How to clear app defaults on any Android device

How to clear app defaults on any Android device
One of the many reasons behind the success of Android is the wide berth it gives to users in terms of functionality. One such example is having the option of picking between two or more separate apps that can all carry out a similar task, like opening an image. Specifically, if you have another photo editing app other than the default gallery app on your phone, or have more than one app that handles text documents, Android will ask you which one you'd like to use over and over. As you can guess, this can get a bit annoying for some, so the next time they see the prompt, they choose the "Always" option when selecting a given app, making it the default app for that specific operation.

The reality, however, is that sooner or later, you might want to be given that choice once again. Or perhaps you're just sick and tired of the fact that every link you try and open automatically launches your built-in browser app, and not your Chrome. By default. In those cases, all you need to do is clear app defaults, and it's super-easy as long as you know where to look at. Let us show you!

P.S.: If your Android device doesn't run any of the below proprietary versions of the operating system, just apply the same logic with whatever you have. Android is pretty uniform in this particular regard, and the procedure is likely very similar.

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6 Comments

1. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

Y U NO screenshot Xperia!? Lol

3. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

It's almost the same as stock.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Choice for the win.

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

So the only one with a sensible approach is the Samsung Galaxy S5? I know how to do it, but it's one of the things that are not well thought in Android.

5. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

so on the new touchwiz it's the easiest

6. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

On note 3,2, S4 and S5 you can clear the defaults of an app even by going into the task manager, so why guide them the longer way?

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