When it comes to Android, it is by far the most customizable mobile operating system. One doesn’t even need to root the Android device to change app launcher, install APKs, and do many more tasks. Overall, it can be said that Android is a customizer and enthusiast persons delight like no other mobile OS. In this article, you’ll be learning about how to change the default app (or let’s say program) to open a file on Android.
File Type Associations on Android
Android, by default, will look for an app that can open that particular file type, just like Windows. If there are multiple apps that can open that file type then Android will present with a list of apps that can open that file. You can then select the app that you wish to use to open the file. However, if there is only one app for that file type then the user won’t be prompted with any option, and the default app will be used to open the file.
Let’s say you installed some alternative apps like MX Player and VLC for playback of video files. The next time you play any video file, Android will prompt you to pick which application you want to use for this task. You’ll get 3 choices: Video Player, MX Player or VLC Player.
If you want to always use MX Player for this task (for example), then tap on MX Player and then on “Always.” If you tap on “Just once” then you’ll always be prompted to choose which app to use to open that file.
How to Change Default Apps on Android
Let’s say you’ve selected the “Always” option when opening a particular file type like video, image, music, etc, and now you want to open that file type with some other app. What to do now? Don’t worry, simply follow the below steps:
Step 1: Launch Settings and then tap on Apps.
Step 2: In this list, scroll down until you find the app which you want to remove from default. For example; if you want to remove MX Player from opening files by default, then find that app and tap on it. Unfortunately, there’s no ‘search’ option here which means you’ll need to find it manually.
Step 3: If the app is the default app for the file type, then you’ll see that the “Clear defaults” button will be enabled, else it will be disabled. Tap on this “Clear defaults” button to remove it as a default app to open files.
That’s all you need to do. The next time you open the same file, you’ll get a “Complete action using” dialog box. From here, select the app that you wish to use to open the file.
Hope this small guide will clear all your doubts regarding Android file type associations, and how it works.
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