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Launchers are the way Android users customize their smartphone and tablet experience. There’s superficial stuff, like changing screen transitions, icons, and fonts, but the best Android launchers out there enable users to tweak the device’s behavior to suit their daily usage, so long as you’re willing to put the time into defining those customizations. Some launchers act very similarly to the one that came with your device, while others completely change the way you interact with your home screen. You can make your home screens as simple or complicated as you wish, while tweaking every little detail or just taking what’s given to you by default — all by installing one single app.If you’re looking for a change of pace from the out-of-box software experience on your phone, consider a new launcher. We’ve found the best ones available today, and listed all of the pros and cons of each.

Action Launcher 3

Action Launcher has long been a favorite of our readers and it deserves a spot on this list. It comes with a stock Android kind of look but with several unique features baked in. Some of these include Quicktheme which uses your background to determine the theme accents, Covers which is a unique take on folders, Quickpage which is like a hidden home screen you can access almost anywhere, and plenty more. It has a long history of being stable with frequent updates.



Nova Launcher

Nova is a massively popular launcher that offers a whole bunch of animation options, folder views, and desktop behaviors. One particularly cool addition is swipe actions, which allow app icons to act as a folder with a swipe, or a standard app launch with a tap, similar to Action Launcher’s Covers. Theming Nova with custom icons and custom wallpapers is easy, especially with the Google Drive integration. You can backup your Nova layouts and themes directly to the cloud service of your choice, and restore backups directly from the cloud, too, which can make setting up a new phone a great deal easier than putting everything back how you like it manually.



APUS Launcher

Small, smart, simple, APUS Launcher can make your phone faster and stylish with more than 15,000 free HD themes and wallpapers.



CM Launcher 3D

The app is done by the same developers who did CM Security which adorns ourbest Android Antivirus apps list right now. The app focuses on creating the smallest conceivable footprint and the download itself is only 2MB and uses only a small amount of system resources. It’s a light, fast, and stable launcher. Its biggest feature is the direct integration with CM Security so this one has a built-in antivirus. Of course, we know not everyone wants that but this is a fairly good option for those that do. There is also a contextual element that tries to guess what apps you need based on your location and the time of day.



OS9 Launcher HD

Icon size, the desktop icon arrangement, capricious change, are more customization is coming soon.

os9 launcher is a stylish, smart & personalized application for your Android phone;faster, Easy to use, and even more beautiful, To give you an unprecedented experience.



ZenUI Launcher

The applock works similarly to a screen lock. However, this component can be used with an ‘intruder-selfie’ function which employs your phone’s front-facing camera to snap a picture of a person trying to enter the app. This only works if the person has a failed attempt at opening the app first, before getting inside. It would be far more interesting if it just snapped users trying to access your apps. Still, it might be fun to show a few friends.

Finally, ZenUI supplies an ‘unread counts badge’ so you can see how many unread messages or notifications you have for each app: it’s considered a premium feature in some launchers. It’s functional, and support for this does extend to WhatsApp, which is probably where most people would want it.

It’s intuitive, customizable and has possibly the most impressive selection of icon packs and themes of any product on the list. This could be your best entry point into the world of launchers.



A wide variety of Android launcher apps too much, so we’re always interested to hear what you guys are using. We’re curious to see how you’ve customized your own launchers too sound off in the comments!