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Default Apps On Android

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, Quick Tips

We’ve talked about setting Default applications for our PC, but I don’t think we’ve covered it yet for your Android phone. A reader asks: “My Samsung Galaxy S4 phone used to allow photos to be opened with the program of your choice and I chose Adobe. Now for some reason, I can’t find the Open With section. Some new updates were installed a few days back. Could they have done something to prevent this selection? Can’t work with the way they are opened now.”

It sounds like your default program for opening photos was accidentally changed. Here’s how to fix that. Go to Settings and choose Application Manager. Then scroll down to the app that’s currently opening your photos. Tap on the app, then scroll down to “Launch by default” and tap CLEAR DEFAULTS.


The next time you open an image, you’ll be able to choose which program to use. Make sure to tap Always to set your preferred app as the default.


~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “Default Apps On Android”

  1. Chris says:

    Hi, what if I don’t get the choice of “Application Manager”? I don’t see any way to enable or disable apps. I am running Android version 6.0.1 on a LG phone.

  2. Chris says:

    OK, if I enter settings then Apps then enter one of the Apps(for example “Docs”), I have the following choices:

    Force Stop or Disable buttons then


    There is never a choice for “Launch by default”.

    What am I doing wrong or not understanding wrt Android?

    Open by default

    If I choose Open by default, I have the following choices:
    Open Supported links
    Supported Links
    No defaults set (the clear defaults button is grayed out and cannot be pressed)

  3. Keorapeste says:

    please I need help my mobile phone NokiaX cannot open my facebook account together with my Messenger,I tried several time to download and update with new application still cannot open.

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