The weather has changed. Not so long ago, native apps offered possibilities that web apps couldn’t. This has caused a boom in applications specifically developed for the various existing operating systems. At the end of 2020, this is no longer the case. The web has evolved and PWAs (Progressive Web Applications) have come to stay. Today we are going to show you how to install Gmail as an app on your Windows 10 computers.
The age of the web
If you follow these steps, you can enjoy the Gmail website as if it were a standalone app. It will have its own icon that can be pinned to the taskbar, it will appear in the Start menu just like any other app, and when you run it all of the window content will be occupied by Gmail, without the distractions of the browser. Installing Gmail is easier than it looks in Windows 10. Check it out!
How to install Gmail from Google Chrome
We open the “three points” menu at the top right. We click on “more tools”. We select “create a shortcut”. We choose the name of the application. We mark the box “open as window”. We select “create”.
WARNING !: In our case, the method to install Gmail from Chrome posed another problem, not installing as an independent application but functioning as a simple shortcut. This only happened to us with the Gmail website. If the same happens to you, we recommend that you read on and try it from Microsoft Edge.
How to install Gmail from Microsoft Edge
We open the “three dots” menu in the upper right corner. We enter “applications” and then “install this site as an application”. We choose the name of the application. We select “install”.
And There you go! With this we will have already installed Gmail as an independent app on our Windows 10 computer. Some time ago we taught you how to do it with the YouTube app and the steps are the same. However, some features like notifications or loading screens will only be appreciated in some modern web apps.