The launcher consists of the home screen and the app menu. As the name suggests, a launcher is the component responsible for launching apps. You can easily exchange the launcher of your android phone with another.

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How To Edit TwLauncher lnk path/application/label

How does one edit TwLauncher home-screen shortcuts (lnk) internal information (NOT JUST ICON) to change application/path/title-text?; Where is the homescreem layout/presentation/shortcut information ...
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Android Lollipop Google Now Launcher is not fully transparent

As seen in the screenshot, google now launcher status bar is not fully transparent. It has shadows in my phone. (Moto G XT1032, Lollipop 5.0.1) Screenshot 1 But the official screenshots does not ...
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Accidentally renamed APK file of default launcher

Yesterday, I was exploring my phone's system files and I accidentally renamed apk file of launcher when I was exploring /system/app folder. It renamed to "Launcher2.ap" but I absolutely know it's ...
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Phone keeps saying Unfortunately, launcher has stopped

My Coolpad Arise keeps popping up a looped error message that says 'Unfortunately, launcher has stopped.' and then it won't let me do anything. I tried factory reset, I tried clearing cache partition, ...
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Keep the home launcher from being killed

I have a Motorola Milestone, and I've come to learn that it has a relatively low memory (runtime memory, not storage capacity). The problem that comes with this is that whenever too many apps want to ...
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Link2sd remove shortcuts on my desktop on each reboot

This is a problem that bother me a lot .I installed link2sd on my phone and I've moved lots of applications to SD card. I created a partition on my SD card and move my apps to this partition via ...
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Lightweight launcher…? [closed]

I HATE the Google Search Bar at the top of my home screen, I tried removing the Velvet folder in my file manager, cannot find the specific .apk file to remove just the white Google Search Bar, so I ...
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Will the TSF Shell Launcher run smoothly on Android 5.0?

I am currently using the TSF Shell Launcher on LG G2 and really enjoy it. There are some great features that I am looking forward to on the Android 5.0 update, but I may be a little hesitant to ...
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Can the trebuchet launcher be installed on the stock ROM?

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 Android: 4.2.2 Can the trebuchet launcher be installed on the stock ROM? I can't find the app on Google Play. Where could I get this?
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Android Lollipop's notification bar is not transparent in Nexus 4

I had updated my Nexus 4 with Android 5.0 OTA update last week. I observed that the notification bar is not transparent. I see some reviews of Android Lollipop (Nexus 4) in YouTube and as I remembered ...
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Is there a way to hide the ugly SIM Tool Kit icon from the launcher?

The SIM Tool Kit icon is ugly and app is one that I never used. Unfortunately, I've read that it is one of those system apps that cannot be removed so I'd like to simply hide the icon from my ...
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Lock screen launch bar not launching app, shows different icon too

This is an HTC One with Android 4.3 and Nova Launcher Prime (This may be a Nova issue, not sure yet) Since a picture is worth 1000 words, here is the pictures: Dragging an icon "up" from the lock ...
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I deleted my only launcher

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 ...
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Automatically have my frequently-used apps handy

I recently wiped and re-installed my phone. In so doing, I lost my home screen layout. In any event, my layout wasn't all that great. What I'm looking for is an app/other method that would determine ...
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Is there any app that counts the times that other apps are started? [duplicate]

Like many launchers do, I want an app that makes a ranking of most popular apps, but not based on time used, but on times that I star them, ie by frequency. I don't want to change my launcher, but I ...
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Android forgetting default launcher every few minutes

Starting last week, my HTC One running ARHD 31.5 keeps forgetting the default launcher. Every few minutes, it will forget the setting and ask me for a launcher when I hit the home button. So far, I ...
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Impact of removing the launcher from Android device

I have two Samsung rooted devices and I'm thinking of removing the TouchWiz. What would be the implications of leaving the device without a Launcher? If I install a new app that acts as Home/Launcher ...
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App icons disappear from home screen on app update

Ever since I got my Nexus 5, I've notice that apps sometimes disappear from the launcher for no reason. This seems to correspond to that app being updated, although it doesn't always happen to every ...
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Default launcher broken, causing infinite loop of force closes

I've just installed a custom rom and restored my apps from Titanium. However, now the default Launcher app is broken and I can't get out of the infinite loop of force closing. I can't press menu or ...
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android default launcher 4.3 extreamly buggy. HELP!

I have a karbonn titanium s1 plus and a lot of times, the names of shortcuts like firefox is like ..ox And when I search the contacts the name and number is also like in dots. Even the gallery and ...
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Launcher stops working when scrolling through widgets

I'm using Android 4.4.2 on a 2013 Moto X. Every time I scroll through my apps and then to my widgets, the launcher stops and gives me the message: Unfortunately launcher has stopped I tried ...
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Change which AppDrawer is started (Google Now Launcher)

I've recently installed Beautiful Drawer because I would like to categorize my Apps in the Drawer. I'm using a Nexus 5 with Kitkat and the default Google Now launcher. My phone is not rooted. Is it ...
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Trebuchet: Disable/Hide Dock

Is there a way to disable the dock entirely on Trebuchet on CyanogenMod? I find that I always go to my main home screen before touching the app drawer out of habit, so I'd like to have that extra ...
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Custom Launcher that supports Google Now integration?

