by Raven T.
When it comes to the world of smartphones, Android pretty much beats its closest rival by having at least 8 times more users.
There are many reasons why android smartphones are more used than iOS devices. One of the main reasons, of course, is that different brands are producing android phones. For instance companies like Samsung, Sony, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Asus, among others are just some of the few that install an android operating system on their smartphones. On the other hand, only smartphones produced by Apple use iOS. Asides this, Android phones are much more affordable than their iOS counterparts. And since there are cheaper Android phones that offer betters functionalities than certain iPhones, it is not hard to see why many go for android devices. Besides, the android operating system has been in existence longer than iOS.
While having many companies producing android devices might seem like a good thing, it also comes with its drawbacks. This is because many of these manufacturers end up over-branding their smartphones. It is even worse if they decide to brand the homepage of the browsers on your device. Although they do this for brand awareness, it still does not change the fact that it greatly limits brand awareness. The good news is, you can always remove these brandings to improve your experience using the phone thanks to the flexibility of Android OS.
When it comes to android phone browsers, they always come with their default homepage. Depending on the manufacturer of your smartphone, there might be the reason for you to change the default homepage of your default browser.
If you are interested in changing it, there are different ways you can go about it. Before proceeding, it is obvious you are still wondering what content://com.android.browser.home/ means. content://com.android.browser.home/ defines how the homepage of your default phone browser looks like.
As earlier stated there are different ways you can change or modify it. The most common method is by:
1. Launching the default browser app on your smartphone.
2. Once the app opens, you then navigate to the menu tab of the browser. This is usually accessed by tapping the three horizontal dashes at the top right-hand corner of your phone's screen.
3. Select the option that reads "settings". Scroll down till you see an option that says "Android Browser Settings". Choose this option and a new mini drop-down tab should appear.
4. One the new tab, select "General" from the list of options
5. Lastly, click the "Set Homepage" option.
6. All you have to do now is enter the URL of the page you want to be displayed anytime you open the app.
NOTE: The method used here is very similar to the method used when changing the default homepage of computer browsers.
As easy as the step above is, not everyone has the option to modify their browser homepage directly from the menu tab. In this case, there are other ways to go about it.
You can also decide what the default homepage of other browsers you install on your Android device has. Browsers like Google Chrome, UC browser, Opera, etc can easily be modified. The method to be discussed below lets you do this without any issues.
1. Go to the settings menu of your android smartphone.
2. Navigate to Manage Apps section. There are different ways to do this. If your android device has a search bar at the top of your "Settings" tab, you can simply enter "Manage apps" to find the said section. However, if your phone does not, you have to locate the Apps options in your settings menu.
3. Selecting the Manage Apps options will open a tab that shows you all your installed apps.
4. Next, you have to click on the three vertical dots on the top right corner of the screen. This will bring a dropdown box where you can select "Default Apps".
5. Selecting this will bring a menu of options. Select the browser option.
6. Now you have to choose the browser you love using the most from the list of all installed browsers. This will make the selected browser your default browser.
Once you have successfully selected your favorite browser as your default browser, you can now proceed to set the default homepage on your phone's browser. Below are the different steps to take when setting the homepage for your browsers as they all have different procedures.
Google Chrome is a very popular browser for android devices and can be found on at least 90% of smartphones running Android OS. The browser sometimes comes pre-installed by the manufacturer of an android device. That said, below are the steps to set Google Chrome as your default browser:
i. Open the chrome browser on your android phone and locate the settings menu. To do this, you will find three dots at the top right side of your screen.
ii. Once the settings menu opens, look for the option that says Home Page under the Basics section.
NOTE: Depending on the version of Google Chrome on your device, you might not see the home page option. In this case, you can apply steps 3 and 4. However, if you see the Home Page option under your basics tab in the settings menu, you can skip to Step 5
iii. Enter chrome://flags/ in the search bar of your browser. This should open a page with lots of different options.
NOTE: You do not need an internet connection for you to load the page.
iv. Dig through the list of options till you see an option that says "Force enable home page button". Tap on it to enable it, close your app, and open it twice. On opening the app the third time, you will find the Homepage option under the Basics tab in the settings menu.
v. Now tap on the Home page option. This will open a new tab where you will see an option that reads "open this page" with space to type in the URL under it. Just type the URL of the page you want to use as your browser's default home page.
vi. Restart your Google Chrome app. The URL page you entered should now be the default homepage of your device.
This is the second and last browser we will discuss how to modify its default home page. Setting the default home page is pretty simple. All you have to do is:
Default home pages can be very useful especially if you use the right one. For instance, as a frequent traveler, having a default home page of a website that regularly has bonus packages for people traveling with their airline can save you money.
Also, a good home page reduces the stress of having to close the page from completely loading so that you can do other things on the browser. Having a default home page of Google can be very useful if you own a bookshop or library.
In case you do not know, you can always get rid of excess branding on your android phone. For instance, you can mod your phone to look exactly like another phone when you operate it. Custom mods are the software that makes this possible.
Though the ROMs are usually built by a community of registered developers, it does not mean they are safe to use. This is because:
As a result of this, you should only venture into installing custom mods for your phone if you are confident in yourself. Installing a custom mod on your device means you do not have to worry about content://com.android.browser.home/.
content://com.android.browser.home/ is just one of the many syntax commands on android. These commands let you modify certain things that the manufacturer of your Android smartphone restricted access to. However, though there is a way to modify the default home page of your phone's default browser, you do not have to worry about changing it. This is because there are faster, elegant, secure, and better android browsers on Google Playstore. Default browsers are mostly bloated with ads and branding and not always as efficient as third party browsers.
About Raven T.
Reven T. is a highly influential fashion blogger known for their impeccable style, insightful fashion tips, and captivating content. With a passion for all things fashion, Reven has established themselves as a prominent figure in the industry, gaining a substantial following on various social media platforms.