How to change default apps in Android

It’s a problem that you might run into on the regular. You tap a file that you really want to open with a particular program, but for some reason, Android keeps opening it with some application you couldn’t care less about. Well, that’s because you’ve got the wrong default app selected for that type of file. You’re in the right place, however. In this brief guide, we’ll walk you through the process of changing default apps on your favorite operating system.

Be forewarned: if you’re a veteran Android user, you’re probably not going to find a lot of new information here. We’re going to move ahead at a pace that is comfortable for the most tech-unsavvy audience possible, so if such reads cause cerebral hemorrhaging and gouts of blood to jet from your eyeballs, you might want to move along. For anyone else wanting to learn the nitty gritty mysteries of default app configuration, read on!

How to manage default apps


Download Default App Manager Lite. There, you’re done. No, seriously. This little third party app is the tl;dr of default app configuring. It does a great job of displaying and changing defaults for the vast majority of common file types. You simply install it, boot it up, then choose what apps you want to use for whatever files or functions. It’s a great way to get an overview of what your smartphone already considers default and change it to suit your preferences.