How to Change Default Apps in Android

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For almost any conceivable purpose, the Google Play Store will offer a vast range of apps to choose from. However, your smartphone will have automatically pre-selected Default Apps for you to open a vast majority of links and file types,

So what do you do if you prefer to use something else? Well, to do that you'll need to install other applications and then change them to your default option. That's something else you'll need to learn.

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This article will tell you all you need to know.

What are preinstalled apps?

These are apps, often pre-installed by a phone manufacturer, which are set to automatically run if you need a specific function.

For example, if you hit a "send e-mail" link on a website, the email app that opens will be whichever one is set to 'default'. The same goes for opening a twitter link, tapping on a downloaded file or even taking a photo with your camera. Everything on most phones rely on these established defaults.

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In a lot of cases, the default apps are not actually the ones which we prefer to use. Sometimes we're just used to other apps, other times the manufacturer has included awfully designed software. Because of this, it's essential to learn how to change your Default Apps settings and customise your phone to your liking. So here's what you need to know to change them.

How to change default apps on Android

Start by going into 'Settings'.

From there, open the 'Apps' menu.

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Next, select 'More Options' - the 3 dots in the top right hand corner of the screen and select 'Default apps'.

Finally, you can choose which app you want to be your default for the various categories available.

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