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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
    
Nope. I couldn't open the Play app. –  betherwisser Sep 6 '12 at 17:50
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@roxan With your only launcher uninstalled, you are really %$8#ed off, as the GUI is gone. Think of your computer coming up without any window manager/GUI, and not any terminal/command line. Just the background picture, if at all. But the services are all running in background -- including a voice-command software in beth's case, which saved her..day, as you can read. –  Izzy Sep 6 '12 at 20:44
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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
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@MichaelKohne, thanks. I had similar issue with an old Droid X where the launcher would crash constantly on reboot. I put the phone on a dock and the doc app launched. I was then able to re-install the launcher from there. –  Tim Scarborough Jan 31 '13 at 17:33

Well it hasnt worked for me but you can 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 and itll take you to a special bootup and you need to format and do all the stuff listed and then click reboot phone

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Safe mode was the only way to boot, but it still didn't bring up a launcher. –  betherwisser May 28 '13 at 14:39

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

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Couldn't open google play store or web browser. This wouldn't work, I tried it. See my already-accepted answer. –  betherwisser May 28 '13 at 14:38

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