How to Change Default Apps on Android

In this post, you’ll see the steps to change default apps.

You’ll also see the steps to remove defaults. In this instance, I’m using Android 10. Let’s get started.

How to Change Default Apps on Android

Open the Settings app on your Android device.

Tap on “Apps & notifications.”

Hit “Default apps.”

Now you can see:

  • Assist app
  • Browser app
  • Caller ID & spam app
  • Home app
  • Phone app
  • SMS app

Hit the one you prefer.

I chose the “Home app” option. Remember that the “Gear” icon you may see beside the “Home app” option will take you to the current default launcher’s settings.

Choose the launcher you prefer.

Note: The procedure is almost the same for the rest of the options, such as the “SMS app.”

How to Remove Defaults on Android

Note: The below steps work for the “Browser app” and “Home app.” But it’ll not work for the “SMS app,” “Caller ID & spam app,” and “Phone app.”

Here are the steps:

Open the Settings app.

Hit on Apps & notifications > See all X apps (X is a number).

Tap on the default app that you prefer.

Hit Advanced > Open by default.

Tap the “Clear defaults” button.

Note: For the Assist app: Tap Assist app > Assist app. Choose “None.” 

Alternate Method

Note: The below steps only work for the “Browser app” and “Home app.”

Open the Settings app.

Hit on Apps & notifications > See all X apps (X is a number).

Tap the three vertical dots at the top-right.

You will see two options – Show system (which shows system apps) and Reset app preferences.

Hit the latter.

In the pop-up, you will see this message:

This will reset all preferences for:

  • Disabled apps
  • Disabled app notifications
  • Default applications for actions
  • Background data restrictions for apps
  • Any permission restrictions

You will not lose any app data.

If you’re okay with the above, tap the “Reset apps” option.

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