Set or clear default apps

If you have more than one app that does the same thing, you can pick which app to use by default.  For example, if you have multiple photo editing apps, you can choose which one to use to open a photo.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Set default apps

Pick when asked
  1. If your phone asks you which app to use, tap the app that you want to use.
  2. Pick how often you want to use that app for this action: Always or Just Once.
  3. Your phone won’t ask which app to use for that action anymore. To have your phone ask again, you can clear the default. Learn how to clear defaults (below).
Pick at any time
Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Default apps.
  3. Tap the default that you want to change.
  4. Tap the app that you want to use by default.

Clear an app's default settings

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Tap the app that you no longer want to be the default. If you don't see it, first tap See all apps or App info.
  4. Tap Advanced And then Open by default And then Clear defaults. If you don't see "Advanced," tap Open by default And then Clear defaults.

After clearing the default, when you take that action again, your phone will ask you which app to use.

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