Android — Clear Default Apps

If you have set an app to act as the default app on your Android device for a certain file or function, it will forever be the default app until you clear it. If you need to change a default app, you can clear it using these steps.

Note: These steps are for Android 7.1 (Nougat).

Option 1

  1. From your apps, open “Settings“.
  2. Select “Apps“. On some devices, it may be listed as “Applications“.
  3. Select the Gear icon located at the upper-right corner. On some devices, you may have a “Default applications” option instead.
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  4. Select the type of default app you would like to set, “Home“, “Browser“, “Phone“, “SMS“, etc.
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  5. Select the app you wish to use.

Option 2

  1. From your apps, open “Settings“.
  2. Select “Apps“.
  3. Choose the app that is set as default.
  4. Select “Open by default“.
  5. Tap the “Clear defaults” button.
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After the default is cleared, you can make a different app the default by trying to perform the function the app handles such as opening a file or web address, you will be prompted at that time to set a new app as the default from the “Complete action using” screen.

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