How to Choose Default Apps for Your Android Phone - dummies

How to Choose Default Apps for Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Every so often, you may see the Complete Action Using prompt on your Android phone. It is similar to the one shown in the following figure.


The phone has discovered multiple apps that can deal with your request. You pick one, and then choose either Always or Just Once.

When you choose Always, the same app is always used for whatever action took place: listening to music, choosing a photo, navigation, and so on.

When you choose Just Once, you see the prompt again and again.

Choose Just Once until you’re sick of seeing the Complete Action Using prompt. At that point, after choosing the same app over and over, choose Always.

The fear, of course, is that you’ll make a mistake. Fret not, gentle reader. The settings you choose can always be undone. For example, if you chose Google Play Music, you can undo that setting by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Choose Apps or Application Manager.

    On some Samsung phones, first choose the General tab in the Settings app to find the Application Manager item.

  3. Locate the app you chose to “always” use.

    This is the tough step, in that you may not remember your choice. The way you can tell is when the same app opens and you don’t really want it to.

  4. Touch the app to display its detailed information screen.

  5. Touch the Clear Defaults button.

    The phone immediately forgets to always use that app.

You can’t screw up by following these steps. The worst that happens is that the Complete Action Using prompt appears again. The next time you see it, however, make a better choice.