How to Clear Default Apps on Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

Fret not, gentle reader. The settings you chose for the Complete Action Using prompt on your Android tablet can be undone. For example, if you select the Zedge app, you can undo that choice by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Apps.
  3. Choose the app that always opens.

    This is the tough step because you must remember which app you chose to “always” open.

  4. On the app’s screen, choose Open by Default.

    If the item shows the text Some Defaults Set, you’re on the right track. Apps that haven’t been chosen as the default show the text No Defaults Set.

  5. Tap the CLEAR DEFAULTS button.

The steps on some Samsung tables work differently:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Applications.

    Some Samsung phones may feature an Applications tab, in which case you choose that tab to continue.

  3. Choose Default Applications.
  4. Choose Set as Default.

    You see a list of installed apps. If the text Set As Default appears below an app, it’s been chosen as a default app.

  5. Tap to open the default app.
  6. Tap the CLEAR DEFAULTS button.

After you clear the defaults for an app, you see the Open With card again. The next time you see it, however, make a better choice.