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Here are the email apps iOS 14 now lets you set as default

Here are the email apps iOS 14 now lets you set as default


Including Gmail, Outlook, and Spark

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iOS 14 on the iPhone
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Apple’s iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 launched this week, introducing a ton of new features to the company’s smartphones and tablets — including the option to change your default browser and default email apps to services like Chrome or Outlook to handle links by default instead of Apple’s native Safari and Mail apps. Here’s a running list of available third-party browsers on iOS 14.

As for email, the available options are slowly building up. Third-party developers need to update their apps before they can be selected as a default option on iOS 14.

Due to the sensitive information in email communication, Apple has told developers that email apps “must meet specific functional criteria aimed at ensuring private and accurate access for users” because they’re a critical avenue for communication. While it’s unclear what that means, it suggests it may take some time for all third-party email app makers to configure their software to meet Apple’s requirements.

So far, here’s a list of alternative default email apps we can confirm:

It’s unclear when other email apps like AOL and Yahoo will update their iPhone apps to support iOS 14’s new default option.

If you want to change your default mail app to one of the following alternatives, head into the Settings app of your iPhone or iPad, and then find the specific email app you wish to set as your default. Tap on the setting inside that reads “Default Mail App,” and then tap on the app of choice.

Regardless of which app’s settings you open up, other available email apps (at least ones that support iOS 14’s new default settings) will also appear as options. Occasionally, you’ll need to open the email app at least once after it’s been updated with support for the default setting before it will show up in the menu.

Last month, several users reported a bug in iOS 14 that resets your default browser and mail app to Safari and Apple Mail if you reboot your iPhone. But Apple has reportedly addressed the glitch with the iOS 14.0.1 update.