How To Reset File Associations in Android Jelly Bean

If you’ve set your Nexus 7 or other Android device running Jelly Bean to use a specific app to open certain files, you might want to change it later. Changing the file associations is easy, here’s how.

For example, here I associated PDF files to open with Aldiko reader. I would rather it opens with a different program, and need to get rid of that association. To do it, go to the Settings menu of your Nexus 7 – it’s in the main Apps menu.

Nexus 7 settings

You’ll find a list of installed apps. Select the one you want to clear file associations for. In my example, it’s Aldiko.

Nexus 7 Apps

In the window that comes up, find Launch by Default and tap the Clear defaults button.

Nexus 7 clear defaults

Now file associations and actions are cleared and, when you click one of the files which were previously associated with the app, you’ll be asked what app you want that file opened with.




  1. Austin Krause

    February 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Great post. This is a HUGE issue for Jelly Bean. Now if there was just a way to wipe ALL associations at once (other than factory reset) I would be completely happy.

  2. GovernorDoucheWalker

    September 1, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Didn’t work for my problem app. The button is greyed out. and clearing the cache and app data didn’t help either. guess I’ll uninstall and reinstall…

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