Android has always made it easy to replace default apps, but managing the defaults still isn't very good. Even the recent improvements to the "complete action" dialog box are only half measures. Always or just once? Surely there's room for more nuance? That's what Better Open With gives you.

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This app started as an idea on Reddit and has been floating around as a beta, but now it's available to all. You tell this app which apps are your preferred for each action, and then set Better Open With to handle all your defaults. It will automatically open your preferred app for each action after a predetermined number of seconds, but you can also pick a different app from the list. Not sure what to do yet? Hit the pause button. You can also dive into the settings right from the dialog box.

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There are a few layout and theme settings, but that's really the gist of Better Open With. More features are planned in the future, but it's a completely free app.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • GregoryMSample

    It will automatically open your preferred app for each action after a predetermined number of seconds, but you can also pick a different app from the list. Not sure what to do yet? Hit the pause button. You can also dive into the settings right from the dialog box. http://crazyparts.nl/qiCVAy

  • motoridersd

    This is pretty cool! I love LinkBubble but sometimes I would rather have Chrome open a web page instead. Might be able to make this work with a short time out without interrupting my work flow too much. Definitely checking it out.

    • http://www.aboutmycode.com/ Giorgi Dalakishvili

      Glad to hear that you like it. Please consider leaving a review if you like the app.

  • Christopher Bement

    Definitely neat, but needs to add more default options than just web pages, images, audio, video and pdf.

    • http://www.aboutmycode.com/ Giorgi Dalakishvili

      Developer here. Which file types would you like to see added to the app most of all?

      • Aidan Ireland

        I think it would be good to have user defined file extensions.

      • Robert Macri

        Maps/Navigation would be awesome. I go between Waze and GMaps depending on my situation.

        • http://www.aboutmycode.com/ Giorgi Dalakishvili

          Will add in next version.

  • steelew

    sounds like a good idea but does not work inside ES file manager.

    • http://www.aboutmycode.com/ Giorgi Dalakishvili

      Developer here.

      It does not work with ES file manager because ES shows its own popup instead of showing the default Android popup for selecting app.

    • clovervidia

      Doesn't ES use its own menu? It doesn't look like the regular Android one.

  • Laksitha Gunawardena

    If you use xposed there is a nice module called "Complete Action Plus" that provides customisation of the Open with and the Share with menus.

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    • oroboros74

      Whereas "Complete Action Plus" provides some more customisations to the Open with menu, this app follows a no-click philosophy (vs 1-click for CAP), the interface of the popups is very clean, and the developer seems to be adding more and more functions to this app, not to mention rooting and Xposed are not necessary.

  • Nicolas Bahamondes

    I clicked on the link. It asked me how to complete my action for the last time. :)

  • Sorian

    Added to Wishlist for future install.

  • Makru

    I like it but why mix icon and text for the buttons? And maybe it would cool to replace the countdown text with a Google Now-like countdown bar or make it an option.

    • http://www.aboutmycode.com/ Giorgi Dalakishvili

      Which buttons?

      • Daniel Kret

        I think he means them on the bottom of the dialog. There is the link to settings as icon, but pause and resume as text.

  • scuttlefield

    Does it work with L preview?

  • Duncan_J

    Please add in app purchase for gratitude payment,

    • oroboros74

      If you read about the backstory of this app, I'm the one who came up with the idea and the Dev just picked it up. I'm glad he's decided to keep it completely free and free of ads (he hates them as much as the rest of us), but I was really hoping at least he could get some donations from it. However, he lives in a country where it's not allowed to receive payments/donations via Google Play store or Paypal or anything like that - we often forget that the Internet isn't the same world-wide. If you have any other suggestions, let me know! Even if he's not going to get rich from this, I'm sure it would be nice to be able to buy lunch every once in a while for the efforts he put into it. In the meantime, I'm sure he appreciates thank-yous and comments such as yours!

    • http://www.aboutmycode.com/ Giorgi Dalakishvili

      Developer here. Glad to hear that you like the app and want to show your appreciation. As the previous comment says I cannot accept payments from Play Store or Paypal so the only thing you can do is buy reddit gold either for oroboros74 who came up with idea or me (mcnamaragio)

  • Big Tony

    I think I will like this app. Thanks Ryan!

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  • meelyg

    For a minute, I thought this app solved my problem. It doesn't.
    Nor does link bubble or Complete action plus.

    I need an app that can intercept Link clicks and open a CUSTOM application.

    Eg. Youtube.