Make Shortwave your default mail app so that any time you follow an email link, it will open in Shortwave. There are different steps depending on your browser or device — follow instructions for your setup below.

iOS

  1. Install the Shortwave iOS app
  2. Open the Shortwave app
  3. Swipe from left to right to open your account menu
  4. Tap Settings
  5. Select Default mail app
  6. Tap Default Mail App again from your iOS settings
  7. Select Shortwave from your list of apps

Chrome

  1. Go to your Shortwave account settings in your browser
  2. Scroll to the very bottom, click default mail app
  3. Click Allow in the popup that appears by the URL bar
Not working?

If you've previously canceled or blocked the prompt, reset it from your browser settings:

  1. Navigate to Chrome's Protocol handlers settings at chrome://settings/handlers
  2. Ensure the default behavior is set to "Sites can ask to handle protocols"
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  3. Remove app.shortwave.com if it appears in the Not allowed to handle protocols section by clicking the X
  4. Refresh the Shortwave page and follow the steps in the section above

Firefox

  1. Go to your Shortwave account settings in your browser
  2. Scroll to the very bottom, click default mail app
  3. Click Add application in the popup that appears below the URL bar. If the popup doesn't appear, skip this step and go straight to step #4.
  4. Navigate to Firefox settings at about:preferences#general
  5. Search for the term "mailto"
  6. In the mailto row, choose Use app.shortwave.com from the dropdown list

Safari

To replace the Mail app, you first need to download Shortwave's desktop app in Chrome. Once you have the desktop version downloaded:

  1. Open Mail from the Applications folder or Finder
  2. From the Mail menu, choose Preferences
  3. Click the General button
  4. Choose the Select... option from the Default email reader dropdown menu
  5. Search for Shortwave on your Mac and double-click it

Edge

  1. Go to your Shortwave account settings in your browser
  2. Scroll to the very bottom, click default mail app
  3. Click Allow in the popup that appears by your URL bar
Not working?

If you've previously canceled or blocked the prompt, reset it from your browser settings:

  1. Navigate to Edge's Protocol handlers settings at edge://settings/content/handlers
  2. Remove app.shortwave.com if it appears in the Blocked section by clicking the trash can icon
  3. Refresh the Shortwave page and follow the steps in the section above