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I deleted my only launcher and now I cannot open settings to set to debug mode in order to use ADB or similar to install a new launcher. I can't open the Play store, can't open anything except those that use voice commands: e-mail, text, phone, maps, navigation, and note to self.

Oh, and it only boots in safe mode.

It's an LG Optimus T.

How do I put a launcher back on this phone?

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Closely related: android.stackexchange.com/questions/15493/… –  Al E. Sep 6 '12 at 16:31

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I figured this out only after months of being without most of my phone's functionality and taking it to a 3rd-party repair place that declared it "unrepairable".

It is stupidly easy:

  1. Download an apk of your home launcher (I got one from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/archive/index.php/t-1125331.html )
  2. E-mail it to yourself
  3. Use voice commands to send yourself a test e-mail. If you don't have gmail set up, then it will give you the screens you need for configuration.
  4. E-mail the apk to yourself. When you check your gmail on your phone you should see an "install" button next to the attachment name. Install it and enjoy your new old phone.
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Couldn't you install a new launcher from play.google.com ? –  roxan Sep 6 '12 at 16:20
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@beth Thank you very much for sharing this! +1 from me. A very innovative idea, I must say! And you are right: Also an obvious one -- in hind-sight xD –  Izzy Sep 6 '12 at 20:46
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@beth , couldn't you open play.google.com in your computer and pick one launcher and click install on your computer which magically installs the launcher in your phone. –  roxan Sep 7 '12 at 4:06
    
Nope. I tried it and the installer was apparently gone too. –  betherwisser Sep 7 '12 at 11:31
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@TimScarborough They haven't got ADB active, and can't open the settings to activate it. So in this case, no. –  Michael Kohne Jan 31 '13 at 17:25

Download the Launcher .apk file (just Google your "demand launcher name" and plus "apk"), save it to your friend's phone, and send it to your phone via Bluetooth. After you recieve the .apk file just click whatever option that directs you to INSTALL the file. If Bluetooth is off, ask your friend to call your phone; when the dialer window pops up you can see a "make another call" button. Click it and you will see the shortcut bar for Bluetooth appear.

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How is this different than the accepted answer? –  Chahk Nov 18 at 16:06
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It doesn't use voice commands. I know I have those disabled entirely on my phone. –  Matthew Read Nov 18 at 18:10
    
I didn't have a chance to try this but it sounds like it would work. –  betherwisser Nov 19 at 0:48

Go into Recovery Mode (try turning off the phone and do not turn it on but press and hold the home button the volume up button and then hold the power button along with it). You need to do a Factory Reset from there and then reboot the phone.

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I tried that immediately. It didn't help. And in fact it was the only way that it would boot at all. –  betherwisser Nov 19 at 0:47

Push and install a launcher app to your Android device from http://play.google.com (PC).

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The question asks how to do this, not whether to do it. –  betherwisser Nov 19 at 0:47
    
@betherwisser Yes, it's How to my dear (navigating you on the website would be dumb). It's much much simpler and reliable than accepted answer. –  Sachin Shekhar Nov 19 at 1:57

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