How to Change Default Apps on Android (2020)

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How to Change Default Apps on Android 10

Open Settings on your Android device. Tap on Apps & notifications > 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’m choosing 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 10

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.”

Open the Settings app. Hit on Apps & notifications > See all X apps (X is a number) > tap on the default app which you don’t want so.

Hit Advanced > Open by default > Clear Defaults button.

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

Alternate Method

Note: The below one only works 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 can see two options – Show system (which shows system apps) and Reset app preferences. Hit the latter.

In the pop-up, you can 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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