How to Change Default Apps on Android

Android offers its user a wide array of choices and that’s exactly the reason why we love this operating system so much. However, it can become a bit difficult to navigate some of the settings and processes involved when one wants to personalize their Android experience. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as you think and there are fairly simple roundabouts available as well if you are using an older version of the OS. Here’s everything you need to know about how to change a default app on Android.

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How to change a single default app

There are ways to change the default app settings depending on what version of Android you’re using. Here’s what you need to know. 

Method #1 Manage Default apps from the phone Settings

Open the Settings menu from the Quick Settings menu on the home page itself.

Once in the Settings menu, scroll to the Apps and notifications section and open it.  

Go to the Default Apps section.
Once in the Default Apps section, you will see 7 or more categories depending on your phone’s default features. Here, tap on the section to change it’s currently assigned default app.  For the purpose of this tutorial, we are selecting the Browser app section.
In the browser app, for example, you will be able to see all the browsers available on your phone. Click on whichever option you want instead of whichever one is the current default. 

Method #2 Use a third-party app: Better Open With

Better Open With is a third-party app that mimics the behavior of the Complete Action Using dialog, except that you can avoid the Just Once and Always buttons and simply select the app you want to open with every time. This app also ensures that you have multiple app options that you are not able to access using the Complete Action Using dialog. 

Download the app from the Play Store. Here is the download link for it. 

Launch the app on your phone from the app drawer. You will see a much wider set of default app options compared to what you see in your phone’s Settings. Tap the action you want to set the default action for. For the purpose of this tutorial, we are using a video player as an example. 

From the options provided, select the app you want to set as default by tapping on the star icon next to it. 

Now, go to your phone’s gallery and click on a video that you want to open. Your phone’s Complete Action Using Dialog will open. From the list of options, select Better Open With

Now the Better Open With app will launch instead of the Complete Action Using dialog. First pause the timer that will appear by tapping the pause button. You will also see a list of your preferred apps that you can choose from and launch the video accordingly. Tap the app you want to use.

How to reset all Default App settings

If you only want to reset your default app preferences to change the current apps that are acting as the default apps, follow this method which is much simpler and easier to implement. 
Open the Settings menu on your phone and scroll to the Apps and notifications menu. 
Tap on App Info.
Once in the section, tap on the three-dot menu on the top right section of the screen. 
Tap on Reset app preferences.
Tap on Reset once again when the additional dialog box opens. 

You will now be able to change the default apps when you want to launch an action using the Complete Action Using dialog box. 

Do let us know in the comments if you run into any difficulty. We hope you found this article helpful. Take care and stay safe!


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