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How to set home launcher in Android 7.0 Nougat and 8.0 Oreo

Changing the default launcher in Android O (as of 8.0 DP 1) Go into the Settings app Go to "Apps & Notifications" Go to "Default apps" Press "Home app" Alternatively, you can just search inside ...
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How to enable the landscape mode on the default launcher on Android Marshmallow?

Auto rotate Home screen was one of the top features of 2nd Android M Developer preview. I hate to burst the bubble, Auto rotate home screen feature was not incorporated in the final version of Android ...
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What is 'Launcher3' in Android Nougat?

Launcher3 is the default launcher in AOSP Android, and is the base behind many customized launchers - even Google's own Now Launcher (obsolete) and Pixel Launcher. Some manufacturers would leave the ...
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Android Lollipop's notification bar is not transparent in Nexus 4

Compared to Nexus 5, Lollipop stock launcher on Nexus 4 doesn't have transparency on the notification bar. Instead, the one with transparency is Google Now Launcher (originally known as Google ...
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Pixel Launcher crashing due to missing STATUS_BAR and MANAGE_ACTIVITY_STACKS permissions

I rebooted into TWRP and edited /data/system/packages.xml. Under <package name="com.google.android.apps.nexuslauncher" and <perms>, I added the following lines: <item name="android....
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Black status bar icon on Marshmallow making it unreadable on dark wallpaper

Based on reddit (and I have tested it myself), apparently it's a feature of Nova Launcher on Android 6.0 Marshmallow called "Dark icons". It seems it's enabled by default for existing users after ...
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Open a new tab in chrome from a shortcut or app

Solution for Android 7.1 (API level 25) and higher If you're using a launcher which supports App Shortcuts you can: Long-press the Chrome icon to bring up shortcuts. Long-press the New tab shortcut ...
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Moto X app screen suddenly scrolls vertically

Moto X (2014) by default uses Google Now Launcher as the default launcher. The Google quicksearchbox was recently updated to give a peek into upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow app drawer layout which ...
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How to enable the landscape mode on the default launcher on Android Marshmallow?

The latest version of Google Now added a home screen rotation option in its settings. To access the home screen settings, either long-tap on the home screen or choose Settings from the Google Now "...
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Setting Default applications through ADB

It is not necessary to uninstall the default launcher, you must know it's package name before of doing so, which if you don't know you must get with adb shell cmd shortcut get-default-launcher. In ...
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Is there a way to list all Intents and all processes associated with them?

Perhaps not all, but you can get a pretty good idea using: dumpsys activity broadcasts |grep -iE ".+\.[0-9A-Z_\-]+:$" |sort The grep expression makes sure to only catch lines ending in the intent ...
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Impact of removing the launcher from Android device

Touchwiz is not just the launcher, it is an entire framework they have built into Android. It controls the notifications, the settings, the whole OS is basically Touchwiz throughout. Samsung do not ...
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Why do launchers not support all widgets?

Some of the below is speculation, or given to me by sources I can't cite so take it as is. Some (many) of the OEMs (manufacturers) like LG and Samsung embed their propitiatory widgets within their ...
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I Accidentally Deleted the Launcher

You can find a launcher on the Google Play Store and remotely install it that way. Then reboot the phone after it installs. Once the phone reboots it should prompt you to pick a launcher and then you ...
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Can applications predinstalled in system/priv-app be updated via Play Store?

If the "pre-installed app" uses the same signature as the one on Google Play, it of course can be updated that way – same as e.g. Google Maps and other pre-installed stuff is. Note that, however, ...
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Is it safe to use launchers?

As with any app: look at the permissions it requests and think about whether the app legitimately needs those permissions. There's nothing inherently unsafe about using a custom launcher, but if it ...
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Change which AppDrawer is started (Google Now Launcher)

No. The app drawer is part of the same app as the home screen itself: the launcher app. You can only replace both of them at once. Some launchers don't even have a separate app drawer: the list of ...
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Trebuchet: Disable/Hide Dock

There does not seem to be a way to do that in Trebuchet on CyanogenMod (when not on CyanogenMod you can do it in the Trebuchet Settings). As an alternative you could use nova launcher, it is free and ...
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cannot open google now

You need to install the google search apk before the google now launcher
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Google Now Launcher is not displayed in Bluestacks emulator

Restarting the PC fixed the problem. I restarted the Bluestacks and also tried Restart option from the tray icon options menu. But restarting the PC fixed the issue and the fourth option Google Now ...
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Change temperature unit on Total Launcher

Go to the Total Launcher Options screen, then select Behavior. Towards the bottom is a checkbox to Use US customary units.
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Completely change home screen on Android TV

So this is how I solved it for my particular TV (A Bravia KJ-65X8500D running Android 5.1.1) First off I found a 3rd party homescreen program called HAL Launcher which I installed. It works as an app ...
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How to show the recent apps in the Overview button?

My old android 4.4 phone had me press and hold the home button, while that third button would pull up a menu. I believe that was how things worked in Android 4.4 days.
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Permanently setting launcher in Nox

I found the answer in the video beeshyams posted in a comment. There's actually a much more concise video here. I've confirmed that it works correctly in Nox 3.8.1.1, so here are the instructions, ...
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Disable news feeds on Google Launcher

Android 9, Pixel 2 You can disable the Discover feature (the one that shows news items on the left-most screen of the launcher) by: Go to that screen Select three dots on that screen on the top ...
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How to create a home screen shortcut for a live streaming URL?

Stock android does not offer the possibility of creating custom desktop shortcuts since that's something handled by the launcher which is just an app like any other. While some launchers do offer to ...
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How do I install Google Pixel Launcher on HTC U Ultra?

Google Now Launcher was Google's first public launcher, and it was shipped on Nexus phones as well as millions of other devices, which was a simpler launcher for Android Ecosystem. The Google Now ...
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Add shortcuts to home button long press menu

Gravitybox lets you set navigation ring targets via the Xposed Framework.
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Icons are very pixelated with some icon packs

I don't know enough about Aviate to know for sure, but I can guess based on the way icons normally work in Android. An app's icon has different versions for different screen DPIs, so there's no need ...
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