Android OEMs are gradually abandoning their native telephony and calendar applications in favour of their Google counterparts. In the past, we’ve seen other OEMs such as OnePlus and Samsung do this, and now it looks like Realme is following suit.
Unfortunately, none of these situations received a favourable reception for Google apps, as consumers across all OEMs continue to demand the restoration of the default apps. Realme is not an exception. This post will guide you through replacing the (not much loved) Google dialer application with the old Realme dialer.
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Why Ditch the Google Dialer? Move Back to Realme Dialer?
To begin with, the Google equivalents – Google Phone and Messages – lack several capabilities, the most notable of which is call recording. Secondly, these Google applications do not look as pretty or nice as the standard Realme UI applications and appear odd. While the looks are subjective, people have been demanding the return of the old stock applications.
However, owing to framework changes between the China and global ROMs, applications like Realme Dialer and Realme Messages cannot be manually installed after downloading their APK files on certain devices.
How to Replace Google Dialer With Stock Realme Dialer
Flashing ROMs for places like China should eliminate the awful Google applications and bring back their Realme counterparts, if you haven’t already guessed. However, we’ve got another solution that works with devices running realme UI 2.0 and doesn’t require their devices to be rooted or has no involvement with any flash. Here’s what you need to do. For your convenience, we’ve split this guide into two sections.
- Install the Stock Realme Dialer Application
- Set Realme Dialer as Default
Here’s how to go forward.
1] Install the Stock Realme Dialer application
Before we go ahead and install the stock Realme dialer, you need to download the application APK file. Head over to the download link attached below, and download the APK file. Here’s what you need to do next.
- Open the File Manager application and navigate to the Downloads folder.
- Next, find the downloaded APK file and tap on it.
- If this is the first time you’re installing an APK manually, you’ll need to enable Unknown Sources from Settings. To do so, click on Settings from the popup, and turn on the toggle for allowing applications from Chrome, File Manager or Unknown Sources.
- Finally, head back over to the APK file and tap on Install to begin the installation process.
2] Set Realme Dialer as Default
Now that you’ve successfully installed the Realme Contacts application’s APK file, here’s how you can set it to open by default on your realme smartphone.
- Open the Settings application and navigate to the App Management section.
- Next, choose Default Apps from the list of available options.
- Here, select Phone app, and then choose Contacts (as in the realme dialer).
That said, why do you prefer the Realme dialer over the Google one? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below. You could also check out the video linked below for detailed steps.