Create Gmail Shortcut  Step by Step Guide ▷ 2021

For most of virtual work environments, accessibility to the most used tools represents a great saving of time and effort. One of the tools most used worldwide in digital work platforms is Gmail.

In general, to be able to access our mailbox and the other tools that Gmail offers us, it is necessary to enter through the browser. However, this may be time consuming, so Browsers like Chrome offer us the option of creating a shortcut to Gmail on the desktop.

In the next paragraphs we will explain step by step how to enable this option, both on your computer and on your Smartphone, so that you have your mailbox Gmail as soon as you enter your desk.

Learn step by step how to create a shortcut to your Gmail email inbox quickly and easily

Direct access to Gmail on mobile

Many browsers have the function of adding the web pages visited to the desktop by creating shortcuts. This functionality is available on both computer browsers and mobile devices.

This tool is considerably valuable, especially since Gmail you do not have an email client that can be installed on your computer, for which the only means of access is through the browser. Another remarkable advantage of this property is the fact that it will not only install Gmail as a shortcut, but as a kind of standalone application.

This feature significantly improves both the interface and the functionality of the service:

On Android and iOS

Given that both Android and iOS have a native Gmail application , applying this method becomes less necessary. However, in case some compatibility error disables the Gmail application, this is a very useful trick that you can apply.

Let’s see next:

  • On Android, open your browser Chrome.
  • Login to and enter your email and password
  • Once you access your inbox, press the Chrome options menu, indicated as three dots in the upper right corner.
  • Look for the option “Add to main screen” and press it.

Add quick access in Gmail

  • Once this is done, the system will create a shortcut to the email tray, which will be located on the main screen of your mobile device. It is possible to perform the same procedure on iOS via Google Chrome.

Set shortcut name in Gmail

Nevertheless, keep in mind that the default browser for Apple devices is Safari, so the process varies from browser to browser.

With this in mind, here are the steps to create a shortcut with Safari:

  • Sign in a Safari e Go to the Gmail web page.
  • Once there, press the button “Share”.
  • In the drop-down menu, press “Add to home screen.”
  • In the pop-up window that will open, you will have the possibility to edit the name of the shortcut.
  • Press the button “Add”.

It’s that simple, and this way you will have the Gmail icon as a shortcut available on the main screen of your iOS mobile. It should be noted that, if at any time you want to modify it, it will be necessary to delete it and carry out the process again.

On Windows and MacOS

This functionality is very important for computers, due to the fact that Gmail does not have a native client for its service.

So if you want to be able to access Gmail directly from your desktop, you just have to follow these steps:

  • Sign in to the browser Chrome on your PC.
  • Sign in to the web portal of Gmail.
  • Enter your credentials access (email and password).
  • click Over the three dots in the upper right corner to open the options menu.
  • Choose the option “More tools.”

Create quick access in Chrome for Gmail

  • click on “Create Shortcut”.
  • In the pop-up window that will be displayed, check the box “Open as window” and, if you wish, you can modify the name of the access.

Name shortcut from Chrome

  • Click on “Create” to apply the changes and locate the shortcut between the desktop icons.

Shortcuts installed in Windows 10

In case the available browser is Safari on MacOS, the procedure changes slightly to adapt to the different configurations, both of the browser and the operating system:

  • Open your Safari browser in go to the page of Google.
  • Select the URL of the website and drag it to the desktop. This will create a shortcut without information.
  • Click on the access just created to enter the web page, which will open in the default browser.
  • As soon as the page loads, close again.
  • Right click on the icon and select the option “Get information”.
  • In the window that will appear, copy the path text and paste it in the comment section
  • Uncheck the picture of “Hide extension”, and as soon as it shows up, delete it.
  • Close the pop-up window and select “Remove” in the dialog box that appears.
  • To keep the shortcut available right click on the icon, open the options and select “Keep in the Dock.”

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thanks! 😉

Author: Mario José

Graduated in journalism, specialized in investigation, I seek the truth of all things. Now 100% focused on technology, computing and Internet issues.

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