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Here is how to change the default PDF viewer app on any Android. The blog applies to Samsung, Xiaomi/Redmi, Motorola, Oneplus, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, LG, and Google Pixel Devices. It can be followed on any Android.
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How to Change PDF Viewer on Any Android
Below are the steps with a screenshot of how you can do it. To do this, I’m using the Samsung M33 5G; screenshots are mostly the same, like similar.
Step 1: Open the device settings.
Step 2: Tap on Apps.
Step 3: Select the current default PDF viewer app.
Suppose my PDFs always open in Google Drive or PDF always opens with samsung notes, then choose that app from the apps list.
Step 4: Tap on “Set as default menu” from the app info settings.
Step 5: Tap on Clear default.
Now, you can open PDFs and docs with any PDF viewer app on your Android. Either it’s Google Drive, Samsung Note, or any PDF viewer.
To provide additional information, when I open a PDF file in the file manager, Android prompts me to select an app to open it with. The available options are OneDrive, Samsung Notes (convert to notes), Samsung Notes (PDF reader), and Drive (Drive PDF reader). The options available will vary depending on the apps installed on your device.
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Change PDF viewer on Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Realme
- Open the “Settings” app on your device.
- Scroll and tap on “Apps” or “Applications” (name may vary).
- In the Apps menu, tap “Manage Apps” or “Manage Applications.”
- Tap the three-dot menu or gear icon in the top-right corner and select “Default Apps” or “Default Applications.”
- Find the default PDF viewer app (like the pre-installed PDF reader).
- Tap the default PDF viewer app to see a list of available apps.
- Choose the PDF viewer app you want to set as default. Tap “More” or “Other” for a complete app list if not listed.
- Once you select the desired app, it becomes the default PDF viewer on your device.
Now, some people love using the Google Chrome app just for them. To set Google Chrome as the default PDF reader on an Android device, follow these steps:
- Open the Google Chrome app on your Android device.
- Type “chrome://settings” in the address bar and press Enter. This will take you to the Chrome settings.
- Scroll down and tap on “Site settings.”
- Under “Site Settings,” tap on “PDF documents.”
- Toggle the switch that says “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome.”
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How to Stop PDFs from Opening With Certain PDF Apps
If you want to prevent PDF files from opening automatically in any PDF viewer or reader app on your Android device, you can follow these steps:
- Open Settings: Open the “Settings” app on your Android device.
- Apps or Applications: Scroll down and tap on either “Apps” or “Applications,” depending on the wording used on your device.
- App Settings: In the list of apps, find and tap on the app currently set as the default PDF viewer or any app you want to prevent from automatically opening PDF files.
- Open by Default: In the app details, look for an option related to “Open by default” or “Open supported links.” This might also be labeled as “Set as default” or something similar.
- Clear Defaults: Tap the “Clear defaults” or “Clear defaults for this app” option. This will remove the app’s default status for opening PDF files.
- Confirmation: A confirmation dialog might appear asking if you want to clear the default settings for this app. Confirm by tapping “Clear” or “OK.”
To Choose What App Opens PDF on Android
To choose what app opens a file on Android, follow these steps:
- Locate the specific file you want to open.
- Press and hold the file icon or tap on it to select it.
- A menu labeled “Open with” or “Open with other apps” will appear.
- Tap on this menu to reveal a list of apps that handle the chosen file type.
- Browse through the list and tap on the preferred app for opening the file.
- After selecting the app, your chosen app will immediately launch and display the file’s contents.
- To set this app as the default choice for this file type, go to your device’s settings and find the “Default apps” or similar section. From there, you can assign your chosen app as the default for that file type.
- If you ever want to change your default app preference, navigate back to the same settings location and adjust the settings accordingly.
FAQs around Switching PDF Reader
Yes, Android has a built-in PDF viewer. The “Google PDF Viewer” is pre-installed on most Android devices. You can view PDF files stored on your device or the web. The Google PDF Viewer has basic features such as zoom, rotate, and search. It also supports annotations and form-filling. You can download a third-party PDF viewer from the Google Play Store for more features.
Here are some of the best PDF viewers for Android:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Foxit PDF Reader
- Xodo PDF Reader
- PDF Viewer Plus
A: Upon tapping on a PDF file to view or edit it, Android will present you with a list of PDF viewing and editing apps installed on your phone. Tapping on any of these apps will open the PDF file within that app.
A: Google does have its PDF viewer app, which is Google Drive. This app is pre-installed on most Android smartphones, and when you tap on any PDF file, it will suggest that you open it with Google Drive.
Google Drive vs. Samsung Notes: Pros and Cons
|Aspect||Google Drive||Samsung Notes|
|Integration||Seamlessly syncs with Google account||Built-in convenience for Samsung users|
|Collaboration||Real-time collaboration and sharing||Limited collaborative features|
|Search||Powerful search functionality||Not as robust as Google Drive|
|Organization||Folders, labels, and categories for organization||Designed more for note-taking, handy organization|
|Compatibility||Cross-platform accessibility||More device-centric, Samsung ecosystem|
|Internet Dependency||Requires internet for seamless functionality||Not reliant on constant internet connection|
|Privacy Concerns||Storing on cloud servers might raise privacy concerns||Can keep PDFs stored on device for offline access|
|Offline Access||Limited offline access, requires manual preparation||Allows offline access to stored PDFs|
|Stylus Functionality||Not specifically designed for stylus use||Compatible with Samsung’s S Pen for annotations|
|Compatibility with Others||Works well with various PDF sources||Might have quirks with PDFs from other sources|
Today, I have shown you how to change the PDF viewer on your Android, whether your current PDF is set in any app, how you can’t change the default PDF, and how you can switch from one PDF to another PDF viewer. This article is all about.
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