Samsung Galaxy Tab — How do i associate an app with a file type?

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Sep 14, 2019, 11:46:11 PM via Website

I am a guitar player and have downloaded some gp5 guitar tabs.

I have also downloaded tuxguitar which can play gp5 files.

When i try to open the files from myfiles i get cannot open file search googleplay.

When i open the files with total commander im given a list of apps and have to select tuxguitar every time.

How do i set tuxguitar to always always open gp5 files?

Why is everything so difficult in android?

Annette galaxy tab a 10.1 6

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Sep 15, 2019, 7:12:15 AM via Website

I found this:
If you want to set the file associations (which file type is opened by which app by default) in Android, then you can follow these simple steps:

Open File Manager and browse the the folder containing the files that you want to associate with a particular app.
Long tap on a target file type until a menu opens up. For example, I want to associate JPEG files with QuickPic, so I long tapped on a random JPEG file. Select Open With from the options that show up.Android File Associations
Android will show you all the apps installed in your device that are capable of opening the target file type. Select one of these apps that you want to associate with these files. Check the checkbox that says Remember selection. Then tap on Open to continue.Android File Associations
This will set the target file types to be opened with the selected app and open that file in that app as well.

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Sep 15, 2019, 7:41:46 AM via Website

By the way doing things in Android is not too difficult. It is just a matter of doing a bit of research and a lot of things are possible, even more if you root your phone.Other OS do not allow as much freedom as Android plus a lot of things that are free in Android come at a cost with other OS.

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Jun 15, 2020, 11:10:38 AM via Website

"...Android will show you all the apps installed in your device that are capable of opening the target file type"

What if Android doesn't show you all the apps? I'm trying to open a .log file and have text editors installed, but the system will not allow me to make the connection. It wants me to search the Play Store for a log file reader...

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Jun 15, 2020, 11:41:28 AM via Website

I believe I've figured this one out on my own.

When I download a .zip file from email containing a couple of .log files, the Unzip operation would occur in Samsung My Files by default. After extracting the files to my Downloads folder, I would try to open one of the .log files and would be promted to look for an app in the Play Store.

I downloaded a Log Viewer app but Samsung My Files still would not make the connection and keeps directing me back to the Play Store.

I solved the problem by removing Samsung My Files as the default File Viewer app. I did this by going to the Play Store and choosing to Uninstall the app. It didn't uninstall completely, but apparently broke the default association between the My Files app and extracting .zip files since it asked which program I'd like to use to open the .zip file. I chose my file manager app of choice (Solid Explorer) and now I can open .log files in the correct app.

Hopefully this helps someone else not be so frustrated with this horrible app!