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I need to change the default browser in my Android device to Opera. Is there any way to do that?

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That being said: If you installed Opera and open any link, it should ask you which browser to choose. – slhck Jul 29 '11 at 10:06
Voted to close since this question is actually about how to code an app to open a link with the default browser. – Matthew Read Jul 29 '11 at 14:46
Ugh. If that's the case then the original question on Stack Overflow should be re-opened after more and better detail is added. – Al E. Jul 29 '11 at 20:55
Related:… – Flow Dec 13 '12 at 8:40

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After installing Opera, when you open a link from somewhere in the system, you should see a popup asking you to choose between the browsers available. That popup should have a checkbox for saving the browser you choose as the default browser.

If you have already set a default browser, you must go to Settings > Applications > Manage applications, find the browser you now have as default and click on "Clear defaults" in the details page, then go through the process described in the first paragraph.

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Certainly! Go in your Settings, Manage Applications. Click the All tab, and then select Browser. You must then click the Clear Defaults button.

Now next time that an application requires a browser (say, you click a link in your Twitter app) the Complete action using dialog will pop up and you can select Opera and tick the Use by default for this action box.

Followup: Make sure that you have installed Opera (or any other browser of your choice). If you only have the default browser installed, you will not get the Complete action using dialog. Again, look in Settings, Manage Applications but this time go in Downloaded to make sure that your preferred browser is there.

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I already do this but no result – surendra Jul 29 '11 at 11:11
I want to open a link in opera Through an app – surendra Jul 29 '11 at 11:12
@surendra Are you developing the app? – Matthew Read Jul 29 '11 at 12:45
yes i that i have to open an url in opera browser – surendra Jul 29 '11 at 12:49
@surendra: if you're not getting the dialog when opening a link from your app, there must be something wrong in the way you're doing it (programmatically). In that case you'd better ask your question on Stack Overflow. – fretje Jul 29 '11 at 13:03

I'm using Android 2.3 and I couldn't find the stock browser to clear defaults. Then I realized that it is now called "Web" instead of "Browser" under Settings - Applications - Manage applications - "All" tab.

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Just as an update, an easier way (on Android 4.0+ ICS) would be to go:

Settings > Apps > App Associations, then tap on "Web URLs" and a box will come up showing all browsers installed, you tap on the one you want to be the default browser. Same way for e-mail address links, phone numbers, etc.

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What phone do you have? This isn't an AOSP feature. – Richard Borcsik Jun 26 '12 at 8:16
+1 I have a htc incredible 2, tried everything, your solution worked! – Elye M. Aug 4 '13 at 20:36

If you're getting an option to choose which browser to use, select the checkbox to set the default and then tap Opera.

If you're not getting an option to choose a browser to use, then you need to go into your settings and clear the default from the current from the current browser: Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> All -> [Current Default Browser] -> Clear Defaults. The next time you open a link from outside a browser, you'll be given the option to set the default.

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In my opinion Dafault App Manager is the easiest way to configure the default apps (incl. the browser).

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The answer given by @Bushibytes was actually more helpful to me, since I have a Samsung device.

The default browser is called "Internet". I think this was the case on my HTC with Orange (yep, just confirmed that).

I needed to click on "All" as @Bushibytes recommended, and then only can you see all the stock apps.

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Download Opera to your device.

When you try to open something which requires a browser, you will be given the chance to select a browser. Select Opera, and press the Always button.

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Go to the default app that is opening on your android now in settings > apps and click on it, then click disable, the next time you try to open the default browser you will be prompted to choose a default browser, and that's how it's done!

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This is an option on 4.x and later. But some devices, like samsung devices, do not let you disable things like browser, email, calendar apps. – Ryan Conrad Mar 23 '15 at 2:59

For kitkat users

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Apps
  3. On the All tabs, look for your default browser and tap on it
  4. Under Launch by Default, press the "Clear defaults" button, to reset default browser
  5. Then open a link, you are asked to select a browser, select Opera , select Always.
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Your answer doesn't add anything useful as an answer to the question. Most of the answers already covered this step. What's the logic in adding redundancy? – Firelord May 2 '15 at 20:17

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