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Heyyy guys I want to recommend a new app from this unknown indie dev, it's called Nova Launcher and even though it doesn't have a lot of customizations and optimizations like Go Launcher I really like it so you might want to try it out!
So from the beginning:
Nova Launcher: [link]
Launch Nova Launcher go to Desktop and set the Desktop Grid to 7x5 and allow Enable Widget Overlap, as well as disabling the Dock and Notification Tray.
Launch PipDroid and choose the color to install. Exit the app.
Press and hold on your home screen and select Widgets.
Add any size UCCW widget.
From the UCCW menu select PipDroid [Color].
Resize the UCCW widget to fit at the bottom of your screen.
If you have any questions just reply to this or message me!
Get nova launcher. From there you can long press the icons and click edit. You can change the icon. For this I am guessing he's using Mini icon pack!!
Edit: no idea what clock OP's using. I would recommend Timely but I'm just a guy on the Internet
Nova launcher let's you completely personalize your app display, and stuff it takes a bit to learn but you can resize icons and set a flexible grid so you can overlay icons and widgets if you'd like it also has handy dandy shortcuts you can make swipe gestures for example I have my swipe up on my phone icon dial my mom directly since I work with her and often need to contact her you can also make that swipe action on any icon open another app great for having an app accessible on your desktop without having the icon there... Ya know if you wanna hide something....
Launch Nova Launcher and set the Desktop Grid to 7x5, as well as disabling the Dock and Notification Tray.
Launch PipDroid and choose the color to install.
From the UCCW menu select PipDroid Color.
Get a custom launcher, Nova the free version works just as well (albeit less customization).
If you don't want to get used to a whole other experience, or just want to stay on stock Android and change one icon, Awesome icons is your friend.
With a launcher like Nova Launcher, there is an option under the Desktop category, under advance, to lock the screen which prevents any movement/deletion of apps.
You could also set to lock the desktop with a gesture, such as a clockwise rotating two fingers to toggle it on and off.
Nova Launcher is easily one of the best apps for Android, it allows for a wealth of customization to your launcher and can make your phone feel like a new device.
While the Prime version isn't necessary, it does open a lot more options and you might as well get it while it on offer at $0.99 (£0.50)
I'd actually recommend you get Nova Launcher, it allows you to rename apps, but you can also change the icon, install icon packs, change the layout of your home screen including how many rows and columns of apps you have. You can eventually do stuff like this where each of those icons are actually folders. Mine is a little cluttered because I like it like this, but you can do pretty much anything you want.
Plus Nova is quicker than the default touchwiz on Samsung phones.
EDIT: Added a link to the launcher.
I think that's just the launcher you're using, it'll probably disappear if you install something else. Nova launcher is a good one.
Aside from being lightweight and feature rich, it is well supported by the developer and a crowd favorite for many years.
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Kleine Empfehlung von einem Android Fanboy: Probier mal die App Nova Launcher aus. Sie ersetzt den Standard Launcher(Homescreen und Appübersicht), ist dabei akkusparender, läuft flüssiger und du kannst deinen Homescreen bei weitem mehr anpassen als mit dem Samsung Themes "Müll". :D
So kannst du dir beispielsweise Icon Packs runterladen mit denen du jedes Icon individuell anpassen kannst. Außerdem gibt es noch unzählige weitere Anpassungsmöglichkeiten (Gestensteuerung, alternative Animationen, Entfernen der Untertitel bei den Apps usw.), die sonst mit dem Standard TouchWiz Launcher nicht möglich wären. Schaus dir an, ich finde da fängt der Spaß mit Android erst an.
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An android for really tech unfriendly people is the best by a long shot. If it's set up by someone who knows what they're doing and knows the person.
You can use launchers like these to really simplify things for them. Make iPhones and windows phones look like spaceships in comparison.
Ideally you use a highly customisable launcher like Nova Launcher, hide everything they won't use and show everything they will use. You can customize so much. So say they only ever call the same 3 people. Instead of the dialler or contacts. Set 3 icons on the homepage that instantly call these 3 people and set the icons with the persons face. Stuff like that. Android tablets can be very cheap aswell because honestly what's the point on spending big bucks on a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab or whatever.
There is a free and paid version. You need a Launcher like Nova Launcher to install it. It replaces your app icons and has wallpapers that you can apply. The full versions have an animated live wallpaper.
I've got nothing going on today besides a casual day at work. If you aren't opposed to using Nova I can guide you how to build this on your own. Not looking for cash
The default launcher doesn't support that. You can use Nova Launcher with TeslaUnread to get what you want.
Almost all of them do, but I recommend Nova Launcher. Also, it starts out pretty clean and simple like stock android so that's also easy for them to figure out.
Thanks for the plug! You can also use a launcher such as Nova Launcher. I'll be updating that album with Fjorm's new art after tonight's app update.
My S6 is just a dream, never had a better phone. Got it rooted, added a custom home screen framework ("Nova", learn it, love it, use it), and a Otterbox Defender shell, which is slimmer and nicer than ever.
You need a custom launcher to do that (as well as a lot of other things, like changing the grid layout of your home screen).
I use Nova Launcher.
Oh I see.
Nova Launcher: [link]
I'm not that great at explaining how to set things up. But there are subreddit for kwgt and Nova launcher.
Nova Launcher Prime
Prime is worth every penny.
If I'm not mistaken, most of the standalone Icon Packs that're on google play are for alternate launchers such as Nova, which is an entire different level of customization. It's been fairly popular with Samsung users because very few people liked touchwiz, which is/was Samsungs default launcher.
you can use an alternate launcher, I've been using Nova Launcher [link] since lolipop I also have developer options enabled to make animations run faster,animation scale 0.5x (complete the animation in half the time compared to default)
I'm not sure if something like Nova Launcher will allow for this on stock Android. As for myself when I'm looking at the quick toggles there is one there to lock into portrait/allow for auto-rotate. Silent mode is a point of contention in Lollipop, if you press your volume button you'll get options for None, Priority and All. None is essentially silent mode but it will mean your alarm won't notify you.
Nova Launcher (among others) have a lot of customisations for your home screen and also the app drawer, definitely check it out. Play Store Link!
Don't think so but if I'm in the pull down menu looking at notifications then that's what I'm focused on, personally never considered what the other part of the screen looks like when I'm dealing with the notification shade.
Make sure in the Google Play store settings you've selected auto update by WiFi only (though I'm sure you already have). Personally I've never had that same issue you did. I too have hit update on an app only to see it is a large update and have hit stop. From my experience what happened to you is not normal.
I don't use DoublTwist personally so I can't help with those points I'm afraid, though I'm pretty sure DoubleTwist have a desktop client, perhaps that would help?
I can say that Google Play Music both on the web and on the device I've had an easy time making playlists there.
Galaxy gets my vote, and if you do I recommend downloading the Nova Launcher for a different look/feel. It also lets you get cool icon packs which change how your app shortcuts look, I downloaded the long shadow icon pack.
That's the closest and slickest one I've found, but to be honest it'll never be the same. I found it more satisfying to embrace Material Design and I've gone for Nova Launcher and Pixxo icon pack
That's a built-in feature of the Google Now Launcher. Unfortunately, the Google Now Launcher has very few customization options, so your only option to get the search bar removed is to use a third party launcher app. Most third party launchers allow addition/removal of the persistent search bar (which is what all launchers call the search bar you're referring to). Personally, I can't recommend Nova Launcher enough, but it does come at the cost that the left-most screen being a Google Now shortcut is lost. You could still swipe up from the Home button on the navication bar to reach it while using any other launcher, though.
Check out Nova Launcher if you haven't, it's the best launcher out there. Also look out for their sale, where they offer their paid license at a a heavy discount, I got mine for only ₹10.
Nova is a free Launcher btw.
You will need a custom launcher of some sort. I highly recommend Nova Launcher.
Once you get Nova installed you will need to hold the home screen > Settings > Look & Feel > Icon Theme > select the icon pack you need
Start with Nova Launcher which is one of the more popular ones.
You can then try an icon pack to change how your icons look
Years ago I tested about a dozen launchers, and chose Nova Launcher. (And yes, I chose it by my own, even before I started reading reddit.) The main features were the grid customization, the folder support in the drawer, showing folders in the homescreen (with contents synced with drawer folders), and locking the homescreen to prevent accidental changes.
But if you are bored with it and wan to try something different, try Lightning Launcher. It is very small, but at the same time extremely customizable and has an interesting take to the homescreen design. A few years ago, it had a free version, I don't know if it still has one. (Technical side: under-the-hood it seems to use a WebView as the homescreen.)
Nova laucher : [link]
Flatty Icon Pack : [link]
However the Icon pack is old and was last updated in 2015, but it can automaticly crop Icons into hexagons.
Yeah, Nova launcher is awesome. It's also in the summer sale at the moment, so if you want the extra prime features it's really cheap just now.
Free version: [link]
Prime version: [link]
Launchers are really simple. The one I use and recommend is Nova Launcher.
Launchers aren't anything to worry about as far as security and performance goes. One of the great things about Android is that if you don't like how your home screen looks, you can change it. You can change how things look and function on the home screen really easily.
I suggest playing around with a launcher and seeing how you like it.
What you need is a new home app, called a launcher in the play store. Most of them are free apps, but you'll have to pay to get the premium features etc.
I would highly recommend Nova launcher, plenty of customization options for you!
There are others that are good too...
I've heard good things about apex launcher...adw...action launcher... Just search for launchers on play store and make sure they are compatible with nougat
Try Nova Launcher - the access permissions are much more reasonable. I can count on one hand the number of apps that have impressed me enough to actually pay for the premium version, and Nova Launcher Prime is one of them.
For the boost thing, I'm assuming this is in the notification shade? (The pull down where you see all your notifications.) You should be able to long-press it and see what app it is. Then you can go to Settings > Apps, find that app, and either uninstall or disable it. (sometimes there are apps the manufacturer doesn't let you uninstall but there is usually a disable option which turns that app off.)
Regarding the octopus: based on some light googling, it looks like an annoying non-feature that Alcatel added to Joy Launcher, which is default launcher/home screen. Doesn't seem like anyone's figured out how to get rid of it, so your best option is to install another launcher, basically bypassing Joy Launcher entirely. The most commonly recommended one is Nova Launcher; it can usually import your home screen layout from your previous launcher and is pretty simple to use.
Gosh no. Use nova launcher, then take the page indicator and the app labels off. You have nothing to lose, it's free and it takes 3 minutes. My own nail and gear screen (+many others). Sorry for solving problems :)
Sure. I'm just using Nova Launcher (Prime) and Flight icons. The wallpaper comes with Flight icons too.
Yeah, you can't. This was why the very first thing I did was go with other suggestions in this sub of replacing FoxHole (your new launcher) with Nova. It has the added advantage of getting rid of Zen, the "news" feed thingy.
I didn't found anything from settings, but with Nova Laucher you can do that. If you download Nova, go to Nova Settings -> App & widget drawers -> Background.
For your first question, replacing your launcher with Nova and adding the Tesla plug in will do the trick.
You could try Wanam Xposed.
Have you also tried using a different launcher such Nova or Themer?
Have you tried Nova Launcher ?
You change change icon size easily and a bunch of other stuff. I think it's the most popular launcher out there.
Uhh, a cyanogenmod isn't a launcher, it's a firmware(or some equivalent word I can't remember)
Just go to the play store and look for nova launcher here then install it and use it as your default home app :)
Are you using a Oneplus One btw?
Na chłopski rozum interf.sys powinien odpowiadać za jakieś elementy interface'u, ale Internet jakoś tak niejasno opisuje co i jak.
Wiesz co? Weź pan na chwilę zainstaluj innego launchera, np
Przestaw się na niego, popracuj na nim i obadaj czy ci błąd znowu wyskoczy.
If you're on Android, some devices can change it by default, or you could use an app like Nova Launcher (what I use on my S7) or Icon Changer. If you're on iOS, I'm not sure if there is a way to change icons.
You can't remove them.
However you can use a third party launcher, such as Nova launcher or Lawnchair launcher
Have you tried Nova Launcher? Or perhaps even the Google Now launcher? Personally I find Nova is the best option available, giving you plenty of control and customization options.
I use a launcher called Nova (The payed version) and an icon pack called Retrorika. That combined with hours of trial and error of what looks good.
You can download a different launcher. I personally use Nova Launcher, the appearance can remain pretty much identical to the Google launcher, but it brings a hell of a lot more customization, including removing the search bar.
> >>>No prob, get Nova launcher
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It's not something you can do out of the box, but Nova Launcher combined with TeslaUnread will give you that functionality.
Yep you need a launcher. I recommend Nova Launcher.
if you want one from a different card, paste the card link from DBZ Space and I will make you one as soon as I can =)
If you don´t know how to change the display of your icons: Install Nova Launcher -> [link]
Here are the developer's instructions if you need them:
They used the Nova Launcher and an icon pack. In this case the Corvy Icon Pack
Nova launcher blends good performance with lots of customisation.
You can use the pixel launcher if you want, though it's a little more work (still doesn't need root though)
I use the custom launcher Nova Launcher with the retro icon pack. It allows for great customization. This is on an Android device as well.
Retro Icon Pack
Since you mentioned you use both on the daily, I thought I'd suggest something.
Nova Launcher (and others I'm sure) have a great app search functionality. I use it all the time. Here's a screenshot.
The free version of Nova Launcher has it too.
Nova Launcher is a very customizable Android launcher. It can completely change the look and feel of your Android device. It's default settings make your Android phone resemble a stock Android device. Bear in mind this does not change the look and feel of the system that is the status bar icons, the settings app and the system apps such as the browser. You can also change the look of the icons using various icon packs that are available on the Play Store.
There might be an easier way to do it, but this is how I got the seconds back.
Absolutely Nova Launcher will let you customize the look of your phone. Throw in an icon pack to your liking and you'll be satisfied. The more you tweak it and mess with the app, the more you'll learn. Another thing is Macrodroid which lets you set up tasks automatically. For example lets say you want to turn off your WiFi automatically when leaving the house. Macrodroid will do it automatically
Nova Launcher + Tesla Unread for Nova Launhcer
Okay, so you know on your homescreen there's pages and stuff? The launcher is what manages that. Your phone comes with one but you can change to another.
It's easier to understand by trying others. Try downloading Nova Launcher (you can always switch back). I use that one because it's very customizable. For example I have pages on my dock.
Edit: I'm having trouble explaining so please ask followup questions and I can probably help more.
I am not a fan of EMUI, so I downloaded Nova launcher along with the Pixel Icon Package to emulate the look of the 6p/pixel.
If you go to the download page of the pixel icon package, the developer provides a tutorial on how to modify the app/widget drawer and dock to accomplish the pixel look.
Nova launcher with companion will let you have the google now on your left. then you can just change your grid space to have as many icons as you like. I think it may be a paid feature though.
Nova companion: [link]
My solution was:
You'll need a third party launcher as that is just what the stock pixel launcher looks like now. I recommend Nova launcher. I've been using it for years. [link]
I'd also pick gestures as being one of the best features.
For instance, I have my GPS apps in a single "bubble". You can touch it and it expands, showing all 5 apps. However, I have it set to run Waze if there's a finger slide.
You can also configure tricks like turning on the LED if you slide two fingers down, can have more icons at a bottom dock, etc.
Little tweaks in functionality here and there, plus it is stable and fast (especially if you disable animations).
Nova Launcher is actually one of the very few apps I bought, along with Tasker.
I have to see what Samsung added in the Note 7, but unless it's very functional, I'll probably continue using Nova.
>- Nova Launcher: Te permite cambiar el aspecto del celular y añadir muchas funciones... al principio me pareció difícil de usar o sin mayor utilidad pero cuando aprendes a usarlo.. es una maravilla wn...
Loco, aproveché cuando el pro estaba en oferta como a $300 CLP. Mejor inversión.
>- Un buen reemplazo para google maps...
>- Una buena aplicación para GPS... una a la que le pueda confiar mi vida acampando por ahí...
Esta es mi favorita! (maps.me) .
First, Goto Settings>Display>Home screen & select another launcher, be it LG or 3rd party just as long as it's not that one. (if you already have others installed? If not, pick one you like & do so first. Nova is great IMO)
Then, uninstall whichever circle style launcher that is..?
You'll likely see the apps name in the aforementioned menu I spoke of above.
For what it's worth, Samsung modifies Android so heavily it's probably more accurate to say the device's OS is Android-inspired. They offer Android in the same way Taco Bell offers Mexican food. Try a Pixel - the experience is completely different (and 1000% better in my opinion).
Or you could just tweak things to the way you want it with something like Nova Launcher.
Nova launcher still has the app draw unlike the retarded lg default launcher
You can also use seasame shortcuts with nova which allows you to search contacts, shortcuts within apps and do loads of stuff
Yeah if you swipe down from the right of the status bar it will bring up settings, not notifications. Swipe down a but further to the left to bring down just notifications.
And no, you can't set your home page on the default Launcher. The only way to do it would be to download another Launcher like nova: link
You could use an alternative launcher (eX Nova Launcher) for custom homescreen gestures.
I, for example, have a double tap anywhere on the home screen to activate Google Search. You can do the same thing for Google Assistant.
I do not know if it's currently possible without any third party software.
Well I think the reason I'm able to change mine is due to the Nova Launcher, and all I have to do is long press an app on my screen and hit "Edit". I'm sure there are other ways though. As for iOS, I have no idea.
Ah, yep that's definitely TouchWiz at work - it's not stock Nougat behavior. Have you tried switching to a different homescreen app, like Nova Launcher? If you're still getting the overlays you can also install an icon pack, such as Moonshine.
You don't need to root your phone. You don't need to install anything harmful. Most people on this subreddit use Nova Launcher. Next you'll need an icon pack. A good icon pack and some widgets will really help you change the look and feel of your phone.
if you use a different launcher you can make the app drawer 100% transparent.. something like nova launcher will work.
That depends on what you mean by remove. Touchwiz is very much baked into the factory image, so you can't really remove it from Samsung phones without flashing a custom ROM. You are able to install a different launcher and disable a lot of Samsung bloatware which makes touchwiz a lot easier to deal with even without root. I recommend installing Nova launcher ([link]) and Package Disabler Pro (note that the play store version was neutered due to the Note 7 debacle but working versions are available via side load)
Also, you can get Nova Launcher which would offer the most custom experience and keeping it close to stock. You can then download the Google Now Companion app from Nova's website (if I'm not mistaken) and add that swipe right for the Google now page
here is the Nova Launcher app
Here is the link to the companion app
Edit 2: This is what I use and it's just awesome. I love OnePlus devices and their OOS launcher but I wanted the Google Now page and wanted the integrated Google search bar. This is the best solution in my opinion ����
You can use a new launcher app with more/different customization options than the default one.
Nova Launcher is one such option.
It has to be supported by the Launcher app that is used by your homescreen. The default Google Now launcher does not support icon changing.
Nova Launcher is a pretty popular (if not THE most popular?) choice for a Launcher replacement app.
For Nova: (to change all icons to a theme)
(To change just the icon of one app)
Nova supports importing layouts from other Launchers aswell, so it should be able to copy over your old setup from the Google Now launcher! Pretty awesome, one of the few apps I shelled out the money and bought full price
Also just so you know, there are tons of free icon themes on the Play Store. Not sure what pack the unicorn one is from in the screenshot from /u/wildlikechildren365 though
This was made using nova launcher, and this is the wallpaper used.
Welcome to the world of Android! It might seem daunting at first, but it's really not. The great thing about Android is the unlimited possibilites thanks to third party apps. The first thing you should know about are launchers. Launchers are basically the framework for the UI for the phone. So different launchers can affect how many apps are in your dock, the spacing of your apps on your screen, etc. The most popular launcher is nova launcher. I use this one too, and I like it the best. But feel free to try out some different ones to see what you like.
You can also get some different icon packs too, to affect the look of your device. /r/androidthemes has a lot of great inspiration and resources for different icon packs, wallpapers, etc.
You can also get different apps for the messaging, camera, etc. A lot of people use hangouts for SMS messaging but another popular one is Textra. It is really clean, highly customizable, and has a great UI.
I don't really play too much games, so I couldn't really help you out there, but the sub /r/androidgaming is awesome and you can find a shitload of resources there for that. Also, the sub /r/androidapps is great for finding new apps. I found most of what I use there. And of course /r/android is awesome too.
Or install Nova and customize things as you wish. You can set different icon packs, control whether or not you have the bottom swipe for apps (which is awesome), and a bunch of other features.
I don't have a Samsung phone so I'm not sure, but you might have to use a third party launcher. I recommend Nova for customization or Evie for fluidity and simplicity.
Once you install it, open its settings > Desktop > Desktop grid > Subgrid Positioning.
Can also do silly stuff like this pyramid of apps because why not.
This is a feature of the Google Now launcher. It was implemented for Marshmallow. You can use an alternative launcher to get rid of it. My personal favorite is Nova Launcher.
Widgets: All custom made w/ Zooper
Any questions feel free to ask!
(I'm attempting to find a way to bundle all the widgets for anyone looking to download in the near future)
First thing that you need to do is install a launcher. Check out Nova Launcher, it's one of the best launchers and the free version has everything that you need. Your launcher is the app that your phone opens when you hit the home button (it's your homescreen).
Once you install the launcher, open up Min and go to the Apply section in the drawer. From there click on Nova Launcher and you should be set.
Check out /r/androidthemes to learn more!
you can't wrap homepage with default launcher, but you can use custom launcher for this, nova launcher for example
it shouldn't be rooted by default, if it is, you should be worried, there's something shitty going on, also rooted phones ask for permission every time some app wants to use superuser rights, what "rights" are you talking about? if you're talking about ability to remove bloatware it's normal when buying phone off contract:)
For removing apps you need root. Samsung phones have relatively more bloatware. Only way is to disable them in Settings>Apps.
And about the badge thing, you can install third party launchers like Nova Launcher or Action Launcher. I use Nova Launcher, it's great. It is paid though. It correctly shows badges for me, But I have disabled the badges because I don't like it. Also you can hide the apps you don't want in the app drawer through these launchers.
According to this, you need to enable Google Search otherwise Trebuchet will keep crashing.
If Google Search is already enabled, then consider switching to Nova Launcher.
I'm using Nova Launcher which is seriously the best launcher available on Android. And the icon pack is Retrorika.
It's Android [ Note 4 ] using NovaLauncher with Vopor icon pack.
I like to have my home screens/efficient clean and Nova does it well :3
Some people use third-party launchers like Nova that support icon packs.
If you use a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod (or any ROM with Xposed + Unicon installed) you can install icon packs which replace icons system-wide.
Nova Launcher - My favorite launcher.
Textra SMS - My favorite SMS app.
Inbox by Gmail - My inbox would look like a mess without this. It automatically categorizes all of my emails. Love it.
Relay for reddit - My favorite Reddit client.
Flynx - Similar to Link Bubble, but I think this one's better.
Swiftkey / SuperSwiftkey (modded Swiftkey with lots of themes) - I personally use SuperSwiftkey because of all the sexy themes.
QuickPic - My favorite gallery app.
MiXplorer - Converted from ES File Explorer to MiXplorer, and I'm really happy with it.
GSAM Battery Monitor - My go-to battery monitor.
Lux Lite - Because stock Android automatic brightness sucks. Comes with CF.lumen integration, but you'll have to be rooted to use it.
JEFIT Workout Tracker - I've been using this for years and I really like it. UI is a bit complex, but I've learned to love it.
Evernote - Again an app I've been using for years. I mainly use it for my shopping lists and for quickly jotting something down.
Dropbox - I mainly use it for its automatic camera upload function. Having all my photos automatically backed up to the cloud is reassuring in case my phone gets lost, stolen ...
CamScanner - I use this to scan and categorize important receipts and documents.
Tinfoil for Facebook - It's basically a wrapper for the mobile Facebook website. I use this because the official Facebook app is a real battery and memory hog.
Xposed - Speaks for itself.
Titanium Backup - To remove bloatware.
AdAway - One of (if not) the best adblockers.
CF.lumen - Screen filter that makes using the phone especially at night much easier on the eyes. It's like f.lux for Android.
As much it comes off as people's unwillingness to pay more than $3 for an app, I think the real story here is mega-companies eating up small companies and giving away credible products as a loss-leader for market share. There's a strong gravitational force around $0 when Google/Facebook/Microsoft can eat the cost of their free alternatives essentially forever.
Nova Launcher is fantastic, but how high could they realistically raise their prices before people jump to the free Google Now Launcher? Same with Swype vs. Microsoft's Swiftkey or Google's own credible keyboard. Any SMS app has to compete with Facebook's Messenger & Whatsapp or Google Hangouts. Evernote has to compete with Google Keep. Even Pocket Casts will soon have to start competing with a google app.
In fact, Google has usable or class-leading free alternatives to Maps, Navigation, Office apps, Calendar, Cloud Storage, Payment, Weather, Voice search, text-to-speech and plenty more. They have a free freaking fitness tracker I never even heard of. Those are entire categories of software where you'd have to be mind-blowingly amazing to charge even $3 and that's just until a tech giant either catches up to you or just buys you outright.
Nova Launcher with their backup file
Pixel Icon Pack
Pixbar (stock Android phones only)
The launcher creates the home screen and apps list. I personally have Nova Launcher installed.
Sorry guys, kinda busy atm. I'll post details on the setup later when I get back.
EDIT: I'm back~
Launcher: Nova Launcher + Nova Launcher Prime
Icon Pack: Clix
Icon Size: 150%
Label text: Medium, three settings from the largest option
Folders: No background, Line
Dock Background: #202020 at 15% transparency, with Height Padding on high
Swipe for app drawer enabled with no app drawer icon
I'm using this setup because I switch between my iPhone, iPad and Android all the time (I use Android mainly for OTG and easy sharing of files) and I want everything to look the same across all of them. Please no hate!
EDIT: Background is here.
EDIT 2: Refined! And with badge icons! Here's the result.
Notification app: TeslaUnread
Select 'Classic' theme, and then change corner radius to 8. Done!
EDIT 3: If you're going to use a background that isn't dark, switch the Dock transparency to 50% for it to look better. Example.
To expand upon /u/turnbelt's really useful tutorial (which helped me set things up this afternoon):
You're done! All you need to do now is personalise! Open the UCCW app. Tap the main PipDroid widget. Tap OBJECTS to edit the text options on your widget (the menu options on the left and to the bottom of your Home screen). Tap HOTSPOTS to edit which apps those menu options launch when tapped. DONE! :)
*Or your preferred colour in the paid version, obviously.
**If you find that the wallpapers won't download automatically, which apparently happens on some handsets, download them from here (as linked by OP): [link]
EDIT: If you're feeling adventurous, this live wallpaper can be purchased for less than a quid and it looks FANTASTIC underneath the widgets: [link]
If you're on Android, some devices can natively change the game app icon, otherwise you can use an app like Nova Launcher (what I use on my S7) or Icon Changer. There might be an app for iOS, but I have no experience with that.
I used Nova Launcher set at 12x12 no dock. Then I used the icon pack candy cons, for the dots. I also used the clock widget in candy cons for the eyes. Then I opened up this image, and tried to replicate it accurately in a minimal way.
Hope you guys like it, make sure to watch the GIF to see how artistic this piece is.
edit: thanks for gold kind stranger, it means so much to me and my family for finally having my artistic and creative work appreciated by such a friendly community. I would like to let you all know, that I dont do this for fame or money or power. I do this because it is my passion, my destiny is to recreate art on android home screens. Thank you and have a good day.
Because CM Launcher is terrible. Here's one of the most popular launchers out there, Nova and its requirements are much more adequate.
Also, it's unrelated, but their ads are one of the most terrible things that a human can ever witness: link[link], link
2. File transfer:
Probably the only free file transfer app that,
Sometimes I use Send anywhere & Airdroid. Both have ads and paid version can remove those ads.
3. Gallery app:
It's Free, Open source, doesn't have ads, doesn't ask Internet permission. It has some good customisations for a free and open source app. Probably it's the perfect replacement of QuickPic.
I am personally using old version of quickpic and I removed internet access permission from it. I also keep simple gallery but I like animations of quickpic. Also it's little bit faster. Btw don't use new playstore version of quickpic. Cheetah mobile bought it and that company is not trustable.
4. Music Player:
BlackPlayer Ex - (Free & paid version) - It has good amount of customisations, You can customise it's look.
Retro Music Player - For it's look. It doesn't have that many features yet but It gets regular updates.
Musicolet - (Free)
Free, No ads, Doesn't ask internet permission, decent customisation options.
You can also check GoneMad Music Player
5. Browser & Adblocking solutions:
If rooted: AdAway with custom filter lists.
If rooted + xposed: AdAway (with custom filter lists) + MinMinGuard
If non-rooted: Adguard Premium (download it from their website)/ Blokada
I am using blokada. It's free, open source app. I don't know much about AdAway and Adguard. I just copied first 2 sentences from another Reddit post. May be someone can help with adblocking solutions for rooted devices.
6. YouTube app:
YouTube vanced because OG YouTube is dead.
NewPipe - Simple, open source
ADM Pro or IDM Plus - supports torrent
Videoder - Supports downloading videos from many websites. Useful for YouTube videos downloading. You can buy Premium Extension from Playstore to remove ads. I am using old version that has less permissions. I think new versions have more permissions.
I also want to know alternative of Videoder that is free, can downlod youtube videos seamlessly, supports all resolutions and open source app or from XDA.
