How to Edit and Clean Up Android’s Share Menu: No Root Required
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Android’s Share menu is a consistent control across most apps New To Android? Make Your Smartphone Work For You, Not Against New To Android? Make Your Smartphone Work For You, Not Against Do you have a smartphone that you just can't seem to figure out? Learn the basics and start conquering your Android phone now! Read More . Whether you’re viewing a webpage in Chrome, watching a video on YouTube How to Watch YouTube on Top of Other Apps on Android How to Watch YouTube on Top of Other Apps on Android Wouldn't it be nice if you could watch YouTube videos on Android while doing something else like browsing the web or jotting down notes? With this app, you can! Read More , or browsing apps on the Play Store, you’ll see that familiar Share icon. Tapping it launches a menu that lets you choose which app you’d like to send out the link with.

However, the Share menu is a bit messy by default. The apps aren’t listed in any particular order, and it’s probably cluttered with apps you never use. Let’s take a look at a few different apps to customize your Share menu so it’s just right for you The Best Tweaks You Can Make To Your Android Without Rooting The Best Tweaks You Can Make To Your Android Without Rooting Customizing your Android device isn't only for the tech savvy. Learn how to get the most out of your unrooted Android phone or tablet! Read More .

The Classic: Andmade Share

Strangely, there aren’t too many apps that beef up Android’s Share menu anymore. One of the few that’s still around is Andmade Share, available for free. The app hasn’t been updated since 2013, but it still works fine.

Once you have Andmade Share installed, you’ll notice it pop up as an option when you tap the Share icon inside an app. Choose Andmade Share, and tap Always to make it your default sharing application. You’ll see that the first improvement is an alphabetical listing for the apps (Andmade Share is on the right below), but you can do more customization.

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At the Andmade Share screen, long-press on an entry to re-arrange it anywhere you like. Of course, it makes more sense to have the apps that you use most often near the top of the list. By tapping the gear in the upper-right corner of Andmade Share’s menu or opening the app from your app drawer, you can access its few settings.

The most important option is Hidden apps, which allows you to exclude any Share menu entry you don’t want. If one of your apps adds an entry into the Share menu that’s a duplicate or useless, just check it here and you won’t have to bother with it again. If you often share items via email, the Default e-mail option lets you set a default destination email address when you share via Gmail or other email apps 5 Excellent Email Apps for Android, Compared 5 Excellent Email Apps for Android, Compared You probably use your smartphone for email, but switching to one of these apps could make that experience a lot better for you. Read More .

For $2, you can upgrade to Andmade Share Pro. This version lets you create groups of apps so you can share to multiple places at once. Pro also allows you to share without a network connection The Best Offline Android Apps for Living Without Data The Best Offline Android Apps for Living Without Data Data plans are expensive, and you don't need them. Here's how you can get by without one and still take full advantage of your Android smartphone. Read More , as the app will automatically share your links whenever your phone restores the connection.

Finally, note that some apps use their own Share format, and might bypass Andmade Share. You can still tap Andmade Share in these lists to open it.

Overall, despite being old (it doesn’t feature Material Design Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but to get the full effect, you need apps that stay true to the Material Design philosophy. We can help you find the best of them. Read More ), Andmade Share still works and is a solid replacement for the stock sharing experience.

Download: Andmade Share (Free | Pro)

The Modern: Fliktu

If Andmade Share is too old or boring for you, Fliktu provides a slick alternative. The app doesn’t have a free version, so you’ll have to pay $1 to check it out.

Once you’ve downloaded Fliktu, open it up and tap the box to Use Fliktu for Sharing. The app guides you through selecting it as your default sharing application, then you’re all set up. Tap the Share icon in any app, and Fliktu will draw your most-used app’s icons over your current screen. Apps you commonly share to appear at the top, but you can scroll down to see the others (in alphabetical order).

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To customize the order, open up Fliktu and scroll over to the Menu heading. The Left, Middle, and Right Position entries are set to Automatic by default, but you can choose any three apps you like to stay up top. Tap Hide Apps to remove any from the list you don’t want around.

