Whether the phone is old or new, we all love to customize it. Today, I thought to do the same. Rather than using an accessory to change the appearance of my Android Smartphone, I gave it a fresh new look by using the Nova Launcher app.
The launcher is a part of Android’s user interface that allows us to customize its home screen, app drawer, other tasks, etc with third-party apps. Android devices come with a launcher built-in. If you don’t like the default launcher, you can replace it.
Although there are many amazing apps on the Play Store that will help you to personalize your device, I ended up my search on the Nova Launcher App.
Developed by TeslaCoil Software, the free Nova Launcher app has more than 10 million downloads through the Play Store. As this app’s current version, required Android OS, and size, varies by device, I installed its version 4.2.2 that comes with a file size of 5.93 MB. Once installed, the Nova Launcher app uses 7.43 MB of internal storage memory and an average of 26 MB to a maximum of 172 MB of RAM.
The Nova launcher is the best thing that could happen to any Android device as it comes with many customization options. Some of the options are as follows:
Desktop (Home Screen) features
Desktop Grid: This option allows us to specify the grid size for apps and widgets on the home screen.
Icon Layout: If you want to add a shadow effect to a label or to change the label’s colors, and the font size, use this option.
Scroll Effect: Want to add a transition effect like simple, cube, or card stack when you scroll between home screen? This feature will help you in doing so.
New Apps: When you download and install new apps on your device, this option will add them automatically to your home screen. You should enable this feature to use it.
App and Widget Drawer features
Frequently used apps: Shows frequently used apps in the top row.
Card background: Allows the drawer to use the entire screen for displaying apps.
Background: Sets a different color and transparency level for the app drawer.
App search bar: Adds a search bar above apps to find stuff at an ease.
Pull to search: Displays the search bar when you drag your finger down on the app drawer.
Tab bar: Displays a tab and menu button above apps.
Dock Background: Adds a custom background or color, shape, and transparency to the dock.
Dock Pages: If users want to add multiple docks just like home screens, they should use this option.
Dock Icons: Changes the number of icons on one page of the dock.
Icon Layout: Decreases the icon size, allows you to change the font, size, color, and specify shadow effect for labels in the dock.
Folder preview: This option allows you to change the way icons appear in folders. For example, if the current view is List, you can change it to Grid, Stack, or Fan.
Folder Background: Changes the icon shape and allows the user to set a custom background.
Window Transition Animation: Adds a transition animation like circle and zoom to the folder window.
Window Background: Allows us to change the color and transparency levels of the folder window.
Window Icon Layout: This option allows us to adjust the font size and color. You can also add a shadow effect to labels in the window with it.
Look and feel features
Icon theme: Displays a list of all available icon packs and allows you to use them.
Normalize icon size: Scales down large icons as per material guidelines.
Scroll Speed: Changes the speed of scrolling between home screen or drawer pages.
App Animation: You can set an animation effect for an app with this option.
Backup and Import
Users can back up all their customizations on the device storage with this utility. This tool also allows us to import the desktop layout from another launcher.
Download Nova launcher here for Android
The Nova Launcher is an outstanding app that gives you many customization options. It is fast, does not consume too much space, and works very well. If you are looking for an app to personalize your phone at ease, go for the Nova Launcher app, you will love it.