Apps that helps downloading:
Libre Torrent - Free, No ads
Note app without Internet permission:
10. Basic Calculator:
Calculators + Unit Convertor - All in One calculator (Free & IAP) - I am using old version of this app. New version has new features.
12. Video Player:
I am using Joey for reddit. Free and doesn't have ads. Has good customisations.
14. PDF reader/Book reader
Moon Reader Pro
FB reader premium
15. File Manager:
16. Podcast Player:
There are many apps.
For basic users - Antennapod / Podbean (free version)
Advance users - Pocket cast, Podcast player from castbox.fm, Podcast Go etc.
Edit: Extended list for useful android apps. Check this.
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Corrin M (New Year)
Takumi (New Year)
Camilla (New Year)
Azura (New Year)
If you're on Android, some devices can natively change the game app icon, otherwise you can use an app like Nova Launcher (what I use on my S7) or Icon Changer (may still not be updated for Oreo). There might be an app for iOS, but I have no experience with that.
To change an app icon using Nova Launcher:
Long press the app icon
Tap the icon
Select "Gallery apps"
Search for the new icon you want from your phone
EDIT: Thanks for the Gold!!
Welcome to Android, brother! Here are some of the apps I use, and I'm sure others will chime in with their personal setups, too! The best thing about Android is the customization available to users. There are tons of options, so you can pick and choose what works best for you!
So on Android, you can install apps that determine how your entire home screen functions. These are called launchers, and far and away the best launcher has to be Nova. It performs great, has every customization option you'd ever want, and is updated regularly. Definitely the best purchase I've ever made on the play store.
Can't beat it. By far the fastest and most reliable app for SMS as of now. Depending on how the new Google Messages update performs, I might switch to that. But for now, Textra is great.
Great app for browsing Reddit, though on Android there are several that work great! I also recommend Boost, Sync, and Reddit Is Fun if Slide doesn't appeal to you.
One of Google's greatest apps! Automatic categorizing of e-mails, snoozing, and reminders place Inbox above the stock Gmail app in my opinion.
With the Android 8.0 beta (and 8.1 beta coming Monday) installing custom themes has been made possible without root! This means that you can alter the colors of basic UI elements without having to "mod" your device. Here's a tutorial if you're interested: [link]
Swift Dark is a particular substratum theme that looks great on the Essential!
Swift Dark: [link]
And to pay for these apps? I just do surveys for Google through this app. It gives play store credit for each survey you do, and you can use that to buy apps, games, and movies on the play store!
Haha sorry that ended up being longer than I expected. Let me know if you have questions! And enjoy your Essential phone. :)
~~On mobile, so I can't link, but~~ I've gone ahead and attached links to each app, these are general recommendations:
• Nova Launcher (+Prime) - Changes launcher and allows vast customization
• Weather Timeline - Weather app with amazing looking widgets
• Sync/Relay/Slide/Boost for Reddit , whichever suits you best, I personally use Sync - Reddit clients
• Textra SMS - An amazing SMS client
• Phonograph for appearance/Poweramp for equalizer - Music players, I personally use Phonograph because it looks amazing and I can't tell the difference in audio between both apps anyway. If you're an audiophile, use Poweramp preferably with a material design skin
• Disconnect Pro if it's free/Adhell - Both supposedly block most ads system wide without root, Disconnect Pro is on the Galaxy App Store and costs a bit, but it was free recently, otherwise get Adhell from Play Store
• Flamingo for Twitter - Highly customizable twitter client
• If you use Facebook, the general consensus is to use a wrapper (wraps the web client) such as Friendly for Facebook, but I ended up sticking with the official app for speed and functionality (such as tagging users in comments)
• Pocket Casts/Podcast Addict - Podcast players, I've personally only used Pocket Casts and it's great, but it costs money, I've heard Podcast Addict is a free equivalent
• Solitaire Decked Out - Free, ad-free Solitaire app, it's cute and good looking with in-app purchases only for cosmetics, great if you like Solitaire
• Adblock Plus for Samsung Browser - An adblocker for the default Samsung browser
• Galaxy Button Lights 2 - Shortens the time those little lights on the recent and back buttons appear for, you can even completely turn them off
• Isotope - Pretty looking material design periodic table
• Google Keep - Note taking app that syncs with the web version online
• Google Photos - Sync and upload pictures to save forever, Google even automatically creates animations, albums, collages etc.
• Solid Explorer - File explorer
• Gboard - Keyboard made by Google, offers things like swiping to type, more customization than the default Samsung Keyboard, Google search and translate within the keyboard etc.
If you're on Nougat 7.0 (software version), a neat little trick you can do is double tap the recents button to switch back and forth between apps, I use it all the time.
That's what comes off the top of my head (+ looking a bit at my apps), I can update more once I get home if I remember, but your best bet is to search around this subreddit as well as r/android and r/androidapps for more apps, there are tonnes that people recommend. Sorry if some of these apps aren't completely suited for someone new to android, perhaps they'll help you in the future though.
Have fun :)
Even though I'm an Android person, I really enjoy the way iOS looks (especially iOS 11), so I decided to replicate iOS 11's Control Center as my home screen! Obviously some things aren't possible with KLWP such as brightness/volume sliders, and I'm not too experienced with Tasker yet so perhaps I could've added more avanced functions with it if I was, but for the time being I'm very happy with this setup. Thank you for checking it out!
wallpaper // link
apps // nova launcher // klwp // tasker // whicons
font // san francisco
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Ike (new icon style)
Hector (new icon style)
Bridal Cordelia (new icon style)
Ayra (new icon style)
Celica (new icon style)
Brave Lyn (new icon style)
Genny (new icon style)
Deirdre (new icon style)
Spring Camilla (new icon style)
Bridal Caeda (new icon style)
Spring Xander (new icon style)
The Reinhardt (new icon style)
Smiling The Reinhardt (new icon style)
Nowi (new icon style)
Anna (new icon style)
Sharena (new icon style)
Alfonse (new icon style)
Veronica (new icon style)
Bruno (new icon style)
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Ike (Vanguard Legend)
Eirika (Sacred Memories)
Icon Changing Apps for Android: (Sorry, no known way for iOS to customize app icons)
Nova Launcher (what I use on my S7)
Icon Changer (may still not be updated for Oreo).
Nova Launcher Instructions:
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Nova Launcher - helped me get a very minimalist configuration which I prefer
BixRemap - an app made by an /r/GalaxyS8 user I believe, for remapping the bixby button for whatever you want
AdHell - block ads and stop services. I was able to shut off much more than what you can disable under the phone's naitive settings, including services that /r/GalaxyS8 users have reported to be pushing spam notifications
Navbar Apps - configure your navbar at the bottom of the screen. I was particularly drawn to this app because I found the navbar would get rendered with a white background while it sat below my black keyboard, which was really gruesome to look at. I was able to set the background to always be black, which was all I wanted, but the app seems to be able to do a lot more.
Although it's not an app, I additionally use the PixelizeD theme the give me a dark color scheme for the pull-down notification menu (you will need to do a search for it). I broke down and made a Samsung account to be able to set a different theme, and I like it much better now.
I might add more tips later on. I also want to add links to the apps I mentioned [edit: done].
So far, I haven't found anything I want to do that I can't already do without root.
Dislike the stock launcher and want tons more customization of the look and feel? Nova Launcher
Hate the Bixby button and wish that hardware key could do something else, even several things with tap / long press / double tap? BxActions and a quick ADB command.
Wish that Samsung didn't disable System UI Tuner and the advanced tweaking options it allowed? SystemUI Tuner and a few quick ADB commands.
Want to block ads? AdHell 2. (Note that I have not used this one yet and cannot personally vouch for how well it works.)
Generally, you can do 99% of what you'd want with free (or cheap) apps and 30 seconds in Command Prompt on your PC. Before rooting, be very clear what you need to do that you believe rooting will help with, then ask Google or Reddit how to do that without root.
In my opinion I think everyone should have
Nova Launcher-My favourite Launcher because of how customizable it is
Google Keep-I love keep because of how simple it is and the fact I can set a reminder in just a few taps
Google Photos-Free unlimited photo backup/storage
Wikipedia-Because I don't think it's said enough I wanted to include this app because of how great of a collection of articles Wikipedia has
Feedly(or any other RSS Reader) I use the official Feedly app mainly because I'm not an RSS power user so the official app suits my needs
Apphunt A great app to find new apps has a great community behind it.
KWGT-An app to create custom widgets like Zooper Widget but with a bit more functionality also supports user made widget packs
KLWP-I can't recommend this enough, this app allows you make a live wallpaper with complicated animations it can make your home screen look completely different. Some good examples Of KLWPs would be this and this it supports loading others themes onto you phone, also has a helpful G+ community and [subreddit](/r/Kustom) the dev is also on reddit /u/frankmonza
EDIT: calico_capo has pointed out that the mobile version of Imgur removes the transparencies which results in sharp black corners. To avoid this, use this link that adds "?desktop=1" to the end:
I set the center icon to actually be a folder containing my most used applications, and then set the swipe action to open the full app drawer. Essentially, if I want an app that I know isn't in the mini drawer, I'll swipe the button as opposed to tapping it.
Super simple to recreate this.
In Nova you can edit the icon pack under "look and feel" in the settings. Also, I played with the color of the search bar for a while in "desktop" the color code is #62d8fd if you'd like to use that.
Since people are asking for sounds, here you go!
I recommend downloading Zedge if you don't have it, more and more ringtones and notifications are being added. I've currently got a few of them in use:
Trailer - my current ringtone
no you didn't see me reupload because I misspelled his name the second time, and imgur not keep it a png the first time
Thanks u/Hraaat for letting me edit your art! Here is his original reddit post and also here is the Twitter post
I'm going to borrow u/k23usa's instructions on how to make this your app's icon:
> If you're on Android, some devices can natively change the game app icon, otherwise you can use an app like Nova Launcher (what I use on my S7) or Icon Changer (may still not be updated for Oreo). There might be an app for iOS, but I have no experience with that.
> To change an app icon using Nova Launcher:
>* Long press the app icon
>* Press "Edit"
>* Tap the icon
>* Select "Gallery apps"
>* Search for the new icon you want from your phone
For those on Oreo 8.0 and above, Using Icon changer will not work with this method, but Nova Launcher will. And like k23usa, I have no idea if it's possible on iOS without Jailbreaking the phone. BUT if you are part of the 90%+ phones who still don't have Oreo, you can edit this, and when you update to Oreo the icon will still be there. So as long as you don't remove the shortcut upon updating you should be able to keep it!
Final disclaimer, I'm not a professional editor by any means, I just used Gimp to crop out the whiteness surrounding Airzura and place it on a transparent layer instead. I know it's not perfect, a tiny bit of her hair sash thing is cut off on the right, but for an app icon you're probably not going to see such a tiny detail.
Aww...In the meantime.
Nova - [link]
Icon pack dev's profiles. Take a look at their work and see. Among the three, sikebo has the most unique look between his icon packs. Pick your poison, you own't be disappointed.
Ango Icon pack - [link]
KWGT - [link]
KWGT Unity - [link]
KWGT Ocea - [link]
Zooper - [link]
Zooper Unity 2 (my favorite of the bunch) - [link]
Zooper Ocea - [link]
Backdrops - [link]
Substratum - [link]
Mono - [link]
Reverie - [link]
Swift Black - [link]
Swift Dark - [link]
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V3 Album 02 Imgur - Desktop View (Try this if transparencies don't work on mobile)
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Dorcas (Pumpkin Smasher)
Kagero (Beverage Ninja)
Mia (Moonlit Witch)
Myrrh (Spooky Monster)
Niles (Forbidden Tease)
Tiki (Legendary Dragon)
Icon Changing Apps for Android: (Link to post by keijiKun_ for possible way to customize app icons on iOS)
Nova Launcher (Free - what I use on my S7)
Adapticons (Costs $1)
Icon Changer (Free - may not work properly anymore or adds logo to icon)
Long press the app icon in the menu or on the desktop (each can have separate icons)
Navigate to the new icon you want from your phone
Select "FE Heroes" App from the list
Scroll down to "Icon Settings" and tap on the icon
Select "Import Icon"
Tap "Select icon from gallery"
Tap "Select Icon"
Change size to 46%
Scroll down to "Shape Settings" and tap on the background color
Tap "Select solid color"
Tap "Advanced Mode"
Drag the Opacity bar all the way to the left to make it invisible
Tap "Select Color"
Hit the disk icon in the top right to save
Choose "Add icon to home screen" and it will appear on the desktop
Icon Changer Instructions:
Stretch corners to fit icon
A shortcut to the app with the new icon will be added to your desktop
When I find time, I try to fulfill icon requests (though you can also make icons yourself using my template). You can also specify the following information so that I make it just how you want it:
Specific Hero Art Pose (Portrait, Attack, Special, Injured) or Link to Specific Art (fanart will require approval from owner)
Icon Format (Square, Rounded Square, Squircle, Circle, or Original)
Popped Style or Solid Style
Background Color or Link to Specific Background (fanart will require approval from owner)
If not all information is provided, I'll use the default for what is missing: Special Art, Square Format, Popped Style, and Border/Background colors similar to the art
Create your own Icons!
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You can make something similar on most android phones.
I use Nova Launcher as my base for interface.
Icon pack is called Rondo.
The center clock and circle battery is cyanogenmod features.
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Hector 2: Hector Harder
Hector with a Vengeance
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V1 Album Imgur Link (No Border)
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Summon Stone Background
Lyn (Lady of the Wind)
Tiki A (Summering Scion)
Lucina (Spring Exalt)
Olivia (Festival Dancer)
Ayra (cuboon Cipher)
Icon Changer (may still not be updated for Oreo)
Delta icon pack
Edited version of
for KLWP, by Masaoka Taro
Edit: Background Image
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Celica: Warrior Priestess
Hector: Brave Warrior
Ephraim: Sacred Twin Lord
Veronica: Brave Princess
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Hinoka (Wings of Fate)
Shigure (Wings of Fate)
well the guy specifically asked about my launcher so I think he can probably parse that but basically i installed this: [link]
and this: [link]
and then a combo of these two will get you the top bit but not exactly the same as how I did it: [link]
Thank you to everyone who has helped me so far, it's thanks to you I've been able to start publishing my work.
Bloom for KLWP supports both devices with a traditional 16:9 ratio display, or devices with a 18:5 ratio, like the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+.
Bloom for KLWP works best with all lockscreen elements disabled, most likely requiring root.
To install this wallpaper:
Feel free to contact me if you have any problems or questions.
You can download the KLWP theme from here.
Everything Used -
Nova launcher - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&hl=en_US
Icons - https://www.deviantart.com/fanatixx/art/All-Windows-95-OSR2-Icons-92282438
Note: These icons (.ico) probably only have to be scaled up (I did to 512x512) but since I'm stupid i went through the process of taking screenshots of the 5 icons I used, giving them transparent backgrounds, and then after realizing that nova didn't accept 32x32 images, scaling them up. If you dont want to go through that work for the icons you're gonna use, you can find mine here - https://imgur.com/a/IEE4c6d
I also ulploaded mine directly in from google photos, so that might've factored in.
Wallpaper - https://imgur.com/a/BccbMkP
Note: This includes one without the taskbar if you'd like to use that.
Extra notes: I would change the font and make the start button open the app drawer (home does that), but unfortunately I haven't rooted my phone and nova is bad at fonts, and nova (for some reason) won't let me disable my navbar on the homescreen.
This was done on a Google Nexus 6P, but should work on any device.
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Sakura (Trick or Defeat!)
Nowi (Trick or Defeat!)
Jakob (Trick or Defeat!)
Henry (Trick or Defeat!)
Ayra (Orb Version)
Nova Launcher Prime
Zooper Widget Pro
Clock: MIN for Zooper I removed the background, changed the date font and added the weather.
Wallpaper Can't stress enough how awesome I think this artist's work is. A lot of great potential wallpapers.
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Lucina: Glorious Archer
Walhart: The Conqueror
It is a launcher for Android
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Olivia (Performing Arts)
Inigo (Performing Arts)
Azura (Performing Arts)
Shigure (Performing Arts)
EDIT: I've figured out a way to add a download link for the Imgur Album, so I have added that to the top. However, they won't have proper filenames for easy hero searching and they may not be of the same quality as pre-upload, so if a mod could let me know of a hosting site that won't get blocked I could use that to provide the original copies with correct filenames. I like to use Box, but I know it gets the post blocked.
EDIT 2: For the record, I do take special icon requests (some of the existing icons were special requests in the past), but I usually only have time to do them during the weekdays.
Very straightforward theme using this wallpaper, Nova Launcher, and Cornie Icons.
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Roy (Love Abounds)
Lilina (Love Abounds)
Hector (Love Abounds)
Lyn (Love Abounds)
Eliwood (Love Abounds)
Substratum Theme Engine
- Lock Screen
- Nav Bar
BlackPlayer EX (for widget)
Nova launcher link is wrong (goes to Messenger): Link here
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Marth: Hero King
Jamke: Prince of Verdane
Things I used:
launcher: Nova, of course. just the level of customisation I need.
SMS: Pulse. very clean UI inspired by Google Inbox, with some options to customise it to your liking.
alarm clock: Sleep as Android. includes sleep tracking feature that tries to wake you at the most optimal time. also includes some nice alarm tones. although don't use singing birds, or you'll soon find yourself waking up at 4 am when actual birds start singing outside your window. I guess Pavlov was onto something after all.
music player: plenty to choose from. I've been using GoneMAD for the longest time, but I got tired of the UI (although the dev is preparing a major 3.0 update with refreshed interface), so I'm now using the free version of BlackPlayer. it's smooth, pretty and does anything I want it to do.
browser: Brave. I'm a Firefox user on desktop, but Firefox for Android is still clunky to use, and the scrolling is pretty horrible. until it gets fixed, Brave is a smooth Chromium-based browser with a built-in ad and tracking blocker.
maps: MAPS.ME. it's a FOSS app using OpenStreetMap data. I find it more detailed than Google Maps (although less businesses are added for now; the gap is being slowly, but steadily closed though, as the data is contributed by volunteers). you can even download maps of whole countries or regions for offline viewing.
notes: FairNote. a simple, offline note taking app with the option to back up your data to Google Drive. you can colour code your notes, or lock some of them with a password/fingerprint.
keyboard: Gboard. my phone comes with Swiftkey preinstalled, but I can't stand how clunky it is, and when Gboard implement simultaneous input in multiple languages, I jumped ship and didn't look back. or I should rather say, I did look back several times, but Swiftkey gets in my way much more than Gboard does. plus swiping across the space bar to move the cursor around and swiping from the backspace key to delete big parts of the text at once are too useful to give up.
As a Samsung and Nexus owner, I always install Nova Launcher because of it's customizability and speed.
>Customization (in general). I’ve heard so many people say how customizable android is, but I haven’t found that to be the case at all. Its notification handling is a giant step back for me. I mean, maybe it IS super configurable, and I’m just dumb, but the system menus are actually hell. I have to go into 30 different menus to find anything, and the on-device search can’t bring my directly where I want to go,
If you wanna mess with customizing your desktop then I'd suggest downloading Nova Launcher.
>No notification LED. Mitigated by the moto hover thingy.
Most Android phones have LED, but sometimes there are exceptions like with the Galaxy A5 & the Moto Z Play. To me, they were cool at first, but then they got annoying.
>Email is a MAJOR pain point. I still haven’t found an email client that doesn’t screw around. Gmail so far is the best, but i’m still not used to conversation view, and i can’t seem to sync all my folders on my inbox regularly. I have subfolders organized to route emails for each one of my potential customers, and I want to be able to get an overhead view of all folders for new/recent emails, and be able to drill down and focus in on certain ones at a time. I haven't found a way to do that. Subfolders desync constantly. Outlook is shit. Doesn’t load anything, and it’s buggy as hell. Don’t get me started on inbox. I just want my damn email again. I've maybe replied to 50 emails in 6 months, while I used to basically live on my Z10 (~30+ emails a week).
Your email is Outlook, Gmail, Office365, etc? There are really good 3rd party apps for some.
>No dedicated mute button…
While this isn't as good as a hardware mute button, but maybe use Tasker to set a method for muting the device?
>Android's bluetooth file transfer support is pitiful. I know you guys probably don’t care about this one, but I can’t send attachments through my work email
It is true that I don't know of anyone who uses Bluetooth for anything besides connecting to a device to play music. Perhaps upload them top GDrive or use a 3rd party app to transfer via WiFi?
>No built in music player. Well kinda. I’m really not sure. If I kick on a song in a media player app and kill the media player app, the music keeps playing? wtf? I've been using VLC as my media player.
I really like BlackPlayer. Not sure if it has a built-in option to stop music when dismissed from recent apps or not.
>As a toy, android is great. As a tool for doing my job, it’s a little rough compared to BB10
Check out BlackBerry's Android apps. Maybe some of them will be on par their BB counterparts and you'd find them useful
Nova Launcher (Prime)
I'm starting with Nova, as it's the perfect example of an "obvious" tip, yet many new Android users may not be aware of just how awesome Nova Launcher really is. For those unfamiliar, Nova Launcher is the launcher for personalizing your home screen and putting your own spin on your Android device. To find out just how useful Nova Launcher can be, download it and try it for yourself or read any of the literally hundreds of threads about it on Reddit. To unlock the full potential of Nova Launcher, I recommend also downloading Tesla Unread and upgrading to the Prime version if you like the app. I also highly recommend joining the Nova Launcher Beta. In addition to getting to test the latest features sooner, the beta has some of the features from the Pixel Launcher that the regular version is missing, such as the slide-up app drawer and the search pill.
(Note: The "swipe left for Google Now" feature is exclusive to the Pixel Launcher. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is. Anyone who can't live without this functionality will either have to forgo Nova Launcher or utilize Nova Launcher's customizable gestures as a workaround. This is extremely easy to do by going into the Nova settings and tapping "gestures and inputs".)
Zooper Widget (Pro)/KWGT
Zooper and KWGT are two powerful, user friendly apps that allow users to create, download, and share custom widgets for just about anything you could imagine. Perfect for those looking to take their Android customization to the next level or simply add the finishing touches to their "perfect" home screen. Numerous predesigned widget packs are available for both from the Play Store.
Because of the sheer volume of predesigned packs available from the Play Store and the fact that taste is totally subjective, I'm not going to link any specific packs here, but if anyone else wants to share their favorite pack(s) feel free.
Icon packs are perfect for bringing your custom theme together. There are literally hundreds available from the Play Store.
Like Zooper/KWGT widget packs, anyone who wants to share their favorite icon packs feel free.
(Note: Without rooting, icon packs will not work with the Pixel Launcher. They are, however, supported natively by third-party launchers such as Nova.)
System UI Tuner provides additional customization options to your Pixel, such as the ability to view your battery percentage in the status bar. To activate the System UI Tuner, swipe down the notification shade and tap and hold the gear icon for a few seconds. It will then be near the bottom of your settings menu.
Don't like the default white keyboard theme on your Pixel, but love the Google Keyboard otherwise? Go to Settings > Language & input > Virtual keyboard > Google Keyboard > Themes to pick from a number of different themes for your keyboard.
Light Flow (Pro)/Light Manager (Pro)
For those looking to take control of their app notifications (specifically their notification LED), two popular options are Light Flow and Light Manager. Both give the user much greater control over their app notifications and both have pro versions that, for a small fee, provide additional features, such as alternating between notification light colors. I personally prefer Light Manager, but many would disagree.
(Note: To enable the pulsing notification LED, go to Settings > Notifications and tap the gear icon in the upper righthand corner.)
(Note 2: Android requires that all apps running in the background show a persistent notification in the notification shade. If the persistent notification is disabled, the system may kill the process that makes these apps work to reduce memory usage. This can only be disabled by rooting. It is generally best just to keep the persistent notification enables.)
(Edit: u/iboj007 has a simple workaround for the persistent notification problem (for Light Flow).)
Always On AMOLED
For fans of "always on" displays, such as Samsung's phones (insert Note 7 joke here), Always On AMOLED brings this functionality to your Pixel and, unlike the built-in ambient display, it actually works!
(Note: The Pixel's notification LED will only work with the screen off, meaning the pulsing notification light (and, by extension Light Flow and Light Manager) will not work (properly) with this app enabled. Always On AMOLED can be set to turn off after specific intervals of non-use or when the battery is low, effectively allowing your phone to "switch" between the two methods, should you want to do this for whatever reason. I recommend using the standard pulsing notification light over Light Flow or Light Manager if you plan to go this route, however. The less processes running the better.)
(Edit: If you're having issues with Always On AMOLED, try turning off the ambient display under your phone's display settings. I have noticed that ambient display can cause some issues with notifications not displaying properly on Always On, but it seems to be hit-or-miss. Realistically, there's no reason to have both on anyway.)
Tile Extension for Nougat is a useful free app for customizing the quick setting tiles in the notification shade. Customizable "shortcuts" let you quickly access your favorite apps or settings you access frequently.
Nova Launcher Beta
Light Manager (Pro)
Tile Extension for Nougat
Edit: Tasker. I can't believe I forgot about Tasker. For those unfamiliar, Tasker is an app designed to automate, well, just about whatever you want your phone to do. Here's a good write-up on it.
Being able to replace the launcher is definitely one of Android's superpowers. Somebody even did a faux WP launcher.
iOS got around to third-party keyboards, so maybe someday they'll lighten up on the launcher.
You can solve that problem with a custom launcher like Nova for example.
Download a launcher, I use Nova!
EDIT: Make sure that after you have successfully downloaded and installed Nova that you set it as your default home screen. Your device should ask what Home screen you wish to use the first time you hit your home button after installing the app, make sure you select Nova and then 'Always use this.' and you should be fine.
Then download an icon pack, I used Simply 8bit, by Jenning
After that, you go into the Nova launcher settings (can be accessed by holding the screen for a few seconds then hitting the wrench in the top right) then tap the 'Look and Feel' option, then 'Icon Theme' and then 'Simply 8 bit'
Play around with Nova! It's pretty neat and you can make some really nice looking phone desktops. I updated my desktop a little since I made this thread, Here it is now
If you're using iPhone then I'm sorry I don't know how to get anything to look like that, iirc iPhones have very limited ricing capabilities.
Nova Launcher, it's like being able to choose from any layouts that the Google Now Launcher and the Pixel Launcher went through. Or you can download the Pixel Launcher's APK from APKMirror.
Hey Uke, here's some instructions from a different sub that I use to change my icons. I use Nova launcher on Android, but follow the link for how to do it on IOS, hope this helps!
Icon Changing Apps for IOS (Link to post by keijiKun_ for possible way to customize app icons on iOS)
Nova Launcher (what I use)
This is the first time I've put effort into making it look half decent.
Wallpaper + image used
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Chrom (The Branded King)
I was inspired by this amazing setup. Credit goes to u/newone757 for that one.
However, I've made a few changes to better suit my taste:
I also changed from using All in One Gestures to using Gesture Control, which closer mimics the iPhone X gesture methods, and I find that it works better along the usual navbar area.
The wallpaper is from MKBHD's wallpaper folder he's posted onto Google Drive.
Oh, I used Screener for the screenshot. Link is elsewhere in the thread.
EDIT: My initial screenshot had WhatsApp as my bottom-most icon. The current one has it the way it's now setup, and in line with my actual description.
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Missing Legendary Secret Characters
The Reinhardt in all his magical glory
Our savior, Oliver
Black Knight (No Helmet)
Black Knight (Yes Helmet)
Summer F Corrin
Summer F Robin
Summer A Tiki
Old Album Imgur Link with the rest of the heroes
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The string of percent symbols are just placeholders so I know where to put screenshots.
So for this tutorial to make the "Our Ends Are Beginnings" android theme we're going to need a few apps and files to
start. The apps you'll need are:
Kustom Live Wallpaper
And the File you'll need is:
To set up your phone so that you get the clean look you'll need to change a few things in Nova launcher.
Set the Wallpaper Scrolling to 'on' (Settings->Desktop->Wallpaper Scrolling->On)
Set the amount of screens to three
Turn the dock 'off' (Settings->Dock->Toggle switch on the top right)
Turn off the notification bar and make the on screen buttons have transparent backgrounds (Settings->Look and
Feel-> Notification Bar-> Show Notification bar to 'off'-> Transparent Notification Bar to 'on')
In order to use the Glyphsy icons in klwp you have to use ThemeX to extract the files and put them all into a folder.
To do this:
Open up ThemeX
Click 'select all' and select 'icons' %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
The last thing to do is to delete everything off of your homescreens since they'll cover up the klwp assets. You can
leave that to the end though so that you don't have to remake your current setup if you don't like this one. Alright
now on to the hard part.
Making the Theme in KLWP
So the first thing we need to do in klwp is make sure that we have a new, blank wallpaper to work with. The easiest
way to do this is to load a blank wallpaper. (Menu->Load Preset->New)%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Now you should have an empty wallpaper and klwp should look something like this.
The first thing we'll do is set up the global switch that allows the vertical scrolling.
Scroll the lower options bar (Items, background etc) over till you see 'Globals'.%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Make a new Global by tapping the '+' at the top of the screen.
Make the title of the Global 'Depths'
Change the type of Global from 'Color' to 'On/Off Switch'
Leave the 'Auto On' and 'Auto Off' options on 'Manual'
It should look something like [this](%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Background and Static Text
We'll start by making the Background. In order to make it scroll and not be static we make it an item and don't use
the background tab.
