When you get your Android device for the first time, some apps are set as default values. This does not mean that you are stuck using whatever the manufacturer tells you to do. Instead, just set the default apps in Android 10 to the ones you want.
As long as the application is installed on your device, you can set it as default. One of the first applications you will probably want to change is probably your browser. The process takes only a few shots. In some cases, you can even customize the default app beyond simply choosing another app.
A familiar process
The good news is that the process of setting default apps in Android 10 hasn’t changed much. If you’ve been using Android for a while now, you’ll find that the process is familiar, which is always a good thing. There’s an extra step if you’re used to Android 9, but it’s not difficult.
The biggest change you may notice is some additional options in some of the default application categories. It just gives you the ability to further personalize your device.
Set default apps in Android 10
Start by opening the settings. Although some apps will prompt you to set them as default when you use them, you will find all of the default app settings in your Android settings.
Tap “Apps & Notifications” to view settings related to your apps. Tap Advanced.
Finally, press “Default applications”.
Each category for which you can define a default application is listed in this window. You can see the current default applications. In some cases, there may not be a default set. For example, I regularly switch between two different browsers, so I don’t have a default game. Instead, I am asked which browser to use each time.
Tap one of the categories to set the default apps in Android 10. You’ll see a list of possible apps from which to choose. For example, when you choose the Browser app, you will see a list of all the browsers installed on your device. Tap the one you want and tap the back arrow to save your settings.
Repeat this process for each application that you want to modify. Again, you’re not locked into anything. You can change your default apps at any time if you decide to use something different, like deciding to use Firefox on Chrome or something else.
Additional default application settings
In addition to simply choosing a new default app, some categories come with additional settings. To set the default apps in Android 10 for these categories, you’ll need to scroll through the settings to further customize your default app.
A perfect example is the Assist app. When you tap it, you’ll see much more than the voice assistants available on your device. You can change general settings and settings for your chosen voice assistant. If additional settings are available, you will see a settings icon (gear) next to it. Tap it to explore more settings.
Configure more default applications
If you don’t see the settings you’re looking for when you set default apps in Android 10, you may need to change the settings without the app itself. For example, if you are looking for browser-specific settings, such as saving passwords, you will need to open the browser and change the settings from inside the browser.
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons / Galaxy Note 10 and Google
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