How to Set Default Email on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to set the default email client on your Mac. Whether you prefer using Apple Mail, Outlook, or any other email client, setting it as the default option can save you time and make your workflow more efficient.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Choose “Mail”

Within the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Mail” icon. This will open the Mail settings panel.

Step 3: Select Your Preferred Email Client

Under the “Default email reader” section, you will see a list of available email clients installed on your Mac. Click on the desired option to select it as your default email client.


If your preferred email client is not listed, make sure it is installed on your Mac. You may need to download and install it before proceeding with this tutorial.

Step 4: Verify Default Email Client

To confirm that your selected email client is now set as the default option, simply close System Preferences and open any hyperlink or mailto link. Your chosen email client should automatically launch.


If you have multiple email clients installed on your Mac and wish to switch between them for different tasks or projects, you can do so without changing the default setting. Simply launch each email client individually when needed.


If you encounter any issues while setting a default email client on your Mac, try restarting both your computer and the chosen email client. This can often resolve any temporary glitches.

Additionally, ensure that your preferred email client is up to date. Outdated software may have compatibility issues or limitations.


Setting the default email client on your Mac is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your productivity. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily configure your preferred email client to handle all mailto links and streamline your communication workflow.

Remember that you can always change your default email client in the future if your needs or preferences change. Simply revisit the Mail settings panel in System Preferences and select a different option.

We hope this tutorial has helped you successfully set the default email client on your Mac. Happy emailing!

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