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How to Force iOS14 to Use Gmail as Your Default Mail App

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Apple’s latest mobile operating system introduces two new options that will delight anyone who doesn’t want to be wedded to Apple’s web browser and email apps. You can now set your own default web browser and email apps, but not every app supports the feature—not even Gmail.

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I’ll explain.

As previously noted, app developers must update their apps in order to allow them to be considered as a potential “default” web browser or email client in iOS 14. Since Apple didn’t reveal last Wednesday’s iOS 14 launch was going to take place until last Tuesday, it’s no surprise that not every email client nor web browser has already been updated with the ability to be set as your default.

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For example, you can set Edge, Chrome, or Firefox as a default browser, but not Brave (yet). For email apps, Hey, Spark, and Outlook can all be set as your default email application in iOS 14, but not… Gmail. Or not yet, which is surprising given that Chrome can be set as a default browser. (You’d think the updates that permitted this option would have gone hand-in-hand, but here we are.)

If you tap on an email link in Messages or Safari with Gmail as the only email client installed on your iOS 14 iPhone, you’ll see this prompt:

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If you would rather not restore Mail, thanks, you can now either wait for Google to update Gmail to allow it to be set as a default email app—which it will surely do at some point soon—or you can use the following workaround.

Simply switch to using Chrome as your default web browser (if you haven’t already). When you tap on email links within the iOS version of Google’s browser, it’ll launch the Gmail app (if you also have that installed). I just tried it using one of the email links in my weekly Tech 911 column and it worked perfectly.

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So, yes, you’ll have to use a Google product to be able to effectively use a Google product within iOS 14 (for now), and this trick will only work in Chrome, and not with any other email links you encounter on your iPhone or iPad. Still, it’s something; it actually confused me at first, as I thought that it meant the “Gmail as a default email client” feature had already rolled out—perhaps I had set it up and forgot? Nope. It’s just a Chrome quirk, though a welcome one.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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