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How To Set Default Android Apps



As you use your Android device, there are moments (e.g., when you click on a link or select an RSS feed) when you are presented with a menu that asks you to choose which app you would like to use to complete an action. At the bottom of this menu is a checkbox that lets you set the chosen app as the default for opening a specific file type. Once completed, this file type will only be opened with the chosen application.

Since many of us are constantly installing and uninstalling applications on our devices, we may, at some point in the future, desire to change a default app for a given file type. This task is the focus of today’s post.

To get started, select the Settings button on either the home screen menu or the apps drawer.

Scroll down and choose Applications | Manage Applications.

Here, you can select both running or downloaded apps. Find and select the app whose default app setting you’d like to reset. In the app details page, select the Force Stop button, if selectable.

Now, scroll down and select Clear Defaults.

From now on, when you perform an action that involves a file type which that app was previously associated with, you will once again be presented with a pop-up window that will let you choose a new default application for opening that file type.

Source Online Tech Tips

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    October 15, 2013
  2. Aditya Lotia #

    There is an app for that !! Try Default App Manager on the Android market which makes the process of both clearing and setting up new defaults simpler and right from within the app… 

    November 18, 2011
    • Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to give it a try.

      Regardless, I think it is important that Android users understand how to do basic tasks with the operating system without having to resort to third-party apps, at least at first.

      November 19, 2011

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