Use TapPath to open links with specific apps on Android

You're probably familiar with the Android pop-up window asking which app should be used to open a specific type of link. If you want to skip seeing it, check out this app that will let you communicate your app choice with a few quick finger taps.

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Although Android allows users to do a multitude of customizations, some features still need a little fine-tuning. This became more apparent when I wrote about LinkBubble, by Chris Lacy, back in March of this year. The LinkBubble app helps load links in the background with your preset app choices, without taking you away from the current screen until the loading process finished.

Now Lacy is back with another link utility app that skips over the pop-up prompt that asks which app you want to use to open a link. Instead of the window, you'll just use a tap pattern (one, two, or three) to determine the app that is used. Ready to give it a try? Let's get started:

Step 1: Grab a copy of TapPath for your Android 4.0 and up device. Right now the app is only 99 cents.

Step 2: Open TapPath and you will see three choices for opening links. Adjust the one, two, and three tap choices to your liking. Test the link opening process with the link on that same screen.

Step 3: Since this is your first time using the app, you will still see the pop-up that asks which app to use. Choose TapPath and then press the Always button. An alert will appear in the app, asking you to set TapPath as your default browser, which needs to be done to avoid the pop-up in the future.

If your device isn't able to differentiate between your one, two, or three taps, you can adjust the tap delay in the app's settings menu.

Some users may not always experience the pop-up asking which app to use, but for others who are often installing and trying new apps, this can be quite annoying. TapPath is a great choice if you're looking for an alternative way to tell your device how to handle links.

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