Questions tagged [launcher]

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 can I launch a system app that doesn't appear in the app drawer?

Just for context, I have an unrooted OnePlus 6. There's a system app called "Zen Mode" (not in the play store) that gives you notifications when you use your phone for 2 hours. I tapped on the ...
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Any app launcher which allows grouping of apps instead of folders or tabs [on hold]

everyone, is there any launcher which allows creating groups of apps using dividers or something in the app drawer? I am aware we can use folders or tabs but I want to view multiple app groups at once ...
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Launcher preference not persistent between reboots

I recently purchased the BLU Vivo One Plus 2019, which runs Android Oreo (8.1). After installing kiss launcher and setting as my default launcher, I rebooted my device and the launcher reset back to ...
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Watchdog app that monitors selected apps and relaunchen them in case they have crashed?

I have a Smarthome control app on a wall-mounted tablet. The app unfortunately crashes (quits itself) once in a while. I'm looking now for a watchdog app which keeps an eye on this app, and if it's ...
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Used Dual Messenger, turned work profile off on Pixel Launcher, now Android asks me to “turn on secure folder” and I can't access it

So I started using Dual Messenger in advanced settings for Facebook, and I use the pixel launcher. This appeared when I turned dual messenger on The toggle for work profile was originally on. I ...
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Arrange launcher icons from the PC

I'm using the OnePlus launcher. Is there a way (or an app, or an alternative launcher) that allows you to organise the icons from a connected PC, using a mouse, multiple selections, cut & paste, ...
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Pixel Launcher crashing due to missing STATUS_BAR and MANAGE_ACTIVITY_STACKS permissions

I'm running LineageOS 16 on a OnePlus 3T. Whenever I try to open the Pixel Launcher, it crashes. In adb logcat, I saw the following lines that looked relevant: 05-25 16:13:31.293 16356 16356 W ...
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S10 page indicator buttons not functioning

After the latest update to my Samsung Galaxy S10, my page indicator buttons stopped changing when I swipe to a new page. This is incredibly annoying. I rebooted the phone several times, changed ...
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Black screen with only the Wi-Fi and Battery Status visible - RCA Mercury 7L / RCT6773W22BM

Make and Model: RCA Mercury 7L - RCT6773W22BM Android Version: Unknown, but research shows it was made in 2017. Exact Issue: Tablet will power on. However, when it reaches the home screen all you ...
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Replacing the stock apps from untrusted manufacturer by confirmed android apps

recently I am cleaning up a newly bought china device. I already managed to get rid of the more obvious bloatware, but as I do not have any customrom for it at the moment, I thought of simply ...
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Access Google Now launcher

Google closed their Google now launcher and all devices shows incompatible on Google play store. But I can find its apk on internet. After installing app it won't show up in my settings for default ...
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Can I redirect the recent apps button/action to the app launcher?

In short, I wondered if there was a way of configuring the home/recent apps button to go to the app launcher instead? (Perhaps it is a software recommendations/tweaks question.) EDIT: This lost its ...
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How to detect the name of my current launcher?

My phone is Galaxy A5 2017 The Android updated automatically to version 8.0.0 My launcher app has some problems - I can't find the Skype icon and I really need it. I have to enter Google Play, to ...
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How to reset the app icons? - They get substituted by a default icon

Sometimes, the app icons just "switch" to an android icon: For example in this screenshot, the Dropbox (center row in the left) icon is an android icon. This happens to me from time to time with many ...
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Launchers and features analysis

I am using stock moto launcher on my device. And, the night drain is about 6%. So, I decided to use Nova launcher. Installed Nova launcher, and after that night drain is reduced to 3%. I need to know ...
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How can i authorize my PC to my phone that doesn't work properly?

So yesterday I accidentally changed my phone's (Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910C) dpi from 640 to 140 using Nomone Resolution changer that uses root and that screwed up my whole phone because now it ...
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Hide apps in Evie Launcher app drawer

I'm in love with the Evie Launcher however one complaint I have is that there seems no way to hide apps in the app drawer. According to this article the Nova launcher has this feature but i like Evie ...
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google feed (former google now) on pixel launcher

I've been using the "google now news feed" basically since it was released. It was native in the (now dead) Google Now Launcher, I managed to make it work in trebuchet launcher (which I was using ...
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Where it's marked that a “/data/app/i” have to appear in launcher?

I have some apps who have important data in it. And now they don't appear in the launcher, but they still in /data/app. Do you know what to do to make appear an app from /data/app in the launcher ? ...
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How do I install Google Pixel Launcher on HTC U Ultra?

I used to be able to use the Google Now Launcher on my old HTC U Ultra device. Now I got a new device with Android 8.0.0 and here I cannot install the program anymore. How can I fix that? Edit: I ...
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Remove app notification when app opens from launcher

I have looked all over the place and cannot seem to find a way to automatically remove an app's respective notification upon the app opening from the app launcher. In iOS this behavior was just a ...
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Crash when switching apps with non default launchers

I just updated a Nokia 6.1 (TA-1054) to Android P and when I change the launcher from the default launcher3 to anything else it keeps opening launcher3 when I try to switch apps and crashes. I tried ...
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Consequences of removing Launcher3's APK (com.android.launcher3)

I have a rooted tablet with my own custom launcher which is already the default launcher. Are their any side effects if I delete the Launcher3's APK (com.android.launcher3) which is stored in /system/...
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Swipe down to search in the Google launcher?

My phone runs a Pixel Experience ROM which has a stock Google Launcher that I like a lot. I do not wish to change launcher. I used to have a Huawei device, and it had a feature that you could swipe ...
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How to create a home screen shortcut for a live streaming URL?

