How to Edit and Clean Up Android’s Share Menu: No Root Required

If you’re like most Android users, your Share menu is cluttered with options you never use. Every time you want to share something, you have to scroll and hunt for the app you’re after. It doesn’t have to be that way. This is a simple tweak: It’s free, it doesn’t require you to root your device or play with any system files, and it is completely reversible. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Before and After

Here’s what we’re going for: sharemenu 1   How to Edit and Clean Up Androids Share Menu: No Root Required To the left, you see my phone’s default Share menu. Yes, it’s nice and bright, but it’s not usable. There’s lots of wasted space between the icons, and what’s worse, it has lots and lots of entries I can’t see without scrolling. To the right is the tweaked menu: It’s dark, and there are actually less entries on the screen at one time (8 vs. 10 in the default). But these are entries I picked – apps I actually share to, and they don’t require scrolling. Note the two buttons on the bottom of the dialog; we’ll get to those in a moment.

Getting There: AppChooser

That’s the secret — a simple free app called AppChooser. Install it, and it won’t even show up in your app drawer. Instead, the first time you try to share an item after AppChooser has been installed, you’ll get this: sharemenu 2   How to Edit and Clean Up Androids Share Menu: No Root Required Android will ask which app you’d like to use to complete the Share action. Choose AppChooser, and you’ll get the simple menu you see on the right. At its default state, it has all the same entries you had before, and isn’t any shorter.

Removing Stuff You Don’t Need and Sorting What’s Left

sharemenu 3   How to Edit and Clean Up Androids Share Menu: No Root Required What’s cool about AppChooser is how elegantly it works: You don’t have a Settings dialog to wade through. To hide an app from the Share menu, just long-press it. AppChooser will prompt you to confirm, and once you do, that entry will be gone from the Share menu. Just like that. To change the sorting order, tap the bottom-left icon, and pick an ordering that works for you. Of course, in order for Frequency and History to work right, you need to be using AppChooser for some time.

This simple interface has one gotcha: If you accidentally remove an app, you need to restore all apps to get it back… And then hide the ones you didn’t want one by one. This is why you should not choose to disable the “do you really want to hide?” prompt. Finally, you should know AppChooser isn’t the only game in town: We’ve previously reviewed Andmade Share which is somewhat similar, but feels more dated.

This Should be Built Into Android

AppChooser is a simple and elegant solution to a daily Android annoyance. It is implemented in a way that isn’t intrusive, and most important, it just works. Try it out and share your thoughts below.

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likefunbutnot

I’m fond of Andmade Share, which allows me to replace the share menu entirely with a custom version.

And yes, this should be basic Android functionality.

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Justin D

this is brilliant! I had no idea Android allowed for customizing the Share menu. Thanks, Erez!

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Erez Z

Sure thing! :) I’m glad you found it useful.

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Henk van Setten

I’ve got an Android phone for a year and a half now, and I guess you will all find me a terrible dork: I’ve never even seen that menu, let alone used or needed it.
My email is automatically synced by the Outlook and Gmail apps, my latest photos are automatically dropped in Dropbox by Dropbox, my calendar is automatically synced by Google, and that’s about all I need.
I just can’t image what other things I would ever need a Share menu for!

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Vida

Well Henk, you’re not sharing, but storing for your own use.

Let’s try this: You took a nice picture with your phone. You want to send (share) with a friend. You can do it via Email, WhatsApp, etc. For what you said, right now, you’d open your app, ask to attach a file and search through your file system to find the right picture, select, attach and send.

Another -easier- way is to display the picture, then “share”, select your app (email, whatsapp, etc.), then send to your friend. You’d be saving the time to search and fetch the right file.

I could keep going with tens of examples.

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dlr

FIrst thing you will see when you go to install this app.
“Support for AppChooser has ended, final version was released more than 18 months ago.” (Sept 2012)

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Erez Z

Yup, the author changed the description after I wrote the article (possibly in response to a surge in the app’s popularity). It didn’t say that when I reviewed the app. Still, the app works well.

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dlr

Thanks for the update.

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rob

Loev “AppChooser”, thanks for posting.

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R. Thomas

On my stock (non-rooted) build of Android 4.3, it doesnt give that very first screen allowing AppChooser (free) to be default. It just adds more clutter to the Share menu. That doesn’t seem useful to me.

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