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How To Change Default Apps in Pixel 3 and 3 XL

If you would like to change Default apps in pixel 3 and 3 XL then you’re definitely in the right place. Default apps makes it possible for Actions you carry out on your phone to be processed by a chosen app. You can change your Default app from a stock app( an app that came pre-installed) to a third-party app you Downloaded. For example, you can switch your Default Browser from the stock Browser to a third-party Browser. That way, whenever you click on a link, it opens it up in the Third-party Browser instead of the normal stock Browser.

You can do this for the phone app, gallery app, home app and other apps on your phone. Essentially, you can change the whole look of your Pixel 3 device by replacing basically all your stock apps with downloaded third-party apps if you wish. You can do this on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL as well as other Android devices running Android 9.0 Pie. Follow the steps below to get started.

How To Change Default Apps in Pixel 3 and 3 XL

  • Swipe down the notification panel and Click on the Gear Icon Located at the top right side of the screen to access the settings menu. Alternatively, your can click on the Settings App.
  • In the Settings Menu, Click on the Apps & Notifications. Scroll Down and Click on Advanced.

  • From here, you’ll be presented with options like recently installed apps, time spent in apps, apps notifications, default apps, app permissions and special app access. Click on Default Apps.

  • This is where you will see the apps set as default for different categories. For example, SMS App can have Android message set as default which means your default message app is Android message.

  • You can click on each and change it to any other category Related app you have installed. For example, you can music and select a new music app you have installed on your phone.

You can do that for the rest if you want. If you would like to reset everything back to default at a later time, simply go to Settings >> Apps & Notifications >> See All apps >> Select the app you would like to restore to default >> Advanced >> Open by Default >> Clear Defaults. If you do this for the app you’ve chosen as your message app, when next you want to open a message, you’ll be asked which app you would like to open the message with.


That’s how to change Default apps in Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Devices. Have questions ? Don’t hesitate to use the comment section down below.

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