Is it possible to create create a launcher icon that will start a certain streaming video URL in an app registered to the specific media type? (or offer the app chooser menu, in case there are ...
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MS for Android Launcher Feed Notes section

With Microsoft Launcher for Android, when you swipe right, one of the cards in the Feed is Notes. Question: are notes I create on my phone accessible from the web? and if they are, what is the url?
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Launcher 3 and it Purpose

What does a launcher3 do? and why would you want to Launch another one on your phone? and what does it mean that on Google when it states that you have used launcher 3?
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option to creat folder in touchwiz gone

hi i have touchwiz installed on my android and i can create folders but when i flash a custom rom and install touchwiz from the app store the option to create folders in the app drawer is missing does ...
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Why SIM Toolkit icon is duplicated (now tripled) in launcher?

UPDATE: It stopped happening after the latest OS (and launcher) update - to Android 8 Why does my SIM Toolkit icon is duplicated tripled? The second one appeared not so long ago, and it never ...
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Unable to change default launcher

I have Lenovo k5 smartphone with Lollipop 5.1.1. As stock "Lenovo Launcher" sucks, I installed Nova Launcher and set it as default. Unfortunatelly, after each restart (or even without restart, after ...
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Android - how to keep launcher setting after reboot

Instead of the preinstalled "Launcher3" I'd like to use "Microsoft Launcher" – but when I choose it as default, it only lasts until reboot. After reboot "Launcher3" is again set as default. How to ...
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How to solve “Unfortunately, Launcher has stopped.” Galaxy Note 4?

I'm receiving this error after enabling ultra power saving mode: "Unfortunately, Launcher has stopped." Its dialog only has the option "OK". Restarting doesn't work. Clearing cache partition ...
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Can applications predinstalled in system/priv-app be updated via Play Store?

we're trying to make our custom launcher default one in our phone. Since it needs system level permissions (placing widgets) we placed it in system/priv-app, and it finally works ok. Problem is that ...
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How is the default launcher set after a factory reset

I would like to know how is the default launcher set after a factory reset. What files are in charge of telling the OS, for example, that the Touchwiz app is the default launcher for Samsung devices. ...
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What is 'Launcher3' in Android Nougat?

I was recently trying Microsoft's Arrow launcher and it was then I saw that the default launcher on my phone is called 'Launcher3'. Its icon resembles 16-bit icon. From what I read, it is the name ...
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Disable News Feeds in Google Launcher

I'm using the Google launcher on my Huawei P9. Recently it's been updated so there is a Google feed of some sort when I swipe right from the home screen. I've been through my settings and turned off ...
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Fix Broken Launcher on Soft-Bricked Device

I recently tried to remove the Google search bar on my homescreen using this tutorial by disabling the Google Search app in settings. It turns out I was using the Google Now launcher, and so when I ...
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six-dot icon on home screen shows app icons, not app names

Something on my phone changed. I don't know what or how, but now when I press the 6-dot icon in the middle of the bottom row of my home screen, I get pages of app icons without any names. How can I ...
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How can I copy *everything* from one phone to another?

I have a Galaxy S7. I bought a Galaxy S8. I prefer answers that are more general, but I will accept answers specific to copying the experience between these two phones. I have tried a few options to "...
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Permanently setting launcher in Nox

In Nox (3.8.1.1) running Android 4.4.2, I'd like to change the launcher from Nox Launcher to Smart Launcher. I set the default home app through settings, but every time I restart Android in Nox (or ...
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Using TASKER to automatically change launcher/theme when launcher/theme is changed by other program

I am using a Huawei P9+ running on Android 7 (Nougat) and one of the annoying things with it is from time to time, the theme reverts back to the ugly Huawei Home theme, even though I use Nova Launcher ...
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How to uninstall or replace Joy Launcher?

This morning my Android mobile started asking for permissions for a "Joy Launcher" app that I've never seen (or at least noticed before). This appears to be an official app from the manufacturer. ...
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How to show the recent apps in the Overview button?

On Android KitKat v4.4.2 that came with my phone the Overview button (the button that is not Home nor Back) is showing the home screen settings: How can I change the button behavior to show the list ...
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How to hide the clock from Android screen?

There is always a clock on the upper right corner of the screen? It is always visible, unless some app is running in full-screen mode. How to hide this clock, so that it appears only when the user ...
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Is the “Android taste test” only for certain models?

Is the #myandroid taste test only for certain models? I own a Pixel 5". Where do I find this info out?
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change the position of google search bar in Google Now Launcher

I am using Google now launcher on my Moto G3 phone. I have set up wallpapers on my home screen but the Google search bar(which is situated at top of my home screen), seems to be always overlapping the ...
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Naming a folder

I recently bought a coolpad note 5. In CoolUI when I made a custom folder, there was no option of naming it. Means other already made folder had naming in them but when I tried to made a folder by ...
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Google Now Launcher still exists inside launcher settings

I have used Google Now Launcher on my Redmi 1S that runs Lineage OS 14.1. And, now I am using Nova Launcher as home app(launcher). I have uninstalled Google Now Launcher, and also, its not present in ...
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Google widget got disappeared each time after reboot

I am using Google Now launcher as default launcher on my Lineage 14.1,Redmi 1s. After installing a nightly, or after reboot, I can see that Google widget is got disappeared. I cannot see any widget(...
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Changing device configuration to display non-circular launcher icons

According to this article, an Android device's "system framework decides whether or not to return either the regular icon or the round icon to the launcher." "When a launcher requests an app icon, ...