There is no doubt in the fact that Gmail makes one of the most popular free communication tools for clients. Accessing Gmail using the web browser or even via the application is not easy but also convenient, be it across a number of mobile devices. But imagine, how effortless it would be to use the Gmail desktop application on your PC. So, even if you have deleted the Gmail icon on your desktop by mistake, this blog on how to restore a Gmail icon is all you need.
Unfortunately, an official desktop Gmail application does not exist right now. But that does not in any way mean that you cannot find an alternative solution for this issue. You can easily access your Gmail account using a shortcut Gmail link or icon on your desktop’s home screen.
In this article, we will explain how you can simply beat the heat and gain easier access to your Gmail account using your desktop or PC. To ensure that the Gmail link can function as smoothly as a desktop application, you will first have to enable the native offline mode. You can do so, by visiting the web browser on macOS or Windows PC. Then, sign in to your Gmail account, and follow the step-by-step process mentioned below.
It is always preferable to have a convenient shortcut on the home screen of the device for applications that are used on a regular basis.
How to restore Gmail on the home screen of the desktop?
Although the process might be a little bit different for different search engines, the core part is essentially similar.
Step 1. Go to the home page of Gmail.
Step 2. Locate the Menu of the page and click on it.
Step 3. Click on the More Tools option that appears on the drop-down list.
Step 4. From the options that appear, you can either choose to pin the application to the start menu or the taskbar on the home screen of the device.
Step 5. After choosing the required option, the Gmail icon will appear immediately on the chosen location.
The illustration is of the process of restoring the Gmail icon in Microsoft Edge. For every other browser, the basic steps are the same and similar. The only difference might be in the name of the options that restore the Gmail icon. For example, in Google Chrome, the option to be chosen is ‘Add to Desktop’ or ‘Create Shortcut’.
How to create a shortcut for Gmail on the desktop?
Step 1. Right-click on the home screen of the device.
Step 2. Choose the New option and click on the Shortcut option from the drop-down list that follows.
Step 3. Enter the location of the new shortcut and click next.
Step 4. Type a name for the shortcut and click Finish to create the shortcut.
How to restore the Gmail icon on an Android device?
Step 1. On a blank space of the device screen, press and hold until a menu shows up, and click on the Widgets option of the menu.
Step 2. You can either search on the search bar that appears at the top of the screen for Gmail.
Step 3. Or else, you can swipe the screen till you find the Gmail icon.
Step 4. Click on the Gmail icon and click the Add option on the dialogue box that appears.
Step 5. The Gmail inbox of the user appears and the user can choose whichever folder they want to appear primarily in the icon.
Step 6. Once the folder is chosen, the application appears in the selected space of the home screen. The user can adjust the size of the application accordingly.
Step 7. After sizing the application, the user can position it accordingly.
Step 1. Open the settings option of the device.
Step 2. Click on the Apps option of the drop-down menu that appears.
Step 3. Locate the Three Vertical dots and click on them.
Step 4. From the options that appear, click on the Reset App Preferences option.
Step 5. A dialogue box will appear asking permission to reset the app preferences. Click Reset on it.
Clicking the Reset App Preferences let the device reset the restrictions and preferences regarding the app installations, and is likely to restore the Gmail icon and other missing application icons to the home screen. Resetting the app preferences does not cause any data breach or data loss.