How to change Android default apps

With a few simple steps you can choose whether to use another application to manage emails or to make phone calls, compared to the pre-installed ones

Android, as it is known, is a very flexible operating system and leaves users, even less experienced ones, wide margins to customize their devices. Among these functions, the green robot includes one that allows people to change even the default applications.

With a few simple steps, in fact, you can choose whether to use another application to manage email or to make calls, compared to those installed by default. Precisely because it is an open-source operating system, each smartphone manufacturer can install different apps. It's up to the user to decide whether to continue using them, or to replace them with other programs. With Nougat, the latest version of Android, changing default apps has become even easier, even if not everyone is capable of it. If you've decided to change a default app, such as the SMS app, here's how to do it.

How to replace default apps

First, make sure you have an alternative with which to replace the pre-installed app. If not, locate it in the Google store and install it. That done, let's go through a step-by-step walkthrough of how to change a default application on Android. Obviously, in these cases it is necessary, as any time you make major system changes, to go to the Android settings. Don't know how to do that? Find the gear icon and click on it. Then, from the different items in the menu, select "Apps". We are almost there.

Look for the settings symbol once again. Once you find it, press on it. You will now see a new screen. Click on "Default Settings". Here, all you have to do is choose the default app category to change and continue. Let's go back to the example from earlier. Let's say you want to replace the default SMS app. All you have to do is click on "Messages", choose the new app and you're done.

Of course, there's no limit, you're free to change as many default apps as you want. Just repeat the same procedure.