best android launcher apps for android
Android launcher apps have long been an integral part of the Android experience. If you don’t like the way your home screens look or act, you can simply download an app to change all of it. There is no doubt that Android launcher apps have a far more diverse set of features than any other genre of application and you can really do some amazing things with these apps. Let’s take a look at the best Android launchers! We would list the Google Pixel Launcher if it were available for more than a handful of devices.

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Action Launcher

Price: Free / $4.99+
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Action Launcher has long been a favorite Android launcher of our readers. It comes with a stock Android feel. However, there are some extra features over top that add some uniqueness. Quicktheme lets you customize the colors of your UI based on your wallpaper. Shutters lets you check out an app's widget without actually setting one on the home screen. It even has theming and customization elements to make your phone feel more like Android Oreo. There is also icon pack support, frequent updates, and a lot more. There's a lot to like about this one. Even the app drawer is configurable.
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ADW Launcher 2

Price: Free / $3.49
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ADW Launcher used to be on this list until the developer stopped supporting. However, with the launch of ADW Launcher 2, it was an obvious choice to add it back to the list. This one includes an updated UI that fits in line better with stock Android. Additionally, there are launcher shortcuts, many customization options, extensions, and tons of other modern features. It also has one of the best make-your-own-widget features that we've seen. It has retaken its rightful place among the Android launcher elite. You can download it for free or pick up the pro version as an in-app purchase for $3.49.
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Apex Launcher

Price: Free / $3.99
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Apex Launcher has been around for a very long time and remains one of the most iconic Android launcher apps ever. Like Action Launcher, it aims to give a stock Android look and feel with a few extra features thrown in for good measure. Among those include the ability to alter things like transition animations, scrolling habits, and there is even a scrolling dock where you can lay plenty of icons. Apex Launcher also includes a theme engine. The app underwent some big changes in 2018. It looks much more modern now.
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Apex Launcher

AIO Launcher

Price: Free / $1.99
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AIO Launcher does it differently than many Android launcher apps. It does away with the standard home screen in favor of an information-packed list of stuff. It shows things like your latest SMS and missed calls, your media player, your system info (RAM, battery, storage, etc), and even stuff like news, Bitcoin price, Twitter, and more. The paid version also includes integration for Telegram and your regular widgets from other apps. Not everything has to look like stock Android and AIO Launcher certainly shows that it can be done effectively. It's free for most features. The full version is a very reasonable $1.99.
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Evie Launcher

Price: Free
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Evie Launcher was one of our picks for the best Android apps of 2016. It's still an excellent launcher to this day. The launcher features a fairly typical home screen layout along with a universal search, custom shortcuts, and plenty of personalization options. The dock is a little more customizable than most stock launchers on most phones. You can also change things like icon sizes, the app drawer, and some other stuff as well. Of course, the launcher manages to stay clean, light, and stock-ish for people who care about that. It may be the best totally free Android launcher on the market right now.
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Evie Launcher

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Hyperion Launcher

Price: Free / $2.99
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Hyperion Launcher is the new kid on the Android launcher block. It slots in nicely between heavier launchers like Action and Nova and the stock Android experience of Lawnchair. The UI is decidedly stock looking without a ton of bloat or flair. There are plenty of customization features, though. They include third party icon support, an icon shape changer, theming elements, and some other neat stuff. It supports Google Feed, but it requires a separate download just like most other launchers. It's new, but it's already slots in favorably among the best launchers on Android.
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Lawnchair Launcher

Price: Free
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Lawnchair Launcher is one of the newer Android launcher apps. It's an open source project that mimics much of the look and feel from the Pixel Launcher. It features many similar features to the Pixel Launcher along with a few others. Those features include icon pack support, Android Oreo shortcuts and notification dots, Google Now integration (with optional and free plugin), adaptive icons, and various other customizations. It's still new and also in beta. However, it already works better than most launchers. It's also free with no ads or in-app purchases.
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Lawnchair Launcher

