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Why can't you change the default Gallery app on the S24?

(Topic created: 04-25-2024 02:37 PM)
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userlp85n6dggW
Constellation
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Galaxy S24

I used to have an S22, and S23 and both of them would allow you to change the default Gallery app. However the S24 won't. And before anyone tries linking to any generic support article on how to change default apps, The S24 DOES NOT have that menu option.

The closes thing I can do is install other 3rd party gallery apps, and then if I use File Browser to open a photo, it will ask me which app to use to open photos, and I can select a 3rd party and and even select to use that every time, HOWEVER that only changes what app opens, when selecting a photo from the file browser.

There are other "open a photo" functions that you can't change what the default app is. The most annoying is from within the camera app, if you take a photo, then tap on the tiny preview image in the corner, it will ALWAYS open in the Samsung Gallery app, and never asks which app to use.

You also can't disable or remove the Samsung gallery app. the best I can do is remove all the permissions from the app, so now instead of it opening an app I don;t like or want to use, it will just pop up a message asking me to give the Samsung gallery app permissions again, which just acts as a reminder that I have to manually open the photo in the correct app.

WHY WOULD SAMSUNG REMOVE SUCH A BASIC FEATURE? I am surprised no one has opened a class action law suit or tried to sue them for anti monopoly laws for forcing their gallery app on people without giving an option to change it.

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realaud
Black Hole
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Galaxy S24

I truly don't understand the hatred of the gallery app. It's a perfectly functional photo viewer. If you don't like the editor, you can just use a third-party editor. You buy a Samsung phone, you get Samsung software if you don't want to use it, nobody's twisting your arm but those are usually the default apps. You don't want to use the Samsung apps buy a different brand of phone.

 

BTW, an app called "gallery" is inextricably linked to the camera on every brand Android phone, not just Samsung (even has the same icon). I had it on my Asus, Motorola, etc.

MisterB2024
Asteroid
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Galaxy S24
My Google Pixel 3A only came with the default Google Photos app. No Gallery software. And now that I have the S24 interestingly the Photos editing options are grayed out and Google wants a subscription! Samsung Gallery is fine though I wish the camera photos were saved into the Camera folder like my Pixel did, rather than saving them in a subfolder of a subfolder as syncing with my Windows 11 desktop via OneDrive created a nested subfolder of the Photos app. Very confusing at first. And one is unable to specify storage location of camera images.

Also, I am enjoying the Samsung Galaxy Enhance-X app (free download) for editing images. I highly recommend it.
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AKJaxx
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Galaxy S24
That's what I want! Google Photos as my default - auto open 'gallery app'. I don't hate Sammy's but I've used Google Photos for 15 years+ now, pay for 2TB of Drive space and I'm not excited to hold every picture redundantly, including locally considering the price today for storage upgrades.
If you try using it, every picture and video is duplicated.

It's ridiculous and I agree with the OP. I've been on the line with a service dude that worked on my phone remotely for 10 minutes and finally said, "welp, I Guess you don't have that option on this one". ..
First time he'd seen it. Very very frustrating and the OneDrive deal is a SS! While I already had 365, I don't get it. Samsung chooses OneDrive as the backup vs Photos?

Makes zero sense. I don't need four copies of cloud collections of my media but I don't have a choice anymore. Not if I wanna keep it safe. (My data)
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userZNnTdcqwZP
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Galaxy S24
I have S23 and there is no such option to change default Gallery app that you were talking about1714091890340.jpg
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