Bug: pdf files from Chrome open only in Drive app directly, disabling Drive gives me "cannot open file" error.

  • I can open them from Adobe PDF app or FBreader app directly but that is annoying.
  • Selecting file in File Commander also brings up app chooser correctly and respects default settings. But Chrome insists on "Drive or nothing"
  • Firefox works fine too

How can I get the "choose app" dialog in Chrome and Downloads app to work?

Device: Xperia Z4 tablet, Android 6.0, chrome latest, non-rooted, updated to 32.1.A.1.185

Reinstalling drive, reinstalling chrome, reinstalling adobe pdf, resetting app defaults for all apps does not help.

1 Answer 1


Try clearing defaults for BOTH of these apps. This should be in Settings > Apps > Chrome/Google Drive.

  • > resetting app defaults for all apps does not help. I meticulously went thru all apps in Settings/Apps and re-set the defaults. No luck. Even Firefox opens PDF in adobe reader, but not Chrome.
    – wizzard0
    May 4, 2016 at 5:40
  • @wizzard0 Are you rooted with a custom Rom? If so, you might be able to remove all chrome data and reflash gapps.
    – Njinx
    May 4, 2016 at 6:26
  • Not rooted, stock Sony firmware.
    – wizzard0
    May 4, 2016 at 6:30
  • @wizzard0 Do you have another off viewer installed? If not that's most likely the issue.
    – Njinx
    May 4, 2016 at 6:33
  • Umm. Please read the answer text :) I have adobe pdf reader, google drive, and fbreader - 3 readers. And 2 browsers, Chrome and Firefox. I enter the URL to pdf file, Chrome opens it in Drive, FF opens in Adobe. I disable Drive, Chrome says "cant open file", FF still opens fine. Thinking about resetting the tablet...
    – wizzard0
    May 4, 2016 at 6:36

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