How do I open a link in an app rather than a browser?

How do I open a link in an app rather than a browser?

On Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for Android, each link you click causes the app’s browser to open automatically. Since you might not be logged into your browser in this situation, you might not have access to the platform.

Consider the scenario where one of your favourite YouTubers shares a link to one of his videos on Facebook. The link launches the in-app browser when you click it. You must first sign in to YouTube in order to comment or like anything. Hence, it would have been wonderful if clicking the link launched the YouTube app on your smartphone, right?

Allowing an app to open supported links is Method 1. Directly

your Android device’s Settings app should be opened.

To view all apps, select Apps.

Choose the app you want the links to open in so they don’t open in a browser.

On the App Info screen, click Open by default after scrolling down.

Activate the toggle for Open supported links.

From this point forward, whenever you access a URL, the appropriate app rather than the browser will launch. You must disable the internal browser in apps if it still opens in the in-app browser; more on this later.

Making Links Open in App Using Method 2’s OpenInApp

For developers who prefer that the links they publish on social media open directly inside their apps rather than in the in-app browser, OpenInApp is a helpful tool. For instance, the Instagram app will launch immediately if you share a link to an Instagram post on Facebook.

Go to in your browser.

The URL that you want to share with others should be copied and pasted.

By pressing the Create Link button. If requested, log in, otherwise click Create.

After creating the link, copy it and share it wherever you like.

Disable In-App Browsers (Method 3)

When defining the default link behaviour, there is one more setting to take into account. Many well-known programmes have their own in-app browsers, including Gmail, Telegram, Twitter, Slack, and others. As a result, websites you open from within these apps will open in their own browser window as opposed to the relevant app or your default browser.

We advise disabling in-app browsers because they are typically a hassle to use to open a page when you aren’t logged in to any websites. Depending on the programme you’re using, you’ll find it in different locations, but it’s typically under a setting called Use in-app browser or Browse external links.

Use in-app browser, for instance, may be found under Settings and privacy > Display and sound > Use in-app browser in the Twitter app.

Use Better Open With as Procedure 4

Using this software, you can make a list of your favoured programmes that you can edit at any time. You’ll see a number of categories when you first open it, including Audio Files, Browser, Dialer, and Emails, among others.

Choose your preferred application by tapping the star next to it after choosing a category. Simply click the eye icon to hide any programmes you don’t want to use. You can choose the specific options for websites like YouTube and Twitter from a selection box at the top of the Browser section.

Go to a link that is appropriate now. Choose Better Open With and Always from the drop-down menu when asked to select an app. At the bottom of the screen, Better Open With will provide a panel with a countdown clock and a list of compatible programmes. If you don’t choose one before the time limit runs out, your preferred app will start.

Better Open With is convenient, but it has some drawbacks. As of the time of writing, it hasn’t received an update since June 2018. When the app is first launched on Android 10, a warning stating that it wasn’t made for the most recent version of the operating system will appear. As a result, the application has an obtrusive black box at the bottom.

Not only is it incompatible with every version, but it also is unable to handle every action type—SMS is a conspicuous omission. Even so, the app is absolutely free, so if you like the idea, it’s worth a try.


For Android devices, these were a few efficient techniques for opening links to social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and others within their respective programmes as opposed to the browser. With this knowledge, we can help you get rid of your phone’s annoying in-app browser. Watch this space for additional advice, methods, and how-tos regarding the technologies you employ in the future.

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