Go to the Items tab
Make a new item by clicking the '+' at the top right
Now you have an image item in your items tab. It should look like [this](%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Open the image item
Click on 'Pick Image'%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Select the background image from your gallery or wherever you saved it
Set 'Width' to 720
Static text one, "Our Ends"
Make a Text item
Open the item and click on 'text'](%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Delete $df(hh:mm:ss)$ and replace it with ['Our Ends'](%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Change the font to 'DancingScript-Regular'
Change the text size to '80'
Go to the [position tab](%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Change the anchor to 'Center'
Change the Y-Offset to 300
Static text two, "Are Beginnings"
Delete $df(hh:mm:ss)$ and replace it with ['Are Beginnings'](%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Change the X-Offset to 20
Change the Y-Offset to 1280
Background and Static Text Animations
Go to the animation tab
Make a new animation (+ sign at the top)
Open the new animation
Set the ReactOn to 'Global Switch'
Set the Global to 'Depths'
Change the speed to 150
Change the angle to 270
For the static text to remain in the same spot all we'll do is copy and paste that same animation we just made into
the two text items.
Click on the box to the right of the animation %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Copy the animation (Copy symbol in the top right)
Open the text items animation tab
Paste the animation
Now that we have the animations set we need to set the text so that we toggle the global switch when we touch them.
Open one of the text items
Open the touch tab
Create a new touch element
Set the element to 'Toggle Global Switch' %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Set the Switch to 'Depths' %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
Repeat steps 1-5 for the other text item. You could copy paste but sometimes that doesn't work for me.
At this point if you haven't been saving the wallpaper now's a good time to do so. Once you do you should be able to
test the animations we just made by going to your home screen and clicking on the text. Now that we have that out of
the way we can move on to the more interesting parts of the theme.
I like it nice and simple
Looks much better in our AMOLED display btw :)
Wallpaper : Welcome to Jupiter
Icon Pack: Stealth Icon Pack
My Setup =)
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Ryoma (Supreme Samurai)
Nino (Pale Flower)
Information Required for Icon Requests:
When I find time, I try to fulfill icon requests (though you can also make icons yourself using my template). To make sure I get the icon just how you want it, please provide the following information when requesting a custom icon:
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Tharja (Bridal Bloom)
Ninian (Bridal Bloom)
Sanaki (Bridal Bloom)
Marth (Bridal Bloom)
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Olwen (World of Thracia)
Reinhardt (World of Thracia)
Robin F (Fell Vessel)
Ok for that you will need the following:
A custom launcher, I suggest Nova Launcher
Lines Icon Pack
Fox for Zooper (Fox Zooper 40)
First you need to set Nova launcher as your default launcher by opening the app and follow the instructions. Then go into the settings and change stuff to your liking.
Next on your home screen press your home button and tap widgets. Scroll down to find Zooper Widgets. Find the size widget you want to use and tap and hold to drag it onto your home screen, resize it as necessary then tap it. Here it will take you into Zooper Widgets and here should be a list of options. Tap Fox for Zooper and scroll down and find FoxZooper40 select it and this applies it to your home screen.
Icons next, select which apps you want on your home screen by opening your app drawer and tapping and holding it to place them where you want. When they are in place, tap and hold on each app, select edit, tap on the picture of the icon. This takes you to where you select your icon pack, select Lines then find the appropriate icon and tap it to select it.
Finally set your wallpaper by downloading it, open gallery, tap on it, tap the 3 dots top right and tap set as wallpaper.
If you're having issues, let me know.
I don't know if I would jump straight into Tasker. I don't mean to downplay Tasker, it's great and I use it daily. I would just focus on other things first.
I would recommend a replacement launcher like Nova Launcher, along with some icon packs. Vertumus makes my favorite ones. Muzei is great for wallpaper.
If you like podcasts, check Pocket Casts.
Disk Usage is great for all of the obvious reasons.
In Google Maps, save your local area for offline mode. It'll save you some data.
Hey everybody! For this theme I used Nova Launcher and KLWP.
I was inspired by this post and saw it looked fantastic on my s6 edge, so I tried something of my own and came up with this monstrosity.
HERE is the klwp file.
Edit: this is a 3 screen home page with the home on the left most.
^^^Note ^^^to ^^^self: ^^^Add ^^^"Android" ^^^to ^^^future ^^^titles
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Robin M (Fallen Heroes)
Hardin (Fallen Heroes)
Celica (Fallen Heroes)
Takumi (Fallen Heroes)
Ephraim (Legendary Lord)
It's been a while since I made a theme I thought was worth sharing. I recently made this and I love it. Both the item block and the coins are folders for those wondering. The score beneath "MARIO" is the date, just with the spaces removed and the coin counter shows battery percentage.
Apologies to the original creator of the wallpaper, I can't find the link so I've re-uploaded it here.
Made in Nova Launcher (Naturally :p).
Icon Pack is PixBit.
Widgets at the top were custom made using Zooper Widget Pro. They're just some basic text using the Pixelmix font.
For those who want to make this themselves, I've uploaded the version on the wallpaper without writing under "MARIO", "WORLD", "TIME", and the text next to the coins here. For those who want the Nova Launcher Settings, I set the Grid Size to 11 by 7, and the icons are at 135% their original size.
The only issue I have with this theme is that I wish I could've got a font to match the original better, or at the very least got it in full caps, but apparently Pixelmix doesn't support the full caps drawing mode.
EDIT: Updated imgur link here.
Feel free to ask me any questions about the setup!
Swipe up for app drawer
Swipe down for notifications and settings
The 4 icons in the bottom right are folders
Launcher: Nova Launcher (9x6)
Icon pack: DarkMatter
Widet: Huk Zooper, modified by me
Wallapaper: By /u/GoonerLivesMatter, modified by me
Welcome to the club
Nova Launcher is my go to for getting things just the way I want them, although the stock experience on the S7 is pretty good.
It's Nova Laucher ([link]) + KLWP Live Wallpaper ([link]).
I am using a modified version of this wallpaper for KLWP: [link]
Instead of apps and widgets on the home screen everything is part of the wallpaper which support touch events, updates toggles, etc.
Launcher - Nova Launcher
Icon Pack - Magme Icon Pack
Widget - Chronus: Home & Lock Widget
Wallpaper - here
/u/dudecof linked my setup but I'll copy it here for those who don't want to dig for a link.
Zopper Widget Pro
Rad Pack Free (Icons)
Retro Zooper Skins
Zeon Red icon pack
First screen is main apps and app drawer, second is folders of different types of apps.
Launcher - Nova Launcher 8x12 with Subgrid positioning || Large width padding, No height padding
Icon Pack - CandyCons, Lines for dock
Wallpaper - This really high def wallpaper. I accept bitcoins
Dock - large width and height padding
All the apps in folder are themed in Lines icon pack
I have another home screen page which has a calender widget from this app and that cross is an app called Pixel Filter.
I really enjoy Nova Launcher.
Yo, glad you like it. I made this theme using Nova Launcher Pro. This is the wallpaper. The windows and the text on the bottom are all separate Zooper widgets. You can find those files here.
The widget named "main nav" includes a background image of the Windows 95 tab, and invisible rectangles on top of that background that are programmed to open the app drawer, as well as launch the phone, texting, email and web browser applications, but you'll probably have to customize those to the applications you use. To do that, click on the widget, tap "Layout" and select the rectangle with the label you want to have link to your app. Then scroll to "Module on Tap." This will let you select the app you want that icon to launch.
Does that make sense? I'm afraid that it could all be a bit much if you don't play around with theming. Just let me know how I can help out.
Full credit to Deviantart user yohandeku32 for the design. I stumbled across it and thought I'd try to recreate it with a simple animation.
Shoutout to /u/ScrewDatThing for some initial help with KLWP
Icons: Compacticons (with a color edit)
KLWP File: Here
I was inspired by this picture, but the only part of it I actually used was a story from the building. I just linked this because linking a wallpaper is required.
Big thanks to u/TurkuSama for coming up with the idea of the sliding layers. (I think this is where the obligatory Discord plug goes)
The fonts used are Anonymous Pro and Yesteryear.
Other stuff used: Nova Launcher, KLWP, and Screen Recorder
Oh, and here is the KLWP file
>How do I use this theme?
You will need to download KLWP along with the Pro key.
Once you have the pro version of KLWP, this video does a good job of explaining how to import the file.
I highly recommend using Nova Launcher, because the app drawer button is set up to work with Nova. This is a one page setup, so you will only need one page. Since there are touch areas near the bottom, you will need to make sure the dock is turned off in Nova settings.
>Will this work on a phone with an 18:9 display?
It should in theory work on an 18:9 display; the one thing you may have to change is the Y-Offset of the date and time, as it may appear higher on your display.
>Will this work on a phone with on-screen navigation buttons?
~~It will be a pain in the ass to try to change this to accommodate a nav bar because I was lazy and didn't use globals, but if I have the time to change it in the next couple days, I will.~~
EDIT: It was easier to implement than I initially thought; I have updated the file. Go to Globals and turn on the nav bar switch, then edit nav ht until it is the same height as your nav bar. I tested this briefly, but not thoroughly so please let me know if you have issues with it.
>Why is the KLWP file locked?
Because of this
If you have any other questions feel free to PM me or comment on this post. I will try to reply to all comments. :)
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Tharja (Winter's Envoy)
Lissa (Winter's Envoy)
Robin M (Winter's Envoy)
Chrom (Winter's Envoy)
My October Home Screen. Phoenix AZ inspired
Wallpaper is from Reddit user /u/User9113 [link]
Launcher is Nova Launcher [link]
Icon theme is Delta [link]
Clock is from mnml UI for Zooper [link]
I'm using this as my lockscreen and wallpaper, I'm also using nova luncher.
OFF WHITE letters are used folders with apps.
I use Nova Launcher: [link]
Made with Nova Launcher (beta)
Edit: the wallpaper
i've used this:
Nova launcher: [link]
Zooper widget pro: [link]
Polycon icon pack: [link]
Flat Material Zooper: [link]
Widget name: Android N Notification.
working gif: [link]
Tutorial of how you can add new buttons in: [link]
What I've used:
• Nova Launcher - Link
• Minimist Clock Widget - Link
• Min - Icon Pack - Link
• Flat Style Bar Indicators (For the status bar icons) (Xposed required)
• Zooper Widget Pro (for an invisible app drawer button in the center of the app ring) - Link
Nova Launcher Settings
Desktop grid: 6x6 (with Subgrid Positioning)
Hide Clock (Desktop Only) (root required)
^^^^Created ^^^^on ^^^^Galaxy ^^^^S6 ^^^^with ^^^^XtreStoLite ^^^^Rom
Nova Launcher - [link]
By far the best, most customizable launcher. Essential, IMO, and worth the couple bucks for the Prime version if you find you love it as much as I do.
Textra for SMS - [link]
Far better than the stock SMS messages app.
Pocket - [link]
For saving articles to be read later / removing ads / syncs with web
Tune In Radio - [link]
It's biggest problem is that it tries to do TOO MUCH, but this is still the best way to tune into pretty much any radio station in the country.
Player.FM - [link]
Best podcast app I've found, if you're into that sort of thing.
SwiftKey - [link]
Best keyboard IMO. Some like Swype, some like Google Keyboard, I like SwiftKey.
Relay for Reddit - [link] The best reddit app. I've tried 'em all. Some people like Sync more, but they are wrong. :)
Pushbullet - [link] ESSENTIAL app, move things, files, photos, links, etc. around from your computer to your phone, and the other way around. You can also send text messages from your laptop. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
As a huge MCU fan, i really enjoyed making this, i hope my fellow MCU fans like it too.
> Video Tutorial
> Written Tutorial
Wafer For Zooper
Delta Icon Pack
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Catria (Hares at the Fair)
Kagero (Hares at the Fair)
Sharena (Hares at the Fair)
Alfonse (Hares at the Fair)
Unicorn Dark icon pack
Clock widget from Rad Pack Pro
Screenshot with Screener
Glyphsy for the 4 icons at the bottom.
Nova Launcher (I have Prime, and I'd definitely recommend buying it, it's fantastic.
Zooper Widget for the search bar, which I made myself. Link.
Europa Zooper provides the clock, which was modified slightly to give drop shadows that help separate the clock from the background. The specific widget is called "Europa-017".
It's pretty much stock Android 7.0 beyond that. Dropped DPI to make everything a little smaller, and anyone can do that without root.
Here's My Setup
Unlocked 930U purchased from Swappa with the slim black Incipio case
I've had this phone for less than 24 hours and I'm really liking it
Nova Launcher (+Prime) Because I will never like Touchwiz, but Sammy's hardware is great, so.. yea. Also, CUSTOMIZATIONS!
Glim Lite Icon Pack for some icons (I hate Samsung's phone icon). The good thing about using Icon packs with Nova is once you're all set up, you can delete the icon pack and the icons will stay as you've created them. Also works with Nova Backups from phone to phone.
Good Lock for Nexus-like notifications and quick toggles (From Samsung App Store)
Torchie for launching and exiting flashlight in any state (screen off, locked, screen on) by pressing volume up and down together. Because who wants to swipe through home screens and notification shades when your hands are all greasy from working on your car?
Galaxy Button Lights for keeping nav keys off at all times
Button Remapper for Nexus-like nav layout
easyHome for Samsung for Nexus-like simple touch of home button (no pressing required). Only works with phone unlocked when fingerprint lock is enabled.
Link Bubble Browser
Sync for reddit
First get a launcher, I recommend Nova, try out the free version. Then download an icon pack, there are tons to choose from, look through some of the posts here, chances are the op has posted which icon pack they used. Then get widgets if you want, maybe start out with a clock/date and/or weather widget. The new thing to use is KLWP which is a customizable live wallpaper maker, and KWGT a stand alone widget maker, there's a bit of a learning curve, but you can make pretty much anything you want, even an rss widget for news. You can also download pre-made KWGT or KLWP layouts from the play store and just install and put it on your homescreen. You can also get Zooper Widget to make widgets, it's been around for a while and the learning curve isn't as steep. you can also download pre-made widgets for this on the play store. That should get your feet wet for now, here's some links to the apps I mentioned and some other stuff you might like.
Note: I think you need the pro versions of zooper and KLWP/kwgt to import pre-made widgets.
I'm bored, so let me know if you have any questions!
Download a different launcher from the Play Store. These change the way your phone works/looks/feels. Nova, Hola, Smart, Action, Google Now: pretty much all the top launchers are better than the standard. I personally recommend Nova Launcher
Also, search "icon packs" in the Play Store. Take a look through them and download the ones you like. I can't speak for other launchers, but on Nova you long-press an app, tap 'edit' and pick an icon to change it. If you'd prefer, you can also download images from the web to use as icons.
A widget maker is optional, but recommended for theming. Zooper Widget and KLWP are commonly used. There are also individual widgets, such as Minimal Clock.
Obviously there's the official Theme Store too, but it's pretty dissapointing aside from the material themes and a couple of the darker ones.
That should get you started. For inspiration and help, see /r/androidthemes
Also, for the record, here's my home screen.
Launcher: Nova Launcher
CM12 Theme: Euphoria Dark
Icons: Glyphs by Tokem
Circles around mountain: Minimalist Clock Widget
Wallpaper: KLWP, 3x wallpapers at end of album.
Music widget: Shuttle+
Font for date: Popsies
Calendar: Calendar Widget Month + Agenda
Notification shade blur: Blurred UI (requires root + xposed)
I'm really digging Nova at the moment.
A bit late to the party but here is my Homescreen entry (Releasing my inner wolf :D ):
KLWP file: Here
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Micaiah: Summer's Dawn
Xander: Dancing Knight
Ryoma: Dancing Samurai
Elincia: Estival Princess
Nice, thanks moderator for this thread.
Here's my home screen. Clean and flat. The display's too good to cram widgets that I rarely use anyway.
P.S: Check out zheanoblog for awesome flat wallpapers. I have a random G+ collection here.
Here's my go-to wallpaper dump. Or there's always Unsplash.
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Linde: Summer Rays
Camilla: Tropical Beauty
Tiki Y: Beachside Scion
Takumi: Prince at Play
This theme is a combination of various themes I found on here. It started with /u/erto66's [isometric theme](
I also added a lot of /u/TrailBot's [Pastel-Shift](/r/androidthemes/comments/5ne7yb/pastelshift_a_hybrid_theme/),
particularly, the weather and media features, as well as the feature of having a different theme for night and day. The wallpaper I used came with the isometric icons, though I had to edit the colors to make it gel well with the rest of the theme.
This theme requires a good chunk of apps, so open your wallets and get ready!
Nova Launcher - Still the best launcher!
Make sure the dock is completely turned off in Nova. Otherwise the dock icons in the wallpaper won't be clickable. Also make sure infinite scroll is off. I prefer infinite scroll, but couldn't figure out how to enable it and not have the calendar animation go wacky when I go from the last page to the first. I tried putting the calendar on page 2 of 3 but even that caused some weird fast scrolling of the calendar background when going from page 3 to 1. :( The desktop grid is 10x7 with subgrid on. Icon Size is set to 125% No width or height padding on the icons. Scroll effect is wipe (necessary for the calendar animation).
KLWP - Still the best wallpaper!
Kustom Icon Plugin - This lets me use icons inside of KLWP
Isometric Icons - the core of the theme
Lines - Flat Minimalist Icons - Used for the 'dock' icons during the night
Lines Dark - Flat Black Icons - Used for the 'dock' icons during the day
Event Flow - This is the only widget used. It's placed on the second screen, KLWP provides the gray background so that the calendar looks good at any time of day.
This is what the theme looks like at night
The isometric icons on the main page are not individual apps, although they could be. Instead I've got them setup as app groups in NovaLauncher. That way when I click the games icon, I get a list of all the games I've got installed (or added to that group, to be specific) I experimented with having many pages of 9 icons each, but this method turned out to be quicker generally, and less prone to causing issues with KLWP animations. If I missed anything important, it's probably available here
The lack of any google search bar widget that would look good with this theme was a big problem, I modified the one provided by the Pastel-Shift theme and integrated it into the main wallpaper. Clicking the mic does bring up voice search (that was a big hurdle for some reason).
~~I've got the klwp exported. I'll have it posted soon*~~
Here's the KLWP
wallpaper / trees
launcher / nova launcher
icons / flight light
widget / zooper widget (europa-017)
My left screen is productivity, right screen is media. Most used apps are separated at the bottom for easier reach. That D icon is for Discord.
Download a launcher. Nova ([link]) is a popular one. Once you download it, go into settings and then set it as your default launcher. Then go back to the play store and download some icon packs. Not sure which one the OP is using but here is a list of a few that look like it:
Once you've downloaded an icon pack you like, go back into Nova settings, click on Look & Feel, then click on Icon Theme, and then you just click on the icon theme you just downloaded, and that's it!
Check out Nova Launcher. Delete any apps you don't want/don't use. Disable apps that you can't delete. Hide apps that you can't disable.
Check out /r/androidthemes. Here's my homescreen for example. 90% of the time I don't need to go into my app drawer. The icons are Whicons.
1º Install Nova Launcher! (its free but u need to get Prime for full features)
2º Install TwoPixel! (paid Icon Pack) You can customize each icon, individually
3º Install Zooper! (paid too)
4º Install Neon! (pack with lot of Neon Widgets)
You might want to look up Nova Launcher it is pretty simple and does a lot.
Nova launcher 8x4
Naxos Taz Iconpack
Morf widget for zooper
Nova launcher is a good one. [link]
Are you using a non stock launcher? Just assuming since you mentioned double tap of notification bar instead of double tap screen to lock..
I love the double tap to sleep/wake, but not fond of the default launcher myself.. But you can have the best of both!!
There are workarounds to get tap to lock working on non-stock launchers.
Some 3rd party launchers like Nova Launcher & Action Launcher 3 have double tap gestures you can assign to screen lock
Action Launcher 3 has screen-lock as double tap gesture built into the paid version.
Nova Launcher has the option to assign any app to double tap. I was using this with Screen Lock & Off before switching to Action Launcher 3 and it worked flawlessly
So yeah, I guess that's my entry to the dark themes contest. ~~The preset is locked (so, no exporting)~~(v1.2 is unlocked), but other than that you can tailor it to your needs however you want. There are also a few globals for you to play with, if you will. Oh, and it should work with different aspect ratios just fine :)
Should you have any issues with the theme, hit me up either here on reddit, or via email. And if all's good, enjoy :D
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Sumia: Maid of Flowers
Maribelle: Dire Damsel
Olivia: Sky-High Dancer
Libra: Fetching Friar
Because OP was lazy
With the recent update, Fire Emblem now supports adaptive icons, so I've decided to do the same by modifying my template to support the creation of Square, Rounded Square, Squircle, and Circle formats. I'll be following up with a comment that has more details as well as a link to the new GIMP template that includes instructions on how to make your own icons. My main update posts with the new icon album will now be using the Square icon format.
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Why not just use Nova Launcher?
I'm a fan of simple layouts too. Pic
EDIT: More info
welcome to team pixel! fantastic phone!
try out Nova Launcher. It's an alternate launcher (think home screen) that you can further customize than the default Google one. You can change the grid spacing of your icons so that you can have a better layout. Plus it allows you to install and run icon packs from the Google Play store. Here's my favorite icon pack at the moment. And what my homescreen looks like currently IMGUR. I just love the ability to customize the look of your phone with Android compared to iOS.
1st widget: [link]
The music widget I made myself.
Icon pack: [link]
Launcher: Nova Launcher
Icon pack: Kecil
Widgets: OC, made in KWGT (music widget available here)
Wallpaper: OP5T wallpaper by Hampus Olsson
My setup. Nothing fancy or flashy, just going for my own Pixel-esque look.
Nova Launcher with the dock and status bar hidden
Another Widget to replicate the Pixel's "At a Glance" widget
HTC U11+ wallpaper
Official Pixel Launcher (Oreo) .apk file here
If you're not sure how to install .apk files, you can use Nova Launcher on the Play Store here
Google Pixel icon pack here
It lets you customize your phone easily.
Rest is KLWP.
Nova Launcher ( coz it allows widget in dock)
Custom KWGT Widgets
Min Icon Pack
Edit - Added link to Apps.
TL;DR: Get the stuff I used at the very bottom.
I've never shared my home screens here until today. However, up until today, I had a very very basic layout: four folders at the bottom of the screen with nothing else. I thought it was time for a change.
Probably unlike most of the functional themes here, I did not use KLWP to design this. That was probably to my own disadvantage though because it took about 12 hours from start to finish, and I went through a lot of iterations to get to this point.
The idea behind this setup was to have something simple yet functional, and with my Nexus 6P, it needed to be within a finger's reach. So while I tried having the G bar at the top of the screen for balance, it just didn't work out that way, so while the home screen is more bottom heavy than it should be, it still works out pretty well.
Another goal for the home screen was to be able to accommodate busy or unconventional wallpapers while still making sure elements were visible and legible. This particular wallpaper is one of the busiest I have, which is what I used while designing my home screen.
You'll also notice some icons have labels with a • or ° symbol. These are minimal yet different enough that I can quickly glance to determine if the icon can be swiped to reveal relevant apps (•) or if it has a widget window (°) similar to Action Launcher 3's shutter feature.
So, here's a rundown of what I used and where it's used.
Launcher: Nova Launcher with Prime ([link])
Wallpaper: Backdrops Pro ("Comic Strip") ([link])
"G Bar" icons: Whicons ([link])
"G Bar" background: Zooper Widget Pro ([link])
Square folder icons: Quada ([link])
Widgets: Popup Widget 3 ([link])
Double Tap menu and Relevant Apps popups: Multicon widget ([link])
Calendar widget: Calendar Widget - Month ([link])
Shazam widget: Shazam Encore ([link])
To-Do widget: Microsoft To-Do ([link])
Navigation bar: [Substratum] Navigate Theme ([link])
Recently, I got the idea of making a sort of retro 80s theme and found a wallpaper of a server room with that look for the home screens and a simple gradient for the lock screen. Here they are.
I use two home screens, the first for looks, and the second for efficiency with folders (without using the app drawer).
Icon Packs (in order of most often used): CandyCons, Polycon, Cornie Icons, Ango, Glim, etc
Clock: Custom widget modified from one in Ocea Zooper
Roman bust: Google Images + Zooper bitmap option
Edit: I can link to anything else I missed (specific icon, pictures for the bust widget, zip file for the clock) when I'm off from school.
Made with Nova Launcher
Icons: Rad Pack Pro
Wallpaper: Rad Pack wallpaper
Widgets: Zooper Widget Pro with the Fox add-on, modified by me
There aren't any "stock" android roms or AOSP roms available because of:
1) Limited documentation of Exynos processor
2) Locked bootloaders on Snapdragon devices
What you can get is a debloated rom such as superman
and install Nova launcher and Goodlock
Launcher : "Nova Launcher"
Icon pack : "Minimalist UI"
Clock : "Dash Clock"
Weather forecast : "Eyes in the sky forecast widget"
Wallpaper : "CandyCons", an icon pack that offers about 20 beautiful backgrounds with the same style. I don't use their icons, but they're pretty cool too!
First of all I installed this roms which removed a lot of Samsung boats
Secondly, I installed Nova launcher and bought the Nova prime because I like to customize the app icons size & gestures which really helped me a lot.
Thirdly، Omni swipe this app will give a nice swipe menu with your favorite apps, contacts, and toolbox.
One of the best app that help me to manage my clipboard is clip stack long press home button will show you pop-up window with your clipboard history and your favorite.
Finally, Dumpster it's like recycle bin if you use Windows pc, whatever you delete you'll fine it there (you can manage it to remove the items after x time) it's really helpful and you'll like it.
Wallpaper - [link]
Launcher - Nova
Wallpaper made with Tapet - Tapet
Icons - Min
Time/Day - Min for Zooper Pro
Toggles - Power Toggles
Link for Zooper Pro - Zooper Pro
I have Power Toggles set up to where the 'Active' setting is the blue color and the 'inactive' is the pink. The battery also changes depending on the charge, 75% and up is blue, 75-16% is pink, and 15-0% is black.
EDIT: Totally forgot to mention the unseen tweaks. I have gestures enabled through Nova Launcher for a few apps just for ease of use. Double-tap opens the app drawer, one finger swipe up opens Spotify, and two finger swipe down opens Chrome.
EDIT 2: Screen grab of gestures as requested. [link]
Thanks for looking!
Okay so first thing's first, you'll need to download a custom launcher, personally I use Nova because it's easy with a small learning curve and you can do a lot with it.
Then, you're gonna want icons, and there are loads of them, for anybody's taste
The last main thing you'll want is widgets. You can download them to use with UCCW or, you can make your own using Zooper.
It's all about just doing whatever you wanna do. /r/Androidthemes is awesome for stuff like this.
Wow, the designer for Polycon really knows their stuff! I love my own icon pack more, though. I can't find anything else that's suited for my taste.
My homescreen: [link]
So this theme is made with a Galaxy S5 running Nova Launcher. To achieve this look exactly you are going to need the following apps :
Here's how to set up the widgets.
Z2 here, but here's some apps I recommend you get:
Nova Launcher: [link] - IMO one of the best launchers, lots of options. I personally like it better than the stock Sony one.
Bluelight Filter: [link] - Usefully if you use your phone during the dark. Gives you the ability to reduce brightness even more than normally.
Lazy Swipe: [link] - Convenient access to apps, settings, and notifications with a single swipe.
Google Opinion Rewards: [link] - Earn a bit of Google Play credit by answering simple surveys by Google.
Amber Weather & Clock Widget: [link] - Nice looking and useful widget for looking at the weather and time.
Hope you like them, and welcome to the master race!
About a month ago. Same as above, except:
Samsung Galaxy Avant, think of it like a Galaxy S3, but shitty. The reason it looks nice is because I downloaded Nova Launcher and used Mineral Icon Pack.
Month Calendar Widget
Shuttle Music Player
UCCW with Circle Skin
Relatively simple but I enjoy it.
Left Center Right
Icon Pack: Big White Icons
Widgets: Zooper Widget Pro and Today Calendar Widgets
That's no Moon
Icon Pack: Gel
Widgets: Zooper Pro (with a custom widget I made)
Second screen & second dock
Icon Pack: Rondo
Dashclock with Battery Extension and Facebook Extension (not shown) to give notifications from Tinfoil for Facebook
Google News and Weather
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Cordelia (Knight Paradise)
Noire (Shade Seeker)
Innes (Flawless Form)
Tana (Noble and Nimble)
Icon Changer (may not work properly anymore or adds logo to icon)
Most people would say the best launcher is Nova Launcher if you're into customization and yes, Nova Prime is worth the money.
However, if you're not into customization, Google Now Launcher is the stock android experience made by Google but without much customization features.
The best way to know which is right for you is to just try them out for a bit and decide which one you like.
Some other recommendable launchers:
Smart Launcher 3
Tapping on the time/date triggers the dock. If you prefer to use night mode, toggle 'night' under globals.
Edit: The unlocking animation is triggered by face unlock, but also works seamlessly with fingerprint unlocking. Couldn't help but want to mimic the iPhone X unlock symbol.
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A bold and clean theme for KLWP, with night mode and personal customisation.
Wallpaper: Kustom Live Wallpaper
Widgets: Kustom WGT
Randomizing/vignette triggering: Tasker
Fonts: Koverwatch, Bignoodletoo
The wallpaper automatically randomizes at midnight but you can also manually randomize it by tapping on the Overwatch logo.