Lean Launcher

Price: Free
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Lean Launcher is another one of the newer Android launchers. It provides a healthy dose of stock Android minimalism with support for popular, newer features. That includes notification dots, app shortcuts, icon shapes, Google Now, and more. The app also comes with some light customization features, a double tap to lock feature, and more. This one is relatively new. Thus, there are probably some bugs that still need worked out. However, even considering the newness of the app, it's still really good. It's also entirely free, at least at the time of this writing.
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Lean Launcher

Lightning Launcher

Price: $4.99 / $1.99
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Lightning Launcher used to be a fairly decent, minimal Android launcher. It has since grown into one of the most customizable Android launchers ever made. It's still super lightweight too. It gives you the ability to change virtually anything on the home screen. You can even have multiple sets of home screens for multiple occasions. Perhaps its most unique feature is its scripting support. You can use JavaScript to make Lightning do all kinds of stuff. There are also additional plugins, language packs, and more available for download. The feature list isn't all that long comparatively, but it seems to tick all the right boxes. The app also has a learning curve, but it's worth learning.
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Microsoft Launcher

Price: Free
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Microsoft Launcher isn't a new launcher. The app used to be Arrow Launcher. Microsoft re-branded the app in mid-2017. The app features integration with many Microsoft services, including their calendar, email, to-do list app, and direct integration with Microsoft PCs. It also has customization features and gesture controls. This one returned to beta after the rebrand. Thus, there are likely some bugs for now. However, it's something different and especially useful for those who want better integration with their Windows PC.
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Microsoft Launcher


Nova Launcher

Price: Free / $4.99
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It doesn’t get too much better than Nova Launcher. Like Apex Launcher, Nova has been around since the good old days. It remains not only relevant, but one of the best Android launcher app options available. It has a laundry list of customization features that include gesture support, the ability to customize the look and feel of the app, icon pack support, themes, and much, much more. The app also gets updated at a breakneck pace which means bugs generally get squished quickly and new features are added consistently. It also comes with the ability to backup and restore your home screen layouts for when you eventually switch to a new phone. It's the one we'd recommend you try first.
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Nova Launcher

Poco Launcher

Price: Free
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Poco Launcher is the stock launcher for the popular (and cheap) Pocophone. It's actually available for most Android devices and that's kind of surprising considering Google won't even release theirs. This is a fairly basic launcher. It has your basic stock Android-ish layout with icons on a home screen and a swipe-to-access app drawer. You can customize stuff like the home screen grid and the app drawer background. It also has a privacy option that hides icons from the app drawer if you want. Otherwise, it runs light and smooth. It's an easy recommendation for people with lower end devices and those with higher end devices who want something really simple.
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Poco Launcher

Smart Launcher 5

Price: Free / Up to $6.99
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Smart Launcher 5 is a vast difference from Smart Launcher 3. Thankfully, it's in a positive direction. It features a modern UI, ambient theming features, modern features like adaptive icons, and more. It even has a weather and clock widget and gesture controls. It's not quite as powerful as Nova Launcher or similar launchers. However, it has enough features to be quite enjoyable. It feels like it competes directly with Action Launcher and similar apps when it comes to customization and usability.
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TSF Launcher

Price: Free
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TSF Launcher is one of the unique launcher apps. It features a variety of customizations, including full gesture support. It can do a lot of things that look really cool. However, it doesn't bring all that much to the table that other launchers don't emulate to some extent. Still, it's a lot of fun to use. Some of the extra features include 3D animations, an unlimited dock bar, batch selections of things like icons on the home screen, widgets, and more. It's completely free to download and use. It also has an extra plugin that adds app badges.
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Yahoo Aviate Launcher

Price: Free
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Yahoo's Aviate Launcher is one of the unique launcher apps. It's also a bit of a wildcard. It does some helpful stuff like auto-organize apps into categories and it includes some decent customization features. However, it also doesn't follow the traditional launcher look or behavior. Some of the other features include Smart Stream, organization features, weather integration, and some other fun little features. It's not a top five, but it's definitely a top 15 Android launcher.
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Yahoo Aviate Launcher

If we missed any of the best Android launcher apps, tell us about them in the comments! Should the Pixel Launcher ever make it to Google Play, you can bet that it’ll end up on this list post haste! You can find our latest app lists by clicking here!