Setting up Gmail for Church360° [FAQ]


Due to Google's security requirements, setting up Church360° to use Gmail requires a few additional steps before you will be able to send out bulk emails on your site.

You'll first need to make your preferred internet browser the default email application on your computer.

      • Setting Edge, Firefox, or Chrome as your default email handler
          • Open Default Programs by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Default Programs
          • Click Set your default programs
          • Under Programs, click the e‑mail program you’d like to use, and then click Set this program as default.
          • Click OK.
      • Setting Safari as your default email handler,
          • Open Mail from the Applications folder, Dock, or Launchpad.
          • From the Mail menu, choose Preferences.
          • Click the General button.
          • Choose your desired default email application from the “Default email reader” pop-up menu.

​Then, you will need to open your browser and make Gmail your default email program within your browser.

      • Google Chrome
          • In Google Chrome, click the three dots button near the top right corner of the browser, then click Settings.
          • On the left, click Privacy and security, then click Site Settings.
          • Click Additional permissions. Click Handlers, and make sure Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols is toggled on.
          • If appears in the list, ensure that it is not blocked on the handlers sections of permissions.
          • Open Gmail in Chrome. In the address bar, click the double-diamond Service Handler icon.
          • When prompted to "Allow to open all email links?", select Allow, then click Done. The handlers page should now have the entry for


      • Mozilla Firefox
          • Open the Firefox menu by clicking the icon near the top right of the browser (looks like 3 horizontal lines on top of each other), then click Settings.
          • In the Find in preferences search box, type "mail" – the Applications preference will appear.
          • Beside where it says "mailto," click the Action column and select Use Gmail.
          • Close Firefox settings.
          • When you go to send your first email through Church360°, you'll be asked to choose which application you want to use to open the mailto link. Choose Gmail, and check the "Always use this application to open mailto links." box.



      • Microsoft Edge
          • Click the three dots icon near the upper right corner of Microsoft Edge, then click Settings.
          • On the left, click Site Permissions, then click Handlers.
          • Make sure Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols is toggled on.
          • Open Gmail in Microsoft Edge.
          • In the address bar, click the double-diamond Service Handler icon.
          • When prompted to Allow to open all email links?, select Allow, then click Done.


      • Safari
          • Recent versions of Safari have removed the ability to set a default mail program.
          • If you use Safari, as a workaround when you encounter an email link:
          • Right-click (or hold Control, then click) the email link.
          • Click Copy Email Address(es).
          • Open Gmail in Safari.
          • Click Compose.
          • Click the To: field, then press Command+V on your keyboard to paste the email address(es) you copied. You can also right-click (or hold Control, then click), then click Paste.