How To Create Gmail Desktop App?

Google’s Gmail has overtaken Hotmail as the most popular and commonly used email service across the globe. Gmail can be accessed on different devices and platforms alike. The Android version features Gmail as an app rather than accessing it through the browser. However, on the PC, users have first to open the browser and then write Gmail on the address tab to open it unless it is set to load up on launch. This guide will explain steps to create a Gmail Desktop App on your Windows 10 PC that can open Gmail straight away with a double click.

Steps On How To Create Gmail Desktop App

Option 1: Enable Gmail’s Offline Mode

Enable Gmail’s Offline Mode

The first step you must take is to enable Gmail’s Offline Mode so that you can create a Gmail desktop app that can work offline too. To achieve this, you must follow the following steps:

Step 1: Open your Gmail on any browser and click on the Settings icon on the top right corner that looks like a gear wheel.

Step 2: A new settings tab will open where you have to locate the General tab and click “Offline.”

Step 3: Next, click on the checkbox next to “Enable offline mail” and configure other options.

Step 4: There are many options such as storage space used by offline mail and the number of days for auto-delete of older mails. Also, choose “Keep offline data on my computer” option under Security so that everything is not reloaded again.

Step 5: Finally, click on Save Changes.

Option 2: Create a Gmail Desktop App On Chrome Browser

Once you have enabled the Offline mode in Gmail and the syncing process is being carried offline, then you have to follow these steps further to create a Gmail Desktop App.

Step 1: Launch the Chrome browser and open Gmail in any tab.

Step 2: Click on the three dots on the top right corner of the browser and then click on More Tools from the drop-down list.

Step 3: Next click on Create Shortcut in the context menu and type in the name of the Shortcut, Gmail in this case.

Create a Gmail Desktop App On Chrome Browser, gmail desktop

Step 4: Click on the small checkbox labelled as Open as Window so that the shortcut will open the current webpage or Gmail in this case as a separate and fully functional app.

Note: If you don’t click on Open as Window, then the shortcut will open Gmail in the Chrome Browser.

create shortcut of gmail, gmail desktop app

Step 5: If you miss checking the box, then you can open a new tab in the Chrome browser and type chrome://apps and press enter. This will display all the Google apps installed in your system and all shortcut apps you have created, including Gmail.

Google apps installed in your system

Step 6: Make a right-click on the Gmail icon and from the context menu, click on “Open as window”. This will now ensure that the Gmail app opens in a new window and not in the Chrome Browser.

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Step 7: Finally, make a right-click on the app shortcut created on the desktop and choose Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar, wherever you want to place it for easy access.

Option 3: Use a third-party app

easymail for gmail
Image Courtesy: Microsoft Store

If you want something more attractive with a lot of extra features, then you can always install a third-party app on your Windows 10. Easy Mail with Gmail is the app that will cost you absolutely nothing and bring Gmail to your desktop. You would start getting email notifications on your taskbar and lock screen with the Live Tile feature displaying a preview of each mail.

Download Now from Microsoft Store.

The Final Word on How To Create A Gmail Desktop App?

Creating a Gmail Desktop App is something extraordinary, and I bet not many know about it. I have created almost 10 websites that I frequently visit as an app and place the shortcut on my desktop. I have not opened the Chrome Browser ever since. You can also create as many Chrome apps as you like other than Gmail and enjoy visiting your websites with a double click only.

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