Solution 2: Resetting System Preferences

Solution 2: Resetting System Preferences

26.Oct.2021

Sometimes, opening a specific type of link in an app can cause issues while opening URLs. One example is when clicking on a Twitter link which you have set to open with another application; it opens but you don't see the expected web page and instead get a dialog asking what app to open it with.

In cases such as these, resetting Android's system preferences will solve this issue. Here is how:

- Open any file manager (such as ES File Explorer) and go to the root directory of your phone's storage (/sdcard).  

- Tap and hold anywhere in that folder until a menu pops out at the top of the screen which says "Copy", then tap on it and choose "Cut".

- After that, go to the directory "/data/system/" and tap on it.

- Tap on a file titled "http_apns", then hit the menu button at the top right of your device (three vertical dots), and choose "Paste". This will overwrite this particular file with the one you previously copied (cut).

- After doing this, back out two directories (until you are in /sdcard again) and hold anywhere until another menu pops up which says "Cut" - tap that menu then go back into system, but this time into "/data/system/dropbox/" (enter that directory).

- There should be one file already in there; overwrite it by copying and pasting another file from your sdcard. That is all you have to do, so reboot your device and try opening a Twitter link. If it opens up the way you had expected, then this was successful!

Note: This does not apply for Windows phones, which use Microsoft's OneDrive and Apple devices using iCloud for this purpose.

 

1. Open any file manager (such as ES File Explorer) and go to the root directory of your phone's storage (/sdcard).

2. Tap and hold anywhere in that folder until a menu pops out at the top of the screen which says "Copy", then tap on it and choose "Cut".

3. After that, go to the directory "/data/system/" and tap on it.

 

4. Tap on a file titled "http_apns", then hit the menu button at the top right of your device (three vertical dots), and choose "Paste". This will overwrite this particular file with the one you previously copied (cut).

5. After doing this, back out two directories (until you are in /sdcard again) and hold anywhere until another menu pops up which says "Cut" - tap that menu then go back into system, but this time into "/data/system/dropbox/" (enter that directory).

6. There should be one file already in there; overwrite it by copying and pasting another file from your sdcard. That is all you have to do, so reboot your device and try opening a Twitter link. If it opens up the way you had expected, then this was successful!

 

You may also change the system settings to another app which is set as default. For example, using Chrome as a browser instead of "Internet". Keep in mind that some apps only offer one option for what app to open with (YouTube can only be opened by YouTube). Thus resetting Android's system preferences will solve this issue. Here is how:

- Open any file manager (such as ES File Explorer) and go to the root directory of your phone's storage (/sdcard).  

- Tap and hold anywhere in that folder until a menu pops out at the top of the screen which says "Copy", then tap on it and choose "Cut".

- After that, go to the directory "/data/system/" and tap on it.

- Tap on a file titled "http_apns", then hit the menu button at the top right of your device (three vertical dots), and choose "Paste". This will overwrite this particular file with the one you previously copied (cut).

- After doing this, back out two directories (until you are in /sdcard again) and hold anywhere until another menu pops up which says "Cut" - tap that menu then go back into system, but this time into "/data/system/dropbox/" (enter that directory).  

- There should be one file already in there; overwrite it by copying and pasting another file from your sdcard. That is all you have to do, so reboot your device and try opening a Twitter link. If it opens up the way you had expected, then this was successful!

Note: This does not apply for Windows phones, which use Microsoft's OneDrive and Apple devices using iCloud for this purpose.

- Open any file manager (such as ES File Explorer) and go to the root directory of your phone's storage (/sdcard).

- Tap and hold anywhere in that folder until a menu pops out at the top of the screen which says "Copy", then tap on it and choose "Cut".

- After that, go to the directory "/data/system/" and tap on it.

- Tap on a file titled "http_apns", then hit the menu button at the top right of your device (three vertical dots), and choose "Paste". This will overwrite this particular file with the one you previously copied (cut).

- After doing this, back out two directories (until you are in /sdcard again) and hold anywhere until another menu pops up which says "Cut" - tap that menu then go back into system, but this time into "/data/system/dropbox/" (enter that directory).  

- There should be one file already in there; overwrite it by copying and pasting another file from your sdcard. That is all you have to do, so reboot your device and try opening a Twitter link. If it opens up the way you had expected, then this was successful!

Note: This does not apply for Windows phones, which use Microsoft's OneDrive and Apple devices using iCloud for this purpose.

You may also change the system settings to another app which is set as default. For example, using Chrome as a browser instead of "Internet". Keep in mind that some apps only offer one option for what app to open with (YouTube can only be opened by YouTube). Thus resetting Android's system preferences will solve this issue. Here is how:

- Open any file manager ( as ES File Explorer) and go to the root directory of your phone's storage (/sdcard).

- Tap and hold anywhere in that folder until a menu pops out at the top of the screen which says "Copy", then tap on it and choose "Cut".

- After that, go to the directory "/data/system/" and tap on it.

- Tap on a file titled "http_apns", then hit the menu button at the top right of your device (three vertical dots), and choose "Paste". This will overwrite this particular file with the one you previously copied (cut).

- After doing this, back out two directories (until you are in /sdcard again) and hold anywhere until another menu pops up which says "Cut" - tap that menu then go back into system, but this time into "/data/system/dropbox/" (enter that directory).  

- There should be one file already in there; overwrite it by copying and pasting another file from your sdcard. That is all you have to do, so reboot your device and try opening a Twitter link. If it opens up the way you had expected, then this was successful!

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