I cropped a bunch of wallpapers (Google Pixel XL) I found online for all the maps I could find.
When your battery is low, a red vignette starts to fade in.
Healing animation activates when recharging your phone.
Heh, well i have many wallpapers on rotation using Muzei, but here's a link for this one - [link]
Nova Launcher - [link]
io16 Clock - [link]
Unicorn Dark Icons - [link]
Theme - Blackest OS on Samsung Theme Store
The clock widget is very customizeable as far as colors etc go. I have it set to automatically change colors to match the background. I love it. Let me know if you have any other questions
Nova Launcher Beta [link]
Nova Launcher Search Widget in Dock
Weather Timeline Beta Pixel Weather Widget [link]
Delux UX Pixel Icons [link]
Pixel 2 Live Wallpaper [link]
Install Nova launcher if you don't like the Google Now default launcher which doesn't support changing icon shape.
Nohrian Summer - Xander
Nohrian Summer - Leo
Nohrian Summer - Elise
Nohrian Summer - Corrin (F)
Nohrian Summer - Xander VS Frederick
Nohrian Summer - Corrin (F) VS Tiki (A)
Happy Feh with Free Orbs
Simple Large Orb
Phone: LG G6 - Android 7.0
Wallpaper: Pixiv | non-Pixiv
Icons: Iris UI
Widgets: Modified Retro Music & the clock widget from Focus on Music because I was lazy.
Launchers: Nova Launcher
Icon pack: Acorn
Widget: Nougat For Zooper
Made with Nova Launcher (prime)
Icons: Minimale Vintage
Widget was made with Zooper Pro
TeslaUnread for notifications
Min Icon Pack
Link to wallpaper post
KLWP for wallpaper position
KWGT for time, sword, date and battery;
KWGT file :)
Still need to find a way to add the bluetooth and wifi status :)
launcher · nova (prime).
wallpaper · klwp and here.
icons · iJUK.
note · i haven't been too focused on complex themes lately, that's why my recent themes are so simple. too much stuff taking my time, mainly making my mind icon pack (this stuff takes longer than i thought haha) and helping with the kecil android port.
Here's my current home screen. It's very black.
The dock icons all have swipe actions so they open two (related) apps apiece, except for the CircleLauncher widget, which has seven apps in it. The icons above the WeatherBomb widget are folders with other common apps in them, grouped by functionality.
The thin bar at the bottom is Samsung Pay.
Hey! I can upload the wallpaper later tonight as I'm not on Wi-Fi and my service is awful. As for everything else,
I used Nova Launcher with the Min icon pack.
The widget is KWGT (free version) with the Ocea KWGT pack.
Min icon pack - [link]
Ocea KWGT pack - [link]
Found the link to the wallpaper I use.
The stuff I used for the theme
Launcher: Nova Launcher
Icon Pack: Whicons
Wallpaper: KLWP (Background is from Whicons)
So I made this custom live wallpaper for the best team through KLWP. It took a while but I had fun making this. I can probably try to animate the other logos but this was really time consuming, so probably not going to.
I'm pretty sure there is a way to share this animated logo but I'm still fairly new to how KLWP works. I just the bought the pro version and in order to import assets you have to buy the full version of the app. ^^(But ^^it's ^^totally ^^worth ^^it.)
Anyway, Go Team Mystic! #DABIRDINDANORF
EDIT: <strong>KLWP file for public use!</strong> You'll need to buy the pro version of KLWP to be able to import this, I have to say to anyone downloading and using this is somewhat experienced in KLWP, but if you don't, try out the free version of the app and make your own creations! And check out r/kustom for tutorials/creations or check out r/androidthemes and see the masterpieces made by many other people.
Navigation bar music visualizer. REQUIRES XPOSED FRAMEWORK.
So fun part about making this is that I had to manually recreate the Articuno in the Mystic logo using shapes in KLWP. (I prob could've used photoshop to have separate pngs of each limbs but I'm too lazy to open it up.)
I'm still fairly new to KLWP and I just recently bought the pro version so if anyone wants a copy of the Mystic logo, ~~can you explain to me how exporting and importing works?~~
<strong>Here's a klwp file for public use.</strong> (You'll need to buy the pro version to import it.) It includes only the animated logo w/o bg scrolling and a global setting for background dimming, all this just for some slightly easier customization. You can change the background of the wallpaper, but I just left the one included from Whicons. Also the logo's size is fixed, you can only scale through animations which can be added. I'm not sure how this will look on 720p or 1440p displays since I made this on my Nexus 5x, sorry for any inconveniences if you see any.
Here's the entire version, the one I personally use and everything that you see in the linked streamable. Though the navigation bar visualizer is a part of an Xposed module, if you have Xposed here's the repository for the navigation bar music visualizer. Since I made this one specifically for my Nova Launcher settings and since I have a nav bar, I have the app grid be set to 7x5, Desktop height padding to None, Dock height padding to Large. Go crazy with everything else. It should all line up with the wallpaper. Just note that if you remove or add new page to your homescreen the wallpaper won't line up. Only exactly 2. Also note occasionally the animations may desync if your phone isn't powerful enough and your phone start throttling the speed of the wallpaper. If any desyncs occur just reload the wallpaper.
Icon pack: CandyCons
Clock: Fuzzy Clock Widget and Daydream
And just in case anyone is wondering, (from left to right) Phone, Messenger, App Drawer, Pokemon Go, Snapchat.
I just saw someone commented positively on one of my old comments where I shared my old homescreen. (Comment was made several days ago but I don't always check my inbox, haha.) Another old comment liked it so I guess I'll share it here.
Here's my updated homescreen. I just used a stock wallpaper for the screenshot.
Nova Launcher Prime. Enabled swipe gestures for the bottom row of icons. First row of icons are my most used apps. Second row of icons: tap for all of the apps sorted by folders; swipe for dialer, email, messaging, internet, and music. Removed labels. No need for app drawer since apps are sorted by own preference in folders. Also enabled Unread Count Badges with TeslaUnread.
Candycons. The icon pack is really good but I find simple dots to be cleaner. Also, I want to confuse people who borrow my phone. I don't know, personally I think if I see my layout and I have no idea what tapping something does, I'll just stop snooping around haha. So far, it worked on a couple of snoopy friends haha.
KWGT Kustom Widget Maker. I'm using DateAndAlarm, but I tweaked it a bit since I don't like seeing what time my alarm is set huhu. I added a progress bar in between the time and date, and that indicates the battery level. I hate seeing the battery level in percentage form (turned it off on my status bar as well) and trying to guess the battery level from the status bar icon is a bit hard so I did it this way.
Nova launcher is a good way to start customising your phone, easily usable with icon packs etc, and a good replacement for the stock home screen.
I use Zooper to create custom widgets, although some people prefer to use Kustom which can be used to create live wallpapers used in the same way, but I found it was a bit harder to navigate and use.
All of the above apps have pro versions so you can try them out, and if you want to get more features or download widgets/wallpapers created by others you can buy premium.
If you use Nova Launcher you can disable the persistent search bar.
I used see-through gifs as the new app icons in order to make them invisible and the Nova Pullup action or whatever it's called to toggle the notification bar
Here's how it looks without hiding all the apps
Album with both versions
Apps etc. used :
Launcher : Nova Launcher (Pro)
Date widget : created using minimalistic text
Clock widget : UCCW
Nova Launcher Prime with the Merus Icon Pack. The weather widget Is the Line and Circle skin you can get with the Amber Weather Widget.
I've had this setup for a pretty long time, I really like it.
Wallpaper: (Here) and is also a great source of wallpapers.
Launcher: Nova (Play Link)
Icons: Moonshine (Play Link)
Theme: Material Design (Free) by Cameron Bunch on the theme store. He's also got a Black (amoled) version.
Main screen - Widget: Dashclock (Play Link)
Left Screen - music: Spotify (Play Link), podcasts : Pocket Casts (Play Link), Remote Widget: AnyMote (Play Link) and Google Now (Play Link).
Right Screen - Timetable for school work: Timetable (Play Link), and Notes: Google Keep (Play Link).
Other apps I recommend: Swypes, Sync for Reddit, Pushbullet, Cabinet, and Textra.
Sorry if you think this should be on r/androidthemes not here.
Wallpaper posted by /u/ArchTalko a while back!
Launcher = Nova Launcher <-- though I used the prime version to make this.
Icon Pack = Whicons
Widget = Zooper Widget Pro <-- Though free version works too.
Stock 6P - Not Rooted - Not Mockup
Axis Icon Pack
System UI Tuner - Battery Percent
Custom Background Edited in Snapseed
my setup new setup
Nova Launcher 8x4
Let me save you experimenting: [link] :)
Nova launcher is a great launcher, definitely worth buying prime if you are a heavy customizer
MightText allows you to send and receive messages from your web browser
Google Opinion Rewards gives you play credit for completing surveys, answer them honestly or you won't get any surveys
Plex is great if you have a computer with lots of media on it, also available on ios and web browser.
Relay for reddit (Pro) My preferred reddit android client.
Swiftkey keybaord Works and looks better on android than iOS.
There's a lot, I may comment more on this thread. Also let us know if you plan on rooting your device, there are a few apps they are root only that are great.
Edit - Added links
Get nova launcher if you have android tbh
I enjoy poprocks rom, it's touchwiz based so you don't have to worry about losing s-pen,specific functionality
On top of that I use Nova Launcher because it's amazing.
Poprocks is Deodexed so you will be able to use the custom build of xposed as well
Launcher: Nova Prime
Icons: Lines and Rondo
Widgets: Month Calendar, Today Calendar, Yahoo Weather
Done using KLWP
Edit: Swiping left and right brings up the sidebars. Tapping on the song title below the clock brings up the music player while tapping the player's blurred background closes it.
I used a nova action widget for the app drawer instead of using a module in KLWP as it is a whole lot faster imo.
Edit: Here is the KLWP file.
Nova Launcher is the best way to go.
You can look at [link] for theming ideas. But sínce a while ago they have their own launcher to apply their themes. So I would use it more or less as a reference place. (Because their launcher is inferior to Nova)
EDIT: You can also look for Icon Packs. Like this one.
What do you mean by 'fresh'? Make it feel new? Keep it feeling reliable? Keep it feeling fast/responsive? Get good battery life? I'll answer in the vein of "all of the above":
And once per day I,
So as far as a Launcher I really like Nova
For my backgrounds I use Minima
For utility make sure you pick up a good file explorer
Get the best anti-theft tool on the market, Cerberus
Don't be scared of rooting, it's a relatively simple process and the chances of bricking off just a unlock and root are very very low. NVIDIA themselves provide a guide how to do it so if it went tits up I'm sure they'd assist. Unlocking the bootloader (the first step into rooting) will wipe the device back to factory settings so if you're ever even thinking about rooting make sure you do this asap to save the pain of having to restore the system. Use this guide if you're thinking about doing it.
If you do root, apps like ad-away work similar to ad-block and will stop most if not all pesky adverts.
I've only had the device a few weeks myself but I've been a happy android user for a number of years. Any issues let us know, or the XDA forums are a great source of help.
-EDIT- As far as TV shows, try things like HD Cinema or Showbox or even Mobdro (just be wary, these apps may be illegal depending on where you are from. They are a streaming service) if not I use Netflix a lot and is well worth the fee!
Icon Pack: Tiny White Icon Pack
Clock: Roboto Clock
Music Widget: Poweramp Music Player
Nova Launcher ( [link] )
Rondo Icon Pack ( [link] )
Zooper Widget Pro (With customised Flaterial Theme)
Original Wallpaper - [link]
Nova launcher (paid) and Belle UI icon pack (paid): Stock Android sucks, and unlike iOS app icons aren't consistent which looks ugly.
Auto Hide Soft Keys (paid): I hide the soft keys to free up space and to allow the Nova dock to sit flush at the bottom
Clean Master: It's become far too bloated but it does the job.
Set Orientation: I set it to automatic so that I can force any mobile app to display in landscape (such as PornHub or Instagram)
Twilight: Similar to F.lux on the computer, it adjusts the hue of the display to minimise eye strain and to avoid melatonin suppression from staring at the display (keeps you awake).
Wifi Signal Strength: Allows me to find out which spot in a room has the weakest or strongest signal strength, especially useful when using public hotspots in London to avoid continual drop-outs.
ES File Explorer: Can view hidden files (XBMC/Kodi is hidden) and access network locations with tons of other features too. Also has a nice UI.
Hotspot Shield: Free VPN when using public wifi hotspots to avoid snoopers or hotspot owner from tracking me.
Panoramic Screen: I don't use this to create panoramic wallpapers, but to select entire HD wallpaper instead of using a fixed cropped layout in order to avoid pixelation.
Tapatalk: Enables you to view and post on forums. The UX is terrible due to hidden menus and confusing navigation but useful for getting notified on forum posts like XDA.
I would install nova launcher and quickpic
Just Nova Launcher, 4 Folders:
and a Clock (Timely)
I used MultiPicture Live Wallpaper a while ago to change my wallpaper every few minutes, but it was stressy to organize it every time, so I change my wp everytime I see a new cool one.
I also use Popup Widget for Google, pretty neat
That's it, pretty minimal, i think?
Launcher - Nova launcher
Widgets - Zooper Widget on the bottom and Today Calendar on the top
Extra - Glove box
Icon Pack - Lumos
Everything I need is on one page. The base beneath "Phone/Email/Texts" show me missed emails
The theme here is a 5 page set up (obviously). Each page can be accessed by swiping, or tapping on the page name indicators in the centre of the phone.
The weather page displays useful info that you would expect, with the current info and a forecast of the next day. Along the bottom, there is a pulsing text box that opens Weather.com when pressed. The refresh icon in top right of the weather section forces an update.
The music page features controls, and basic information on each song. Like the last page, clicking the pulsing text will open Spotify.
The home page features icons to apps I use frequently.
The sports page uses RSS Feeds to provide the two latest articles from Rotowire. Much like the other pages, Tapping the bottom triggers something. In this case, it opens my Fantasy Hockey app. The refresh icon forces the RSS feeds to update. Otherwise, they update hourly.
The system page displays information that for the most part, is useful. This is includes battery info, notifications, storage, and more.
Flight Lite Icon Pack by Nate Wren
Font is Google Sans, Regular
Link to all photos:
Flower used for Weather Page
Photo used for Home Page
Photo of Connor McDavid (let's go oilers!)
Photo of LG G6
With Nova Launcher and Iris UI
Pixel 2 style widget: Pxl2
Music Widget: Self made KWGT Widget
Wallpaper: City Lights
It doesn't show in the screenshot, but the white ring around the album art in the music player is a progress bar. The bar will be filled with another color as the track progresses.
(modified) Colors UCCW skin
Textile Icon Pack
I made the Wallpaper by turning a random fabric image from a google search into a tileable texture in photoshop, and making it dark enough to trigger android 8.0's dark notification theme.
Launcher: <em>Nova Launcher</em> Nova attempts to maintain the stock AOSP launcher look and feel while adding power and configurability. I bought the Prime version (which adds gesture support) and am a beta tester. Someone elsewhere posted config files and icon sets to make Nova look and act like Google's Pixel Launcher. I wasn't interested, but Nova is powerful enough that you can do that.
Audio player: <em>Odyssey</em>
Open source, light weight audio player supporting large collections, folders, and cover art
Video player: <em>VNC</em> Open source media player handling video and audio. It's my default video player on Windows, and it's good to see it on Android. I use it for video but use Odyssey above for audio.
eBook viewer: <em>FBReader for Android</em> Open source eBook viewer for an assortment of platforms. Displays ePub, Mobi (Kindle), FB2 and a few other things native, and PDF, DjVu, and CBR/CBZ files via plugins. It gets the nod because I mostly don't have to care what format the book is in. (It does not handle titles with DRM, but I don't get those and don't care.)
Office Productivity: <em>WPS Office</em> The best of the free office suites for Android I've seen. Handles Word, Excel, Power Point and PDF files. Has the basic functionality required Capable of connecting to and downloading from/uploading to my Google Drive. Contains ads, but they are unobtrusive here, especially since the tablet I use is normally offline and used in local mode. I haven't felt a need to upgrade to the payware version. The only thing on my wish list is the ability to read from and store to an external card, but I can live without it.
Development: <em>Termux</em> Open source terminal emulator including Busybox and the Bash shell. Packages can be added via the internal pkg command. (I added Vim and Emacs.) Base is open source, but there are some payware addons on Google Play. ($1.70 each) Since I'm a *nix admin, and Android is a Linux system, it's nice to have the sort of CLI environment I can get on the desktop. (Requires at least Android 5.0)
Games: <em>Nethack</em> An unofficial port of the Slashem variant of Nethack. Nethack is the classic Unix dungeon exploration game. By default it's character mode (my preference) but you can get tile sets to provide a more graphical appearance. While it is possible to win the game, the ongoing fun is finding new and interesting ways to get killed. ;p
Someone's gonna say it: you should look into a third party launcher like Nova if you haven't already.
Wallpaper from the Wallpaper app
Zooper Widget (free) for the clock
I did not realize I use these many apps lol so this is a selection. I've basically excluded Amazon, banking apps, seamless etc. I pay for a lot of them. I'm using a Samsung S8
And Google Suite...
Install Nova launcher [link] & NoRoot Firewall [link] to permanently disable Truecaller / Foxhole / Wileyfox Account etc. Install True Phone Dialer & Contacts [link]...problem solved.
Clock widget: KWGT pro the specific clock is from Pixel Dos
Lemme know what you guys think!
Edit: Here is a link to the wallpaper I used.
Icon pack: Redox UI
Widget: Parrot for Zooper Widget Pro
Wallpaper app: Wallrox
Nova is juste an app. You install it and it's done. All you have to do then is find your settings to make it perfect for you.
Roy (Brave Heroes)
Lyn (Brave Heroes)
Lucina (Brave Heroes)
Ike (Brave Heroes)
Samsung Galaxy S8
Wallpaper from Henrik Sørensen explosion art
Icons: An amalgamation of handpicked icons from Aivy, CandyCons, Cornie, Delta, Halo, Material Cards, PineApple, Siru, and Taz
This is my first ever Android phone, which I bought mostly to have the Infinity Display. I came from years of iPhone and, from iOS 5 to 9, I was an avid jailbreaker and themer with iPhone, too. I've always liked vivid and colorful themes and icons, and this one especially pops on the AMOLED display. After giving Nova Launcher (and a half a dozen others) plenty of time to play with, I came around to really liking it and that’s where this took off from.
Android is a whole new world to theme and tweak everything (if you root) for most of it you don't have to root unless your going all out like changing the background of your settings menu to black or stuff like that. First step choose a launcher my personal choice is nova (yes the paid version is better and rich with features) then you can either go the simple way with widgets using Zooper or use KWGT or you can use KLWP which gives you the ability to make your own love wallpaper without widgets and all that jazz the possibilities are endless with klwp as you can see.
Edit: added words
You can find everything in the play store.
Just search the stuff that you like, download and install, run it and there's your customization. You'll learn as you go as these apps tend to be user friendly anyway.
Some links for you:
Nova Launcher - Easily one of the best launchers out there right now with very extensive customization options while being very easy to use, no hassle at all. Nova launcher prime is recommended if you want gestures.
Evie Launcher - A fresh, new launcher that's light and straightforward. Not much customization options (yet?) as the updates are still rolling out.
Icon packs (I'll add the stuff that I used to use or am using right now):
Zooper Widget Pro - A very easy to use custom widget app with lots of great widget packs lying around. It's basically abandoned by its developer but seeing as lots of people still use it, it should work fine on your s8.
KWGT (Pro code is recommended) - Another custom widget app that's slightly more complicated(?) than zooper but with less presets from other people compared to zooper. On the other hand KWGT offers heavy customization and lets you create your own widgets from scratch. It's also being supported by its developer so there's that.
Here's a sample of my current home screen using nova/viral/kwgt pro
(or search Theme Store for "black", "material" or "flat")
learn your way around phone's settings (as you probably know now, even the drop down shade has it's settings)
Galaxy S7 Nougat: [link]
Album of other screens + wallpapers
Nova Launcher 3 screen setup. (Technically 4, but having a fight with myself regarding music player which is in the WiP phase)
KLWP with some simple animations/transitions.
White boxes are battery indicator.
Top left icon acts as status indictor (charging, notifications etc).
Bottom right shows 4 apps on click.
Abstergo Sans font
Been playing loads of Assassin's Creed lately and wanted to do something similar - stole elements from different games and threw them together.
Apex for KLWP
A simple three page preset with smooth animations for KLWP. First page displays a minimal digital clock; second page is available to place your own icons; and the third page has an analog clock using dots (inner circle represents hour hand, outer circle minute hand). Globals allow wallpapers to be changed and background colour to be altered.
Currently have a Samsung Note 5. The only thing proprietary to Samsung about my phone is the specific white theam for the phone app and settings otherwise everything else is attainable on any Android:
I know it's a little bit late, but here's my Civil War theme.
Stuff you will need to use this theme:
Wallpaper and App Drawer Icons, I use two docks so one is for Team Cap and another is for Team IronMan (I'm TeamCap BTW), other icons are just default Nova luncher Lollipop icons.
Zooper Widget Pro, you will need the pro version to use my clock template.
Clock Template, download the file, extract contents of zip, there's a folder named zooperwidget just paste it in your internal SD card. After that create a new Zooper widget and just choose the Civil War clock template, use it as it is or change it as you like :)
Just watch the movie if you haven't already, it's amazing and so well done, it's the best Marvel movie, Russo brothers nailed it.
Widgets: Min for Zooper, Zooper Widget Pro
That little icon at the bottom: Min Icon Pack
Nova Launcher and I modified some KWGT widgets for the music player and weather widget. The background is from Firewatch
You can change the UI to a pretty large degree. Just gonna copy/paste what I have previously shared with a few other people. And I should add I've done this to my stock, unrooted LG G4.
I actually covered all this the other day with someone else, so I'm more than happy to do so again.
First off, install Nova Launcher and Nova Launcher Prime if you don't mind shelling out for it. That'll allow you to make use of an icon pack to get some uniformity among everything overall and also allow you to change things in the App Drawer so you can give yourself a more stock look there and hide LG's skin as well in there.
As far as icon packs it really boils down to personal preference. Here's the setup I have on my homescreen. To achieve that I used Fresh for the icons for my dock (with the exception of the app drawer one) and I used Crispy for the other apps you see above the dock (and also for the app drawer icon because I felt it fit nicely with the overall look of the other ones down there). And before I did either of those things I set Urmun as my default icon pack, so everything in my app drawer has an icon (for the most part, minus any apps that are unthemed at the moment) from it. I then just manually made the changes to the ones you see on my homescreen.
What I did originally when I got my phone was what you're asking about. I have exclusively used stock Android devices since my first Android phone and I prefer the look and apps. So as soon as I took it out of the box and set it up I went through and disabled through the settings all of LG's apps and replaced them with my preferred Google ones (Messenger, Play Music, Keep, etc etc etc). So overall I mostly got rid of everything LG everywhere possible with the exception of Quick Settings and Settings.
In notifications it looks the same as in stock Android.
But yeah, you see it in Quick Settings. Although to be honest I prefer the way the Quick Settings are on my G4 as opposed to my previous phone (Moto X 2014). Everything is accessible without having to move my thumb. Especially since I edited which quick settings toggles are visible there at the top. I removed everything I don't need access to and just left the ones I have to play with throughout my average day.
If you get the phone here's where you can get the Google Dialer, it'll work without root and if you're on Marshmallow (which the phone's already been updated to).
You can snag Contacts from here.
Overall I like the look I've achieved with Nova Launcher and just replacing LG's apps with Google's. I have the stock Android look and apps I'm used to.
And like I said earlier the only place I really see LG's skin is in the Settings menu. Changing it to List View instead of tab view (by tapping the three dots in the top right) made it much easier to tolerate and a lot closer to what I'd become used to.
If you have any further questions let me know.
Edit: Additionally, you can disable/hide most of LG's apps and the bloatware by using Debloater. And here's my personal block list to load into Debloater to do all that without having to go through it and manually check things yourself.
I gave my phone a new look.
In case anyone is interested:
Wallpaper from this album from /r/snsdwallpapers
Icon Pack: CandyCons
Clock Widget: Zooper
Glyphsy icon pack
Zooper Widget for the time and battery life circle
The wallpaper is from Backdrops, and it's called "Planet Z"
The best launcher ever made. [link] Prime version is completely worth it, btw
After playing around for a bit, I've finally settled on a layout I'm happy with (for now at least). The top 6 icons are folders, and the bottom 3 are actual apps. Swipe up gesture to get the app drawer.
Icon pack: Vopor by Vertumus (also where I got the wallpaper from
Widgets: Custom (Zooper widget pro)
Launcher: Nova Launcher Prime
Status bar: Flat Style Bar Indicators
The usual for myself. Done in KLWP.
Glad so many people like the set up! Here's what I used.
Nova ( [link])
Lines free ( [link])
Digital Clock Xperia ( [link])
Background, plus a few extras which I think would probably work really well with this set up:
Original ( [link])
Extra ( [link],
6x5 grid, with subpositioning enabled.
Icon size, 115%. No label.
Notification bar turned off.
Icon Pack and Wallpaper: Earth Icon Pack
Clock Widget: Modified Vico Widget
Other widgets: Made by me in Zooper Widget Pro
Edit: I forgot to mention that I use Muzei for my wallpapers
FlatSearch Zooper :: OffCorner
Minimalist Clock Widget
Big icons: Whicons
Small icons: Min
Right off the bat the first thing I do before installing anything is ripping out the bloatware my carrier puts in and disabling any samsung apps I don't care for.
Then, I go in and set up Nova Launcher with my normal preferences.
Here are the apps I enjoy:
Bacon Reader, an app for reddit browsing.
Muzei, an app that automatically sets your wallpaper to a new painting everyday. Pictures are always high resolution.
Pushbullet, a very helpful app that displays notifications and allows you to reply to texts on your computer.
You can root your phone if you want to, but I don't see it as necessary. Some people are crazy for the "stock android experience," but I prefer my own customization (it is android after all).
Welcome to the latest version of Too Social, a very easy setup that I do with my Minimal UI pack, which I just put out a big update for.
This is perfectly aligned for the Nexus 5 right now, so if you're a N5 user then you can set this up in 2 minutes. If there's enough interest, I can make properly aligned walls for other top phones.
Things you need:
The setup in Nova:
Desktop > Desktop Grid > 7 Rows 6 Columns
Desktop > Icon Layout > Icon Size 110%
Desktop > Width Padding > Small
Desktop > Persistent Search Bar (Must be on, choose any)
Dock > Icon Layout > Icon Size 110%
Dock > Width Padding > Large
Dock > Height Padding > Large
Also looks great with multiple pages. I recommend using the Wipe Scroll Effect.
If you have any questions or issues then let me know!
Links to those things:
I just like to keep things simple. Using Nova Launcher with two pages. The dock contains my most frequently used apps; Music, Gallery, Chrome and Camera. Any other apps are just a couple taps away in the app drawer, so I don't bother putting any more on the home screen. On the main screen is Dashclock Widget configured with Gmail, Bluetooth, Calendar appointments and some other extensions, and below it is Jack's Music Widget. On the other screen is just a large Calendar widget taking up the whole page.
Wallpaper is ICS Phase Beam Live Wallpaper (looks better than the stock one), and the icon pack is Banded.
The theme is Material Glass, which looks awesome because the live wallpaper shows through in the background of the system and some apps.
Edit: added Play Store links and theme
My favorite is Nova Launcher. It isn't the fanciest, but its got a lot of great options. The app always seems current and reliable, while quick and low on resources. I've used it for years and its never let me down. 4.6 star avg from 500,000 reviewers for a reason!
I recommend you use it with Tesla Unread. This enables "missed call" and "unread email" notifications floating over the icon, like on iPhone.
Install both apps from the Play Store, then press the home button and follow the prompts. Note: This does NOT replace the built-in launcher. It merely redirects you to the new launcher when you press the home button. Uninstalling Nova Launcher will revert back to stock.
After you've played with the free version, consider purchasing Nova Launcher Prime (Pro upgrade). I think the extra customization options are fantastic! Seems like something you would like.
Launcher : Nova Launcher
Icon Pack :Minimal UI
Widgets : Google Keep, Today Calender, Shuttle Music Player, Chronus
I wish I could give credit for the wallpaper, but I can't remember where I got it from. I believe it was from a wallpaper or theming subreddit.
I am still looking for a better alternative to Minimal UI icon pack, as these icons are a bit out of place. If you have any suggestions as to where I could find some nice black and white icons, that would be greatly appreciated.
I'm using Nova Launcher with the Voxel Icon Pack. I'm also using the DIGI Clock Widget because it gives a lot of customization options. The background is just some random image from /r/iWallpapers or /r/Wallpapers,.
My first try at using KLWP, wanted to keep it simple and unique. As you can see, I'm horrible with names...
Mostly Mono Font
Sketchy Icon Pack
Design inspiration - "Green" made by /u/uniqueidiot_
Icons on three mid buttons from the "office" set on Icons8.com
Wallpapers: Compiled list here - All were found on the app WallpapersCraft
Wallpaper: Found here
KLWP File + Icons: Jet Set Radio KLWP
Animated Version: Here
The Jet Dash icon expands to show my frequently used apps. The Four rectangular shapes at the bottom show missed calls, texts, emails and calendar events (from left to right, top to bottom).
