Have you ever installed two Android apps which perform exactly the same functions? I believe you might have installed two browsers – maybe Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox? You may also have noticed that if you click a link (URL) in an Android app it will ask you to select which browser to use.
You will be offered a menu option ‘Complete action using’ along with the opportunity to choose whether you use that browser ‘Always’ or ‘Just once’ . If you decide to select ‘Always’ after tapping your browser of choice, it will remember that this is the default browser of choice. The problem for users is that if you want to change the default browser it’s not that easy to find how to do it in Android.
For the purpose of this post I set Chrome as the default browser on a ‘vanilla’ Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 (on a Galaxy Nexus) as well as Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on a Samsung Galaxy S3. As you will see there is little or no difference in how you get to change default app settings:
- In Android 4.2.1 you need to pull down the notification bar with two fingers and you immediately get the quick settings. Android 4.1.2 just pull down the notification bar with one finger
- Click the > Settings icon top right (Galaxy Nexus) or the sprocket (Galaxy Galaxy S3)
- Scroll down to Apps (Galaxy Nexus) or Applications Manager (Samsung Galaxy S3)
- Scroll down and tap on Chrome and scroll down again until you see ‘Launch by default’
- Tap > Clear defaults button and you will now see the words ‘No defaults set’ to the left of the button
- You also have the option to ‘Reset app preferences’ from Apps (Galaxy Nexus) > click on the option icon (located at the top right corner of the screen) > select ‘Reset app preferences’. For the Samsung Galaxy S3 you should tap the menu button and select > ‘Reset app preferences’
Note: Not all apps require launch defaults – if you also use Firefox (but not as default), you will of course see ‘No defaults set’
Safe surfing folks!