How To Change Default Apps in Android 7.0 Nougat – (All Android Devices)


Android 7.0 Nougat has been officially released by Google for Android devices. Initially it was released on Google’s own Nexus devices. The Pixel lineup of smartphone come with Android Nougat pre-installed. As with any other firmware, in Android 7.0 Nougat a little pop-up action prompt that asks us to choose a default app also repeatedly appears. It look something like this window in the image below.


But on many occasions most users keep getting bombarded with prompts whether they want to use the app as default. When we choose the desired app when asked by the prompt, most of the time we end up regretting our choice later on when the need to change the default app of an action works best in that particular situation.

However, Google has sorted out this little annoying issue for Android 7.0 Nougat users. It has now become easier for us to overview and change default apps on Android Nougat. Here’s how.

How To Change Default Apps Settings in Android 7.0 Nougat

Changing default applications as and when required on Android 7.0 Nougat powered devices is easy and quick. All you need is a couple of taps on the screen and its done. First of all, open the Settings app on your device. Then in Settings, tap on the Apps option. Now a list of all installed apps on your device will show up on device’s interface.


Now tap on the gear icon located at the top-right corner. This will open the Configure apps menu. Here you should now see a list of preferences divided into Home app, Browser app, Phone app and SMS app categories under Default heading. Now find the app you wish to change from these four categories and tap on it which will bring a set of choices for different actions.


For example, you want to change default SMS app from Messenger to Signal as shown in the box below. Just tap on the specific box to change the default SMS apps on your Android 7.0 Nougat device.


That’s all. You have successfully managed to change default app setting on Android 7.0 Nougat device. You can follow same procedure for setting any installed app as the default app in that particular category. From this same menu, you can also control app permission for individual apps, which can be useful for setting which app can access which folder/file on your device, hence, strengthening the device’s security.

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