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No app found to open link: Quick Fix

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Have you ever encountered the frustrating error message ‘No app found to open link’ on your Android phone? This error usually occurs when you try to open a web link from another app, such as Google Search, Wikipedia, or Reddit. Instead of loading the webpage, you get a blank screen with this annoying message.

Many Android users have reported this issue and have been looking for solutions in online forums. In this article, we’ll explain the possible causes of this error and provide you with some easy and effective methods to resolve it.

There are several reasons why your Android phone may fail to open a web link from another app.

Some of the common ones are:

  • Preferences glitch: Android allows you to set a default app for opening certain types of links. For example, you can choose Chrome as your preferred browser for opening web links. However, sometimes this feature may malfunction and cause the “No app found to open link” error.
  • Application disabled: Android users may disable some system apps to save battery or storage space. However, this may backfire if the disabled app is essential for opening web links. For instance, you may encounter this error if you disable Google Play Store or Browser.
  • Instant apps conflict: Instant apps are lightweight versions of full apps that can run without installation. Android may try to load some web links through instant apps instead of your default browser. However, this may cause compatibility issues and result in an error.

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Fortunately, some simple ways exist to fix this error and restore your ability to open web links from other apps.

Here are some of the methods you can try:

Force close or restart apps

Sometimes, a simple restart of the apps involved may solve the problem. To do this, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the App Switcher button to bring up the app switcher.

Then, swipe away the app window that shows the error and the app that contains the link. After that, reopen both apps and try again.

Reboot your phone

Another easy way to fix any minor glitches on your phone is to reboot it. To do this, press the Power button until you see the power options. Then, tap Restart and wait for your phone to reboot.

Reset app preferences

If the above methods do not work, you may need to reset your app preferences to factory defaults. This will clear any settings that may interfere with opening web links, such as default apps, notifications, permissions, data restrictions, etc.

To do this, go to Settings > Apps > See all apps > More (three dots) > Reset app preferences > Reset apps.

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Toggle app permission

Another possible solution is to revoke and re-enable the app’s permissions that show the error. This may help refresh its ability to open web links.

To do this, follow the steps given below:

  • Head to Settings > Apps > See all apps.
  • Tap on problematic app > Open by default > Switch off Open supported links.

After you have switched off the toggle, tap again to turn it back on.

Disable instant apps

If instant apps are causing conflicts with opening web links, you can disable them and use your default browser instead.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Google > Settings for Google apps.
  • Next, head to Google Play Instant > Turn off Upgrade web links.

Hopefully, one of these methods will help you fix the ‘No app found to open link’ error on your Android phone. If none works, you may need to update your apps or your phone’s software to resolve any bugs or compatibility issues.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: [email protected]