It often happens that there are several apps on your Android phone that have the same functions. Then of course you want to decide for yourself which application starts after you perform a certain action or open a specific file type. That’s how you arrange it.
There are more default app categories than you might think. For example, you can not only set a default browser in Android, but also change your default app to call or text, choose your voice assistant or change the home screen app (the so-called launcher). Fortunately, the method is the same on almost all Android devices.
Step 1 / Open the settings
First, of course, go to the general settings. You may know how to get it out by now. You can do this by swiping down from the top of the screen (once or twice) or by tapping the Settings app with the familiar gear.
Step 2 / Find default apps
The menu you need is called Default Apps. From the overview of the settings, choose Apps. You may have to scroll down quite a bit. Tap it and then the second line: Default apps. Depending on how extensive your collection of apps is, you will see which actions you can choose a default app for. On the OnePlus phone in the example, these are the Caller ID and Spam App, Browser App, Digital Assistant App, SMS App, Home Screen App, Phone App, and Open Links Action.
Were you looking for Default apps? That setting is not that far away.
Step 3 / Choose your favorite app
You can guess the last step yourself, because it speaks for itself. Tap on the desired category, for example for text messages and select the app you want to use by default. From now on, text messages will arrive there and when you click through for an SMS action, you will also open that app. This way you prevent unnecessary switching.
Now is the ideal time to set all your favorite apps as the default at once.