There might have been instances while using your phone when you are trying to open a certain app using a particular program. However, Android keeps redirecting you to some other program instead. Keeping in mind the flexibility Android offers in terms of customization, you can do something about this situation. One of the freedoms that Android users have over iPhone user is the ability to enjoy switching default programs for launching numerous apps. Thus, using the following steps, you will be able to switch default apps on Android. If you do not like the default app that you have selected, you will always be able to revert back to the previous program you used to launch an app.
How To Manage Default Apps
The first step that you need to do before getting started is finding whether the selected default app is for any file type and changing that. However, if you do not already know that, you can do so by downloading this app called Default App Manager Lite. Also, using this app, you will easily be able to configure your default apps. What is good about this app is that it enables you to change the default apps for numerous common file types. So, once you are done checking what the default app is, you can proceed to the following steps:
- Open up your app drawer or pull down the notification tray and go to settings
- Tap on apps
- Pick the app that is currently the default launcher for a certain type of file
- Scroll down to find the option that reads “launch by default”
- Tap “Clear defaults”
Repeat the above steps for all the default apps.
Change default apps
Android offers this really convenient and efficient feature called ‘implicit intent’. What this feature essentially does is that when the user tries to take a picture, or play an audio track on their device, the operating system will try to look for an app that can carry out this task. Thus, if more than one program exists that can carry out this function, and no default app has been selected, Android will prompt a message, asking the user what app they prefer using. Hence, this makes the process of picking your default app extremely convenient.
- Start an activity that you want to assign a default app to.
- On doing this, if no option pops up, it could be two things:
- Your Android device has only one app that can carry out this activity
- You already have a default app set for this activity
- If an option does show up, that means you have not assigned a default app for that specific activity yet
- The system will prompt you with a list of apps that you can use
- Select the app that you would like to use
- When asked if you want to use that app ‘only once’ or ‘always’, pick always to set that app as your default app.
In the scenario where a default app is already set for an activity, this is how you can change default apps
- Open settings from the app drawer or the notification tray
- Go to apps
- Select the ‘all tabs’ app near the top
- Find the app that Android is currently using as the default app
- Open that specific app’s settings
- Tap on ‘Clear defaults’
- Start the activity that you were trying to set the default app for.
- This will trigger the ‘implicit intent’ function in your device.
- Follow the steps shown in the previous scenario to set your new default app
Resetting all default apps
There is one process that you can follow which will help you reset all your default apps. However, note that on doing so, you will also enable all disabled apps, remove all kinds of background data restrictions and reset all app notification options. Here are the steps:
- Open up your app drawer and go to settings
- Go to ‘apps’ or ‘app settings’
- Tap the three vertical drops on the top right corner of the screen