4 January 2016

How to Remove an Android App from Launch by Default Action

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It may be possible that a single format file can be opened from different android apps. For example, Google Chrome and UC browser can be used to open HTML files. In the same way, txt file can be viewed from HTML viewer or OfficeSuit.

Remove Default Apps from Android

Now If you'll try to open such file, a pop-up box will appear from where you have to select the app to complete your action. There would be 2 options as "Just once" and "Always".

choose just once or always to complete your action

If you'll click on "Always" (by mistake) then same app will added to the default list for that particular file format and next time you wouldn't find any pop-up box for the selection of applications. But what if you want change this setting?

Oh No! You are stuck now. If you're facing this problem then don't need to worry about anything. First of all, we have to remove the current default app and then only we can replace it with any other. Below I had listed 2 methods to complete this task. So let begin this tutorial now -

Remove Particular App from Launch by Default

In this method, you've to manually remove each app from launch by default action. This would be better if you don't want to change other applications data. For example, if you want to remove google chrome then this will not affect other default apps. To use this method, follow below steps -
  1. Go to Android "Settings".
  2. Click on "Apps".
  3. Scroll left and land on "All" tab.
  4. Now find the app you want to remove (say I choose Google Chrome again) and open it.

    Android App List

  5. In the app info window, click on "Clear Defaults" button and that's it.

    Click Clear Default Button

Now go back to the file you want to open and it will now display a dialog box to choose an app for completing the action.

Reset App Preferences

This method will reset all preferences for disabled apps, disabled apps notifications, default applications for actions, background data restriction and permission restriction. Indirectly this will affect your system as a whole. However you won't lose any application data. To use this method, follow these instructions -
  1. Go to settings.
  2. Click on "Apps".
  3. Scroll left to "All" tabs.
  4. Now click the option menu button (three dots or use external touch button, if available)

    Reset App Preferences

  5. Select "Reset app preferences" option from menu list.
  6. Now a pop-up box will appear. Click "Reset apps" button and that's it.

    Allow Permission to Reset All Preferences


So above are the best 2 methods by which you can remove an app from launch by default action. I recommend you to use first method as it will target only single app and this would not change other system data. Next time, avoid yourself to click on "Always" button and instead of this use "Just once".

For you knowledge, there are number of android applications available on google playstore using which you easily manage these default apps. But my advice is why to download such things when there are other better options.

Finally if you have any question, please let me know in below comment box and start discussion now. Do you have any other alternative?

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