One of the best selling points on Android is the flexibility to change default apps to open web links, send text messages, view your pictures, or pretty much anything else your phone is capable of doing. Don’t like Chrome? Grab a new browser from the Play Store. Wish you could customize your home screen? Download a launcher and knock yourself out. But, what if you want to make that new browser or launcher the default application as opposed to the stock option?
Find out how after the break.
With that being said, sometimes you play with a new default app for a few days and decide it just isn’t for you. Maybe you want to keep it around, but you’d rather go back to having Chrome open all of your web links.
If you want to make any changes to default apps, head to the settings menu on your device.
If you have a device running a new version of Android, you should see an entry in settings for Apps. That’s what we want.
After tapping Apps, you should see a list of everything installed on your device. Here you can find the specific app you need to clear. Using Chrome as an example you’d pick Chrome in the list, then select the “open by default” entry, then the “clear defaults” button.
That’s the direct way to clear a specific app, but if you have a ton of apps you might want to see everything you have set as a default action. If we go back to the main app list and tap the gear icon in the top right, we’ll get a better overview.
This takes us to the configuration screen with your apps where you’ll see everything you have listed as default. If we wanted to change the default browser, tap the entry for “browser app” and you’ll get a list of everything that can open web links on your device. Pick the one you want to go with and you’re set!
If you want to quickly get back to this screen, you can use the search function in the main page of settings and simply search for “default.”
That should save a few taps and help you adjust default apps in just a few seconds.
Quick and easy. Now go test out some new apps without worrying about getting stuck with something you don’t like.