The link to the KLWP Also contains the template for the apps so you can change them and make your own if you wish to change them. I might make some upon request.
The Spray can shows battery health. Red when below 20, Green when 100, and yellow all else. It turns into a health spray can when plugged in. The "Health" bar at the top, also represents battery health.
This is my first foray into creating my own KLWP theme. I hope you enjoy it!
I highly recommend Nova Launcher aswell.
Here is a list of things I used to get this design:
1) You're going to need Nova Launcher , which is pretty much the core of your build because you need to access this launcher everytime you want this pipboy theme.
2) You're going to need one of the following colored pipboy themes (which also include the live wallpaper) Green , Blue , Amber , White , Pink or Red.
3) In order to have the animated lockscreen/homescreen you will need these 2 apps ACDisplay. This allows you to use widgets on your lockscreen (Hint: GIFWidgetPro). In order to use gifs you will need GIFWidgetPro. There is a free version of this but only allows you to use 1 GIF at a time.
4) You will finally need GIF's and thanks to the ~~awesome~~ LEGENDARY redditor u/PeteTheLich he was able to photoshop the following 4 GIF's that I use Bloody mess , Walking Vault Boy , Vault Boy with PipBoy and Vault Boy Thumbs Up.
Good luck :)
Extra: Vault Boy crippled battery widget.
Right, first of all you will need 2 apps:
So get them and install them. Make sure to at least open KLWP once before the next step.
Also you need to download the theme file which I made here
And you should put that file in the location: Internal storage of your phone, then a folder named "Kustom" and then in a folder named "wallpapers".
After that you open KLWP again and import the theme, here are a few places that explain how to do that:
After that your home screen should look like the theme now except maybe icons you have there. So we are gonna use NOVA Launcher to basically get rid of everything on the screen.
So open NOVA launcher and make sure it is set as default launcher (it should say in the app if it is not) after you did that you should go back into the nova launcher settings.
Go to "Backup and Import settings" after that you gonna import this file here
After that it should be done! You can obviously try and tweak some settings to your liking!
I hope I explained it well enough, and that everything works as it should! If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll try to explain more if needed!
PS. This might sound very complicated but its really not so bad so don't let this wall of text change your mind.
TL;DR: My (personnal) recommandations for apps:
File Manager: Asus File Manager
Youtube Replacement: OGYouTube
I'd say, get yourself a better launcher than the stock one that comes with the phone.
Since I tried the Nova launcher back in the days where it came with the CyanogenMod ROM on my old Samsung Galaxy S2, I could not go back to the stock launcher of any manufacturer. It offers so much customization on how you want to handle your home-screen and applications drawer that I can not look back on other launchers.
After all, one of the reasons you'd use an Android instead of an iPhone nowadays is because of the customization it offers, so help yourself with that by using the launcher you'd prefer instead of staying on the stock one of any manufacturer.
Even though my preference goes to Nova, that is because it's the one that caught my attention and has always fulfilled my needs for home-screen customization, but don't hesitate to look out there and compare with other launchers, maybe you'd find one better suited for your needs, or maybe one that is better than Nova in general. That's the power of Android.
Here are a few screenshots of what my home-screen configuration looks like. It's not much, but it gives you an example of what you can achieve with only a few tweaks. I am also using a true-dark theme on the launcher, keyboard, and in most apps that allow it to reduce screen power consumption because of the AMOLED screen. You can also completely disregard that and go bonkers on the colors, but that's how I roll to preserve battery.
Home-screen page 1
Home-screen page 2
Application drawer (that's where you have access to all your apps if you did not put a shortcut on your homescreen, which I have set up to be accessible with an upward swipe on the homesreen)
Application search (with a setup, Nova can bring this up when you press the Home Button, if you already are on your Home-screen, pretty handy)
You might also want to change the default Keyboard for one that has better layout/customization options. My personal preference here goes to SwiftKey
I configured mine so that it does not automatically correct my words (otherwise it does whenever you press Space, which I think is stupid because I often might type non-dictionary words), however it still predicts/suggests words based on the characters you type, and allows you to quickly insert the words you're looking for based on the prediction. The prediction itself works really well, since it first tries to predict words based on your previous words, and also learns which words you most often use in sequence. And when that doesn't work/did not learn enough yet, it predicts based on the first characters you type. It obviously doesn't work all the time but can save you a few seconds every now and then which is a nice feature.
I also changed the layout of the keyboard so that it is easier to type with only one hand when using portrait mode, and I get a full-blown keyboard when in landscape mode. See both screenshots below.
Then again, both Nova and SwiftKey are personal preferences. You might find better suited Launchers or Keyboard on the play store. But my advice is you that you start looking for a replacement for both, as an upgrade to the manufacturer's default ones.
Also consider these two apps, which I find very useful for everyday use:
Asus File Manager which allows (imo) for a better file browsing experience by allowing you to browse either in "aggregated" folders containing all files of a certain type (e.g, pictures, videos) or to let you browse by yourself using the "classic" directory architecture. It even supports reading files from your Google Drive account, OneDrive account and a few others cloud accounts that I can't remember, and even allows you to read files from any computer of your home network that is sharing files using Microsoft's SMB protocol.
Lastly, I also recommend OGYouTube as a replacement for the stock Youtube app from the playstore, because it allows far more options, such as Downloading videos or background/screen off playback, which are completely missing options from the default app from google.
However beware that as OGYouTube did not get approved on the Play Store (because Google doesn't like apps allowing direct download from youtube, among other features), and it needs to be Sideloaded to run on your phone.
It also needs another app (MicroG) to support login to your Google/Youtube account to show you your subscriptions and homepage.
You need to install either OGYouTube (normal theme) or OGYouTube (true-dark theme), and the MicroG add-on for this app to work.
Off the top of my head those are the most useful apps I need on any new phones. Then I install whatever I feel is needed as I use online services.
Listen, you do you, but please consider switch launchers. Cheeta Mobile is a very sketchy developer and shouldn't be supported.
You could try Nova Launcher, Evie Launcher or Microsoft Launcher.
Still running stock, battery life is okay-ish. Home is powered by Nova, LetItBe O and Tapet. Widgets are Chronus and Weather Timeline.
Icon pack: Compacticons HD Icons
Clock widget: Rectangle for KWGT
Wallpaper: From this post in r/woahdude
It's pretty bare bones for the most part, but I feel satisfied with it. Album
KLWP Theme (Dock Button)
KWGT Music Player
Icon: Minimal O
Wallpaper Source (Image 72)
Widget: modified Europa for Zooper
Icons: Unicorn Dark
Wallpaper: Jack Vanzet
* Nova launcher (buy premium for more customisations)
* Lawnchair (free)
* Rootless Pixel Launcher (free)
* Blackplayer (has a paid version ^both ^works ^extremely ^well )
* Vanilla Music (free, open source, also available on fdroid) (get the lyrics, cover extensions also)
* GoneMad Music Player (Trial) (need to buy paid app after trial)
* VLC (free, open source. Sign up for beta)
I've been using RedReader (free, open source) and Joey For Reddit (no ads, free). Sync For Reddit is great too.
My second ever theme, made while procrastinating.
Wallpaper: here (source: Positron Dream)
Icon Pack: Lines Dark
Widget: Frostbit KWGT (slightly modified, turned it black and changed the weather icon)
1.)That's the link to Nova Launcher on the Play Store.
2.)No, they do not.
You can also find various icon packs in the Play Store. Play around with Nova Launcher until you get everything the way you want it.
Nova Launcher [link]
Pixel Icon Pack [link]
Zopper Widget [link]
Pixel 2 for Zooper [link]
Another Widget [link]
Stock Nav Bar [link]
Run The Jewels 3
Open this on the emu
Zooper (clock) [link]
I've tried playing around with klwp and and all of that, and a lot of you make really awesome themes... however I've found I just like super simple and easy to change themes =)
There 1 day left for Autumn and this is my first try on Autumn setup and it is my first post.
Launcher is Nova
Here's the wallpaper
Widget is Zooper
Widget Layout is a modified version of one of the ones found in Ocea for Zooper (I think it's number 102)
Icon pack is Min
And there you go!
Nov 2017 Galaxy S8+ Setup Video and Screenshots
Wallpaper is a photo i took in New Mexico.
Running Nova Launcher for launcher
Widgets are Samsung Step Counter, Dark Sky, and Simple Litecoin Widget
Additional shortcuts by Sesame Shortcuts, as seen on the Reddit app, the pink box which triggers the sidebar launcher (usually i have the opacity near 0% visibility so it's not distracting but still functional), and the deep link searching as shown with a spotify playlist.
Facebook Messenger (and many other apps) are themed with Substratum theme engine using Swift Minimal Substratum Theme for Samsung and the Pixel Icon Pack 2
Aris Icon Pack
Stamped Icons White
Here's a link to the
Here's the Wallpaper, and the source.
Icons: Delta Icon Pack
Clock Widget/Blur under dock: KLWP
Wallpaper: Fall Drive by Caleb Hones on Unsplash
Screenshot made with Screener
I made this as a joke, but honestly I don't hate it. I'm going to fiddle with it some more and may possibly make it my main theme for a couple months.
If anyone wants, I can post a video of the theme in use. Basically the single colored icons are my folders and the center doubles as a Google folder / swipe up for Google search. App drawer and app search are accessed via nova gestures.
You use the default home screen that came with the phone? If yes you need an alternative launcher that supports icon packs. You can choose from these ones for example:
- Nova Launcher: [link]
- Action Launcher: [link]
- Apex Launcher: [link]
- Lawnchair: [link]
Wallpaper: Cocoa Clips
Icon Pack: Pixel
Clock: KLWP - Invisible_Clock.komp
Might not be the fanciest, but I love it.
Jus Got my S8+ last Sunday and I think I've finally got everything close to how I want it. I've utilized the Nova Launcher, the Edge Panel and some widgets to any need for a task bar or icons on the screen.
Here is my Lock Screen: [link]
Here is my Home Screen: [link]
On the home screen I use Nova Launcher's gesture controls for the typical things like expanding quick setting, App Drawer, Desktop Preview, Recent apps or accessing Nova settings. Things that I want to access from any screen go to the Edge Panel, things like the dialer, Textra, Calendar, Contacts, Email, etc. Camera of course is always accessible through double push of power button.
For the Clock app in the upper left I am using S.Graph Which provides a good visual of the times of daily tasks but more importantly allows me to assign apps to each quadrant of the circle plus the center (though I am not using the center) so the top quadrant accesses my calender, the left Pocketcast, the right Play Music, and the bottom my gallery.
To make more apps accessible without searching the app drawer I am using Contextual App Folder in Multi Profile Mode to create two (right now) permanent folders and one dynamic folder that changes based on certain things like wifi/bluetooth/headphones. By making the icon size of C.A.F 0 I have made them invisible on the desktop essentially making it so that you have to know where they are. One is in the center of the clock widget, one in the red circle on the right in the C of MCRN, and one is on the M. For example if I tap the red dot then this will appear on my screen: [link]
All that's left is filling in the missing apps that I want quick access to without going to the drawer. I'm also debating between enabling People Edge or adding a circle widget with contacts on it (with an invisible button of course)
Trying out a new home screen. I'm not entirely happy with my clock font. What do you think?
Flat White icon pack
Zooper Widget Pro. Just using it for clock and battery level.
Nothing fancy of course. I wanted it to look as clean and uncluttered as possible. I'm using the swipe up gesture to access the rest of my apps. And I actually use the edge to quick select apps too. I have an additional screen to the left with a calendar and weather. And to the right of the homescreen are my emails.
If you have Samsung, htc , xiaomi , vivo , oppo phone ,
Google now launcher or pixel launcher
Or customized Pixel launcher, - aka 'lawnchair' thanks to xda users.
Phone: Google Pixel
Background: Edit of This
App Launcher: Nova Launcher Settings
Icon Theme: Whicons
Widgets: KWGT of my own design 1 2
Icons: Pixel Icon Pack
Serach Widget: In Nova-Settings
Weather Widget: Weather Timeline
Wallpaper and clock widget
-iJUK iCON pACK
-Wallpaper from here
icons · kecil.
apps · nova launcher(prime) and klwp(pro.)
wallpaper · here.
font · san francisco display light.
download · sierra. a klwp by /u/not_kn0thing.
Yes it can be rooted. My answers above apply.
That said, most of what you are asking you can get by installing Nova Launcher.
Icons: Lines Free
Wallpaper: Unknown Title
This is my first theme; I stayed up until around 4 AM to perfect it. Each of the dock icons are all folders, and have all the apps I regularly use sorted into categories. My calendar is my lifeline. Now instead of swiping through a bunch of pages wondering where each app is, it's all in one simple, organized, streamlined screen.
Edit: Whoops, that's the moon, not the sun. (alt title: moonlit mountains)
Stuff I used
Launcher: Nova Launcher Free
Icon Pack: Lines Free
Here's the lockscreen wallpaper, and here's the launcher wallpaper.
The 1px white line at the very top is my battery bar. As my battery depletes, the line gets shorter and shorter. It's one of the features I like most in custom roms.
Grey google search - Nova Launcher
Weather widget - Express Weather
Circular icons - Light Void
Rounded square icons - Pasty Icons
"PHONE" icon - Minimal Text Icons
Icons on second screen - Flight Icons
Just a heads up, I use the paid versions of Nova Launcher, Pasty, and Flight, so some of what you see in my screenshots might not be in their free versions.
Edit: Accidentally linked the wrong calendar widget. Fixed.
It’s a very popular, highly-customizable launcher.
<strong>Free Icon Packs</strong>
By no means is this a definitive list, but it's a decent starter set.
<strong>Snap Swipe Drawer</strong>
Widgets can be placed in a customizable drawer.
Auto-change locally-saved backgrounds, plus it plays well with scrolling backgrounds (via Nova Launcher).
Examples, inspiration and feedback.
Icon Packs (and other apps) sales or giveaways.
<strong>Better Open With</strong>
Browser manager with customizable pop-up menu.
Clean, customizable widget.
Customizable volume slider.
Nova pretending to be the Pixel Launcher, icons by Pixxo UI.
I think removing the names would make the theme you're going for look much better.
This is my current setup and I find no use for keeping app labels.
Apps/Icon packs used:
Notification Station for KLWP (Requires KLWP Pro)
A mix of Pixel and PIXXO (The dev/artist of PIXXO has a bunch of other really fantastic icon packs, as well)
Hope you guys like it!
Wallpaper: Just some cool space thing
Icons: Delta Icons
Device: Nexus 5x
Icons: Pixel Icons
Google Play Link
Check out a previous comment of mine if you're interested in setting it up to look like the stock Pixel launcher.
wallpaper · klwp.
icons · iJUK. sikebo did an amazing job with this icon pack, i absolutely love it.
dots on the bottom · that's just my navbar. substratum to theme it, custom rom to put them all to the right.
First time posting! :)
Summary of components:
Launcher: Nova Launcher (8x8 grid)
Icon Pack - Compaticons
Wallpaper - MySplash - Michael Barth - Link
Widget: mnmlUI for Zooper Widget - Minimal 40
Icon theme: Lines Free
Clock widget: Clock Widget
Battery Widget: Battery Iwdget Reborn
Try Nova launcher, it is even more minimalistic (tonloads of options too) ;)
And I forgot to add a screenshot of my app drawer, so here
Nova Launcher (Personal Favorite)
ZenUI (Haven't tried)
Google's own Launcher
The list seems like a good idea
Here are some I'd like to add
Nova Launcher Beta | Join Link
There is also an app similar to this list called TestingCatolog but it's Beta program is full as of now
As you've already been told, you need a 3rd party launcher to set icons, and I highly recommend checking out Nova Launcher if you're curious. . It's extremely customisable, including backgrounds colours of your app drawer, colours of your folders and any text on your home screen, cool animations when opening apps and swiping through pages, gestures like swiping up or double tapping on the home screen to get to any app you choose (only on Nova Prime though which is great value), changing grid or icon sizes, and the ability to use icon packs. The first thing I do on every phone is download Nova launcher. Once you use it for a while, it's impossible to go back to anything else.
Here's my setup using Fox Widget for Zooper, and Antimo icon pack. And the App Drawer too.
Antimo icon pack.
Fox for Zooper.
By screensaver you mean wallpaper/homescreen?
edit added a frame
Phone is a OnePlus One.
Wallpaper is from here.
Icons are Glyphs by Tokems; from left to right: phone, app drawer, email.
Using Nova Launcher and Roundr.
Launcher: Nova launcher [link]
Icon pack: Minimale [link]
Widgets based on Parrot for Zooper templates [link]
Wallpaper: [[link]] author unknown.
Wallpaper: KLWP and some meager editing skills.
Icons: Licek by Colby Roark. Middle grouping just uses KLWP's colorize feature.
Original Image: <em>Reflections of the Sky</em> by Matthew Day Jackson.
Wallpaper: Interstellar Textless AMOLED (Credit to /u/Honsou)
Clock: Minimalist Clock Widget
Fullscreen: GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode
Cornie icons pack
Wallpaper – Tycho "Dive" album
I'm currently using the default Launcher because I just got my OP3 and so I'm trying out OnePlus' solution to see how I feel about it but my earlier setup was like this
<strong>Nova Launcher</strong> with tabs for different kinds of apps - Productivity, Utility and the last tab for everything else. Made it easier to find what I needed. It's basically the most popular launcher around and perhaps the most stable.
<strong>Moonrise Icon Pack</strong>
For Widgets, I use <strong>Event Flow Calendar Widget</strong> and Gmail. People are also fans of this calendar widget called <strong>Month</strong> but I've not tried it myself.
<strong>Etar</strong> for as Calendar management app instead of Google's own app, both use Google's Calendar. It just seems to have a more sane way to manage each day, week and month.
<strong>SwiftKey</strong> for keyboard, though Google's default keyboard is pretty good too.
<strong>MiXplorer</strong> for File Manager because it's simply the best I have ever seen/used and it's free. It's not an app you can find on Google Play, so you can either install the APK from somewhere after downloading or make an account on XDA and download their app, it will allow you to manage it.
If you feel overwhelmed/confused or just don't want to explore other options outside of Google Play yet, then the 2nd suggestion for File Manager I have is <strong>Amaze</strong>
Seeing as you're an iOS user, I will guess you're from America and so you might benefit from buying Textra if you like it, will remove ads, though they're not very intrusive in the first place.
I was using Drupe for dialer but it has issues with dual SIM currently so I switched back to default dialer.
Here is a list of equivalents made by someone who moved from iOS to Android. It's quite comprehensive so don't be overwhelmed, some things require rooting and/or installing Xposed Framework but that's advanced stuff, if you don't feel comfortable yet then don't worry. I myself used to mess with rooting and Xposed but now I find the effort isn't always worth it and am using a stock phone with no system modifications.
Nova launcher (beta)
Crispy, Urmun, Polycon, Vibes Icons packs
KWGT widget- minimalistE
Radius CM theme
Widget: Zooper Widget Pro
Fox for Zooper
Icon Pack: Min
^^^I ^^^did ^^^put ^^^my ^^^phone ^^^on ^^^charger ^^^later ^^^:)
Decided to go for a hand drawn look [link]
Launcher: Nova Launcher [link]
Icon Pack: Zeon Black [link]
Clock Widget: Draw Time [link]
Inspired by this, this and this, plus the fact that I only just found out Compaticons now has an icon pack iteration that can be applied easily through the phone. Should be super flexible and work with any wallpapers that aren't too bright - but if you like the way those walllpapers look, I've tacked those on here too.
Huge thanks to /u/aditennis99 for the epic mockups :)
Icons: Compacticons HD for Android
Wallpaper(s): Both here.
Widget: Simple Custom Zooper By Me.
Hope you all enjoy!
Sure! Running Nova Launcher with a 5x5 grid size. Darkmatter icon pack. Music player is Blackplayer with minimal widget and full transparency. Wallpaper Changer as the live wallpaper. Here's the wallpaper folder if anyone wants it.
Text on home screen was created in Zooper
"Hidden" folders are just normal folders with black icons
Nova Launcher Prime for my desktop
All icons are from Glyphsy except for the "Calm" icon, which is from Whicons
Lockscreen created with Zui
And just for fun, I also changed up my text messaging
Running everything on a stock OnePlus 2 on the new Oxygen 3.0.2 OS (best god damn phone I've owned by the way)
This is a gif of my theme I posted yesterday, I feel it better captures how my phone feels with this setup:
Copy and pasting my setup details from the other post:
I have two launchers I use interchangeably:
If you're a utilitarian, go with Nova Launcher (try out the free version and once you grow to love it, I highly recommend purchasing the prime version) and for something minimalistic, I would go with Smart Launcher 3 (again, try out the free version and if you enjoy the UI the payment for the full version is incredible.)
As for an icon pack, I just use a marshmallow icon pack
Nova Launcher ([link])
Smart Launcher 3 ([link])
Marshmallow Icon Pack ([link])
White Pulse Icon
Power Off/On Screen
Inspired by Samarth Joshi's setup on this Zachary Anderson video.
I have a page trying to resemble Google Now to the left of my main screen with BBC News, BBC Weather and Google Calendar widgets. To the right, I have school-related stuff: two widgets from the Timetable app and a Google Keep widget. It's all rather messy.
Just ask if you need any more details!
Icons - Glim Dark Icons
Clock + Weather - Chronus
Music Widget - Poweramp
Wallpaper - Gasai Yuno (Mirai Nikki)
Icon Pack: Flight
Background: Backdrops(Trinity Collection)
Clock: UCCW & Lines Clock
Hi, I use Nova Launcher. The widget is from Slide for Reddit. Nova Launcher lets you remove the padding from the widget, plus remove the dock and notification bar from the home screen so that the widget takes up the full screen :)
Edit: added links.
Weather forecast : "Eyes in the sky forecast"
This is my first theme as a newcomer to the Android platform. I am loving how much customizability there is compared to certain other manufacturers (ahem) that shall remain nameless.
Launcher = Nova with Tesla Unread for badges
Icon pack = Immaterialis
Wallpaper = Tapet (generated procedurally)
Each icon is a folder. More screenshots with open folders here.
Nova Launcher with Flat - Icon Pack.
Normally I use Mond icon pack but I decided to try something new with my new phone.
And now I'm just gonna copy/paste the last message on this that I gave as a reply to someone else a day or so ago.
Icons: Belle UI
Stock Clock Widget
Today Calendar Widget
First time posting.
On Nova Launcher I am using Muzei to cycle through the Terra Collection of Wallpapers whenever I get bored of the one in use. Using Zooper for the widgets and the icons on the second page are actually folders. Flight Dark Icon pack in use.
Any Feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Launcher is Nova Launcher
I made the text icons in photoshop.
The heart icon for my favourites folder is from Glyphsy
Calendar widget is Month
Wallpaper is Earth View for Muzei
Here's a video of it in action.
Fonts: Visitor/Libson Script
Made in KLWP, stole the clock design from /u/grvlle
Made in KLWP.
Excuse the Sept date on the home screen... hasn't changed since last time I posted it :D
I added Sinon to the CreamT theme along with a few other modifications to suit my preferences... such as icons on the home screen instead of wasted space with a picture, font adjustments, etc.
+1 for Nova Launcher. They just had a sale, idk if it's still going on, but it was only a buck!!
custom launchers like Nova Launcher would be the easy fix to your problem.
Nova Launcher, maybe an icon pack (I like Morena), and maybe Tinfoil for Facebook.
And don't forget the system UI tuner, which is new in Android 6.0.
So here's my setup: [link]
Icon Pack: Click UI
So Nova Launcher is a very popular launcher, it basically changes the design of the home screen and it's more customizable than the default thing you already have. For example, the apps can be arranged differently or on top of each other to make a folder. For Icons, most good ones aren't free, but you just have to look for the ones you like so google them. I was lucky for the icons I chose because they were around the same logos/colors. I also chose random Icons for different apps, for example my snapchat has an instagram logo.
Wallpaper: Worlds Cover
Icons: Lines Free Icon Pack
Clock: Vico - Zooper Widget Skin
Music - Flat for Zooper Widget & Media Utilities
Quote - Custom Quote
Calendar widget: Month
Expense widget: Expense Manager
Weather widget: Meteo Catalunya xl PRO
You're right to be wary, as your post indicates that you're not very clear on what you're doing.
You're talking about two different things here: rooting, and installing a custom ROM.
Rooting is unlocking the superuser account on your phone so that you can do things that could break your phone and/or things you carrier or your manufacturer doesn't want you to do for policy reasons (eg, enabling tethering, freezing unwanted bloatware installed as system apps, changing the screen DPI, etc.). You can screw up your phone, but so long as you're moderately careful bad things are unlikely to happen. Kingo Root is probably the easiest way to do this for a noob, and extremely unlikely to brick your phone. I've posted an article on rooting the Note 3 using ODIN as well, if you're interested, along with some articles on dealing with bloatware and increasing the 'screen resolution'.
Switching ROMs is when you replace the stock device/carrier installation of Android with a different, customized one such as Cyanogenmod - much like re-imaging a PC, if you're familiar with that. Generally speaking prepping for a new ROM requires one to have root on the current ROM and/or installing supplementary stuff such as new recovery tools (eg, clockworkmod). This is rather more fraught with peril - installing the wrong ROM can do very bad things to your phone and be very hard to recover from, and will very definitely void your warranty.
My Two Cents: Personally I am happy with the stock Samsung ROM as I like all the S-Pen and S-App integration, which one doesn't get with a totally custom ROM, and other stock based ROMs that include the S framework generally don't seem worth the bother. I'm not a fan of Touchwiz myself, tho, and use Nova Launcher instead. I'd advise you to try other launchers like NOVA first before going off in search of a new ROM to see if you can't meet your needs that way.
There is a wide variety depending on preference.
Nova Launcher is by far the most popular.
Use a 3rd party launcher like Nova Launcher and you can have as many rows/columns as you like.
I don't know what variant you are. But regardless, you just really root the phone and install xposed. And there is the list for working modules. With xposed you won't really need a custom rom, you can theme the stock apps, change the status bar, change the navigation bar etc... You can use Nova launcher for home screen customization or holo launcher and holo lock screen.
Check out greenify for maximizing your battery life, gravity box for ui tweaks, g4 tweak box for ui tweaks, flat style status bar, you also have lg app theme engine.
Edit fixed hyper link
Edit 2: here is my dailer now and my status bar and my shrunk navigation bar you can also use textra for texting to get the floating notification. And the Ui modules I mentioned can hide navigation bar and just give you pie controls if you like it.
Exactly what it says in the title. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the clock widget I'm currently using, but I don't know what else I could use instead that would look better so if anyone can suggest a more appropriate widget, I'd be grateful. :c
I'm also taking suggestions on the rest of it, if there are any. Always room for improvement, after all. :)
Clock Widget in Question: Minimalist Clock Widget
Icon Pack: Lines
Wallpaper: Elder Stones by taenaron
Not Shown in Use:
Popup Widget containing Simple Calendar Widget (If you're wondering where it is, it's the calendar icon on the bottom right.)
Took inspiration from /u/tofman's post.
Did this with Nova Launcher using Zooper, one widget for the clock/date and another for the background for my most used apps. Icons used are Min.
Suggestions are welcome.
edit: added widgets and wallpaper
Okay, the launcher I'm using is Nova Launcher, which allows for icon theming, etc:
I cropped this image for the background:
The cool white icon theme is "Whicons":
The widget is just called "Countdown Widget":
If anybody needs help replicating this, I'm happy to help!
And we're off on a hero's journey...
Launcher: Nova Launcher (I have the Prime version, but you don't need it for this.)
App drawer button is one of the icons from the Simply 8-Bit Icon Pack. For the rest of the theme, you can use whatever icon pack you want. I used the 1-BIT Icon Theme to keep with the pixel art theme.
Live Wallpaper made with KLWP.
I used the free version of KLWP and therefore cannot export anything, but I'll tell you what I did for one of the clouds (they're all the same except for the app lists, the positioning, and which global they're using.) There's probably a better way to do it, but this is how I got it working.
Wallpaper and Cloud files are here.
For each cloud, you need: One Global, one Image, and one Stack Group.
[YOUR TITLE HERE]
Type: On/Off Switch
Animation: ReactOn Global Switch (whichever Global you made for the particular cloud), Rotate (duration 5, amount 10)
Touch: Single - Toggle Global Switch (whichever Global you made for the particular cloud)
Animation: ReactOn Global Switch (whichever Global you made for the particular cloud), Fade In (duration 5, Amount 100)
As many Text items in here as you want, whatever you want them to say. If you want to be real fancy, you could even use Morphing Text instead to have curved and flipped text. I just used plain Text.
Paint: Fill, White
Position: Tpadding 5, BPadding 5
Touch: Launch App
Repeat for however many clouds you want. Each cloud/stack group combo needs its own Global or else it will open with the other clouds.
If stuff isn't working, make sure you're using the Back arrow that's in the app. I know it sounds silly, but most if not all of my frustrations while making this was from stuff not working as it should because I was using the wrong Back arrow. lol
If you have any questions about the clouds, let me know. I'm not great at explaining stuff like this. :x
Edit: Forgot the animation for the Stack Group. It has now been added. :)
Time made in Zooper Pro inspired by x font is ClementeThin; background overlay also made in Zooper
Centre icons are Tiny White Icon Pack
Bottom icons are Minimal Text (Free)
Weather is shown with Eye In Sky
Battery is Circle Battery Widget
Music widget is Jack's Music Widget
App drawer icons are Lines Free - Icon Pack
Nova Launcher, swiping up opens the drawer, double tap opens the camera, and swiping down brings down the notifications shade.
