Gmail is the most popular email service out there and almost every internet user has a Gmail account for one reason or another. If you open Gmail often to check for emails, why not get the Gmail desktop app for Windows? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to install the Gmail app on Windows and pin it to the taskbar for quick access. Let’s get started.
Note: The below steps are tested to work on Windows 10 & 11.
Install the Gmail App on Windows
You can install Gmail as a web app using the Chrome and Edge browsers. I will show both methods, follow the one depending on which browser you use daily. Keep in mind that if you use Chrome, Gmail will launch in the Chrome browser directly.
Using the Chrome Browser
First, open the Chrome browser. You can either search for it in the Start menu or click on the Chrome icon on the taskbar, if it’s pinned there.
Once the browser launches, open the Gmail website. Then, click on the Menu icon (three vertical dots) at the top right corner. From there, select Save and Share, followed by the Create Shortcut option.
Enter a name of your choice in the available field and click Create.
With that, you’ve added the Gmail app to Windows. From now on, you can launch Gmail by searching for it in the Start menu.
Using the Edge Browser
Open the Edge browser by clicking on its icon on the taskbar or searching for it in the Start menu. Launch the Gmail website once the browser opens.
After that, click on the Menu icon (three horizontal dots) and select Apps > Install this site as an app.
In the install window, type a name of your choice and click Install.
With these steps, you’ve now installed the Gmail app on your computer.
How to Pin Gmail to Taskbar
Once the Gmail app is installed, you can pin it to the taskbar. That way, you can open the Gmail web app with just a single click.
Open the Start menu and search for Gmail. Next, right-click on the top result and select Pin to Taskbar. This will immediately pin the Gmail app to the taskbar.
And there you have it. It’s that simple to install Gmail as a desktop email client on Windows and pin it to the taskbar.