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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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, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 4:06
  • Nope. I tried it and the installer was apparently gone too.
    – beth
    Sep 7, 2012 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. Jan 31, 2013 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, 2014 at 16:06
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    It doesn't use voice commands. I know I have those disabled entirely on my phone. Nov 18, 2014 at 18:10
  • I didn't have a chance to try this but it sounds like it would work.
    – beth
    Nov 19, 2014 at 0:48

if your android has search button then you are lucky first hard reset your android(learn how to hard reset your mobile) after the mobile started running hit search button and search the app 'settings' then turn bluetooth on and select discoverable or visible then share any launcher (like smart launcher) from other android to your mobile then install it and enjoy

  • I can't try this out because the problem is already solved for me, but I'll upvote it because it sounds like it would work.
    – beth
    May 19, 2015 at 14:35

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.

  • I tried that immediately. It didn't help. And in fact it was the only way that it would boot at all.
    – beth
    Nov 19, 2014 at 0:47

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

  • The question asks how to do this, not whether to do it.
    – beth
    Nov 19, 2014 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.
    – iOS
    Nov 19, 2014 at 1:57
  • > 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.
    – beth
    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:19
  • @betherwisser I said do it from PC or other device.
    – iOS
    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:35
  • "Cannot use ADB or put it in debug mode..." so how would I do it from a PC or other device?
    – beth
    May 19, 2015 at 14:34

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