> Getting the fonts, icons and colors to match was a majority of my time.
Oh, that is really easy if you use a custom launcher and/or a rom with custom font integration.
I made this on my LG G3 in less than a half an hour.
For all curious:
A combination of Tiny White Icon Pack and Min.
Minima Live Wallpaper.
No root required! The only thing is that the wallpaper might not work for your exact model of phone unless you also have a Nexus 5 - I had to tweak it in Photoshop a bit to get it to line up properly with the icons. Also, one of the icon packs costs a bit over a buck, which was fine by me since I like having a lot of icons to choose from anyway.
This is probably gonna be a long comment. In fact, it's going to be pretty much a wall of text. I swear it's not hard, and if you have any questions I'll probably be on reddit for the next little bit, and I'm Poison.Glass on Skype if you want me to help you as you're going through it. The only reason it's going to be so long is because I'm horrible at explaining things.
But let's get started:
PART ONE: GET STUFF
The first step is to get Nova Launcher. I have the pro version, but the free version should work just fine for what you need to do.
The next step is the icon packs. There's a lite version of the white pack, but the black pack seems to only come in the $1.76 full version. (Basically there are more icons available in the full versions than the lite versions.) You can also take a look around the Android market and see if there are other black/white icon packs that you like better (or just as much). You might find something similar but free.
This bar at the bottom was made using an app called Power Toggles.
If you want the customized lock screen as well as the home screen, you need to get WidgetLocker and Minimalist Text. WidgetLocker is a paid app that I just happened to already have - personally I wouldn't have bothered buying it for this particular Android theme. If you're okay with a normal lock screen, skip WidgetLocker and Minimalist Text because we don't need them for the home screen.
Now you've got everything! Well, everything...except for the actual wallpaper. But before that we need to...
PART TWO: MAKE IT WORK
Enable Nova Launcher. When you first use Nova, I think it will prompt you to make it your default launcher in your Android system settings. If you have no idea what that means, then trust me - it's what you want. Once Nova is enabled, your icons will probably be in different locations than they were before, but that doesn't matter much since we're about to get rid of them all anyway.
Remove all your icons from the screen. They'll get in the way if you don't. If you have any folders of important stuff you want to keep together, leave those alone. We'll make it work. But clean as much off of your home screen(s) as you can.
Once your home screen is mostly empty, long press (press and hold) on any part of your home screen (other than on top of an icon). You should see the options Wallpapers, Widgets and Settings. Click "Widgets" and then find the Power Toggles 4x1 widget. You can drag this widget onto your home screen, which will open up a menu to customize it. You can make it white and grey like mine or red or whatever, and select what tools you want to appear on it.
Next - the best part. The 3x3 grid of icons. Set your wallpaper to something boring - a white picture, a picture of a wall, whatever. Something a lot less complicated than the Blurryface wallpaper. Maybe have a picture of the album cover open for reference, but generally, pick 9 items (INCLUDING and important folders) and just try to put the icons where you think they should go. If you normally have multiple home screens, just stick to one for now.
At this point, you can also move the items in your dock (the icons at the very bottom of the screen, including the one that opens your app drawer. You don't have to move them, but I thought putting one on either side made for a nice balance. You could always leave them and just not have the Blurryface text in the middle like I do).
The reason I say to put the icons where you think they should go instead of putting the wallpaper down first is because Nova Launcher is great, but it doesn't allow totally free placement of icons - they still snap to a grid. If you start with the wallpaper and then try to align the icons, you'll go nuts. I would know because I tried to for like half an hour.
Anyway, you should have something that looks kind of like this. You can change what individual icons look like by long pressing them and clicking "edit" and then clicking on the preview of the icon, so now I'd say to make sure your icons match the colours of mine. Obviously you won't have the exact same icons or apps that I do. Also, if you have any folders that you saved from earlier, you can change their preview to an icon the same way you would change an app's icon.
At this point, you're basically finished. The only thing left to do is to choose the wallpaper and you're set!
PART 3: THE WALLPAPER
If you're using a Nexus 5, you can download this wallpaper. If you're using literally any other Android, that might not work, so you're going to have to edit the wallpaper yourself. My instructions are going to get even worse for this part.
The two images I started with are this background and, of course, the Blurryface cover. If you don't want the fancy shapes in the background, then all you need is the Blurryface cover and Photoshop or Gimp or basically anything which allows you to have layers.
After all that, your home screen should look the same way mine does. If those instructions were too convoluted for you, feel free to ask about anything or even hit me up on Skype and I'll do the best I can to help - I enjoy spreading the Android themeing love.
I've been a long time lurker on here and recently spent some time catching up on all the Spider-Man related comics I've not had time to read over the past year or so and Silk is my favorite female character in the Marvel Universe, so I changed up my homescreen to showcase her and have a reason to discuss her character whenever someone borrowed my phone and asked me who she was.
Lines - Flat Minimalist Icons
Popup Widget 2
As for my setup, I use Nova Launcher just because of all it can do. I scored Nova Launcher Prime ages ago when it was on sale for $0.25 and it gets major use mostly because of gestures. My frequently used apps are all accessible via gestures there on the homescreen, so I rarely have to dive into my app drawer to use the usual suspects.
I'm not big on clutter and as such I prefer being able to toggle the dock and navbar as needed.
The same applies to widgets, I like being able to see the week's weather forecast and quickly fire up whatever podcast I was last listening to but I also didn't want widgets being in the way of the wallpaper. So I used Popup Widget 2 to have them available on the screen without taking up much space and being mostly hidden from view. Most people have no clue they're there til I touch either of the two dots near the top to make them visible.
There's two dots near the sides on the bottom, they respectively launch Google Play Music and the Play Store. I just edited the icons using Nova and made it so they fit in better with what little else is visible on the screen.
As for my app drawer, which isn't visible, I like uniformity and I use Horizon Icon Pack by Iconic Apps to keep it looking nice and mostly the same. Sadly the icon pack is no longer available via the Play Store and you can read up on why via Iconic Apps Google+ page, the post is pinned so it should be the first one you see.
Beyond that, not much else to mention. Feel free to criticize or ask additional questions about my setup and hope you all like it. A lot of the ideas for the setup came from this sub. Mostly looking at other setups and taking note of things I liked and apps used and whatnot and then combining things as they best met my needs and aesthetic preferences for my homescreen.
Icon Pack: White Pulse - [link]
Clock Widget: Minimal Clock - [link]
I would accept recommendations!
I think most of us have used this layout at some point in our career with Android, but it's one that I always find myself coming back to and updating.
Heya, actualy I am not rooted, I use Nova Launcher Prime, a really great launcher for modifying and Zooper Widget for that clock widget. Also, the icon pack is Voxel.
that was an issue. you need to deregister your phone number from imessagees. apple provided a fix >here<
I generally buy my phones unlocked, directly from the manufacturer, the benefits being that it won't come with carrier crapware. I have a Nexus on Tmobile though and love to tinker, so it's a slightly different situation, but carriers (esp verizon I think) make your bootloader unlockable, which means it's harder, if not impossible, to flash custom ROMs (ie. installing a custom OS), rooting, etc. Not sure what the deal is with ATT, so I'd wait to see what others have to say.
See above if you're asking about buying from ATT vs best buy, etc. If you're asking about going with ATT vs a different carrier, like Verizon or T-Mobile, I would highly recommend going with T-Mobile. Their coverage isn't quite as good as ATT in some areas (mostly rural), but then again, ATT isn't as good as TMO in certain areas either, mostly in cities. To counteract that, their network coverage has vastly improved consistently over the past 2-3 years, and is miles ahead of their previous reputation of having spotty coverage. In addition, they offer calling / texting over Wi-Fi, free of charge, so if you're anywhere with Wi-Fi, you're good to go. They also offer your choice of either a >Wi-Fi router< or a >LTE signal booster<, free of charge to improve coverage in your home or place of work. In terms of perks, they are miles ahead of any other carrier, and have been >aggressive in the past few years< of fixing a broken industry to favor customers. You can test out their network, and if you want to switch they'll buy out your ETF if needed.
/r/android is a great resource for all things android related. Not much else you really need to know before buying, by all accounts the S6 is a killer phone across the board.
There are a few things that can help you have a better Android experience after you buy. The great thing about android is that there's a lot more choice compared to apple, and you can have a variety of different experiences based on your preference. The following is what I would recommend:
I (and most people) don't really care much for Samsung's touchwiz skin that they put on top of stock Android from google, but they have fixed it up dramatically. Again, the S6 is a killer phone though, and I do plan on picking one up myself, and using >Nova Launcher< (worth the extra $ paying for the prime version) and >Google Keyboard< to minimize the samsung touch. In addition, I'd disable some of samsung's stock apps and use Google's stuff, like >Messenger<, >Chrome<, >keep<, >calendar<, and others, which should all mostly be preinstalled as well. The >Opinion Rewards app< is an easy way to make $$ towards your Play Store balance to use on buying apps. They send you anonymous surveys every few days that take about 20 seconds to answer and you get anywhere from $0.15 to $1.00 for most of them. In about a year and a half, I've gotten over $20 worth of credit. Google Wallet is pretty cool, i'd check that out and use it over Samsung Pay, but to be fair, I haven't tried that out yet. Play Music is a great alternative to iTunes for your music, and syncs with your current iTunes library (or any directories) on your Mac or PC. Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and many others are solid alternatives to iTunes radio, with both paid, and unpaid services.
Nova Launcher supports unread count badges with the TeslaUnread plugin. And it's customizable.
Left | Center | Right
Icon Pack: Voxel
Wallpaper and center widget: Watch_Dogs ctOS theme, full details in the linked thread
Launcher: Nova Launcher
Wallpaper: Muzei Live Wallpaper
Icons: FLEX Icon Pack
Widgets: Zooper By Beard & Jack's Music Widget
Icon Pack: Chrom'd Orange icon pack
Background: from here. Here's my crop of it
Icons: Unicorn Dark
Icons: Icon Pack Studio (I just removed background, set icon black, then size 70)
Grid: 7 wide x 8 tall
Icon Pack: Linebit [link]
Widget: Wolfie for KWGT [link]
Wallpaper/Art: Josan Gonzalez [link]
Recently switched from a Pixel 1 to S9, and since my Pixel 1 bricked on me I had no choice but to start fresh. I've optimized my phone to be reachable with my right thumb. I've sorted it by reachability with my right thumb:
Frequent apps: Toggle, Todoist, Travel Folder (Google Maps, Waze, Lyft, and upcoming trips apps), Google Keep
Semi-Frequent: Finance Folder (Bank, Credit, and finance management apps), Weather, Storage Folder (Google Drive, Onedrive, Dropbox, Local Files), Reading Folder (Kindle & Instapaper), Notion
Sorta Frequent: FitBit
I also have an additional dock I can scroll to that has all of my audio and entertainment on it (pic). I've also been playing with Samsung's new edge menu for shortcuts, it's a work in process (pic).
Icon Pack: Minimalist
If you want to try a good launcher then I can't help but recommend Nova Launcher, personally I've been happy with the BB launcher so not installed Nova on my own phone but used it extensively on a Huawei phone before because the stock experience was terrible.
IIRC there's an ad supported offering for Nova but the ad free option isn't expensive and well worth the money.
I like the Key2 so far, it's not slow, it's not fast. For me a phone is about utilitarianism, I don't care if it looks good, so long as it does the job for me and doesn't work slowly then I will be happy with it. The people who moan I tend to find are the ones that want a device that screams "LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT MY PHONE, ISN'T IT SOOOOO COOOOLLLL", frankly IDGAS about any of that. Owning a blackberry has those moments anyway because it's so rare (that said there are 2x BB Priv's in my home and 2x Key2's). For me the speed at which I can bash out an email or keep up with group conversations will always be the reason I've gone for the phone.
Launcher - Nova [link]
Wallpaper - Walpy
Widget - Over drop
Icons - The Grid
Rondo Icons: [link]
Samsung theme: High_contrast_theme_II
Text app: Textra [link]
Has an astounding amount of customisation, and you can set it to be like iOS.
Nova Launcher: [link]
Rondo Icons: [link]
Single page home with folders for most icons on the OP6 DevPreview 3.
Using Nova Launcher Prime and Borealis icon pack.
Hey u/haldattey !
Wanted to theme my phone to your drawing.
Strokes icons: [link] here [link]
Text app: Textra [link]
You can override it by installing a new launcher from the play store. I recommend [Nova Launcher] ([link]).
Else, you could uninstall it from Settings->Applications but do take note that if there is no default launcher that came with the phone or that it had been previously removed, you would face quite some difficulty navigating the phone.
Widget: huk zooper
Wallpaper : OC
Thanks! It's just Nova Launcher with the Lines Icon Pack. There's also a free version of Lines with less icons if you'd like to try it out.
If you're also interested, the clock widget is Digital Clock Xperia
Well worth it. The features are so much better. Swipe down for notifications, the up for apps vs multitasking is a much better experience. Custom icons. Ugh, I could go on and on.
try a different app launcher like nova
I use Nova Launcher as a work around.
When I use the middle gesture on the home screen it opens G Assistant for me.
Using Nova Launcher
Icons: Oxygen Icon Pack
Wallpaper - Image isn't the correct size for OP6 but it still gets the job done for me.
Nova Launcher with Sesame baaaaybeee!
Look into getting a laucnher like Nova. They let you customize appearance.
Not my first theme, but it is the first one I have shared here. So far, I'm mostly satisfied with how it is setup. The Reddit Feed "post scrolling" and subreddit switching feel clunky and the subreddit switcher for the wallpaper looks out of place. It's only been tested on my OG Pixel, it might need adjustments for anything else. The font used is Google's Product Sans. The dp of my phone is also set to 449.
Launcher, widgets, and other files:
Another Widget (For At a Glance)
Nova Launcher Backup
Reddit Feed Komponent
Wallpaper modified in Snapseed and with OLEDBuddy
BixPic 04 Widget included in BixPic Icon Pack (Modified)
Hidden Folder Icon from Drwrcon
No, not at all. It's a simple launcher replacement that replaces your home screen, AND is way faster than the default Samsung one. (Source: used a low-end Samsung phone running Android KitKat for over 2 years as my main)
Why not give it a shot? [link]
KLWP Live Wallpaper Pro
NOVA ➜ [link]
WALL ➜ [link]
ZOOPER ➜ [link]
HUK ZOOPER QIDGET ➜ [link] widgets
Icon Pack 1 CandyCons (play store)
Icon pack 2 (not used in this) delta from play store.
few little modifications if you want to check (06:51) [link]
I modified my previous setup, I think it's better this way.
Some links, OP can confirm if these are the referenced items. Install at your own risk.
Pixelized dark theme
Pixel Icon Pack 2
Pixel wallpaper apk
I could be wrong, but I believe you can install a custom launcher to fix that. The one I use, Nova Launcher, still supports horizontally scrolling images for your home screen background. Would require you setting up your home screen again which might be a little tedious, but it also gives you a lot more options to play around with if you want that.
Google says £500 is about US$704 today, which seems like a good price. I've had this phone for four days, and it is the best phone I've ever had. It's fast, has a great main camera, great battery life, and a beautiful screen. The stock launcher is good, but you may want to try out some custom launchers (I use Nova Launcher, which works well on this phone).
From the Google play store here: [link]
Baseline layout/design: Nova Launcher
Icon Pack: Whicons
Date/time Widget: Zooper Widgets
Wallpaper: the Queen, herself!
[Launcher: Nova Launcher]
[Icon pack: Whicons]
[Music Player: Poweramp]
This theme is inspired by Tech Arena's Joker Theme. You can check this theme in here.
Second theme I've made, hope you like it!
Launcher: Nova Launcher, 3 pages
Font: Bebas Neue
Recently I swapped ROMs, over to Resurrection Remix and I love it. I decided to commemorate this by creating a new theme; an outrun T-800 theme I found a while ago. Best thing is that because of Resurrection Remix, I can have my entire phone themed in this way, and even got a CRT animation for locking my phone.
Made in Nova Launcher (As always).
Icon Pack is Rad Pack. I made it using the free version.
Widgets at the top are customized versions of "minimal 72" of the mnml UI pack for Zooper Widget.
I'm really happy with how the theme turned out, and am loving Resurrection Remix as well. I recommend it for anyone looking for a new ROM.
Pushbullet til Android er en af mine favoritter. Den har flere forskellige funktioner. Man kan svare på SMS'er direkte i browseren og man sende links mellem sine enheder (herunder Chrome) med et enkelt klik.
Jeg ville også være et skarn, hvis jeg ikke gjorde lidt skamløs reklame for en ny app, som en pårørende er direktør for; Jobilant. Det er en form for digitalt vikarbureau, som dropper det forældede mellemled, og henter inspiration fra tjenester som Tinder og Uber i sin simple tilgang.
Derudover kan jeg også anbefale de nye live-wallpapers, som er udviklet til Pixel 2. Man han hente dem til andre Android telefoner og de ser super godt ud!
Nova Launcher er desuden nok den første app jeg henter på en ny telefon.
My Note8 Homescreen - this is the live, color-shifting wallpaper, and here is the app drawer.
The launcher is Nova Launcher, the icons are mine (using Icon Pack Studio), and the wallpaper is a combination of this image (found on Reddit) and Wave.
Grid Size 5x4
Widget: Another Widget
Custom Folder: Here
Pixel 2 XL - 128 GB, Black and White - Android 8.1 Oreo
> * Wallpaper - by /u/AB-nebula
> * Launcher - Nova Prime with Tesla Unread for notifications badge support - here is a backup of my settings, if you want to replicate
> * Icons - Pixelation, which seems to currently be on sale
> * Search Bar - CSBW for custom colors and transparencies
> * Weather Widget - Weather Timeline
> * System Theme - Swift Dark (using Substratum with andromeda for rootless theming)
> * Granular Immersive Mode for per-app immersive mode
>> * Get it working by running the adb command: adb shell pm grant com.rascarlo.granular.immersive.mode android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
adb shell pm grant com.rascarlo.granular.immersive.mode android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
> * Edge Gestures for gesture based navigation in Immersive Mode enabled apps
Colors UCCW skin
Antimatter icon pack
Wallpaper is Slash Parade from the Backdrops app.
You'll need to use a different launcher app for that. Many recommend Nova for the amount of customization it offers.
It'd be a lot to detail everything, but I can definitely point you in the right direction.
Icon pack is 1-Bit
Gif wallpaper from here
And the app to use that gif as a live wallpaper is here
As far as the time/date widget, I just custom made it using KWGT, using PixelMix as the font.
Hopefully that helps get you going. Let me know if you get super stuck and I'll try to help.
Apps I remember paying for:
This theme is based off a wallpaper that is based off this super inspiring comment by [/u/ryans01](/u/ryans01).
KLWP for wallpaper.
Authentic Weather for weather widget.
Toxic Icon Pack.
Wallpaper: Manev Art (18.5:9 version)
These were my first real attempt and making something functional with KLWP/KWGT, and I liked the result so I've stuck with it for a while.
To do the customization stuff you should start with a Launcher. The one I used for this is called Nova Launcher.
You can download icon packs and apps to make custom widgets and run them through the launcher. The icon pack I used here is called Lines. KWGT and Zooper are good for widgets.
launcher: nova prime [link]
icons: rad pack pro [link]
wallpaper: vaporwave wallpapers [link]
widgets: weather timeline [link]
another widget [link]
skwish for zooper [link]
battery circle for zooper [link]
It's the app that makes up your home screen, wallpaper, app shortcuts, widgets, etc.
If you want more customizability, you can download and use a different launcher. This would allow you to not have the search bar. That is what the other commenter on your post was getting at.
Examples would be Nova Launcher or Action Launcher.
Here is my mantra.
Install Nova Launcher
Install Quick settings (more toggle and night filter)
Google keyboard theme customization
Install Google live wallpapers for kick ass pixel wallpapers
Install modified Google cam apk for better camera image
Setup nova launcher gesture control.
Enable swipe fingerprint scanner to drop notification shade
There are also third-party launchers like Nova Launcher that will allow you to hide apps and fully customize your homescreen and app drawers.
A few options for launchers which may get you started (I use Nova, but you can even install several side by side if you want to!). There are all kinds of design metaphors available, so if you fancy something with lots of circles or whatever, just search for "launcher" and you'll have plenty to play with :)
Probably a good time to start using Nova launcher. You can add the app drawer button back.
Icons are downloaded from the Samsung Theme Store, called Pixilize
Grid 5x6, I set it up to have the search bar in the dock, then just replaced the search bar with a Today Weather widget, and just added the search widget to the top.
Luncher: Nova Luncher
Widget: Zooper (made by me, link in the comments)
My settings includes:
- swipe up for the app menu
- swipe down for the notification area
- tap on the clock to show the camera
I also use "swipe up" on icons to access folders and widgets.
I'm running Dirty Unicorns on my OnePlus 5.
Nova Launcher Prime with swipe up to access app drawer.
Min - Icon Pack
For wallpaper google "Dirty Unicorns wallpaper".
Substratum I use mainly minimaterial but also Quetzal for Spotify and Outline for statusbar icons.
Clock is Huk for KWGT
Yes, use Nova Launcher.
Install Nova Launcher from the play store here: [link]
Has to be beta 5.2 or above.
Then install the companion here: [link]
Go to Nova settings and enable it under integrations. Done.
That depends on the launcher you're using. I'm not sure if the Samsung one has that feature, but you can always install a different one.
At least Nova Launcher has that, I don't know about the others since I haven't used a different one in a while, but I would guess most of the popular ones have it too.
** Edit **
Here are links to the ones I've seen recomended the most in this sub, in case you're interested:
Okay, it gets a little messy then. For Nougat, it requires rooting or ADB (very simple) to actually create toggles for this. However, if you are averse to that, you can easily create a one click shortcut to the mobile data settings page. I put together some examples (in order): Nova Launcher, QuickShortcutMaker, native settings shortcut, Tiles (this creates a quick setting tile that takes you to the mobile data settings--there are free alternatives) MacroDroid (this example is a toggle so it requires root or ADB), and Tasker.
If you are willing to do ADB, you could also use SystemUI Tuner to enable your hidden mobile data toggle quick setting tile.
Another option is to use an app like NetGuard. You can set it to completely block mobile data access for any or all apps (and Wi-Fi, too) and then create a toggle for the app, so the toggle for the app would then work similarly to a system wide mobile data toggle.
Vintage Icon pack
No custom widgets
Start with Nova Launcher which is one of the more popular ones.
You can then try an icon pack to change how your icons look
I prefer a minimalistic and color coordinated homescreen
*Edit - I swear this Amoled wallpaper looks better on my phone than on a computer monitor lol
Wallpaper - [link]
Launcher: Nova Launcher (Premium version)
Icon Pack: Lines Pro (Free version)
Wallpaper: From this imgur album, this image.
Widget App: Zooper Widget Pro
Widget Settings: [link]
Parrot for Zooper
It's an interesting problem.
Honestly, the better way is to install Nova Launcher on your phone. It has home screen orientation settings for AutoRotate, Force Portrait or Force Landscape. Plus enough other settings for anybody.
Your task isn't wasted, you can now rely on the orientation returned by the display test.
Of course you can use Tasker's 6 way orientation sensors and some hysteresis logic instead.
but trust me, it won't feel right because those sensors flip within about 15 degrees instead of 45.
EMUI is basically Huawei's own version of android (it's a type of launcher and you can download other types of launchers if you want, the most popular alternative one being Nova Launcher, but you can customize a lot without having to necessarily change launchers, so if you want an iOS similar experience i would probably stick with EMUI)
for all intents and purpose it's mostly a visual redesign, which is why android's default icons and general layout looks different on a samsung or LG for example
i can't speak on what other launchers are like since i've only used EMUI but i can vouch that using the "stockify" theme makes things look a lot better (it's modeled after the basic "stock" android that you would find on a Google Pixel), and if you really want an iOS look there are apps like this one that let you change app icons
Welcome to Android! So there's lots you can do with Android. Think of Android as being like the PC of the smartphone world. It's highly customizable and can look however you want it to.
As some have suggested, Nova Launcher is incredibly powerful. The free version gives you plenty to start with and if you want more the Prime add-on is worth the money. You can even use icon packs with it to really make it feel like your device.
If you like listening to locally stored music, I cannot praise PowerAMP enough! It's been my favorite purchase ever since I had my first Samsung Galaxy S (the og!).
Getting used to using Google services is one of the best things to do in my opinion. All the Google services link together everywhere you go. So if you login on your computer, your contacts, calendar, email, notes, and Play Store purchases are all synced. The Samsung ones are good, but if you ever get a new Android device and it's from anyone but Samsung, you're a bit SOL. Since google services are on all Android devices you'd purchase, it's best to use those ones.
If you're a fan of reading webpages on your PC or phone, I'd recommend PushBullet as a fantastic app. It can send and receive links and text from one device to another with the push of a button. PushBullet also allows you to sign up for news bulletins to get sent to you via notifications and links. For instance, I have the subreddit of GooglePlayDeals free deals sent to my phone whenever there's a new post. I also have the HumbleBundle deals sent to me this way. I never miss a deal because of these.
For Reddit, I am personally a fan of Relay for Reddit. There are many options out there, this is just my personal favorite. This was all written from this app.
Depending on how much of a power user you are, Unified Remote can be amazing for using your phone to control your PC. I purchased the full version of this app because I enjoyed it so much. The free version will do just fine for mouse and keyboard control though.
Today Weather is a new and in my opinion very beautiful and accurate app for weather tracking.
Google Opinion Rewards is by far the easiest app to recommend because who doesn't love free money? Every once in a while Google will ask you about places you've visited. It asks you to rate the place, and that's it. They give you a few cents here and there for answering. In the 4 years I have been doing this, I have earned $37.25CAD (Canadian for those unaware). So it does add up over time. This money gets added to your play account and can be used for anything from music to movies to apps.
The last thing I'll say is do not get a ram cleaner or any app that claims it will boost the performance of your phone. They will do nothing but bog down the phone and make it feel like crap. Android and manufactures have put lots of time and effort into making sure the device runs well without those apps. Those apps were from a time when Android was young and didn't handle things well. The system is much better now and does not need them. Some people still get some sort of antivirus software for their phone, but unless you're really going into some areas of the Internet where you'd be a target for being taken advantage of, there is no need for one.
I hope some of this helped you out! If there's any questions you have feel free to reply and I'll answer asap! Enjoy your amazing S8!!
Device: Samsung Galaxy S8
Launcher: Nova (Prime)
This is my first Android setup. I've been a long time iPhone Jailbreaker and Themer, and I'm loving how easy and native Android makes theming.
If you have any questions, just ask!
Secure settings\execute shortcut\Nova\voice search
This method isn't ideal, but I can't find any info stating Tasker can handle opening Google Assistant on its own.
So that'll open Google Assistant as an action, but I couldn't figure out how to say "Good Morning"
Reply if you figure anything out.
As long as your launcher lets you use a live wallpaper (you might have to switch to a different launcher like Nova Launcher) you'll be able to use KLWP. Hope this helps!
it's a launcher that will replace the pixel launcher and give you a lot more customization
Edit: I started writing this, then my kid did something dangerous so I put the phone in my pocket and must have accidentally hit submit. Well, here's what it was supposed to be.
My current setup for the last few months. A bit busier than normal but I'm content.
Launcher: Nova notables would be the apps section where I set it up like folders. I also have three different docks that I can swype left or right.
Icons: Saturate all is stock except for a few where I swap out the default icons for a few others in the saturated pack.
Clock: Kustom widget with fox
Primary desktop screen
Desktop with swypable dock
another Desktop screen, there're 3 in total but the other would need to be censored alot to show, which I'm too lazy to do.
Apps drawer, you can see at the top that they are broken up in categories making it easier to navigate.
No you don't need to root. Nova Launcher is a very popular one that has a ton of customization.
Aivy Icon Pack
MIN For Zooper Pro
Custom Navigation Bar (Android 7.0+,No root)
Phone: Galaxy S8
Icon Pack: Pixbit Prime
Widgets: The Google Pill & Weather/Date are included with Pixbit and require Kustom Widget, while the clock is 8-Bit Clock Widget
Wallpaper: Bitday Wallpaper, specifically the Early Night background.
I usually try to make my Android themes simple and AOSP inspired, so I decided I wanted to do something entirely new. I'm very into retro/8-bit styling, so I spent a good time coming up with a retro inspired theme. Originally I wanted to use the Bit Day Live wallpaper, but it doesn't properly scale to the Galaxy S8's 18:9 style, so I downloaded the static image from my favorite time of day, right when the sun has set 90% and you still have that dark red/purple in the sky.
Simple shapes and blue Material colors. Removed status bar icons.
Phone: Nexus 6
Firmware: Android 7.0
Icons: White Icon Pack
Widget: mnml UI for Zooper
Do you mean to use the characters as app icons? If so, then you just need the image you want to use, and a custom Launcher such as Nova Launcher to set those images as the app icon. What I did in this case though is different, I put transparent widgets on top of the characters on the wallpaper, and set the widgets to launch respective apps. Sorry if I'm giving you the wrong, let me know if I'm unclear or if you need any help.
The stock Pixel Launcher does not have support for badges. You'll need a different launcher like Nova to get badges and unread counts.
