Launchers, widgets, and app drawers for your Android phone


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Customization is one of the most popular features of an Android phone. From customizing your screen, choosing how each app notifies you, to how you choose to protect your device, each Android is uniquely different and can be tailored to you! We’ve put together a 4-part guide to apps that help you make your phone your own.

The first post in the series is focused on launchers. Launchers are apps that allow you to change the software design and features of your phone’s operating system without making any permanent changes.

Launchers

One thing that I didn’t understand when I got my first Android was why I needed a launcher and what exactly it does. Essentially, launchers are apps that let you change the layout of your Android phone, add custom gestures, and basically make everything customizable to you. Find out more about launchers and how to choose the right one for you by reading Everything You Need to Know about Android Launchers.

Popular launchers:

Themer

GO Launcher

Apex Launcher

Google Now

Aviate

Widgets

It’s great to have a nice wallpaper, but also consider adding custom widgets that provide helpful information. These additions act as mini-apps that make finding things you frequently need like the weather much easier. Learn more about widgets by watching, How to Use Widgets on an Android Smartphone.

Popular widgets:

Notification Toggle

Beautiful Widgets

Extended Controls

Switchpro

App Drawers

Using app drawers is another way to keep your home screen looking clean. One major difference I notice between my iPhone and my Android is that my Android screen is not filled with apps like my iPhone was. If you prefer using a custom app drawer the following apps are a great place to start.

Popular app drawers:

AppDrawer

Organized Drawer

Pulldown App Drawer

JINA

Next week, I’ll dive deeper into customizing your phone screen. Have you tried any of the apps above? What are your favorite customization apps?


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I like the Contacts widget on my S7:

But most of all I like the Samsung SideSync app that puts my S7’s Screen on my PC Screen and lets me control it from my PC. The screen showing the contacts Widget was displayed, snipped and uploaded directly from my PC.