1) Shade android launcher
It’s an android launcher that sticks close to the Google pixel aesthetic but probably the most differentiating features are the themes that can instantly add a fresh coat of paint and smart unread which on your home screen presents you with what it thinks is the highest priority notification.
2) AP 15
It presents all your applications as a word with their sizes proportional to how much you use them. It’s a novelty but it is an interesting one especially when you start adding advanced colour rules into the equation.
3) Blackberry launcher
It is not the need to stop there and the full-size ads they put in your app drawer is kind of a kick in the teeth. But I do like how you can swipe up on apps to temporarily open up widgets and the wallpapers that come with the launcher are pretty slick.
4) LessPhone Android launcher.
LessPhone is a really great concept if you’re trying to minimize distractions. There are no icons in sight and if you get the pro version: a dark theme and because with that you’ve basically got 90% of your screen as black. You save a lot of battery on Olek panels.
5) AIO Launcher.
AIO android launcher basically places your entire smartphone’s capability in a list. This one page shows everything from your frequent applications to a news feed to a voice recorder and you no longer need to pull down your status bar to access most of your phone’s shortcuts.
6) Flick Launcher.
Flick launcher for me was a slightly frustrating experience. On one hand, I love the fact that you get a ton of control and it’s presented in a way that isn’t overwhelming but on the other hand out of the box it looks laughable.
The Android launcher starts by asking you what colours you’re into and ends up creating this Frankenstein of a home screen. With time though, it is a good launcher.
7) Lightning Android Launcher
Next up we have the lightning launcher and you thought you’d seen customization but this android launcher right here is the absolute king of it. Instead of getting multiple different app pages you actually just a single big one which introduces verticality to your setup.
You could have one homepage to the right, you could have another one to the left but then you could also have one below you. It is a bit of a shame though that straight out the box it’s kind of rough looking, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done here.
8) Solo launcher
The solo launcher is clean, colourful and spacious. I really like the shuffle button which will rotate your wallpaper every time you tap it. But I am going to say it does come across as a bit spammy with the daily app recommendations and a feed where sometimes the top five posts are just sponsored.
9) Mint Launcher.
Mint launcher by Xiaomi is designed for lower-end phones. It combines a very limited set of functions with lightweight animations for a snappy experience. And to be fair with the right eye compact it is super clean but you might miss having finer control of what your phone looks like.
10) Apex Launcher.
Apex looks pretty good right out the box. It’s clean, flat and simple and it pairs that with granular customization. My one concern is that it’s not entirely stable I’ve already had a couple of glitches myself and one of their updates completely wiped my home screen layout.
11) Poco Launcher.
Next up is the Poco launcher. It’s what Xiaomi introduced with last year’s Poco F1 and it’s pretty similar to the mint launcher. It’s still fast but it combines tight animations with a customizable dark mode and can also group applications by colour which actually makes a lot of sense.
12) Total Launcher.
Total launcher is another case of overwhelming customization. For many people, it’s overkill and you’re better off with the launcher that can just look nice out the box but for that tiny portion of people who just can’t get the look they want elsewhere, this offers an astonishing level of control plus a few themes to get you started.
13) Yandex Launcher.
This android launcher from Yandex completely changes the way your phone works. On your main screen, you’ll automatically see all your unread counters and if you flick to the left you get a polished newsfeed which you can completely customize. Even in the app drawer, there’s a lot going on, applications are categorized by genre or colour if you choose that option and whilst there is a discover section which again is a little spammy you can get rid of it.
14) Niagara launcher.
We’ve got an app that definitely falls into this simple but effective category. Niagra launcher puts all your apps in a list and it lets you search through them alphabetically and I definitely like that because the way the whole thing is laid out, you can do almost everything with just one hand.
15) Lawnchair Android Launcher
Lawnchair is a 100% free pixel inspired home screen and while it does miss out on some customization areas like full gesture support, it comes with what most people would consider important and if you install their additional plugin has a fully functional Google feed built-in.
16) ADW launcher 2
ADW is not afraid to experiment. Right out the box, it ditches the notion of flat 2D animations and things get a lot crazier when you dive deeper. It’s all so seriously generous when it comes to how finely you can tune it.
Something I found interesting was icon filters which are different icon packs because it applies the same filter and works on every icon.
17) KLWP Android Launcher.
Alright so this isn’t exactly a launcher but I feel like in this article, I have to mention KLWP because it’s a live wallpaper app that has so much functionality it almost acts as a launcher.
All you have to do is to download a preset of your choice and pair it with a launcher that has plenty of flexibility and you’ve instantly got a setup that either would have taken you hours to create manually or one that would have been outright impossible.
18) Microsoft Launcher.
On the Microsoft launcher, there’s a lot going on. You’ve got a primary space for your applications but then a subspace to the left which lets you create nodes, interact with Cortana and then also check the news and look at your own timelines.
It has a wallpaper that changes every day automatically and I quite like the little dock that can be swiped up to reveal more apps and settings.
19) Hyperion Android Launcher
Hyperion is a fast android launcher which gives you a lot of control over colour. You can set any gradient of choice as the backdrop for your app drawer and the launcher even lets you decide the background colour for applications where it’s been previously undefined.
20) Smart Launcher 5
Smart Launcher 5 is a beautiful android launcher. In fact, out of every app on this list, it probably requires the least amount of work to look good. It themes itself based on your wallpaper and even skins your icons for you.
If you swipe up it brings a search box and if you then swipe down it brings up a newsfeed powered by Microsoft News. It also groups your applications by what they do but I did find quite a few mistakes when trying to sort mine.
21) ASAP Launcher.
ASAP launcher takes a slightly different approach. It doesn’t offer a massive amount of customization but right out the box is one of the only launchers that manages to have pretty much everything you’d want only a few taps away while still looking super clean.
It does this by cleverly hiding away features to be accessed with different gestures, it even hides music controls until the music actually starts playing.
22) Evie Launcher
Evie launcher is one of my favourites android launchers. It’s not afraid to be different, it doesn’t try to embody the pixel aesthetic but at the same time manages to look clean and be practical. You can get to everything really fast and in the end, that’s the most important thing.
23) CPL or Customized pixel launcher.
CPL or customized pixel launcher is a seriously amazing pixel inspired home screen app. It comes with deep customisation options which you can tweak just to do with the folders on your home screen.
It’s also fast and it looks clean from the minute you install it.
24) Action launcher pixel edition.
The attention to detail here is refreshing. It’s not just a polished and a slick experience but material design exists in every aspect of it.
The customization settings are vast. You can change the launch animation of applications and it also gives many apps their own dedicated long-press commands.
25) Nova Launcher.
The Nova Launcher which especially when paired with its prime counterpart is in my opinion still the best compromise between being light and fast, having all the customization features you could want and getting updated constantly with new improvements and bug fixes.
It’s not the only solution and there are definitely android launchers in this list that can do things that Nova can’t.
But for most people trying to achieve most setups, this would be one I’d recommend.