When I tried notification badges briefly I do recally Gmail being one of the apps that did work properly, at least with Nova Launcher and TeslaUnread so maybe check that combination out if you're looking for badges.
If you want unread number on the launcher (the home screen). Then I'd suggest you to get Nova Launcher and download TeslaUnread along with it. I've used this for years now and is excellent.
Phone - Samsung S8+
Background - Art by André Greppi
Widgets - Zooper Widget using Zed Zooper
KWGT: Top custom, bottom huk kwgt
Icons: Icon Studio Pack
Wall: Amoled mnml XL (333 XL)
Welcome to the Android world!
There are lots of things you can spend play credits on. Games, applications. I would recommend Nova Launcher if you are into customization and Tasker if you are into automation (although tasker has a learning curve).
Also, visit /r/googleplaydeals paid apps that are free for a limited time! Visit /r/AndroidGaming if you are into games!
So here are the resources:
> The launcher is Nova Launcher
> The icon pack is Glyphsy
> The widgets I made myself in both Zooper Widget and KWGT (I used both because I already had the main screen widgets made in Zooper but I wanted to use KWGT for more flexibility). The bar at the top of the main screen is a battery indicator.
> The font I used in the widgets is Quicksand Light
> To get the media player icons from the Glyphsy icon pack, I used Kustom Icon Plugin
> The background has a parallax effect thanks to Hologram Background
> The actual images in the background are ones I edited slightly from here and here
> And finally, for anyone who doesn't know of the app already, I gave my screenshots the phone border using Screener
Please leave any suggestions or questions, I'm happy to listen and help.
> 1. Nova launcher. It's in the settings under Desktop
Note that you have to be on the beta version, which you can sign up for in the Play Store.
Just because I probably will get questions, this is what I use!
-Nova Launcher ([link])
-MIN Icon Pack ([link])
MIN for Zooper: [link]
Zooper Pro: [link]
Launcher - Nova Launcher prime
Icon pack -Funkong
Wallpaper-from a cm 13 theme known as N5 black
Wallpaper: Outer Planets [OC]
I'm sure there's some poorly optimized launchers out there, but I've never seen Nova use more than 2% of the battery, and that's on days I spend a lot of time tinkering with the homescreen. On some devices it might actually make the homescreen more responsive.
Nova Launcher is free and a good place to start, though some features like swipe gestures are only in the paid version. I used the free version for a half year before I decided to buy the full thing.
A fair warning though: it can take hours to go through all of the settings and get familiar with everything the app can do. Then it might take another few hours to set everything as you want it (depending a lot on how creative you want to be).
Check out /r/AndroidThemes for inspiration. Crazy shit can be done if you also learn how to use KLWP (which has a steeper learning curve and is a whole lot more tedious to use than Nova Launcher).
This is on the LG G4 but will be on the S8+
Orbit UI Icons
Heavily inspired by /u/CALIAAA from /r/androidthemes with this post.
You could try using a 3rd party launcher like Nova Launcher which lets you change the look and feel of widgets. I stopped using the Todoist widget on my screens earlier this year but I here is a screenshot of how small or large you can make it on a Nexus 6P. You'll have to scroll down on the screenshot to view the small size of the widget.
I use any theme from Cameron Bunch. Either the Material design, Material design dark, or his new one Pixelize. I also use Nova Launcher, with either Yitax icon pack, or Dark Matter. I also change the DPI to 499 in the developer settings so that more information is shown on the screen.
Screenshot of Pixelize theme in settings
Dark matter Icons with Pixel widget enabled in Nova Settings
I don't know how to disable the lockscreen ads, but I'd image there is a way. Maybe try one of the old guides you found if nobody here has any better suggestions - especially on Blu budget phones they hardly ever get updates (seriously, some people expect too much from companies when the phone only cost $50), so even old guides may be relevant.
As for making the most of your Android experience, go through the settings and look into each one, tweaking them to your preferences. I don't know what tweaks Blu puts in their phones (if any), but there's going to be something you wouldn't have found if you weren't looking for it. You might also want to look into third party customization (don't require root): launchers (Nova is the most popular), icon packs (tons of different ones, with unique shapes/color palletes - right now I'm using DarkMatter), and there are even UI tweaks like Status which lets you customize your status bar (removing constant bluetooth/NFC icons, moving the clock from the right to the middle etc).
Also, turn off iMessage (how to do it) or you won't get any texts from iMessage contacts.
Theme: Belo [Sustratum] - OMS required
Widgets: Custom with KWGT
Made a quickie KLWP theme to showcase some of James Gilleard's digital artworks. Found them on his twitter page and liked them a lot.
Wallpaper app: Kustom Live Wallpaper
Wallpapers are in the imgur album.
Widget: Calendar Widget: agenda
"The Grid Free" icon pack
I played with the color of the search bar for a while in "desktop" the color code is #62d8fd if you'd like to use that.
Edit for those that would like sounds:
I recommend downloading Zedge if you don't have it, more and more ringtones and notifications are being added. I've currently got a few of them in use:
Got a new phone and figured it was time for a new theme. Colors change based on the album art.
Launcher and Pill Widget - Nova Launcher
Wallpaper and Icons - CandyCons
Icons - Pixel Icon Pack
Calendar Widget - Month
The dots each have one swipe and one touch action. Most opens an app and a folder, the red one however opens the dial on tap and the clock app on swipe.
Icon Layout - Nova Launcher - 12x11
Status Bar - Nova Launcher
Folders - Nova Launcher
Weather - Weather Radar - [link]
Wallpaper - Backdrops - Orbit Flow
Icons - Delta - [link]
Round Corners - Cornerfly - [link]
Download Nova Launcher and you can customize this sort of stuff all you want.
The G Pill? That's a part of the Pixel Launcher. Use a different launcher like Nova.
So basically it's a heavily customizable launcher (replaces your home screen and app drawer). You can customize things like icon, font, sizes, gesture etc everything visual. If you use the Google now launcher or the pixel launcher, Nova's always adding features to make it look exactly like Google's launchers, so you don't miss out anything while gaining the customizability.
Clock widget: Zooper Pro
Widget pack: Fox for Zooper
This largely depends on the launch that you're using. I'm not sure of Samsung's launcher, but others like Nova allow you to change any app icon to any other icon from an icon pack or your default icon collection.
Calender: Agenda Widget
The rounded corners are a feature of an app called Cornerfly. Some app reviews claim that it uses a lot of RAM, but I haven't noticed any dip in performance with my 3GB Nexus 6.
The little temperature icon in the statusbar is a feature of Dark Sky, a paid weather app that, in my opinion, is the best on the market.
Downloaded KLWP a couple of days ago. This started as just a theme to tinker and practice on but I like the way it turned out.
All questions and feedback welcomed
edit: Added resource
Wallpaper : "Backdrops" Tons of beautiful wallpapers updated regularly.
Nova Launcher ([link]) will allow you to organize your app drawer into folders. You may have to purchase Nova Launcher Prime to access that functionality ([link]).
HTC One M8
Nova Launcher / Prime
launcher · nova launcher (prime)
icon pack · compacticons hd
wallpaper · here
KLWP and kustom icon plugin
font · product sans
for the image itself i just used photoshop
Follow that link to the Play Store and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There should be a button to opt-in to the beta. If you already have it installed, uninstall it and then reinstall it to get the beta version and boom, you now have Nova Launcher Beta!
I'm using a Nova as my launcher and KLWP for the creation of the wallpaper.
I'm using the pro (paid) version of both, but it is possible to achieve everything without paying. The main benefit of the pro version of KLWP imo (aside from supporting the devs) is to be able to download other people's creations to use for your own use. I would wholly recommend the pro versions of both, but I would also recommend trying it for free first just to gain an understanding of the basics.
If you want to learn a little more about these wallpapers, check out /r/androidthemes and /r/kustom. The stuff I see people do on those subs blows my mind. It takes a little learning, but it is actually pretty fun!
I honestly didn't mean to write this much, but I really enjoy the app. Best of luck if you want to learn it!
You can install Nova Launcher and edit it to look like the Pixel Launcher.
Even without editing Nova is a nice cleaner (near stock) homescreen.
The settings and notification shade will still be LG's. You can't change that without fully flashing the phone to a stock android rom.
Thanks, unknownhero96, it's a Droid Turbo 2 (I don't love it, tbh). I'm using Nova Launcher combined with DigiClock and some custom icons I made.
Using Nova launcher with the Delta icon pack and Zooper widget with mnml UI. Links for everything here:
Nova launhcer: [link]
Mnml UI Zooper: [link]
Zooper Widget: [link]
Delta icon pack: [link]
Wallpaper link: [link]
Icon Pack: Minimal UI
Wallpaper: [link] (Muzei)
Clock: mnml UI (Zooper)
Search Bar: Flat UI (Zooper)
Icons - Material Cards Icon Pack
Wallpaper - Pulled from a collection I found on r/iWallpaper
Launcher -> Nova Launcher (Beta8)
Icon pack: Pixel icon pack
Homescreen wall: [link]
Lockscreen wall: [link]
The widget won't show everything by any stretch of the imagination, but you can get it to display a few more by increasing its size. Just tap&hold the placed widget and drag the edges out a bit.
EDIT: you can also get the full page Google Now as the left-most screen on Nova and Action Launcher if you have root.
Affichage? C'est Nova Launcher, avec le widget qui affiche l'heure, fait à la main avec KGWT :)
Et le pack d'icônes, Whicons!
It sounds like it is just the actual changes in the user interface rather than something being wrong with it.
If you don't want to go through the pain of factory resetting the device (which would fix the issues you are having) you could try using another launcher.
For example, with nova launcher it would look something like this. You can increase or decrease the icon size as you please, I just prefer having everything I need on that one page.
You can get Nova launcher from the google play store.
Basically I created a calendar shortcut using Popup Widget, which will be opened by tapping the FAB created using zooper widget.
Launcher: Nova Launcher 5.0 Beta 3
Theme: Material VUI for EMUI 4.0
Icons: Rondo Icon Pack
Widget: Meteorites Zooper
The first place to start is generally to install a replacement launcher. The launcher is just an app you can install from the Play Store that replaces the default home screens and the app drawer. There are a bunch to choose from [link] but I am personally rather partial to Nova Launcher [link]
All you need to do is install the launcher and the next time you go to your home screen it will ask which one you want to use and make your default. You can always switch it back by uninstalling the launcher or in your settings.
Right out of the gate Nova Launcher and most other launchers gives you a number of settings that the default doesn't such as number of home screens, number of columns and rows for icons, size of icons, whether widgets can overlap, hiding the menu bar, whether or not to have persistent quick launch icons, whether the app drawer should scroll or page, etc. (There are plenty of guide videos on YouTube but I prefer to just play around in the settings.)
Now, once you've played around with the settings of the launcher you choose you can also look at things like icon packs (I use Flat White: [link]), live wallpapers (I use KWLP: [link]), and if you want to get really in to it custom widgets (I use Zooper: [link])
Almost all of the customisation tools have free versions with only slightly limited capabilities and none of them require that you root your phone or do anything that would affect the stability, security, or warranty of your phone and uninstalling the apps is all it takes to undo it all.
You can get Nova, or maybe some other launcher. It doesn't have these counters by default. You can install separate app called TeslaUnread to have them in Nova, and you can disable and enable the counter for every each app.
Mad Calculator widget
Wallpaper (found on reddit, don't recall source)
Most of the Android users that move away from their stock launcher tend to use Nova Launcher!
Came here to give the same answer! There is always 3 apps I download when I set up a new phone:
Can't live without em anymore.
Icon Pack: Whicons
Clock Widget: Digital Clock Xperia
Use a custom launcher like Nova Launcher as your homescreen, and then download a custom icon pack, like this or this.
Once you do this, you should be able to edit any homescreen icon (apps and 1x1 widgets) to display your custom icons instead.
What? No, absolutely!
A launcher is simply a program which can't interfer with taking pics and phone calls (not sure about opening apps, but I don't think it can...).
Also, it is better to install well made launcher because you have to deal with it everytime you pick up your phone, so it should be responsive and fast. One of the best launchers, that I suggest and use from one year, is Nova Launcher (the pro unlocker is currently on sale)
Made entirely in KLWP. Wallpapers from Backdrops.
Background changes at sunrise and sunset. Connection images change depending on their particular status; the wifi and bluetooth icons toggle them on and off. Text for song name and artist will wrap to a new line if they're too long. :)
I'm running CyanogenMod 13 on a One Plus X.
The launcher I'm using is Nova.
The icon pack is the Min icon pack.
The clock is simply a default KWGT widget.
To get my clock widget on the lockscreen I used SergioSanchezR's "Lock screen widgets" Xposed module.
And finally, my wallpaper edit of the samurai image can be found here. I changed the colours using the built-in image editor.
Only minor gripe I have is some of the icons are hard to see over the helmet, but I know the layout off by heart so it doesn't affect usage.
Launcher: Nova (Pro) - [link]
Wallpaper: DeviantArt - [link]
Icon pack: Zeon Green - [link]
Widget: Rad Pack Pro - [link]
Wallpapers for all teams here
Single home screen design with most popular apps in the bottom in folders. Pokemon Go is the only app out right now since I am using it too much. Home button when clicked pops up the app drawer which has the standard marshmallow icons. Its only min on the home screen.
Team Valor for the win!
It's a background from Nova launcher
Here it is
Alright I'll post the specs, editing this one as we speak.
EDIT: Here goes. Some of these are paid apps, workarounds can be done for some stuff such as icons, but you really need to buy the full version of whatever launcher you decide to use.
Phone is a Motorola/Google Nexus 6 running Android Nougat Beta 4. This should run on pretty much any android phone.
.1. Nova Launcher - This is the base. You can replicate the colors in Action Launcher 3 as well if you like the features better. Which ever launcher you use, buy the full version. I'm positive some of the tweaks you'll need to do are behind the pro paywall (these guys do great work on their apps anyway). You'll want to recolor the dock spacer, Google bar if you use it, folder backgrounds and app drawer pages. You'll also want a Genji wallpaper, so try to match your launcher greens to the greens used in your wallpaper art.
Looks like pro is on sale right now.
.2. Overwatch Wallpapers - Found this randomly on the Play Store. Someone made some good quality, fairly minimalist wallpapers with some of the character logos and quotes.
.3. Overwatch Sounds - Database of Genji noises! Change your notifications to whatever you want! I use (A STEADY BLADE BALANCES THE SOUL) as default for all apps, and Ryugin no ken wa kurae! as my Google Hangouts ringtone. Also I use the "Game starting" music as my phone call ringtone.
.4. Stamped Holo Green Icons - I found these free on the Play Store. Bonus: they were updated less than a year ago and are pretty complete! I made some substitutions or subtractions on my home screen if I couldn't find a good fit, but everything I need is right where I can get to it easily. There are other icon packs on the store that could work in this pack's place. Free and paid. This one is free.
If you're a beginner in terms of Android which you seem to be, stay away from Package Disabler, it's not necessary for you to do it and might result in more problems than it solves so it probably would be the best not to bother with a Package Disabler.
In terms of Nova Launcher, I would definitely try it. It improved my experience with the S7 Edge by a lot. You get to customise a lot with Nova Launcher as well, if that's your thing. It's really worth the try. Free and Premium.
This is my first theme that I'm proud to share.
Wallpaper is from Backdrops
Widget is from Fox for Zooper
The logo in the middle is from the anime Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex
Widgets: Zooper WIdget.
Icons downloaded from here.
I always overcomplicate things and use too much of a background and colors, this time I needed something calmer.
Icon in up left is just the recording.
Apps are triggered by touching anywhere on the clock.
Original effed up gif of how it really looks - I can't make them apparently ^even ^when ^the ^.psd ^looks ^glorious.
Polycon Icon Pack
Xposed Modules (Visible):
Lock Screen Widgets + Transparent Clock & Weather
Battery Home Icon
Launcher: Nova Launcher Icons: Whicons Clock: KWGT Background: [link]
I did it through Nova Launcher. It has a ton of customizable options and you can download different icon packs as well. Nova Launcher Prime is on sale right now for a dollar too. I recommend jumping on that while you can. Have fun!
Here is my setup
Minimal Clock Widget
Template credits goes to: R3CONN3R on DeviantArt
I'll try and post links later, EDIT: Done
First time using KLWP, tweaked theme and custom app drawer
Launcher: Nova with KLWP
KLWP Theme: shoreline
Zooper Widgets for the cards backgrounds.
Weather Timeline for the weather widget, Spotify for music widget.
Folder icons were downloaded from Google's material icons repository.
Action bar was made by taking a screenshot of a blank desktop in Action Launcher, and seting blank icons for app drawer and voice search over the icons in the screenshot.
Darth Vader Wallpaper:
KWGT Clock Widget:
I have a page trying to resemble Google Now to the left of my main screen with BBC News, BBC Weather and Google Calendar widgets. To the right, I have school-related stuff: two widgets from the Timetable app and a Google Keep widget. It's all rather messy and contains some personal info, hence the single screenshot.
Nova Backup Load this to get my settings
The highly customizable, performance driven, home screen
Accept no substitutes! Nova Launcher is the top launcher for modern Android, embracing full Material Design throughout.
Nova Launcher replaces your home screen with one you control and can customize. Change icons, layouts, animations and more.
For my money, Nova Launcher is the best of the AOSP-style launchers available in Android. --Android Police
Nova Launcher has some very capable hands behind it --Phandroid
Our favorite is Nova Launcher, which strikes a great perfect balance between incredible performance and high customizability without getting too gimmicky and difficult to use --Lifehacker
Chock full of features you won't find in the stock launcher, and comes highly recommended --Android Central
• Icon Themes - Find thousands of icon themes for Nova Launcher on the Play Store
• Subgrid positioning - Much greater control than standard launchers, Nova Launcher allows you to snap icons or widgets half way through the desktop grid cells
• Color controls - for labels, folders, unread badges, drawer tabs and backgrounds
• Customize App Drawer - Custom tabs, Vertical or Horizontal scrolling, Custom effects
• Improved Widget Drawer - Widgets grouped by app makes it much faster to use
• Infinite scroll - Never far from your favorite page, loop through the desktop or drawer continuously
• Backup/Restore - Sophisticated backup/restore system allowing you to backup your desktop layout and launcher settings
• Scrollable Dock - Create multiple docks and scroll between them
• Widgets in dock - Place any widget in your dock, such as a 4x1 music player widget
• Import Layout - No need to rebuild your desktop from scratch, Nova Launcher can import from most popular launchers. Including the one that came with your phone.
• Fast - Nova Launcher is highly optimized to do it's work quickly and quietly, keeping the animations smooth and letting you use your phone as fast as you can move your fingers.
Not sure about calendar apps, but if you're running a launcher like Nova that allows icon packs, there are packs that dynamically update the icon of the Google Calendar app to show the current date. I just started using CandyCons which does this, but I think it's a fairly common feature in icon packs.
This is my lockscreen right now, another shot from the Valley of Fire I'd like to remove a few things later, like the knock code corners and T-Mobile line.
For my homescreen, I use Nova Launcher with the Lines Icon Pack and Timely widget for the clock.
I love Nova Launcher, even my app drawer looks and feels so clean.
I got inspired after seeing this posted in the Star Wars subreddit.
Nova Launcher, Candycons, Jack's Music Widget, Simple Calendar Widget, and Power Toggles. The wallpaper can be found in the photo album, sized for a Samsung Note 4.
Hope you all enjoy :) It's my first time posting a theme.
made using: nova launcher & Pip-tech Free icon pack & Crippled - Battery Widget. wallpaper can be found on pip-tec
Artist's Deviant Art: [link]
Launcher (Nova): [link]
Icon Pack (Circons Pink): [link]
Clock (Zooper): [link]
I recommend waiting a little before rooting, until you get a handle of Android and all its features. Rooting for no reason is not really the way to go, usually people bump into some limitation - or want to really go for customization - before thinking about rooting. I never rooted my phones because I never needed anything that Android can't do, I only rooted my Nexus7 tablet so I could have better automation from Tasker.
Anyway, a good way to start feeling more in power of your device customization is trying one of the many launchers on app store. These change the whole look/feel of your lockscreen, home and menu, sometimes more.
I have Nova Launcher on all my devices. Also try some live wallpapers (avoid those with too many animations since they are battery killers), I use this on my phone and it doesn't drain battery and it is gorgeous:
Day Night Live Wallpaper
I like this too: Earth Deluxe
Inspired by Volume 1 of Warren Ellis' Injection series. Background is a text-free version of the Big Bang variant cover. You can download the image here.
Launcher - Nova with 9x5 grid and subgrid positioning ON
Icons - FlatCons White
Calendar - Month with theme from page 13
Battery Widget - Dark Void widget with all colors set to white
Clock Widget - Banded
Icon pack: Min - Icon Pack
I was in the mood for some neon-y type of background, and came up with this!
Here you go. Just remember you'll need apps Nova Launcher and KLWP in order for it to run correctly.
I'm not sure what the free versions of the those two apps has, because I used both the paid versions. Also, to apply the Theme you'll use KLWP load preset = Material Flat Daisy Edition
So Nova allows you to customize what you want your phone to look like. How many icons in a row and how many in a column. Do you want it to have actions if you flick down on the home screen( Typically pull down notification shade).
I also have two fingers flick down to open my camera so I don't have to have an app on my home screen. (BTW, I am pretty sure the 5X you can tap twice down on the volume down when screen is on and it will launch the camera. you can change the settings so it doesn't take a photo right away).
With nova you can also customize how you want your folders to look on your home screen (circle, square, grid, fade) the color of the background when you open the folder, you can change what it is like to scroll from one page to the next, etc. Really a TON of options that I rarely even get into. Usually I set it up once and don't touch 90% of those options.
The launcher then can let you choose whatever Icons you want! many, many packs are free on the play store and I typically only pay for them if I find a set I really like (or feel like donating to a developer). I have used Moonshine, Glim, and occasionally jump to all white icons like Min, or whicons
I also started messing around with Kustom Widgets (KWGT) where you can create your own widgets. It took a bit to get into but I made a fun clock that I like. I do have a pro-pack for that as I just have a ton of $$ on my play account from surveys so I typically just buy the pro ones now.
I also have enjoyed live walpapers from Muzei - I have mine set to change every hour while on wifi (not storing the pictures, takes up crazy room if you do). You can find other apps that add on to muzei, I currently use 500px as you can set a ton of options (landscapes, color, people, whatever really) to cycle through. It keeps the background as a faded image so you really cant tell what it is unless you pull down your notification shade to see the full thing.
I came from an iphone myself. I went from liking, to hating, to loving the phone. I started liking it more as I realized what I could do with the phone vs what apple provides. The two main things that impressed me the most that I had no concept of on apple was:
1) Nova launcher. Essentially you can now modify the way your apps appear on your phone.
2) Samsung pay. You can use this on anything that accepts credit card swiping. android pay and apple pay don't support this. Pretty cool but never used it myself.
This guide helped me: [link]
And the battery is legit. The first day your battery may suck a bit. But by day 3 it's pretty solid. I listened to a few hours of spotify, txting, 1 hour of reddit, some youtube clips, fb, 2 hours SOT, etc and here is my battery usage vs how much I have left: [link]
> Double tap to wake/sleep does also work on my stock lg launcher...? I really dont get your problem
Except I'm using Nova, and it works there too, without me doing anything more than installing and launching Nova itself.
Nova Launcher as an example.
Near the bottom of the (Desktop) web page, you'll see "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION". Inside this, you'll see "Developer"
If you are in the play store app, you'll see at the bottom "Developer" and the links there
Use nova launcher
A little inspiration from this post by /u/MrJamma
I used Nova Launcher with Lines Icon Pack (I got the background from this as well) and Jacks Music Widget. For the analog clock I just used the nexus 6 clock widget, and for the digital I made myself with the zooper app.
Jacks Music Widget
sorry for the low quality, any higher and gfycat would get stuck
left for music, right for calendar, tap for apps
Clock widget: Minimal Clock Widget Zooper
Icon pack: KMZ
These are the three most recommended apps for theming around here. Zooper Widget is also popular but there was talk about it not being updated in a while.
If you any questions just ask, I or someone else would be glad to answer any questions you have! I'm well versed in how to make themes in KLWP and not so much in KWGT and Zooper so I won't be able to help you with them.
Nova Launcher it's probably the best and more complete android laucher.
My solution? Install Nova Launcher and get a much more standard app drawer, dock, and home screen, with plenty of customization options.
Nova Launcher is a must, you need to install this if you're not too atached to google now launcher.
When you buy it's prime version for the gestures, you also need to download TeslaUnread which adds an unread counter on your app icons.
For keyboards try the google keyboard and add your account on the options at least. If you want to test new stuff there's swype, swiftkey, flesky, minuum... If you liked google's one the best, then try chrooma, which is on sale now. There are innovative ones but for a newcomer asking for solid products these are the best.
Now for the other stuff:
Twilight. Use this. Apple banned F.lux on iOS and my guess is that they will probably integrate it themselves in the near future and market it as yet another "innovation".
Sleep as android combines well with the previous one. You might also like timely, which is specially good if you have multiple devices and is the exact opposite of the previous in terms of beauty. It got bought for something.
Weather timeline gets recommended a lot. I also like Aix Weather Widget because predictions longer than 30 hours are guesses and the most important thing for me to check is today. Be sure to manually calibrate it's dpi or it'll look horrible.
For file explorer use Solid explorer, MiXplorer or X-Plore.
Flud or TTorrent for torrent client.
You might want to greenify things and cclean things.
Get a frigging remote control for your computer on your phone screen with unified remote.
Most people should be learning languages, duolingo and memrise are among the best of the most famous ones and combine well. To get fluid using numbers there's this app.
These are the basics minus something that might be extra.
I have obsessively tried many different apps. Here are some of my favorites that I use:
For the wireless thing: Go to Settings -> WiFi -> press the vertical dots in the top right -> Advanced -> change "Keep WiFi On During Sleep" to Always (note: instructions are for phone, I don't have my tablet with me right now but the steps should be similar). This will affect your battery life since the WiFi will always be connected.
For the Home Screen problem: Try a replacement home screen. I use Nova Launcher ([link]). Once you install it, Android will ask what you want to use as your Home Screen when you press the Home button. Select Nova Launcher and then select "Always use". You can import your old home screen settings when you first launch it.
Icon Pack: LollyDrop
Wallpaper: Found on reddit, can't find source
Resources: Background, Nova Launcher, Icon Pack.
Icon Pack: Polycon
Widgets: Zooper Widget Pro
Kustom Icon Plugin
Google Chromebook Pixel Wallpapers
Nova launcher [link]
It's on sale! ! !
All the Google apps: Drive, maps, keyboard (although some prefer swiftkey or swype), Keep, photos, timely, rewards, hangouts, calendar etc. These are usually superior to all of Samsung's apps.
Samsung pay... Set that shit up.
Flixster and fandango for movies.
Widgets: muzei (be sure to install extensions that you can search for in the play store)
Remotes: unified remote, Smart IR Remote - Anymote
If using Google calendar, event flow widget is nice to go along with it.
Another nice stand alone calendar app is today calendar.
Tweaks: Multi window toggle, last app switcher, Package disabler pro, galaxy button lights
There are literally hundreds of threads that ask and answer many of these exact questions. Search is your friend!
Generally, the screen is what uses the most battery. If you're using it for music with the screen off, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Your phone is going to request that your format your SD card when you first put it in. Buy your SD card whenever you want to have an SD card.
As far as apps go, I'll copy my response from this thread (which contains a ton more recommendations): [link]
• Nova Launcher - [link] By far the best, most customizable launcher. Essential, IMO, and worth the couple bucks for the Prime version if you find you love it as much as I do.
• Textra for SMS - [link] Far better than the stock SMS messages app.
Pocket - [link] For saving articles to be read later / removing ads / syncs with web
• Tune In Radio - [link] It's biggest problem is that it tries to do TOO MUCH, but this is still the best way to tune into pretty much any radio station in the country.
• Player.FM - [link] Best podcast app I've found, if you're into that sort of thing.
• SwiftKey - [link] Best keyboard IMO. Some like Swype, some like Google Keyboard, I like SwiftKey.
• Relay for Reddit - [link] The best reddit app. I've tried 'em all. Some people like Sync more, but they are wrong. :)
For transitioning make sure your deregister from imessage [link] (use this link if you cant change your imessage in settings app) other than that I just did a clean start on my phone. On Android there are alternative text messages and dialer apps so you might want to play with them if the one that comes with the zenfone is bad. Also make sure to keep an eye on your data usage for some reason it feels like Android is more vulnerable to having apps go crazy and use all your mobile data, (although this hasn't happened to me), you'll also probably want to throw on a new "launcher" which basically changes your home screen nova launcher is a good one theres a free one that has less features and a 5$ one that has more features [link]
There are other options like "action launcher 3", and "sf launcher 2". You can find both of these on the play store. There are also alternate app stores on Android google play is the main one, theres also the amazon app store and the amazon underground app store which has free apps that are normally paid. So check those out, theres also many different keyboard options but google keyboard is probably the best it might come preinstalled on your phone but you also might have to download it off the play store, finally when it comes to Reddit clients I prefer " Reddit is fun" but I have also used relay in the past, try them both out and see which layout you like better because they are both very solid. Other than that I can't really think of anything just remember any "system app" probably has a better alternative on the play store (notes, music player, calculator, messages, dialer, etc...).
Done in KLWP.