Fliktu has a few other tricks up its sleeve 10 Amazing Apps That Will Change How You Use Android 10 Amazing Apps That Will Change How You Use Android You might use an Android device daily, but if you're not using these apps, you're not getting the most out of it. Read More that are worth checking out. Browse to the Links section of the app, and you can enable its sharing feature for links, too. When activated, whenever you tap on a link, you can gently flick your device to share it instead of opening up your default browser 5 Simple Ways to Choose the Best Mobile Browser for You 5 Simple Ways to Choose the Best Mobile Browser for You Choosing a browser for your mobile device, whether Android or iOS -- which one do you choose? If your head spins from the variety of mobile browser options, then ask yourself these five questions. Read More .

Similarly, on the Clipboard tab, you can enable the flicking feature whenever you copy some text How to Improve the Copy & Paste Functionality on Android How to Improve the Copy & Paste Functionality on Android Ever wanted to copy and paste more than one thing at a time? Wish you had quick access to certain phrases you could paste? These apps have got you covered and then some. Read More . This is handy when you want to quickly share a URL or copy some text from a message and send it to another app. If you find the flicking too finicky, you can change it under the Flick tab.

Like Andmade Share, some apps might not respond to Fliktu because they use their own sharing protocol. Note that Fliktu hasn’t been updated since November of 2015. The developer states that the app is a side project, and thus he only updates it a few times per year. For now, the app is working great; we hope the developer doesn’t abandon it.

Download: Fliktu ($1)

Care to Share?

It’s a shame there aren’t more apps available for setting up a custom share menu, but at least we have two solid options. Andmade Share is free yet basic, while Fliktu costs a small fee but is modern and offers extra features. Both enable you to hide apps you never use and keep the ones that you do near the top, so you can’t go wrong with either of them.

Looking for more Android customization? Have a look at the best way to add or change default apps How To Remove, Change, Or Set Default Apps In Android How To Remove, Change, Or Set Default Apps In Android The default way of changing your default apps can be annoying, but this app makes it super simple. Read More .

Which sharing app do you prefer? Let us know your perfect sharing setup down in the comments!

Originally written by Erez Zukerman on April 8th, 2014.

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  1. Stewart
    January 31, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Well, I used Google Hangouts a few times and it ate up my money! Contrary to what I thought, it uses my carrier's services. Enough of that!

    Which ones out of the above can I use, just like Textme, so that I use only WiFi or data, and doesn't eat into my Text minutes?

    • Ben Stegner
      February 1, 2017 at 12:47 am

      Stewart, I think you scrolled down too far and commented on a different article than the one you were reading.

  2. Marc Plante
    January 31, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    It's a pity that we have to resort to aftermarket applications to fix something that google has broken and will not address in the OS. There is a solid Direct share editing capability in XDA developers forum, but it requires root and some manipulation to activate.

    • Ben Stegner
      February 1, 2017 at 12:51 am

      I agree, Marc. The share menu isn't as bad as it once was, but it could be far better. It's great that developers step up and create cool apps like these, but better functionality built-in would remove the need for them.

  3. AMT
    November 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I was trying to get rid of private contacts which WhatsApp put in the Share Via menu. AppChooser - from Play Store - did the trick. I can leave WhatsApp in the menu, and clicking on the icon, it takes me to a searchable list of all my contacts in WhatsApp. But there are no more contacts in the Share Via menu itself. Fantastic.

  4. Hans Andersen
    January 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Andmade Share Pro -hxtxtxps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andmadesoft.share -Remove xxxx,s

  5. Lucian
    January 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    so there was only one app for something that should be integrated in android OS and now even that is gone??!?

  6. Andrew Graner
    December 29, 2014 at 2:11 am

    This no longer seems to be available In the app store. Any idea where its gone to or why?

    • Krumpus
      December 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      A few comments back it was clearly stated the author ended support in 2012.

  7. R. Thomas
    June 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    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.

  8. rob
    May 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Loev "AppChooser", thanks for posting.

  9. dlr
    April 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the update.

  10. dlr
    April 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    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)

    • Erez Z
      April 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      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.

  11. Henk van Setten
    April 9, 2014 at 7:39 am

    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!

    • Vida
      April 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      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.

  12. Justin D
    April 9, 2014 at 4:28 am

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

    • Erez Z
      April 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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

    • Marc Plante
      February 1, 2017 at 1:05 am

      It doesn't really let you customize...that's the problem. My native share popup menu has 30 items in it. I use 2-3...gmail, trello and pocket. It seems life it's only gone crazy in the last couple months after 6 years of Android usage.

  13. likefunbutnot
    April 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    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.