What Causes the “No App Found to Open URL” Error?

What Causes the “No App Found to Open URL” Error?


Web browsers offer a lot of flexibility. You can surf the Internet freely, open web pages in separate windows and even use multiple tabs to navigate through various websites at the same time. As awesome as this may sound, it also brings up some problems with certain features, especially if they are not working right or are not installed in your system properly.

One such problem is "No App Found to Open URL" error message that appears when you try to open a specific link in your browser. This error results when the application fails to launch for opening a website URL in your preferred default web browser on computer or mobile device.

This article has been prepared all for you to help you solve this problem effectively by providing accurate solutions that have actually worked for many users who were previously stuck with this same problem.


As you might already know, many of us use multiple web browsers on our devices. Some prefer to stick with just one while there are some others who like to use different browsers for different purposes or requirements.

However, this doesn't mean that all browsers come equipped with the same features and functionalities. Many websites may work better in some web browser than they do in other browsers due to certain limitations or incompatibility issues. This is why it is always advisable to choose the right default browser for your device that offers maximum security and stability when using Internet.

But what would happen if you accidentally delete or remove your default browser app? If you think that simple re-installation of the app is going to solve the problem, you're wrong! In such a case, the error "No App Found to Open URL" may appear on your computer or mobile screen.

This error occurs when you try to open a particular web page in your default browser and it fails to do so for some reason. In most cases, this problem appears with Google Chrome web browser due to compatibility issues that cause this issue in certain Android devices. However, there are many other reasons that have been listed below that might be causing this problem too:

1)  Interference of Corrupted Web Browsing Data: Many users have reported that removing their corrupted browsing data from the web browser's storage solved their issue completely. If you can't fix this problem using any of the given solutions, this is one option that you may want to consider.

2)  Interference in Default System Web Browser: There are high chances that some other default system web browser might be interfering in your configuration. If you have installed a new web browser on your device recently, it's likely that it has replaced your existing default web browser and made itself your new default app. So you need to check if there are multiple browsers configured on the system or not.

3)  Application Conflict with Browsing Data: A conflict between application data can also cause this error message to appear on the screen. This usually happens when an incompatible app tries to access certain files or storage that were previously used by the system web browser.

4)  Third-Party App or System Utility: Sometimes this problem might also appear because of certain third-party apps that may be using the same protocol as your default browser to access Internet or due to any other system utility running in background that uses the same port for accessing the Internet.

5)  Misconfiguration in Proxy Settings: It is also possible that incorrect proxy settings for your default web browser might cause this error message on screen. If you have recently changed the proxy server or IP address, you need to check if it's properly configured on all devices and browsers correctly.

6)  Corrupted Cache Files: Some users have also suggested that clearing cache and deleting cookies from their default web browser might help. If you want to try this method, make sure that you don't delete any other file accidentally because deleting the wrong file can create more problems for you.

7)  Hardware or Software Degradation: One last reason that has been discovered by our research team is hardware or software degradation due to continuous usage over a long time resulting in data loss. This happens when certain web browsing files are not able to load properly and therefore cause this error message on screen.

There are many other reasons due to which this issue may appear on your Android device but the given solutions should be enough for fixing it completely. So let's start with the first solution where we will show you how to fix this problem using 'Clear app data' option.

1)  Clear app data: Just as the name suggests, this method will clear all the corrupted app data from your default web browser and make it work like a brand new one.

2)  Dump Chrome URL: This step by step solution is specifically designed for those users who want to dump Chrome URL using ADB command line tool on their computers. The first two steps are common for everyone while the other two steps should be followed only by those users who have developer options enabled on their devices. Once you're done with these steps, try opening any random website in your web browser and see if problem still persists or not.

3)  Re-configure Settings: In order to fix this problem using this method, you'll have to re-configure all the settings of your web browser exactly how they were before.

4)  Remove Third Party Apps: This step by step guide will help you find out if any third party app is causing this problem on your device or not. Once you're done with these steps, try opening any website in your default web browser and see if the problem still persists or not.

5)  Clear Cache Partition: Clearing cache partition is one of the oldest tricks that Android users use to fix almost every little problem on their devices. For those who don't know how to clear cache partition using ADB command line tool on their computers, we've covered it too along with these steps.

6)  Factory Reset: The last thing you can do to fix the Google Chrome Not Working On Android problem is to factory reset your device once and see if it works or not. If you don't know how to factory reset using ADB command line tool on your computer, we have a separate guide for that as well.

7)  Reinstall Default Web Browser: Since this issue appears due to corrupted app data from your default web browser, reinstalling stock web browser will surely fix the problem because it'll recreate all the files from scratch. We've got a separate guide for that as well which includes direct download links of stock web browsers for almost all popular Android devices available out there.

8)  Re-Install Chrome: The only last fix left for you is to re-install Google Chrome application on your Android device. If it doesn't solve the problem, try uninstalling and re-installing the application again because sometimes app data gets corrupted due to which this error message appears on screen.

9)  Data Access: We're almost done with our list of solutions and coming to the end we would like to mention that if your Android device has less than 1 GB RAM then you might also face this issue due to low memory space as well. Make sure that all the apps are uninstalled from your device and keep around 50 MB free space so it can easily load all websites without any problem. Those who have 1 GB of RAM or more can easily browse any website without any problem.

10)  Check Available Memory: Last but not the least, just press your home button and check if the 'No App Found to Open URL' message has automatically disappeared after few seconds or not. You can also go to Settings > Apps (or Application Manager on Android Nougat) and clear data of all recently installed apps because even one corrupted app can cause this problem on your device.

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