Icon Pack: Glyphsy
Sidebars created using Zooper Widget Pro
Save files for sidebar widgets
Also, apparently there's a setting in Nova Launcher that lets you toggle between bright/dark notification bar icons, so I turned that on and disabled the shadows:
Here's what it looks like now
Sorry for the late response. Using Nova Launcher with the Belle UI Icon Pack. Really enjoying it.
You can install 3rd party launchers from Play Store, so your home screen will look entirely different. You've probably seen HTC Sense launcher in action, but you can install Nova for example, it looks similar to stock android, but is much more customizable.
If you aren't using blinkfeed you could try and use nova launcher. Which has more customization than stock launcher and is faster
The reason for duplicate apps is most likely because you are using Samsung, an OEM that adds their own apps on top of the default Android apps
Android has to come bundled with chrome (something that is getting Google in a bit of trouble because "competition") but OEMs want to create their own apps to add.
Use Inbox or Gmail, and Chrome. Set them as default apps. I don't have an S6 myself, but it should give you the option to open always with Chrome when you click a link or you can try to remove defaults from what is probably Settings > Apps > [APPNAME]
Apps you probably want to check out are
Nova Launcher (since you are on Samsung) see if you don't like a more stock launcher.
Batter Bar - Adds a 2 or so pixel bar spanning the top of your screen showing the battery percentage, I love how easy it is to see just how much battery I have left
Inbox by Gmail - A newer email experience
Google Opinion Rewards - get google play credits for answering questions... Seriously just give them correct information, don't lie to get free money they'll be able to tell and will block you. If you are female, do a lot of grocery shopping, or set up you ad preferences through google ad preferences (google it) you will get more surveys though.
Edit: adding reddit app
Now for Reddit - my favorite reddit app, since I can scroll between subs. I haven't found another app that makes it as easy to switch subs
Widgets I can't live without
Google Keep and Google Calendar. I'm not very widget crazy but I do love the added productivity of having my full scrollable calendar on my screen.
Wallpaper (edited from posts found here)
Alos Icon Pack
Custom Zooper Widget
Jack’s Music Widget
Others are from Google Keep and the Destiny companion app
Wallpaper and more with different classes and colors
Custom Zooper Widget Clock (FONT: Product Sans-Regular, COLORS: From Google's color scheme)
Modified Icons (Folder icons + app drawer icon)
It's comprised of:
Nova launcher, wallpaper, elegant - 3D icon pack, ASUS whether app (ported) widget.
Photo and Home screen (Nova Launcher + Zooper Widget Pro + Polycon + LollyDrop + Sunshine Icon Pack)
If you use the app Nova Launcher you can resize widget too any size you like.
I mostly just messed around with Nova Launcher and different plugins until I got a close enough replica of this post. But if you're wondering how to customize your home screen in general I recommend checking out /r/themingtutorials and /r/androidthemes.
Finally got it. Though somewhat more difficult to see, the PushOn icon pack distracts you less from the wallpaper when you're looking at it, in my opinion. Clean and as little distraction as possible.
Calling /u/windrammin, since you wanted to see it finished. :)
Clock Widget: [onca Clock Widget](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.onca.android.clockwidget&hl=en)
Icon Pack: [PushOn.](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esethnet.pushon&hl=en) Alternatively, you can use [Glyphs](http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/themes/icons-pack-glyphs-tokems-t3019186) or [Glyphsy](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jimonen.glyphsyiconpack&hl=en). I tried all three with it and found I liked PushOn the most.
Wallpaper: [Elder Stones by taenaron](http://taenaron.deviantart.com/art/Elder-Stones-454031381)
**Not Shown in Use:**
[Popup Widget](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.popupWidget&hl=en) containing [Simple Calendar Widget](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anod.calendar&hl=en) (If you're wondering where it is, it's the calendar icon on the bottom right.)
Looks like a fairly simple setup. Do you use a launcher at the moment? I'd recommend Nova if you aren't, and that will let you hide the top navbar.
For the gif, take a look on the play store, there are tons of GIF to live wallpaper apps that can do this for you. First search result would likely do.
The clock can be custom made using UCCW if you have the right font.
Edit: To get the space below you'll likely have to recreate it in photoshop unless there's an app that will animate gifs as live wallpaper for a portion of a screen.
Parallax Iconpack and wallpaper
Made using Nova Launcher and KLWP. It's a landscape single screen theme. Can you guess what I've been playing lately?
Link to KLWP file. When you open it in KLWP, don't worry if nothing appears when in portrait mode, I set it to only show in Landscape. To set it to landscape go to Nova Settings > Look&Feel > Screen orientation and set that to landscape.
This is what I use, Nova Launcher
Always a fan of Nova Launcher.
As a new user, stick with Base until you need a specific feature of another launcher. It is very good.
You do not need root to install Nova(or most others). Nova is by far the most popular.
The base launcher can be significantly customized with root access by installing Xposed, with the XGELS module ([link]). Even so, Nova offers a lot more customization.
Other popular launchers are:
What the shit? Moving beyond Samsung's questionable software choices, I'd recommend ditching the stock launcher. Nova, or Action Launcher (my choice) are the often recommended choices.
I'd avoid Clean Master (the anti-virus in particular seems a bad sign) and Battery Doctor (here it's the phrase "Kill apps when screen is off!"). Even CM Locker (considering most battery booster apps are leftovers from a long ago age, when Android was young) I'm leery of.
If you can grab a different ROM, you can likely grab root as well. I'd go for Xposed and Amplify and, assuming battery life is still disappointing, a custom ROM at a later date.
All that said, listen to almost anyone else before me. I don't have an S6, and avoid Samsung like the plague for my own reasons.
It's running on the Nova Launcher, for the clock and aesthetics I used Zooper, and for the icons I used Glyphs by Tokems. To make the framed picture look I took a bitmap template and overlapped it with a rectangle template which I fooled around with until it matched all corners. Hope that helps :3
A custom launcher doesn't change icons on its own but is usually required to use icon packs.
I use Nova Launcher (along with almost half of /r/Android). I have the paid version but the free one is still pretty great and have a lot of options for customization. The only paid feature I really use is swipe gestures (like swiping up opens the app drawer, swiping down with two fingers opens settings).
The icon pack is Lumos. I was lucky and got it for ~$1 during a sale earlier this year. The creator have a lot of cool packs worth taking a look at but I fell in love with these minimal icons with their muted colors.
Try Moonshine if you want a good free pack for testing.
(/rppcute) If you really want to customize your homescreen beyond what normal humans would ever bother with then give KLWP a try. It takes a lot of work to learn and get the hang of but it can make your homescreen do almost anything if you know what you're doing. I've spent hours just to make the clock "widget" (it's actually a part of the wallpaper) and a "rolling dot" that only was an experiment (tadaa!). (/sp)
(/scootacheer) Feel free to ask if you need any help and visit /r/androidthemes if you want some inspiration.
Widget: Zooper Pro
If you're willing to put a bit of upfront time setting it up, you can get Nova Launcher for just about any Android Phone and customize your screen to be pretty darn minimal.
You didn't disable anything?
For instance, disabling calendarsync gives you problems with calendar apps, disabling livewallpaperpicker gives you problems with apps where you can put animated or 3d wallpapers. Maybe there's some sort of function in your app which uses a certain android function you've disabled.
Edit: it seems it's a launcher app. I'd recommend installing something better like Nova, or Apex which is similar but a bit easier on the options. You can then download icon packs for those launchers to your own taste. Or, Themer which has themed home screens like your Cocoppa.
To get widgets, you just press and hold on the home screen and go to widgets and drag it onto the home screen. If you want to download more, you can go to the play store (app store) and download more. Also, a lot of apps you download have a widget function. For example, you can download different calendar apps which work as an app, and you can apply the widget too.
You can't really download most of the apps the come with the phone (like the att apps). You can disable them in the settings, however. But that doesn't delete them. I've used both Tmobile and Verizon android phones and I typically only use the voicemail app and the one that will let you check your account. So you know. Android kind of works like a pc. You have apps and you can move them to your 'desktop'. Removing them from the 'desktop' does not unistall them. Which is also where you get the difference between the main pages and the "app grid". Your 'app grid' is the apps you have and the 'main pages' is your desktop.
/u/blakeman1 does explained the location part really well
Cool looking customization. Oh boy haha I don't have much time to explain that, but the best start I can give you is to install Nova Launcher. This will allow you to change your default launcher (desktop) to allow you to customize it more. The best advice I can give is to look up some tutorials. There are A LOT of them on youtube. I can explain more later if you would like.
The best way I can describe the difference between android and iOS is that on iOS if you don't like, too bad. On android, if you don't like it, change it. Don't like the camera? Get a new one, don't like the messenger? Change it. Same for the home screens, web browser, you name it. It's a whole world that will take time to learn a lot. So just enjoy it =) Also, the android community is quite large and typically willing to help, so look things up if you don't understand and ask questions. Welcome! =)
Download it from the Google Play store [link]
It's wonderful, hella customizable. Prime is $5 and adds gestures and a few extra things such as unread notification markers. I adore it, definitely worth the $5, but if you're broke, I'm sure you can find it some other way.
I love it so much. I'm draining my battery just looking at it. You have to get Nova Launcher and Pip-Tec Green Icons by Nate Wren on the Play Store.
Pip-Tec Green Icons & Live Wall:
There are free versions of both Nova Launcher and Pip-Tec Green Icons but I'm not sure if they provide you with the exact set-up that I have. Check them out regardless!
Not a Z3 owner, however, I can answer a few of these for you
1. Not sure
2. Rooting is great for allowing you to do millions of things to your phone that unrooted users cannot do. Click the link for a few examples of what you can do. My personal favorites, more customization, memory editing (basically hacking game saves), custom ROMs, move apps easily, and automation. For example, when I get home (and my phone connects to my home WiFi), my desktop computer turns on, logs me in, and starts playing my music. See /r/tasker for more on automation
3. Definitely! It is as easy as downloading an app and pressing a button :) My favorite is Nova Launcher Prime. I have the paid version, but the free will suit your needs
4. With android, anything is possible. Don't like your phone's OS? Flash a new ROM! Want the ability to change your status bar color? Try Xposed! Always check XDA Developers for the latest and greatest in customization
Hope that helps :)
Not really sure what you are asking for... Just download Nova Launcher and play around with it. That's the best way to see what it can do:
The following video was uploaded to YouTube about a year ago and gives you a Tutorial on a few things, that might be what you are looking for?
No prob! It's in the YouTube description:
Custom Google Search Bar:
Custom ICS Search:[link]
Custom Navigation Icons:
Gravity Box(Requires Root & Xposed Framework):
Edit: Gravity box can also change the status bar icon and clock colors.
I like the look of my home screen (using Nova Launcher). And for anyone wondering, the battery percentage app is Battery+.
You could try a different launcher. I'm not a huge fan of the stock launcher so I go with Nova Launcher. It's simple and has lots of options if you want to tinker.
Also, Texdroider DPI if you want to play around with your DPI settings.
If like me you like to get as lollipop a look as you can, flash the Hybrid Theme. It'll give you most of the lollipop look back in your apps and system/framework along with a few other options like a centralized clock (which I rather like!).
You can use a custom launcher like Nova or Apex to accomplish this.
Or if you want to use the Google Now launcher and you're rooted, there's an Xposed module called Xposed GEL Settings than can accomplish the same thing.
Zooper Widget Pro with MinArch
Icon pack ovo:
no need to root. Just install a launcher like nova from the play store to use them [link]
How are you finding the UI? I didn't really take a liking to it and put NovaLauncher on it instead.
Try Nova Launcher
Sure. I'm using Chroma ROM which changes the nav button colors and allows for customizing the battery icon and percentage. Using nova launcher [link] and a feature for people that have root to hide the status bar clock on the home screen. The clock/weather is the galaxy s6 theme [link] from Zooper widgets [link]. The icons are Devo Icons [link]. The empty icons are folders, google apps on the left and social apps on the right. Finally, the wallpaper [link].
There are workarounds to get tap to lock working on non-stock launchers. I had the same issue on the Zenfone 2
On the ZF2 you can still doubletap the notification bar to sleep when using other launchers, but that wasn't good nuff for me.
I had the exact same issue on my Galaxy S2 with Apex. With any other launcher the phone is buttery smooth, but with Apex it becomes literally unusable. It was running Lollipop though, so it may be something to do with the OS.
I didn't find a solution, I just switched to Nova. It got material update recently and it's damn awesome, I'm using it on my G3 as well. Check it out!
There's a handful of apps that I always make sure to install first whenever I restore my phone. I'll link to the free versions, but the paid ones are the ones I actually liked enough to buy.
Nova Launcher - Its one of the very few apps I was actually willing to pay for. There's so much customization in it that it gives me a headache.
Sync for Reddit - Another app I paid for. It's really one of my favorite Reddit apps with Reddit News or whatever it was renamed to as a close second. I just love the design of Sync, though one of the real downfalls of the app for me is the lack of customization.
CloudMagic - Great email app that supports pretty much everything. It has a very clean interface as well. It also has a unified inbox which is a huge plus for me since I have like 5 email accounts to manage.
Twitter - It's Twitter.
Player FM - Great podcast player app.
Transit - I'm a student who takes the bus, subway and streetcar almost everyday so its pretty much a necessity. It's dead accurate with the arrival times too.
App of the Day - Free apps! They mostly give away games (I despise mobile games), but every now and then they actually have some really great free apps available.
Yeah the ROM support is certainly better. You can check out XDA to see what ROMs are available for each device. Although the Tab S 8.4 also recently got official CyanogenMod support, the Pro 8.4 just has more and better ROMs than perhaps any other Galaxy Tab (though it's still far from Nexus-level development).
For me it's an important point, since I would want to install a fresh custom ROM on ma Tab. Though other people who maybe don't want to rinker with their device to that level can instead get a custom launcher (such as Nova or Google Now Launcher. It's a good solution for those who don't like the Samsung UI (though it only changes the launcher; that is the home screen) and unlike flashing ROMs it is as simple as downloading an app.
If you dislike the letters falling on the second line, I recommend Nove Launcher. It allows you to rename apps, change their icons, set folder icons like here (each of those icons are folders), and you can even change how many apps are shown on screen. If you look at the image, you can see that my apps are in a 5x5 layout (the google search bar is not included, and the bottom row is the dock). This is on a Galaxy S4, and S4s, as you may know from your screenshot, only have it in a 4x4 (or maybe 5x4).
All around it's a pretty great app and it doesn't even require a root, just install it, go back to home and it should prompt you if you want to use TouchWiz, TouchWiz Easy, or Nova, and just say Always Nova.
Files can be found here
Shoutout to the OP here
Wallpaper here also the wallpaper can be edited per layer, if you're into that kind of stuff.
What I'm using :
Nova Launcher Best used with 3 pages
Power Toggles Widget
Media Utilities for the music control
Ovo Icon Pack
My theme has some hidden shortcut clicks here and there, so you best explore them to get the whole picture
Nova Launcher is pretty sweet. There hasn't been a thing that I couldn't do with it.
On my Note 3 the OS is Touchwiz, but I use Nova Launcher and the velur icon pack. Also for the clock I use Zooper Widget. That's how it looks different.
Nova Launcher is a custom launcher that replaces the default one. It can have different settings you can customize to make your launcher screen look different.
Your launcher is the one you see when you unlock the phone. Where you have your clock, your apps, your folders etc.
What do you mean with your original question? I think I know what you mean. Do you mean when you "scroll" to the next app screen (to the right or left), the wallpaper moves in kindof a 3D effect? By default, if your wallpaper is wider than your screen, this will happen. I think...
I'll try to point you on the right path.
Install a launcher, like Nova Launcher
Install an icon pack, here are some to try
Afterwards, navigate to the Nova settings, I don't have it installed right now but I think the category is Look and Feel, and you can set the Icon pack in there. You can also configure and change icons on the homescreens by long pressing them as well.
Responsiveness definitely increased when I switched to CM12, and battery life was a bit of improvement, but I was getting real bad battery before, so anything was an improvement. But I would try Nova launcher or google now launcher Those will make the home screens more responsive and give you more of a stock feel without having to root or flash.
You can hide most of the UI with apps. For the homescreen, try a launcher (most people like Nova). There are many lockscreen replacements (I like AcDisplay), keyboard replacements (I'm using the Google Keyboard right now), messaging replacments (I use the stock Google one, but many like Textra), etc.
The LG G2 and LG G3 are some of the only phones with the buttons on the back. IMO it's a cool thing to look at but wouldn't be useful in actual use. Some phones have quick camera launch gestures (on my OnePlus One you can draw a circle on the screen when its off to open the camera, on the Moto X if you shake the phone with your wrist it'll open the camera app, and on the HTC One M8 doing a right-left gesture on the screen when it's off will open the camera), but hardware camera keys were never a big thing on android unfortunately.
Not sure if this is supported in Lollipop, though I don't see why it wouldn't be, but Nova has an option to hide the status bar.
Here download this. It's free.
Nova Launcher is a replacement launcher. It includes features to trigger Tasker Tasks. On the Prime version, one can assign numeruos gestures to trigger Tasker Tasks. Very Useful. The playstore link....Please Note: I am a Bot.
Keeping it simple. Nova launcher / Elta icons
>1. What are some things on Android that are the exact thing on iOS, but just have a different names? Ex. Notes/quick memo
Nothing on the two platforms are exactly the same, but if you are talking about similar things, then:
The Homescreen on iOS is called the springboard, but on Android this is called the Launcher. It's called the launcher because it is where you launch apps. In terms of customization, Android is leagues ahead of iOS, because on Android you can change your default launcher. Here are some popular Launchers: Nova Launcher, Google Now Launcher, Lightening Launcher, Yahoo Aviate Launcher. I would recommend Nova launcher to you (both the free or paid versions are wonderful).
On iOS 8, Apple added the ability to add widgets to the notification center. Yes, Android has had widgets for a very long time [placed on the Launcher], but the really cool thing about Android widgets is the extent of customization you are capable of. With Zooper Widget [Free/Pro], you can literally design your own widgets. I would head over to /r/androidthemes for ideas and to marvel at other people's work.
On iOS 8, Apple allowed the use of 3rd party keybords. Here are some very popular keyboards for Android: Fleksy, Minuum [Free/Paid], Swiftkey, Google Keyboard.
On iOS 8, Apple added a feature called Handoff. On Android we use an application called Pushbullet, to get all our notifications on or PCs\Macs\Linux machines and even respond to them via the computer. AirDroid is also a powerful Application to check out for even more intercommunication between your Android and your computer.
> 2. Are there other options besides the stock apps? (Some are extremely horrible.) Ex. Facebook, Twitter, music
I use Tinfoil for Facebook when I'm paranoid of Facebook or don't want the battery hogging of Facebook. As for Twitter, I don't actually use Twitter, but this seems to be one of the most popular Twitter App alternatives: Fenix.
For Music, I use Google Play Music because Google allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs
on to their server for streaming. So you can save storage space at the expense of data. This may not be a huge selling point to you to use GPM, since you bought the G3 and likely have the 32Gb version plus the MicroSD slot (expandable for another 128Gb). A really popular music app is Shuttle [Free/Paid].
For texting I use Hangouts, I can text from it, send Hangouts (IM), make calls from my GoogleVoice number via Hangouts. I have a lot of friends who use Hangouts, so it makes sense for me to use it. If you don't have many friends using Hangouts, then I would recommend Textra or Messenger.
For browsing the internet, I use Google Chrome, but Firefox is a good alternative.
For browsing Reddit, I would recommend either Reddit is fun, Reddit News, or Reddit Sync.
For email I would recommend Gmail, you can add your Gmail and any other type of email to it.
For a calendar, Today looks stunning.
For weather, Yahoo Weather.
For a File Manager, File Explorer
For notes, I just use Google Keep, but Evernote and OneNote seem to be popular.
wallpaper from walli
Clock in the middle and system theme from Swift installer
Icon pack is light void - free
Setup hugely inspired by "Galaxy Hill" made by /u/BastardOfBodom
It changes between the two based on time of day (it should anyway, if I made it correctly lol)
Icons: Pasty (color edited)
KLWP for the rest: File here
Made using Nova launcher
Wallpaper: Credit to u/AsurM for the art
Icons: Mino icon pack
Clock is Xperia clock widget
The app can be found on the external site called APKMirror. Nova Launcher is most popular third party launcher, but it requires that extra app to enable the Google feed.
To clarify, you install Nova Launcher from the Play Store, and then install the Nova Google Companion from APKMirror. Note that you will have to temporary enable apps from installing from unknown sources for the second part.
Threw together this minimal theme on my new S9 Plus. These apps are all free!
Wallpaper - Material Island
Widget - Simple Calendar Widget
Icon Pack - Polycon
I've been slowly refining this for a long time. At this point it works perfectly for me. It's optimized for quick usability, so that nothing I use on a daily basis is more than two taps away from the home screen (without any scrolling involved), and accessing them is essentially muscle memory at this point. Normally I hide the status bar at the top, but Android Pie/Nova Launcher doesn't handle notches well yet so I haven't been doing it on my new Essential phone that has a notch.
The three dots are folders. I've been using essentially the same folders for years so I know exactly what's in each of them without needing an icon. Each of the dots is set up so that if you tap on them you get the folder, and if you swipe up on them it opens the first app in the folder.
The six icons at the bottom are the opposite; they're folders which when tapped open the first app (camera, Chrome, gmail, SMS, phone, Pocket Casts), but if you swipe up on them it opens the folder of related apps (eg. image manipulation apps under the camera icon, messaging apps like Hangouts and Facebook Messenger under the SMS icon, music player and Shazam under the headphone icon, etc.).
Nova gestures on the home screen:
Finally, the widget is set up so that tapping on the time brings up the Clock app, and the battery percentage changes colour depending on whether the battery is low or it's charging.
I'm still trying to get into KWGT. For this theme I stuck to older tools like Zooper.
Simple RSS Widget
I have a phone that isn't currently possible to root and has a butt ugly skin over android so my 3 apps to make it tolerable to look at are
Nova Launcher A home launcher that's just better than most stock launchers in almost every way
Navbar apps overrides default navbar to change colour with a nice effect with each app
H2O icon pack Better more uniform icons for the home screen. It has basically every popular app you could think of.
Not really 'unknown' persay but if you aren't into customizing your phone you probably wouldn't know about them
I would recommend using
You don't have to buy the premium edition to enjoy it
Wallpaper: This post, or Direct link
Stock clock widget and gmail widget on my Oneplus 3T.
Just download one of them on your phone from google play store. Try nova it's the lightest of the 3 I think, so should have the best performance. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher Also if you really like nova you could get the prime version though not sure if it'd be worth it to you I got that when it was on sale for $1.
You'd probably have to get a custom launcher, if the Z3 has them by default. Most people recommend Nova. Heck, it's probably not a bad idea to switch to Nova anyway. It's a great launcher
Not natively, you need to install third party launcher.
Nova launcher is the well known.
I'm not sure what 3D Touch is, but I use Nova Launcher, and it lets you do a lot of custom short cuts like that.
Still not 100% happy with the second page, so if anyone has any suggestions/ideas, feel free to share!
Time/Weather: HD Widgets for KWGT
Music Player: Ornate for KWGT
Holy crap, this sounds like the exact same problem I encountered with a 2nd gen Moto G running Android 6.0. The solution was weird but worked, might as well give it a go...
This worked on the Moto G2, so it might work on the Wileyfoxes - it's worth a chance! Instructions are assuming you're running Oreo.
No, you can't export it. I'm all for open-source as a programmer but it's not like I'm licensing this.
Have you tried replacing the default Launcher with something like Nova Launcher?
It helped considerably when I had the Samsung Note 5, I was able to customize the animations, transitions, and adjust the speed, flow, looks etc. Helped remove the sluggishness of TouchWiz. You could try some other launchers which might help somewhat.
unfortunately the clunky loading times between apps is due to several factors, you could try clearing the app cache and if you have a microSD try using your phone without it for a while i hear it sometimes slows down apps
Wallpaper: from Backdrops
Date/weather widget: Another Widget
Icon pack: PIX IT
Bebas Info from Trident 3 for KWGT
Blurry Box: KLWP
I tested this on my Pixel running Android P dev preview 2. I had my coworker who has a Pixel 2 on Oreo try it out, and it worked too. Maybe it was just an Assistant/Lens app update? So it could possibly work on older versions too.
For questions about my home screen, I use Nova Launcher and I still prefer that over the Pixel Launcher (Home screen gestures for shortcuts man)
I got my wallpaper from r/EarthPorn here
And I'm using a Pixel/Round icon pack (not sure which, will find out and add link if anyone wants it)
Apart from switching to another launchers as some commenters suggest (and personally, I'd agree with /u/FreydNot - go with Nova), you can always find older versions on APKMirror.
If all you're interested in is a new launcher, there are many options available on the Play store. Nova Launcher is probably the most highly rated and universally loved.
3rd theme I've made, hope you like it.
Launcher: Nova Launcher, 2 Pages
Font: Futura Heavy
KLWP File: [link]
EDIT: Direct link to screenshots just in case anybody needs it, cus it's showing up as non-existent for me.
The wallpaper is in the icon pack
Video Tutorial: [link]
Zooper Widget Pro: [link]
Wafer For Zooper: [link]
Delta Icon Pack: [link]
Launcher: Nova ([link])
Icon Pack: Min
Widget: Zooper Free ([link])
This is all a launcher related. Different manufacturers/phones use different launchers. There are tons of different ones in the store that allow for customization. Nova Launcher is one of the top customizable launchers. There is a pay version for it that unlocks a few different settings. Essential's default one is Launcher3, which is the Android Open Source Project launcher and is the base for many of the other launchers but it isn't the most customizable one out there.
> This is a bit of a rant, but I find it hard to believe I am the only one who feels this way. Back in the day(10 years ago) we had a smartphone with touchscreen. To start if i swiped left on the iphone 3g it would go to the next page of apps. If i swiped left again and no more apps to show, nothing happens. This is genius. On these new phones they take this same concept of swiping and completely fuck it. I swipe left, next page of apps, left again, control center, left again, its bixby, left again im in options.
It sounds like you are complaining that they added functionality. Instead of doing nothing, you can now do something. In addition, as /u/bl0odredsandman pointed out, you can turn off the Bixby screen by following the instructions they posted. Long press on the home screen, swipe to the Bixby screen, then turn the switch at the top right to "off".
Also, what are you talking about with swiping left to a control center? And swiping left to options? You can swipe down to open the notification/quick settings panel, is that what you're talking about?
>Hit the home button it brings you back to home screen this time. Next time it brings you to 1st page of apps. Trying to move your finger and accidently touch the screen. Yeah well thats a gesture to do this that and the other.
There is a trade-off to having fewer buttons on a phone, and that means that to extend functionality you have to double-up the use of some actions. This includes making gestures do certain actions. Again, this is increased functionality.
>Accidentaly touch your screen in another spot and it opens the camera or something stupid.
The only spots on the screen you can touch that will open the camera show the camera icon.
>When i press the home button when the phone is off sometimes it goes to home screen, sometimes it shows the time, sometimes it opens the camera, sometimes it does nothing.
Do you mean the software home button? Or do you mean the power button on the side? Because the software home button is very consistent. It shows the lock screen (which shows the time) if you hard press it and the phone is locked. It goes to the home screen if you hard press it and the phone is unlocked.
If you are talking about the power button on the side, it's also consistent. Pressing it once turns on the screen. Double tapping it opens the camera as a quick action. This quick action, of course, is a setting you can turn off.
>Want to check your voicemail? its 2018 and you have to fucking call the # and listen to every voicemail in order. Like my mom did in fucking 1993.
Most carriers offer an option for visual voicemail. Have you looked into how to enable that for your carrier?
>1993 and we've come so far to have basic shit like this overlooked. Buts heres a stupid AR emoji camera. I'm sorry your phone is not intuitive, but heres a camera filter for your food.
>We had damn near perfect phones 10 years ago, so by now we should have gold. But instead they keep adding more and more useless functionality at the cost of an unpolished phone that is just as bad as previous years.
Then buy a 10-year-old phone?
>I am regretting switching from iphone..
How recently did you switch? How much time have you given to figuring out your new Android phone? Being completely different mobile OS's, they are of course going to function differently. This comes with a learning curve, of course.
>I know this is a little all over the place, but hopefully my point stands.
The main point I got from the rant is that you changed phone OS's and are going through a transitional phase of figuring out the differences between what you're used to and what you now have.
Given that most of your complaints seem to stem from the home screen/launcher, may I recommend trying out a different one? Nova Launcher is very popular and customizable. Microsoft and Google also make their own launcher apps. You can always give them a shot and see if they change the functionality to something you like a little bit better.
Amoled Lines icon pack
KWGT Pro. Forgot what widgit this was, slightly customized colors, changed to display battery level.
Wallpaper is my logo, I created it in Photoshop.
Font is Fontdiner Sparkly, licenced from FontDiner.com
Still looking for complimentary weather widget.
Wallpaper -- I modified mine slightly to be AMOLED-friendly
Zooper Widget Pro - I don't remember if the free one will suffice.
Stile for Zooper - Template for the widget. It normally shows current time but I modified it to show the time of the next Bruins game.
Whicons Icon Pack
Golden Icons Icon Pack
Yes. I've not used the Yoga for a while - I think I was using Nova
Nadeon - A neon icon pack
This Neon Avengers Wallpaper found on /r/marvelstudios
And Screener to make the nice looking image to post on here,