Our selection of the best alternative application launchers on Android in 2019


The launcher (or launcher) is the hub of Android, the screen where we finally spend the most time. This launcher, very often varies from one smartphone manufacturer to another and can significantly reduce the features found in the basic version of Android. In short, sometimes it is better to go elsewhere if the grass is greener. Here are the best alternative launchers on Android.

The best way to personalize your smartphone without having any technical knowledge (root, etc.), is to install an alternative launcher of applications, or launcher in the language of Shakespeare. So we made a selection of the best Android launchers of the moment according to us.
Note that this is not an exhaustive list and you will find other suggestions in the comments of this article if you can not find your account.
What is a launcher on Android?
The launcher (or application launcher) is the equivalent of the desktop Android, a central place on which the user finds himself as soon as he unlocks his phone and where he places the icons of its applications most frequently used. What many users do not know is that the launcher of an Android smartphone is not frozen. The one installed by the manufacturer can be modified and replaced by another.

Launchers offered by smartphone manufacturers are often quite limited in terms of customization. Understandable limitations: phones must be easily handled by the general public. But if you want to change the size of the grid where the applications are displayed, change the colors, display the number of unread messages on icons or have an office that really looks like us, it is necessary to go through launchers third.
Some alternative launchers even go so far as to completely change the interaction philosophy between desktop and drawer (drawer of applications) that we usually know about Android. Here is our selection of alternative Android launchers, all very different and which should cover all customization needs.
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Nova Launcher: the most complete
If it's the customization and control you're looking for first, then it's Nova's turn to turn. On the form, Nova has almost the same design as Google Now Launcher. But a quick detour through the options allows you to see the incredible wealth of customization it allows. This is by far the most known and used launcher because of its many options.
Managing the size of the launcher grid and the application drawer, the appearance of icons, theme, animation speed, various shortcuts and gestures, Nova allows you to do almost anything, except for coffee.
Finally note that a Prime version of the application, sold 5.25 euros (but regularly discounted), is also available. The latter adds some options and allows especially to add additional extensions. Note that it is possible to save the settings of its home screen to then import them on another device, convenient if you change your smartphone. In short, Nova Launcher is a must have, simply.
            
                
                
                    
                        To give a boost to your phone or escape the heavy overlay of its manufacturer nothing better than an alternative launcher and …
                    
                    
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        An interface close to android stock
                                                                Advanced customization
                                                                Compatible with icons packs
                                                        
                
            
            
Launcher action: redesigned navigation
Action Launcher, like many of the launchers in this list, takes the design and icons of the Google launcher. It adds some additional customization options – such as the ability to make Google's search widget more convenient – and most importantly a left-side menu listing all the apps installed on the phone. Its free version, however, has a tendency too much to encourage users to check out to unlock new features.
            
                
                
                    
                        The application launcher is the central interface of your smartphone, the one from which you open all other applications, Action …
                    
                    
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        A launcher inspired by Google Pixel
                                                                Gestures and shortcuts to optimize your navigation
                                                                Easy and advanced personalization
                                                        
                
            

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Lawnchair Launcher: the open-source
Lawnchair Launcher follows the same philosophy as Nova Launcher, offering an experience similar to that imagined by Google, while making it more customizable. Aside from being named after a bad pun, it has the merit of being completely free, open source and free (GPL license v3).
The developers promise to offer the same features as Google's Pixel Launcher, while making them compatible with Android versions prior to Android 8.0 Oreo.
            
                
                
                    
                        Get rid of your cumbersome interface and go for a clean Google Pixel home screen by downloading Lawnchair …
                    
                    
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        An interface close to Google Pixel
                                                                Go to Google Feed and Google Assistant
                                                                Personalize everything from A to Z simply
                                                        
                
            
            
Rootless Launcher: the closest to pixels
The developer Amir Zaidi has focused on the fact to wear as accurately as possible the launcher of the last pixels for any other smartphone, and without the need for root mode to activate it.
Some modifications have been made, but remain minimal and discreet. The launcher still has a small flaw: to take advantage of Google Now, you need to download and install a separate APK serving as a bridge between the launcher and Google services.
For the closest experience of Pixel Launcher without any headache, this is the version we recommend.
            
                
                
                    
                        Rootless Launcher allows you to simply get and from the Play Store, the official Google Pixel smartphone launcher.
The interest of this …
                    
                    
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        The official Google Pixel launcher
                                                                A simple and effective interface designated by Google
                                                                The search bar and the Google feed easily accessible
                                                        
                
            
            
Microsoft Launcher: designed to work with Windows
Microsoft launched in 2017 a brand new version of its launcher for Android. Note that the latter does not look at all, as one might imagine, the Windows Phone interface. Its interface has this little something that sets it apart from others. Indeed, in addition to shortcuts on the main desktop, you can use a panel on the left to keep an eye on your appointments or the latest news.
And of course, it is possible and above all easy to send files to your PC through "continue on the PC". This launcher is a very interesting option if you use an Outlook account.
            
                
                
                    
                        For Microsoft fans or those looking for a simple interface, Microsoft Launcher offers a sleek and connected smartphone experience …
                    
                    
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        A clean and customizable interface
                                                                A news feed that looks like you
                                                                Swap photos and files with your PC
                                                        
                
            
            
Poco Launcher: intelligent application sorting
Xiaomi launched its new brand Pocophone in 2018. Although the phones of the brand turn under MIUI, a launcher called Poco Launcher completely change the navigation interface, including a much more Western look. It includes an application drawer that can sort apps by the color of their icon, or in various categories.
At the time of writing these lines, the launcher is still in beta and still lacks some features to really compete with the other apps on this list, but it clearly has potential and deserves to be kept at bay. eye.
            
                
                
                    
                        Xiaomi launched in 2018 its low cost brand POCO, offering the first smartphone equipped with a Snapdragon 845 below 350 euros. This…
                    
                    
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                        The launcher of the new Xiaomi brand
                                                                An interface close to pure Android
                                                                New navigation and search functions
                                                        
                
            
            
Note that one of the possibilities of most of these launchers is the customization of application icons. You will find a selection of pleasing packs to the eye below.
Read on FrAndroid: Icons packs: our selection to customize the home screen of your Android smartphone

    
    
        
        
    

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