I just upgraded to a Nexus 5 and am setting up my launcher + icons. Right now I'm using Nova Launcher, and a like a lot of things about it, but it's lacking in Google Now integration. Two things in ...
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Not able to use Google Now through mobile network

My device OS is KitKat 4.4.4 and I just installed Google Now and set as default launcher. Because of I live in Turkey and Google Now is not supported here officially; I set my input language as ...
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All app icons not showing up in my home screen

I have a Spice Mi-429 which I bought a few days ago. Since I was not an android user before buying this phone, I am unable to understand some features of the phone. This phone is Android Kitkat 4.4, ...
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Is it safe to use launchers?

I am new to android OS.I recently purchased nexus 5 and came to know about several launchers.They are just mind blowing experience.But one of my friends suggested me not to use launchers as they ...
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Will launcher dry the battery quickly?

I like to install doldol launcher will it dry battery quickly? or maintain battery backup normal like default launcher?
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Why do launchers not support all widgets?

Why is it, that when you attempt to add widgets to two different launchers on the same device, that each launcher seems to present a different list of available widgets? There are always some widgets ...
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Lost access to drawer icon for center button on CyanogenMod 7

I am running CyanogenMod 7 on my HTC Thunderbolt and somehow I inadvertently removed the function for the center button on my home screen between the phone and web browser icons. This middle button ...
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What missing libraries would cause ADW and Launcher 3 to fail to start?

I'm trying to install ADW or Launcher3(or really any other launcher) on a device Whenever I start ADW or Laucncher3 from am it just keeps looping back to 'Complete action using' regardless if you ...
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App is not installed using icon pack

I just installed Lumos icon pack. In atom launcher I select an application and select "Select and resize image" (translations can be approximate). Then I can choose a picture in ES File Manager, in ...
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Details of Android application launch/startup

I wanted to know what happens internally in the operating system when an android application starts. By start I mean that when user taps on the app icon on the phone's homescreen. Please help me ...
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Is it possible to remove text from under the icons on the home screen?

I'm familiar with all the icons on my home screen. I think it would look better, at least to me, if the text from under those icons is gone. Is this possible? I'm willing to root my device for this, ...
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How to fix a broken icon on an android phone

The icon is displayed as a grey icon name "Text Info" and an image of a small SD card on the bottom right of the the icon; when I try to launch it, it says: Application not installed. Have ...
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Add shortcuts to home button long press menu

Is there a way to add app launchers to the stock android's home button long press menu? I know you're able to do this in CM, but there must be some Xposed module, right?
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Smart Launcher - How do i change icon of an application on home screen

Smart launcher used to let me change icon of application shortcuts that are on home screen individually, by long pressing a shortcut. Now it doesnt work anymore. How can i do that?
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Icons are very pixelated with some icon packs

I'm using Aviate at the moment and was trying to apply a new icon pack. While some packs are fine, most are awfully pixelated on my phone. In the following screenshots, the top screen is my 3.5' phone ...
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Looking for a launcher similar to Launchy, Synapse or Kupfer (with type to find and launch app feature)

When using a normal computer I like to use a launcher to quickly launch applications and perform other tasks. Examples of such launchers are Quicksilver, Launchy, Gnome-Do and Kupfer (which I ...
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How can I manage “desktop” icons

I want to remove all the icons on the desktop, (and also in the bottom bar) and place new ones via ADB. My script already removes all the apps, but icons/shortcuts remanin there! Is there any command ...
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Is it safe to install Launchers for Android which require quite a few permissions?

I have HTC One X with Sense on it. Sense is a bit slow. So I installed Apex Launcher. It was fast but it required quite a few permissions so I uninstalled it. I looked at other Launchers in Google ...
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How can I hide from the menu the apps that I have in the launcher?

When I navigate the menu, it's because I want to access apps that are not in my launcher. Is there some app out there that makes the apps that you have in your launcher disappear from the menu?
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v6 Supercharger with Multitask Manager and Tag Home Launchers

I would like to make both launchers Hard To Kill. Tag Home takes way too long to load from cold start because it has to load ~200 app tags from a database into memory. However, it only occupies 8MB ...
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Third party launchers keep crashing

Whenever I try to add widgets to my homescreen using any third party launcher like Buzz Launcher, Nova Launcher, etc. the launcher crashes immediately and I get an error message from the system saying ...
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App drawer icon gone from Cyanogenmod dock

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2, running the latest CM10.1. I lost the app drawer icon on my Dock; I must have deleted it. The app drawer icon lets you go to the app list, and the widget list. How do I ...
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What is the “Launcher” application and why are there alternative apps?

Several questions have mentioned launcher. What is it responsible for, and what kinds of features do the alternative apps in the Market provide that the basic android launcher doesn't?
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How do I set a separate launcher as default?

I have a Huawei Y300 with Emotion UI. I want to change from the stock Huawei launcher to Holo Launcher. On launching Holo and pressing home, I do not get any options and am directly taken back to the ...
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Apps don't launch in a separate “window”

When, for example, I am in the Gmail app reading an email with a link to a movie on IMDB, and I touch the link to open it, the IMDB app launches and displays the correct thing, BUT the IMDB doesn't ...
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mobile homescreen lost

I have downloaded 2 icon packs for android. Now my phone don't work anymore. I am working with smart launcher. I can not even get in to settings or apps. My homescreen is black, but I can see on top ...
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What Effect Will Installing A Custom Launcher Have On MIUI V.5?

A friend installed the custom rom MIUI V.5, and is finding it a bit different to stock jelly bean. I told him to give it time to adjust, as i'm sure "its not that different". Rather than disposing of ...