As expected, Google has rolled out an update to the Gmail app for iOS that supports changing it to your default mail app on your iPhone or iPad. This means that, like Outlook and other mail apps, you can now go into the settings of the Gmail app on your device and set it as your default app going forward. Of course, the known but about switching back to the Apple apps after a reboot is known, but that should be fixed in iOS 14.1 or 14.2.
If you haven’t tried setting a new default browser or mail app in iOS 14, it is very easy to do. I outlined how to do it with a browser which is fundamentally the same for mail clients. Go into that mail app’s settings, in this case Gmail, and go down to the Default App setting. Tap it and select Gmail. That’s all you need to do.
The list of apps that you see on this page will include all of the mail clients that you have installed on your iPhone or iPad. That gives you the option to select which ever one you want to use at that particular time.
The ability to change the default browser and mail client in iOS 14 is one of the key features users have been asking for from Apple for several years.
Gmail is a free app and free service from Google. You can download the app from the App Store. You will need to have a Google account in order to use the app.