File Associations settings identify which application you want to open for a specific file type like images, videos, etc. For example, when you download a new Video player from the Google Play store and you open the video downloaded from a website it will open in the default Video player instead of the newly download app like VLC. For this, you have to change the default app to open a file in Android.
Let’s learn how to Set File Associations on your Android smartphone or how to change default apps for opening files.
How to Set File Associations in Android Devices
On Older Android Devices with the use of File Manager.
- Open your File Manager application and go to the file that you wanted to open in the specific app.
- Now long click the file and select the option Open with.
- Now a list of applications capable of opening your file type will be listed.
- Now select the app that you wanted to open the file type with and select the Remember Selection option.
- Now whenever you open this file open on the file manager it will open in the newly set default application.
How to Change Default App on Android
On newer Android devices setup of File Associations is a little different you have to change the default app.
- Open the Android Settings app and select the Apps & Notifications option if you are running Android 9 or above.
- Now Select the Apps option and select the app you wanted to set as default here I choose VLC to be the default app for opening videos.
- Now click on the Open by default. Select Open supported Links and select Open in this app. So whenever a supported file link is found VLC will open it by default.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I set file associations in Android?
Setting file associations allows you to control which apps open specific file types by default. This can be useful if you have multiple apps installed that can handle the same file type and you prefer to use a specific app for opening that file type.
How do I change file associations in Android?
Yes, you can change file associations in Android. If you want to switch the default app for opening a specific file type, follow the steps outlined in the previous answer and select a different app to associate with the file type.
Can I remove file associations in Android?
Yes, you can remove file associations in Android. To remove a file association, follow the steps below:
Open the “Settings” app on your Android device.
Scroll down and tap on “Apps” or “Apps & notifications” (the exact wording may differ).
Depending on your device, you may need to tap on “See all apps” or “App info” to see the full list of installed apps.
Locate and tap on the app that is currently associated with the file type you want to remove.
On the app’s details page, look for an option called “Set as default” or “Open by default.”
Tap on “Set as default” or a similar option.
Tap on “Clear defaults” or a similar option to remove the file association.
Can I set different file associations for different file types?
Yes, you can set different file associations for different file types in Android. When you follow the steps to set a default app for a specific file type, you can choose different apps for different file types based on your preferences.
I hope you were able to set up a default app for a specific file type with the help of our tutorial.
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