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Get a very simple launcher like KISS. In dev settings, turn off all animations and/or keep battery saver always on, use the monochromacy color space setting. Keep Do Not Disturb always on except for important notifications. Use full immersive mode to hide those buttons and notification/status icons. Use the AOSP keyboard. Probably use the Go/Lite/PWA versions of apps like Google apps, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, etc.
You could save a lot of battery and storage this way. Probably makes the phone ugly enough to make you want to only use it when you need to.
Someone here suggested KISS Launcher and I'm so glad they did. So quick. So simple. So minimalist but at the same time quite powerful.
Free and open source as well.
KISS Launcher - this app has helped me reduce time i spend on mobile plus this is very light launcher and good for my 2gb RAM mobile. Combine this and reduce your animation in settings to 0.5 to get a fast android experience in old phones.
KISS Launcher (Blazingly fast launcher focused on search) - [link]
Use search to open up apps quickly. Use tags instead of folders. Once you get used to it you can't leave it.
Personally I prefer KISS Launcher. I like to keel my wallpaper as visible as possible, so by default, I have no icons, so things can stay quite minimal. With one tap, I have access to my recently used apps and contacts, and a search bar. One swipe down shows my notifications. KISS itself has an option to hide the navbar, but I also use FluidNG, so the navbar is replaced with gestures.
KISS Launcher is a nice and minimal launcher wich follows the 'Keep it simple and stupid' principle.
Currently I'm using KISS launcher on my v20. It makes a big difference for me especially when switching apps due to its low ram usage.
Also when Google Photos does daily sync, mine would grind to a halt...
Not exactly what you asked for but you could checkout KISS Launcher as a replacement for your home screen. You can configure it to always show a keyboard and just type the first few letters to launch your apps, similar to how you do on a pc with the start menu search. Never found a quicker way to launch apps. Adding a few favourites and a calendar widget also makes it look nice ;-).
Regarding the camera the quickest way is probably the "double press power button" one. This should work by default when screen is off or on and immediately launches the camera.
I found kiss launcher just beats everything. You just type the name of what you want and go. Against that everything seems like a bloated mess
Kiss launcher (can be used as standalone app or assistant)
Free / Open Source.
I'm using the stock one just because it looks better, but I used KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) launcher for quite a while and it's pretty good, it's perfect for keeping distractions away and staying focused because the main way to find your apps os through a search bar, the search suggestions are quite good so usually you just have to type one or 2 letters to find the app you want, it's actually way quicker than scrolling through a list of colorful apps calling for your attention, also, it's open source if that's important to you, you should give it a look:
True that. It's a wee bit buggy in some apps.
Other interesting assist apps to try:
1) Kiss launcher:
☝A bit like sesame shortcuts, but better. It's open source, has fewer permissions, and can be used as launcher and/or assist app
2) Off without lock:
☝Basically a "screen off" app
Depends on the person, personally I use Kiss Launcher, it's just an app search bar which makes it super quick to find any app and I have my favourite in the apps edge plus some in the launcher's favourites.
The screenshots don't look that appealing but you can customise it to look much better.
Mine with the apps list opened
I recommend using a simpler launcher that doesn't show you all the apps at once in a grid. Instead, it should show in a list and you need to scroll to find the app.
For this, I recommend the KISS launcher [link]. Opensource, small. Gives you an option of removing icons from the list so that reduces your impulse app consumption. Even allows you to "hide" apps so they don't show up on the list.
You will be forced to use only those apps that you absolutely want to use and actively look for.
Check out KISS Launcher.
KISS, open source,
super lightweight (< 250 KB), great for budget phones, powerful search customization
KISS Launcher 250 KB. OpenSource. Free. Adfree. My favourite.
If you want more lightweight, No Launcher 15 KB, Free, Adfree
If you want lightweight + features, then Mini Desktop 250 KB. Contains IAP
If you want everything in balance and perfect , Lawnchair is no brainer, 2.5 MB, Pixel Style, Free, Adfree, OpenSource. My Default Launcher, In Development but stable enough to use as primary launcher by non-tech-savyy people
KISS Launcher, free, open source, extremely fast, lightweight. Looks quite Spartan though, compared to Evie and Niagara.
KISS and Renegade
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I'd recommend KISS Launcher for him. It presents all apps as a list, like feature phones. Free and open source. You can also change the font and display settings to make the text larger. I'd also replace the keyboard with either Gboard or SwiftKey, they have cleaner designs. Google has a whole bunch of apps that generally have a uniform design that can replace stock OS ones. I'd look at those too. Disable any bloatware or apps that he may not need or use. Start him off using a good, simple and secure messenger app like Signal (it has an SMS fallback as well). That way you can message each other. Just curious, he's used a flip phone, but he never sent a text message on it?
Seems like KISS Launcher.
I used to use the KISS launcher
Yours looks nicer. I'll try it.
Kiss a list and a search (and some favorites). Not all apps on one screen
AP15 just a list, nothing more. All apps one one screen
Lucid a complete launcher with one homepage showing all your apps.
Lense weird to navigate.
Thanks! It is a really neat solution especially with a keyboard driven launcher like the KISS launcher I use (can really recommend it). This allows me to simply type 'togg' to list all toggle shortcuts and hit enter to choose the best match, works even better when I simply enter the room like 'living' as KISS uses a fuzzy search to match shortcuts. This really boosts the usage of HA.
Examples of shortcuts in KISS:
For launchers I'd recommend KISS or Lawnchair.
As a lightweight Reddit alternative you have Dawn for Reddit, Slide or RedReader.
You'll have to stick with Firefox Beta or Firefox Preview if you can't get Firefox Lite.
I'm a big fan of KISS Launcher. Available on Play Store and F-Droid.
Hmmpf. Made me look myself.
You’ll find that search bar in KISS launcher as well. Oh and that launcher is battery friendly and is easy on the memory.
KISS has some forks as well; Sentien (minimal fork), TinyBit (very much customizable), Zen (minimal yet customizable)
Try a lightweight launcher like KISS
It might help.
Try KISS launcher.
It's also available in fdroid as well.
Sounds a little bit like KISS launcher to me, an open source search based launcher.
KISS Launcher | 4.4 rating | Free | 100,000+ downloads | Search manually
> KISS Launcher allows Android users to simplify the home of their interface, to clean their screens and access the functions they need as quickly and as simply as possible.
KISS Technology has been developed to allow ...
Install kiss launcher from Fdroid. Black and white ui, no icons keep plain text for apps
KISS is fast and open source.
KISS, versatile in a unique way (search provider customization), super lightweight , open source
KISS Launcher is the most lightweight and battery friendly launcher I've ever used. Free and open source too.
That's one philosophy. And there are multiple ways of doing it. For example: KISS, Z Launcher, or to some degree, Action Launcher.
I use KISS. Most probably won't like that, but those that do love it. Choice is important.
I use KISS laucher. Its about as minimalist as you can get and I've always preferred icon free interfaces.
You'd probably enjoy this
Hmm... maybe this ?
Good to know. Do take a look at KISS Launcher. It uses the default keyboard and is pretty fast.
To keep the UI simple, you could look at KISS Launcher, and if you can you should set up a secondary user with restrictions applied.
Very simple launcher:
And there was this few days ago... /r/androidapps/comments/87v1yr/dev_siempo_a_humane_launcher/
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