How to Change the Default Email Client on Mac OS X

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Changing the default email client on Mac OS X is a snap. If your current email client doesn't impress you, know that with a few clicks under "Preferences," you can set the default email client of your choice on your computer.

  • Launch the "Mail" application by clicking on it.

  • Select "Mail" and "Preferences." Allow the "Preferences" window to pop up.

  • Choose the "General" button. In most cases, this button's information automatically shows.

  • Locate the "Default Email Reader" section with the "Mail" application selected. Click on the arrows so that a list of other applications shows. Choose your preferred email client from the list. Choose "Select" if you don't see the program that you want to use; search for it in your "Applications" folder and select it.

  • Close your mail's preferences window by clicking on the red button on the window's top left.

  • Return to the "Mail" menu and select "Quit Mail" under it. You have to quit the "Mail" application for your new changes to take effect. The next time you click on an email address or launch your email from an unrelated application, your new default email client will be accessed.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Mac OS systems older than 10.3, you must go into "System Preferences" and use the preference panel to set your default email client.
  • If you haven't set up an email address to work with Mail yet, simply use a fake email address and continue through the configuration panels until "Preferences" under "Mail" is clickable.
  • Be sure that your preferred email client is already installed on your computer.
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