Undoubtedly, one of the best things about Android smartphones is how customisable they are. You can transform the look and feel of your phone by adding your own default browser, choosing your own messaging service and even completely revamping your home screen – all with the help of a powerful, yet easy to use Android launcher.
The Google Play Store offers a range of launchers to download and we’ve picked out five of the best Android launchers currently available, so you can start personalising your phone today.
Replace your home screen with one that’s fully customisable with the help of Nova Launcher, one of the original and best launchers around. It boasts lots of ways to control and change your home screen, including excellent control over app positioning and colours, but you won’t get bogged down wading through irrelevant features.
With Nova Launcher, you can place any widget in your dock, enjoy infinite scrolling, customise your App Drawer and much more. This handy Android launcher even makes it easy to back up your perfectly tweaked home screen, so if you get a new phone, you can simply transfer your style. What’s more, there’s even a Prime version if you want more control.
One of the nice things about Action Launcher 3 is the fact that at first glance, it looks a lot like the standard Android style. However, when you scratch below the surface you find that it offers loads of ways to tweak and modify your home screen experience.
Top features include Quicktheme, which uses colours from your wallpaper to customise your home screen, and Shutters, which allows you to swipe a shortcut to see an app’s widget, letting you check your Facebook feed without launching it, for example. It also boasts Covers, an innovative and highly customisable way of using your folders.
If you’re looking for a fun, simple and free launcher to get started with, then Google Now Launcher is a great choice. This stock launcher has a super clean home screen and with a simple swipe to the right, you’ll get your Google Now cards (for customisation) and a Google search bar.
You’ll also be able to voice operate loads of your phone’s functions by saying “OK Google”, including getting directions and sending text messages, and there’s an A to Z apps list that makes finding what you’re looking for nice and easy. Have a play around with Google Now to see just what your smartphone is capable of.
For a clean, smooth design as well as loads of DIY features, try downloading Solo Launcher. It’s perfect for anyone who likes to have high levels of control and it uses Material Design 2.0 to give you access to the latest and best offerings in design, including a huge number of beautiful and easy to install themes.
Solo is also perfect for anyone who wants to keep their phone operating quickly, as it automatically caches to boost speed, clear storage, and save memory faster. It offers a huge number of customisation options, so you should be able to get your phone exactly the way you want it.
This is a great Android launcher for art and design fans. Not only does it let you customise your own apps, widgets and images, it gives you access to more than 100,000+ free themes, many of them created and uploaded by other users.
Browse the massive user-created library, download any theme that takes your fancy and start tinkering with it yourself. Buzz is more focused on aesthetics than power and it lacks some of the advanced features boasted by other launchers, but it’s the perfect choice if you want your home screen to look slick with minimum fuss.