[Quick Tip] How to Change the Default Program to Open a File in Android

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Just like in Windows we have multiple software to open a particular file type, we have a number of apps in Android to take care of a single file type. For example, we can have multiple audio/video players installed on the device that can play all types of media files.

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Now let’s say you prefer an app to play all the videos while another one to play the audio,  but by accident you select a player to play all the files by default. When you choose an app to be a default handler for a particular file type, it will open up whenever any third-party app is trying to access that particular file type.

Change Default Program for File Types in Android

So if you have made any app a default handler for a particular file type and now want to undo the action, here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Open Android Apps settings. Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) users can open Settings—>Apps while the former builds can open Settings—>Application—>Manage applications.

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Step 2: Now search for the app you want to change the default association for and tap on the app to open application info page.

Step 3: Scroll down the page to find the button Clear defaults. If the app is a default app for any of the file type on your device, the button will be enabled, otherwise disabled. Simply tap on the button to clear all the files associated with the app.

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That’s all, next time you try to open the same file type, you will get all the suggestions to choose from again. Just make sure you make the right decision this time.

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  1. Thanks! Very helpful!

  2. Kieran says:

    Helped me to do just that. Thanx a lot.

  3. Sakker1977 says:
  4. Aamir Usman says:

    The latest Facebook update automatically play the video and doesn’t allow the users to select any other players except the default one. I have written a post how you can open the Facebook videos in other players. I hope you will like it.

  5. Chris says:
  6. Hello^_^ says:

    Doesn’t help, I have FLV that cannot be opened even though I have VLC installed. It’s not associated with any program

  7. Pranab says:

    Great. Just what I wanted.

  8. Paul_in_NJ says:

    I would like GMail to open the eBay app — but instead, it opens a browser. The “Clear defaults” button is grayed out. What to do?

  9. Daniel C says:

    My problem seems to be non-standard. I’ve got the Youtube app set to automatically open Youtube videos. I want to return to selecting the opening app every time. My problem is that when I manage the app and go to Youtube it says No Default Set even though it IS the default. Hitting the Clear Defaults button does nothing. Not expecting help with this but I wanted to throw it out there. Peace.