To completely customize your Galaxy S7 and S7 usage, you will likely want to choose your own default applications and today I want to show you how this is done.
I say this time and time again here on Android Explained, but being able to customize my smartphone and tablet the way I want it is why I love Android so much. Sure, iOS will let you set some of the default applications but this tends to be very restricted. Today, I’m going to talk about how you can set your own Galaxy S7 default apps for things like the browser, contacts, SMS, launcher and even when tapping on certain links within the browser.
All of this can be customized from the same page within the Settings of the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge.
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You just have to know where to look and you’ll also have to go ahead and install the alternative application that you want to set as the default. These four features are generally considered the core functions of a smartphone today. So being able to change these out at any time to any application can completely transform the way you use your smartphone day in and day out.
Galaxy S7 Default Apps
- Launch the Settings Application
- Scroll Down and Tap on the ‘Applications’ Option
- Tap on the ‘Default Applications’ Option
- Then Pick the Default Applications You Want for Each Function
So, once you launch the Settings app, simply locate and then tap on the Applications option. From here, you’ll see another option within this sub menu called Default Applications. Go ahead and tap on that and then you’ll be taken to a screen with a few different options to choose from. At the top we have the Browser App option, and this will let you change the default browser from say Chrome to Firefox. Then you have the Calling App, which is actually the contacts function(and not the dialer). Next up we have the ability to change the Messaging App and this can be changed to something like Google’s stock Messenger or even a carrier messaging app.
Then there is a Set as Default option and this is where you would choose what certain links open up in. For example, if you’re browsing the web and see a Twitter link, you can use this feature to tell the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to only open up those links in the actual Twitter application. This goes the same for things like Reddit and even Android publication links too(if they have mobile apps for their website). This feature is called App Links by Google, and it was introduced just last year in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. As usual, Samsung changes the names of Google’s features but having this feature in the app defaults section does make sense.
We then have the ability to change the default home screen(which is normally called the launcher). My custom launcher of choice is Nova Launcher, but there are dozens of other options in the Play Store and this one will be set to Samsung’s stock TouchWiz launcher by default. The last thing we can customize here is the ability to change the app that is launched when we press and hold down on the Home button. By default, this will launch Google Now on Tap(at least on my Verizon wireless Galaxy S7), but we can change this to Cortana as well as other phone assistant apps.
I will be going into more detail about this Phone Assistance app feature in a future tip, so if you can look forward to that if you are interested. You’ll be able to find alternatives to all of these Galaxy S7 default app functions within Google’s Play Store. These types of things are all subjective so no one can tell you which one is the best for each function. As I mentioned, I really enjoy Nova Launcher for the home screen, but that doesn’t mean it is the best and that doesn’t mean it is meant for everyone.
If you’re interested in changing one of these defaults to something else, then you will want to download a bunch of alternatives and see which one best suits your style. There are probably hundreds or thousands of alternative apps for each of these features in the Play Store. Most will focus on one aspect or the other and you’ll have to see which one you like the best.