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A Brief About Customizing default web browser using “content://com.android.browser.home/”

Users generally like to personalize their gadgets according to their likes, preferences, and habits. And when we buy our smartphone device, the first thing we do is to customize it to our needs. Our first need in a smartphone is a browser that makes it functional. Without it, the smartphone can very well be called a 90s Traditional phone.

So when we purchase our new android smartphone, we see that it already has an in-built browser (content://com.android.browser.home/). Commonly, we see Google Chrome as its homepage since it is widely used but we forget that there are other great browsers in the market as well.

Let’s check them out.

BEST ANDROID BROWSERS

WHAT IS CONTENT://COM.ANDROID.BROWSER.HOME/?

Now, what is content://com.android.browser.home/? In simple words, a homepage of your default web browser. It is also called syntax or URI. URI is a default homepage linked to by the web browser.

So as not to get confused, let’s break it into parts to understand it better. Content:// enables us to receive the content on the same as well as different stages. Com.Android.browser is a command used to define your default web browser. And Home/ is responsible to locate your homepage.

Now that you have a little bit idea of the content://com.android.browser.home/, let’s move forward and discuss how you can customize it.

CUSTOMIZING YOUR DEFAULT WEB BROWSER

There are many methods when it comes to customizing your pre-installed or default homepages i.e. content://com.android.browser.home/ or content://com.android.browser.home/Google. Let’s discuss them further.

But before you start customizing, you need to set a default browser for your android phone. And to do that here are the following steps:-

Open the Android settings application.

  1. Scroll down until you find the apps option. Click on it.
  2. Now look for default apps in the list.
  3. You will find the browser option on this list. Click on it.
  4. Now you will get a list of your installed web browsers. Generally, it is Google Chrome.

Your default browser is now set. Now, that your browser is set, you can customize it according to your choice.

HOW TO SET HOMEPAGE ON YOUR DEFAULT WEB BROWSER USING CONTENT://COM.ANDROID.BROWSER.HOME/

  1. Open your default web browser.
  2. Click the dots on the top-right corner. Find menu option. Tap on it.
  3. The dropdown menu will have a settings option.
  4. The settings option will have a General settings button.
  5. You will find an option called the “Set Homepage”. Click on it.
  6. You will be asked to enter the URL. Insert the URL of your favorite website.

And you are done!

This method works on most devices irrespective of brand or model. It is important to note that your default browser syncs your emails, saved passwords, history, etc. You are only as vulnerable as your data so keep it safe, private, and far from the reach of malicious intended third parties and people.

Hence, the default web browser must be chosen wisely that promises to ensure your privacy against third-party access. Browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox keep their terms and conditions updated and work in compliance with the international standards for internet access and privacy policy.

ANOTHER METHOD IS THE BOOKMARK METHOD

  1. Open your default web browser.
  2. Tap the menu button.
  3. Save the page as a bookmark. If you are using Chrome then simply press the Star icon in the address bar.
  4. Tap the menu button again.
  5. Click on Bookmarks or History
  6. Find the saved site, tap, and long-press it.
  7. Finally, choose an option called ‘Set as Homepage.’

And you are done!

SET UP HOMEPAGE IN MOZILLA FIREFOX

You can install this app from the Play store. It’s a free, fast, safe, and private web browser. With Mozilla Firefox you can choose Private Browsing Mode which will automatically erase browsing history from your device. You will get many add-ons, extensions, and widgets too.

Here are the steps for the Android version of the Firefox browser:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Click on the Apps & notifications. Open it.
  3. Tap on Default apps.
  4. Look for the option Browser and click on it.
  5. Choose Firefox.

And you are done! Firefox is now your official homepage. Enjoy!

SET UP HOMEPAGE IN OPERA

Opera and Opera-Mini are also a great choice. Opera is a fast, secure web browser with a free VPN that improves the security and privacy of your data. If you turn the Opera VPN on in private mode then your IP address will be replaced with a virtual one. This will help you to avoid unintended location and identification sharing. Opera also blocks ads for faster browsing. Opera allows private browsing to its users too.

Following are the steps to help you set up homepage in Opera and Opera Mini:

  1. Open the Opera browser on your android smartphone.
  2. On the bottom right of the screen, tap the Settings Icon.
  3. Disable the News from the homepage.
  4. Also, disable Trending in the browser from the settings.
  5. Open the homepage again and delete all speed search sites.
  6. Copy the webpage’s link. Tap + button in opera.
  7. Insert the link that you copied and click OK.
  8. Save the setting.

And you are done!

CUSTOM ROMs

Content:/com.android.browser.home/ is the default browser for every Android phone. This browser’s GUI is so depraved that users don’t use it.

Where is, ROMs are designed to be faster. The use of custom ROMs like CyanogenMod or DotOS is another choice but rooting your phone to install custom ROM violates its warranty in many brands. So make sure that the brand you use does not have a conflict with you installing a custom ROM.

Installing custom ROMs requires a lot of hustle. A homepage can be changed with the help of links and a little knowledge. So you might want to ask yourself if it’s really worth it.

CONCLUSION

content://com.android.browser.home/ is the address of android’s default browser. Chrome is a commonly used web browser but there are other good web browsers as well. I have explained how you can change your default homepage content://com.android.browser.home/ to the one you want.

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