How to set default apps on Android

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If you have multiple apps that do the same thing, Android will ask you which one you want to be the ‘default’. This is one of the best features of Android and you should take advantage of it. We’ll show you how.

There are a number of different default app categories. You can set a default web browser, search engine, phone app, messaging app, home screen launcher, and more. Whenever something happens that requires one of these apps, the one you chose as “default” will be used.

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The good news is that this process is essentially the same on any Android device. First, swipe from the top of the screen once or twice, depending on your phone, to open the notification shade and tap the gear icon.

Then go to ‘Apps’.

Go to "applications."

Select “Default apps” or “Choose default apps.”

Select "Default Apps."

Here are all the different categories of default apps. Tap one to see the options.

Choose a category.

You will see a list of all the apps you have installed that can be set as default. Simply select the one you want to use.

Select an app.

That’s all! You can go through and do this for all the different categories.

Whenever you install a new app that can be set as the default, such as a home screen or web browser, it effectively resets your default preference for that category, allowing you to set the newly installed app as the default without going through a lot of hassle. If you want to change it back, follow these instructions again.

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