If you’ve come across the line of text “content://com.android.browser.home/” you may be wondering what it is. This is a line of code that represents the homepage on an Andriod web browser. Most web browsers allow you to customize which website you want to have set as your homepage. Your homepage is the start-up page that is displayed when you first launch your web browser. Moreover, most web-browsers will have a home icon, when pressing this icon it will direct you back to your set home page.
- 1 What Are Android App Package Identifiers?
- 2 How To Change Your Default Homepage On Android Web Browser
- 3 How To Change Your Default Web Browser?
- 4 Final Words:
What Are Android App Package Identifiers?
In order to know what content://com.android.browser.home/ means you need to understand the basic concept of Android Application Packages (APK). Every Android app has a unique identifier, which is the package name. Package names are usually represented by the following format: <domain>.<publisher/company>.<app name>. If the app is an Android Project, the package name will usually start with “com.android”. For example, com.android.settings correspond to the Settings app, com.android.contacts is the Contacts app.
Similarly, com.android.browser is your web browser app. If you were to add the extension “.home” to the end of the browser you would be referring to the home page of the web browser app. This is what content://com.android.browser.home/ is stating.
In this article, we will discuss how you can change your home page using content://com.android.browser.home/ or by using the general settings menu of an Andriod web browser. We will also discuss how to change your default web browser on an Android device. In order to change your default web browser, you’ll require more than one web browser to be installed on to your device, hence we’ve included a list for the best web-browsers available as well.
How To Change Your Default Homepage On Android Web Browser
Changing your homepage to a website of your liking can make it easier for you to access your daily starting page much quicker. For example, if you oftentimes use Google’s Search Engine to search online, it would be really efficient to set Google as your homepage. Because it eradicates the time required for you to type in “Google.com” into the address bar every time. We’ll show how you can change your browser’s default homepage in the instructions below.
Option #1: Using The Web Browser’s Menu Settings
In this tutorial, we’ll be using the Chrome web browser as our example because it is the most popular web browser amongst Android users today. Whichever browser you use, the instructions will be fairly similar. Just follow the step-by-step guide below:
- Open your Google Chrome app from your device’s applications.
- Select the Menu icon located in the top right corner and select Settings located at the bottom of the list.
- Then select the “Home page” button.
- Make sure the Home page toggle is turned On and press on ‘Open this page’.
- Enter the URL of the web-page you would like to set as your default homepage.
Option #2: Using content://com.android.browser.home/
This method is fairly simple, all you have to do is enter this line of code in your address bar: content://com.android.browser.home/Set. This will open up the homepage settings menu you saw in the previous method. Hence, you can continue by following the steps in Option #1. This method is basically the same procedure but just a tad bit quicker if you have the syntax available at hand.
How To Change Your Default Web Browser?
In this section, we’ll discuss how we can change your default web browser completely. Most web-browsers will prompt you to set it as default the second you install it. Usually, your default web browser is the browser that gets the most usage. Whenever you open links in texts, online documents, video pages, and more, your default browser is the one that will be automatically selected to open the link.
Some Of The Best Web Browsers Available
In order to really be concerned about setting a default browser, you need to have more than one browser app installed on your Android device. Here we’ve provided a simple list of what we think is the top three web browsers you should be using your mobile phone.
- Google Chrome: Insanely fast, lightweight, and tons of extensions to choose from.
- Firefox: Used by millions around the globe, highly customizable using ‘personas’ or themes.
- Opera: Underrated but of the most secure web browsers out there, with built-torrent and scanning features.
Remember these are just the most popular and user-friendly web browsers out there. You can choose a wide selection on the Google Playstore and download one that catches your eye and meets your needs.
How To Set A Browser As Default On Android?
Now that you’ve downloaded and have gotten used to the best web browsers out there, you have to make an important decision. Which is, setting one of these browsers as your default one. Once you do this, every internet link you open will automatically open up the selected browser. Just follow the simple and easy instructions below to set your default web browser.
- Open your Settings app by clicking on the gear icon from the drop-down quick-menu settings.
- Select Apps and Notifications then navigate to Default apps.
- Select the ‘Browser app’.
- In this section, you will see all of the web browsers you have downloaded on your device. Choose the one you would like to set as your default web browser.
Now your phone is optimized with a default browser and its default home page set. As you can see it was a fairly simple and easy process to choose your default home page. This small change can make a huge difference. You’ll realize you save a lot of time and mild frustration when you have a preset start-up web page i.e. a search engine to make your web browser experience much more smooth and quick.