Part of the beauty of the Android OS is the fact that you have an alternative for almost every app out there. Even if you’re not perfectly content with the stock apps the phone comes with, there’s another one ready to take its place. Especially if the default apps make a drastic change and you’re forced to come up with an alternative.

If you want to move away from the default system apps and change the texting app, browser or phone app there’s a simple way to do it. Here’s how!

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First, go to Settings in your menu. Most of these useful tweaks are hidden away in layers upon layers of Settings menus, so this will always be the place to start. Scroll down to Apps – this will open up your entire app list, and you will see a small settings icon on the top right side of the screen – tap on it.

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This is the app configuration screen, where among other things you can edit app permissions and whether or not apps can draw over your screen (just like Facebook Messenger has the popup chat heads feature). But the setting we’re most interested in is Default Apps. If you go to this setting, you will be able to select the defaults for your SMS app, phone app, and browser app. On the “Assist and voice input” menu item at the top you will also be able to edit the settings of the default Google app on your phone.

And that’s it! No more windows will pop up prompting you to select your default app whenever you use one of these services, making for a much faster interaction with your phone. Speaking of which, what are your favorite phone dialer apps? Did you replace the default texting app on your phone? Feel free to share the changes you’ve made to the default ecosystem on your phone!

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