28 March 2019

How to Change the Default Browser on Android

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Most of the Android smartphones have built-in browser app which comes pre-installed by the manufacturer. For example, Samsung has its own browser named Samsung Internet Browser. Similarly, MI smartphones have MI Browser.

Change default browser on Android

The built-in browser is set as default browser on your phone. When you click on any link, it will automatically open it in that browser. Are you one of those people who doesn't like to use the built-in browser of your phone?

There are a number of browsers available for Android and out of all those, I personally use Google Chrome for browsing and downloading purpose. This tutorial will guide you how to change the default browser on your Android phone.

How to change the default browser on Android


Android provides an option in settings which allows you to change the default apps on your phone. This step-by-step guide will show you how to change the default browser -
  1. Open Settings app on your phone.
  2. Click Apps (or Applications) option. Here you will see a list of apps that are installed on your phone.
  3. Now click the menu button (three-dots at the top right corner of the screen) and then click Default apps option.
    Apps settings
  4. After this, click Browser app and select the browser which you want to set as default browser on your phone.
    Default apps

    Set default browser on Android
    Here you can also set other default apps for calling, messaging, home screen, device assistant etc.
  5. If you want your phone to ask you before settings default apps, you can enable this option from Default app selection.
Note: We used a Samsung smartphone as an example for this article, however, the steps are very similar for other Android smartphones also.

Remove any particular app or browser from default


You can also remove any particular app or browser which is set to open by default for some actions. First, go to Settings > Apps. Now open the app which you want to remove from default actions.

App info

Under App settings, click Set as default option and then tap the Clear Defaults button. Now next time, your phone will ask you to select the app manually before completing any action for which this app was set to default.

Clear defaults

Reset all app preferences


If you want to remove all default apps at once, you can do so by resetting app preferences in your phone. This option is also available in app settings. Go to Settings > Apps and tap the menu button (three-dots at the top right corner of the screen).

Now click Reset app preferences option and then a pop-up box will appear. Tap Reset button again. That's it.

Reset app preferences

Resetting the app preferences will not only clear default apps, but it will also reset preferences for disabled apps, notification restrictions for apps, background data restriction for apps, and permission restrictions. However, you won't lose your existing app data. So that's how you can change the default browser on your Android phone and remove an app which is set to open by default for some actions. If you want to ask something about this tutorial, feel free to share it in the comment section.

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