Android start apps have long been an integral part of the Android experience. If you are not satisfied with the way your home screens look or behave, you can easily download an app to change everything. There is no doubt that Android launch apps have a much more diverse set of functions than any other genre of applications and you can really do some great things with these apps. Let’s take a look at the best Android launchers! We would mention the Google Pixel Launcher if it was available for more than a handful of devices.
1. Action Launcher
Action Launcher has long been a favorite Android launcher of our readers. It comes with a standard Android feel. There are, however, some extra functions on top that add some uniqueness. With Quicktheme you can adjust the colors of your user interface based on your background. With Shutters you can view the widget of an app without setting one on the home screen. It even has theme and customization elements to make your phone more like Android Oreo. There is also support for icon packs, frequent updates and much more. There is much to be interesting here. Even the app drawer is configurable.
Apex Launcher has been around for a long time and remains one of the most iconic Android launcher apps ever. Just like Action Launcher, it wants to give a standard Android look and feel with a few extra functions for a good measure. Among other things, the ability to change things such as transition animations, scrolling habits, and there is even a sliding dock where you can place many icons. Apex Launcher also includes a theme engine. The app has undergone a number of major changes in 2018. It now looks much more modern.
3. AIO Launcher
AIO Launcher does it differently than many Android launcher apps. It makes the standard home screen superfluous in favor of a list full of information. It shows things like your latest text and missed calls, your media player, your system info (RAM, battery, storage, etc.), and even things like news, Bitcoin price, Twitter and more. The paid version also includes integration for Telegram and your regular widgets from other apps. Not everything should look like stock Android and AIO Launcher certainly shows that it can be done effectively. It is free for most functions. The full version costs $ 1.99.
CPL (Customized Pixel Launcher) is one of the few well-executed Pixel Launcher clones on Google Play. It looks and behaves like the Pixel Launcher and it is one of the cleanest looking launchers on mobile. However, there are also a number of adjustments and adjustments to the user interface. You can install a plug-in to enable Google Feed, just like most launchers in this category. It is adaptable enough to be useful and clean enough for Google Android fans.
Evie Launcher was one of our choices for the best Android apps of 2016. It is still an excellent launcher to this day. The startup program has a fairly typical layout of the home screen, along with a universal search query, custom shortcuts, and numerous personalization options. The dock can be adjusted a little more on most phones than most stock launchers. You can also change things such as icon sizes, the app drawer and some other things. Of course, the launcher manages to stay clean, light and stocky for people who care. It is perhaps the best completely free Android launcher currently on the market.
6. Hyperion Launcher
Hyperion Launcher is the new child on the Android starting block . It fits nicely between heavier launchers such as Action and Nova and the standard Android experience from Lawn chair. The user interface is definitely without stock without a lot of bloat or flair. However, there are many adjustment options. They include support for third-party icons, an icon shape changer, thematic elements and some other fun things. It supports Google Feed, but it requires a separate download, just like most other starters. It is new, but it is already favorably placed with the best launchers on Android.
7. Lawnchair Launcher
Lawnchair Launcher is one of the newer Android launcher apps. It is an open source project that mimics much of the appearance of the Pixel Launcher. It features many similar functions as the Pixel Launcher, along with a few others. These features include support for icon packs, Android Oreo shortcuts and notification points, Google Now integration (with optional and free plug-in), adaptive icons, and various other adjustments. It is still new and also in beta. However, it already works better than most launchers. It is also free without ads or in-app purchases.
8. Lightning Launcher
Microsoft Launcher is not a new launcher. The app used to be Arrow Launcher. Microsoft has renamed the app in mid-2017. The app offers integration with many Microsoft services, including their calendar, e-mail, to-do list app, and direct integration with Microsoft PCs. It also has adjustment functions and motion controls. This returned to beta after the rebrand. So there are probably some bugs for now. However, it is slightly different and especially useful for those who want better integration with their Windows PC.
It doesn’t get much better than Nova Launcher. Just like Apex Launcher, Nova has been around since the good old days. It remains not only relevant, but one of the best available Android app options. It has a laundry list with customization features, including support for gestures, the ability to customize the look of the app, support for icon packs, themes, and much, much more. The app is also updated at breakneck speed, which means that bugs are generally flattened quickly and new features are added consistently. It also comes with the ability to back up your layout from the home screen and restore it when you finally switch to a new phone. We recommend that you try this first.
Poco Launcher is the stock launcher for the popular (and cheap) Pocophone. It is actually available for most Android devices and that is quite surprising, since Google does not even release theirs. This is a fairly simple launcher. It has your standard Android-like layout with icons on a home screen and a swipe app drawer. You can adjust things such as the home screen grid and the background of the app drawer. It also has a privacy option that hides icons in the app drawer if you want. Otherwise it runs lightly and smoothly. It is an easy recommendation for people with lower-level devices and people with higher-level devices who want something very simple.
Rootless Launcher is a decent, standard Android-style launcher from 2018. It is actually a fairly simple experience. You get a standard Android look and feel with some additional customization elements to complete the look. Some of the features include support for icon packs, support for adaptive icon packs, a selector for icon shapes, themes based on your background, and you can change the location of the search bar. You can also get Google Feed to work with this launcher, but like most, it requires an additional plug-in download and installation. The website with the instructions is in the Google Play description. This is right there with Hyperion and Lawnchair as a great option for stock Android fans.
13. Smart Launcher 5
Smart Launcher 5 is a huge difference with Smart Launcher 3. Fortunately, it is in a positive direction. It features a modern user interface, functions for environmental issues, modern functions such as adaptive icons and more. It even has a weather and clock widget and motion controls. It is not as powerful as Nova Launcher or comparable launchers. However, it has enough functions to be quite enjoyable. It feels like it is competing directly with Action Launcher and similar apps when it comes to customization and usability.
14. Total Launcher
Total Launcher is not the most popular launcher on the list. However, it is still pretty good. It features a very high level of customization along with various themes and some other functions. However, it also comes with a steeper learning curve than most. Those who linger and learn what they do are treated with something very special. On the other hand, those who just want something simple that works well, may want to try something like CPL, Rootless Launcher, Hyperion Launcher or one of the other options.
TSF Launcher is one of the unique launcher apps. It offers a variety of adjustments, including full support for gestures. It can do many things that look really cool. However, it does not bring so much to the table that other launchers do not emulate to a certain extent. Yet it is very nice to use. Some of the additional features include 3D animations, an unlimited dock bar, batch selections of things like icons on the home screen, widgets, and more. It is completely free to download and use. It also has an additional plug-in that adds app badges.