This tutorial will show you how to easily switch between the various Android Launchers (Microsoft Launcher, Nova Launcher, Go Launcher etc) and the default one that comes with your device.
Back when this guide was initially published (10+ years ago!) you needed a separate app in order to switch between Android launchers. Now it’s built into the Android operating system itself. Just follow these few steps and you’ll be done in no time.
Note: the exact steps and screenshots used below likely won’t match whatever Android device you’re using. With that said, they should be close enough that you can follow along without any problems.
- Open the Settings
- Select Applications from the list of Settings.
- Look for an item named Default applications and then select it when you find it.
- Now look for an item named Home screen – this is where the magic happens.
- You’ll find a list of all the “Home screens” (Launchers) installed on your device. Just select the one you want to use.
- If for any reason you’d rather accomplish this same thing via an app, No’me Launcher Manager seems to do the trick. I had a few issues with the app but it’s entirely possible because my device isn’t 100% compatible with it. You may find it works perfectly for your needs – it’s free, so there’s no harm in checking it out.
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How do I make a different launcher my default? Thank you!
Thanks for sharing Ross.
How to add more Launcher Apps to it? and Do I need to uninstall all my previous apps when I’ve to install a new one? Regards, Allie
Launcher Switcher recognizes the various launchers once they’re installed. So as long as you install Launcher Switcher *first*, you’re set – no need to delete anything etc.
David – the Clock skin is “gingerclean” and the weather skin is “TWC”.
It’s a great widget. If you tap the Time, it goes to your Alarm and Timer app. If you tap the Date, it brings up calendar. If you tap the weather, it bring up an animated 5 day forecast etc. So it’s actually functional in addition to being “pretty”.
Great, tnx. can you check which skin is that? It’s really nice.
Hi, there. What is the weather widget in one of the screenshots?
David – “Beautiful Widgets” (search Market). I don’t think it was free, it was probably $2 or so. It has the clock/weather widget (with access to a zillion skins) and some other stuff. Enough features that it was worth whatever it cost…