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Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?

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aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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Jun 12, 2013 1:54 PM

I use the Gmail app for my Gmail stuff (my normal default email address).  I use yahoo with apples mail app.  When I try to send a link from safari or share a photo I have taken from my camera roll, it sends using my yahoo email.  I would prefer Gmail as my yahoo email is only around for fantasy sports.


Is there any way to do this?


I have tried setting up Gmail using apples setup in an attempt to make a gmail send only type of account, however it tells me an account is already set up, maybe due to my using of googles calendar and googles contacts?  Can't seem to figure out how to properly do this.  Maybe remove my calender and contacts stuff completely and try to re-setup the mail account (since I am using the gmail app, I wouldn't think it would hook into the native ios mail one)?


Any ideas?

iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.4
  • cheonweb Level 4 Level 4 (3,440 points)

    Settings>Mails, Contacts, Calendar, scroll down to Mail section and check if you have the "Delault Account" field.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,995 points)

    Then add your gmail account to the mail app. If you're asking if you can use the gmail app as the default, the answer is no.

  • rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,375 points)

    aarmento wrote:


    I have tried setting up Gmail using apples setup in an attempt to make a gmail send only type of account, however it tells me an account is already set up, maybe due to my using of googles calendar and googles contacts?

    For Google contacts I assume that you set up a CardDav account?  That would not cause this (this is what I use and I also have a standard iOS GMail account setup for mail).


    For Google Calendar are you using the standard iOS GMail account setup?  If so, simply go into Settings for that account and enable the Mail switch, then set this account as your default account under the Mail heading.  If you're not using the standard setup for GMail Calendar, what type of account did you create for this?

  • rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,375 points)

    So you actually can send GMail for photos and links, but your problem is the only way to do that is to enable the iOS GMail, and that means incoming GMail goes to both the native iOS Mail app and the GMail app.  Well, you can't do it any other way, you have to enable the account in iOS if you want to use it as the default account for sending things.


    But I fail to see why this is a problem -- if you don't want to use the native iOS Mail app for GMail, then don't use it.  Just park it on the last page of your screen out of the way if you don't want to look at it.  I think you can even turn off the badge icon is the little red numbers in the corner of the icon bother you ;-)


    Alternatively, see if your Yahoo account can be configured to "send as" your GMail address.  You'd have to configure that within Yahoo's settings using a computer, but I'm not sure that's available for Yahoo.  That way you could use your Yahoo account as the default to send photos etc, but the recipients would see it coming from your GMail.

  • rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,375 points)

    aarmento wrote:


    First, it controls my yahoo mail.

    And it can continue doing so.  The iOS Mail app can support multiple accounts, and you can leave it displaying just your Yahoo account if that's what you prefer.



    aarmento wrote:


    Second, if I turn on gmail natively and turn off indicators I am still looking at all my mail showing up in two spots, as well as all of my labels appearing underneath, which leaves a messy looking hard to navigate native mail app.

    Why would you have to look at mail in both spots?  Just leave iOS Mail focused on Yahoo, the GMail account will happily sit in the background and you never have to look at it.  Have you actually tried using the native Mail app with both accounts activated?  It is quite easy to limit your use to your Yahoo account.


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