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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Move Google Now screen in 4.4 (KitKat)

Is it possible to move the location of the new "Google Now Screen" in KitKat? The screen is typically left of the home screen. What I want to achieve is, that it moves 1 screen further left, giving ...
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KitKat “new” Launcher - non English (US) language

I have a Nexus 4. It was updated to KitKat last night. From what I've gathered from the reviews, I should have a new Launcher. But my phone is still using the old one. Does anyone know if the ...
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Tablet forgets default launcher

I updated the firmware on my Transformer Infinity a couple weeks back. I had been using the Nova Launcher on it and ever since the update the tablet asks me which launcher I'd like to use every time I ...
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Launcher without home screen?

Is there a launcher software for my Android device (in this case Galaxy S2) that doesn't have a home screen, but only the App drawer? If I can give example it would be an iOS; you unlock and you are ...
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I can't find launcher on my apps

I cant find it in the drawer. I've been experiencing errors and I've found the solution. Problem is, my launcher is missing and I cant clear the data because I can't find it.
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Are launchers as stable and safe to use as stock software?

My main concern is that I do not want to modify my Android so that it becomes less stable than it currently is. If my understanding is correct launchers like Buzz Launcher or GO Launcher ...
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Is there any launcher app that behave like Iphone?

I've just switched from Iphone to Android (CM7), and I strongly prefer the Iphone way to manage apps. The separation between Home screen and App Drawer screen on Android is very awkward. Is there any ...
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Missing edit icon on Galaxy S launcher

I am trying to change the 4 icons that are along the bottom of the screen on my Samsung Galaxy S. All the answers I have looked at say 'press menu and then select edit', but I don't have an edit ...
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How would you uninstall a rogue Home (Launcher) application?

If you were to install a Home Screen application that does not give you access to the System Settings screen (to go to Manage Applications), and also does not let you launch Apps (such as the Market ...
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Is it possible to replace the dock (but just the dock)?

I have a HTC Desire HD and I like Sense (and the apps provided by HTC) a lot. But I really hate the default launcher (specifically the dock). The problem is that if I change my launcher, I will lose ...
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Replacing / configuring the software keys (home, back, app-switcher) on Tablet?

Using an iPad Mini the Home Button is easily in reach of my right thumb when holding the device in landscape or portrait. When trying an Android 4.x tablet in a shop however, whether it is a Galaxy ...
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Can't boot because of deleted com.android.launcher2

Stupid me deleted the com.android.launcher2 apk file (located in system/app) thinking that my tablet will boot with another launcher I installed and now it doesn't boot up (gets stuck in loading ...
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Is it possible to add home screens to a Sony Xperia?

I've an Xperia Mini/Pro. I would like to add another home screen. At the moment there are 5 different home screen. Is it possible to add more to the Xperia launcher ? I don't want to change launcher, ...
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Why does Facebook Home not require any permission?

I recently tried Facebook Home on my HTC One X. It sucked! So I uninstalled it after few hours. But the thing is that it does not require any special permission. Actually no permissions were required ...
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setting a default launcher

Ok so I rooted my samsung galaxy note 10.1 today. I immediately bought the full version of adw launcher and installed it. Now I have a bit of experience with Android and launchers so I have tried all ...
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How do I make the apps/widgets view the default view?

I just got my first Android device (a tablet). I noticed there's two views. One with a wallpaper and some apps, and another view similar to Launchpad on the Mac (shown below): I want to get rid of ...
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Speed of Nova or alternative launchers?

I'm thinking of getting the GS4, but plan to use Nova Launcher. When using an alternate launcher, will this negate any slowness or lagging introduced by TouchWiz? Or is the damage done deeper in the ...
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GO Launcher EX: widget lost after reboot

Whenever I reboot, widget get lost in GO Launcher EX. how can I fix this? NB: the widget is on the internal memory
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how to arrange icons in TSF Shell?

I'm using TSF Shell, which allows you to drag your application icons around in an overlapping manner. But how do I tell TSF Shell to automatically arrange my icons neatly in rows using a grid?
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How to display balloon counter over application launcher icon?

Is there a way display a "balloon counter" notification on top of an application launcher icon (like iOS)?
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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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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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Prerequisites of Installing New Launcher

First of all, consider me noob in this launcher thing, as I have never installed any launcher on my Samsung Galaxy S2. But now, I'm thinking to take a plunge and download one, but have no idea what ...
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How to create Android themes

I would like to create a whole new theme for Android jelly bean but not sure where to start. I have rooted my phone and have poked around the file system a little but haven't really seen all that much ...
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Restore SMS icon in default home lancher?

My home screen used to look like this: As you can see there's a GoSMS icon (3rd from left). For some reason it went away after I reboot: Anyone knows how can I restore it? BTW i'm on Froyo 2.2 ...
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Will an alternative launcher stop Galaxy S4 additions from working?

I want to customise my Galaxy S4 home screen and it seems Touchwiz will not allow me to change many options (like the quick launch icons etc). I was thinking of GO Launcher, but wish to know if the ...
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What is in Nova's Google folder?

I just installed Nova launcher on my Android phone. When I installed it it created a Google folder with all my Google Apps in it. I accidentally deleted, but I want it back. Can anyone tell me what ...
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Do any launchers restore home screen widgets from Google backup?

Are there any custom/3rd-party launchers that, when you have Back up my data turned on in the Backup & reset settings, restore home screen widgets when a backup is restored? I know the stock one ...