or iPhone, scroll down and tap the Gmail logo. Tap default email app, then tap Gmail.

Recall that Apple released iOS 14 just last week, and added the option for you to set third-party email apps as the default for iPhone and iPad devices as long as they are running on the latest version of Apple’s latest OS. 

A couple of months ago, the Gmail app for iOS and Android got a dedicated tab for Google Meet.  this came not long after Google successfully integrated the service with its email service on the web. 

So, whether you are on the move, home or office, it is now easier to connect with people via the videoconferencing space owned by Google. This is a big one from the company considering how widely used Gmail is. There is no gain emphasizing the fact that Google is trying to leverage on the huge popularity of its email service to make Meet highly competitive.

Gmail for Android for example has over 5 billion downloads in the Play Store; this presents Google with a big opportunity to make its videoconferencing space readily available to more people. While Zoom remains the current market leader in the videoconferencing space apparently because of the fact that people need to work from home, Google’s ability to integrate its own app within its slew of apps and services should be a cause for concern for its rivals.

The new Meet tab on iOS and Android is available on your phone’s Gmail app. From there, you will be able to see upcoming meetings scheduled in Google Calendar, and be able to join them easily with a single tap.

To get started, tap on “New meeting” in the Meet tab to get a meeting link to share, or to schedule a meeting in Calendar. If you tap on “Join with a code,” you can join meetings shared with you by entering a meeting code.

You can however, disable the Meet tab in the Gmail app by going to the Settings from the hamburger menu in the top left corner of your inbox. Tap on your account, scroll down and uncheck Meet.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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