Change The Default Application For Any Android Phone Task

Android: Changing the default apps for an Android task — like email, instant messaging or web browsing — is easy provided you know where to look. Learn how to change your default apps on your Android phone.

Tips and tricks blog jkOnTheRun highlights how simple it is to change the default apps for Android tasks, as long as you know where to look. They demonstrate with the phone's web browser.

Tap the Menu button on your phone and select the Android Settings option. Scroll down to the Applications section and tap it. On the next screen, tap Manage Applications and then the All tab on the subsequent screen. Scroll down the list of apps until you see the old browser listed and tap that entry. On the next screen look for the "Launch by default" section and hit the Clear defaults button.

After that, just perform any action that would call up a web browser — or whatever task you're trying to change the default for — and Android will prompt you for the application you want to be your default. You can leave "Use by default for this action" unchecked if you'd prefer to select between multiple apps or check the box and select the new application you want to be the default application.

Have a handy Android tip to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.

Android Tip of the Day: Change Any Default App [jkOnTheRun]


    This is handy for most apps but things like the dialer can be hard to find (for me anyway). An alternative can be to just install a similar program from the market (in this case a new dialer) and this should give you the option to choose the default program again then uninstall it once you've selected the correct one.


    I came across an application that eases this pain and does the required superbly. The app is called Default App Manager. You can clear you previous defaults as well as set new ones. Probably this could be useful..

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