Gmail is the world’s most popular e-mail provider. It’s feature-rich, ubiquitous across smartphones, and extremely well-presented. For these reasons, you may just require the ability to access your Gmail directly from your desktop, without first opening a browser window.

Thankfully, both Chrome and now Microsoft Edge (Chromium version) allow you to convert webpages into standalone desktop programs complete with their own icons, allowing you to access websites as if they were their own applications. This solution enables you to construct a desktop version of Gmail that you can access instantly. Additionally, you may use the same program to manage many e-mail accounts!

To begin, enable Gmail Offline mode.

To begin, you must enable Gmail’s new native offline mode. You are not required to do so, but it is very recommended if you want Gmail to function as a desktop application that you can use without access to the Internet and that syncs with your online account.

Go to your Gmail inbox, select the Settings cog icon in the upper-right corner, and then pick “Offline” beneath the General tab.


Select the “Enable offline mail” checkbox. This will provide you with a lot of additional options on the web page.

You can see how much closet space your offline mail will consume in this section. Additionally, you can choose whether or not to save mail that is seven, thirty, or ninety days old and whether or not to download attachments on your PC.


If you’re a home user and confident that no one else can access your email, we recommend selecting the “Keep offline data on my laptop” option in the “Security” column. This improves the desktop app’s usability by allowing you to access all of your emails immediately upon turning on your computer, rather than waiting for your entire inbox to sync each time.

Once finished, click “Save Changes.”

Create a desktop application for Gmail (Edge)

Now that Microsoft has taken the rational decision to convert its Edge browser to a Chromium-based browser, it has unexpectedly unlocked a significant amount of performance, bringing it closer to Google Chrome. One example is the fact that webpages may now be converted into desktop applications. If you do not already have the latest version of Microsoft Edge, you may get it here.

To create a Gmail app for Microsoft Edge, open Gmail in Microsoft Edge, click the three-dot menu symbol in the top-right nook, then select Apps and “Install this website as an app.”

Create Gmail Desktop App Microsoft Edge

You can leave the title as Gmail or insert another label in the text field, then click Install.

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Gmail will open as an app immediately, without the URL bar or other browser distractions. The shortcut did not appear on our desktop, but rather in the Start menu, beneath “Recently added.” You can then drag it to the desktop to create a shortcut or right-click it to pin it to the taskbar.

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Create a desktop application for Gmail (Chrome)

Thus, your Gmail inbox is now synchronizing offline, but you will still need to open your Chrome browser to access it. The next stage is to convert Gmail into a standard desktop application.

To accomplish this, simply open Gmail in Chrome and click on “the three-dotted menu button on the top right -> More tools -> Create shortcut.”


Create a shortcut called Gmail and then click Create. A Gmail shortcut will appear on your desktop.


Then, in the Chrome address bar, type chrome://apps to navigate to a page that displays all of your Google apps, as well as any shortcuts you’ve established. Right-click the newly generated Gmail shortcut and select “Open as window.” From now on, the Gmail shortcut on your desktop will open in its own window rather than the Chrome browser.


You may copy and transfer the shortcut as desired from the desktop. To pin the shortcut to the Start menu or taskbar, right-click it and select “Pin to Start” or “Pin to taskbar,” respectively, or copy it and paste it into any folder you like.


That is all. You’ve beaten the system and produced a fully functional Gmail desktop app where none previously existed.

What we’ve done thus far converts Gmail – complete with its stunning new look – into a desktop application. If you’re not a fan of the Gmail user interface, keep in mind that you can get the same effect by syncing Gmail with fantastic desktop email clients such as Thunderbird, Mailbird, or even Windows’ personal Mail app.


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