The Play Store’s Best Free Android Launchers

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The Android Launcher or App Launcher manages the way you arrange, organize, and interact with the apps on your device. 

Android Gives your the choice of just using the launcher that comes right out the box if it’s to your liking or you can find Android Launchers on the Play Store.

These apps can not only change the look and feel of your device but in many cases gain extra features and an array of personalization.

13. LessPhone App

Previously known as the NoPhone Launcher, The LessPhone app launcher which limits your activities to 4 apps. It starts with Tasks, Messages, Maps, and Calls with the option to customize the Available apps.

The App Launcher for Android is Free and has been installed over 50,000+ times with an aggregate review rating of 4.5/5 (940+ reviews).

The Evie Android Launcher offers a very beautiful, sharp and simple Mobile User interface from the homescreen to its menus. Its lauded by Android Headlines for its “Deliciously different” and has won many awards such as the Best Android Launchers (Android Central & Tom’s Guide), 15 Best Android Launchers of 2017 (Android Authority) and Best Android Launchers of 2017 (Phone Arena).

The Evie launcher features Universal Search(Search all your apps) , Quick Navigation(Swipe for apps), custom shortcuts such as “Call mom” and personalisation of Wallpaper, icon size, Import/customize layout, app icons just to name a few. 

The Evie Launcher is also Free and has been installed over 5 Million+ times with an aggregate review rating of 4.7/5 (147,334+ reviews).

Evie Launcher
Evie Launcher
Developer: Evie Labs Inc.
Price: Free
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The App Launcher offers whopping 700,000 homescreen themes known as “Homepack Buzz” which allow you to change the look and feel of your device. 

Buzz Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.4/5 (253,159+ reviews) with over 10 Million+ Installations.

The Apex Launcher has a beatiful crisp and cool deisgn. The app offers features such as Personalized Themes & Icon Pack Center, Effects, Gestures, Locker, Backups and more.

The app has both a free (Apex Launcher) and paid (Apex Launcher Pro) version the paid version costing US$3.83. The paid version offers additional features such as more customization’s, gestures, advanced folder support and more. 

The general app has an aggregate review rating of 4.3/5 (273,288+ reviews) with over 10 Million+ Installations while the PRO app has a
4.4/5 (19,315+ reviews) rating with over 100 Thousand+ Installations.

Apex Launcher Pro
Apex Launcher Pro
Price: $3.99
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Designed to be used with one hand, Smart Launcher isn’t your average free Android Launcher. It is a smartly executed app launcher with a really modern, clean and uniformed interface.

The Free app has features such as an Ambient theme, Adaptive icons, Automatic app sorting, Ultra immersive mode, Smart search, Built-in clock widget with weather, On-screen notifications, Gestures and hotkeys, Protect your apps, Wallpaper selection and other customizations.

The Smart Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.4/5 (516,983+ reviews) and claims over 60 Million+ Installations per its website.

Smart Launcher 5
Smart Launcher 5
Price: Free+
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The ADW Launcher 2 is yet another app launcher which offers great customizability and an awesome interface.

On the features front, The launcher offers features such as customizable themes, app drawer, custom widgets, icon appearance, gesture and more.

This Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.3/5 (181,850+ reviews) and over 10 Million+ Installations.

ADW Launcher 2
ADW Launcher 2
Developer: AnderWeb
Price: Free+
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Want to have your devices user interface look like that of the Google Pixel devices? The Action launcher is a beautiful and actionable app launcher, pun intended that does just that.

The launcher doesn’t only have great customizability but features such as dock search, notification dots, built-in weather widget, Google feed integration, adaptive icons, quickbar, covers and a whole lot more.

The Action Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.2/5 (91,987+ reviews) and over 5 Million+ Installations.

Action Launcher: Pixel Edition
Action Launcher: Pixel Edition
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Just like our previous entry, Lawnchair Launcher is a simple and vibrant app launcher which gives your device Pixel features and feel.

The app features: Google Now integration (Requires the Lawnfeed add-on app), Android Oreo shortcuts and notification dots, Icon Pack support, Variable Icon Size, Custom Grid Size, Dock Customization, Adaptive Icons (For Nougat & above) and much more!

Lawnchair Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.6/5 (6,885+ reviews) and over 500 Thousand+ Installations.

Lawnchair Launcher
Lawnchair Launcher
Developer: deletescape
Price: Free
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If you don’t have a blackberry device and can tolerate ads or purchase a BlackBerry Hub+ subscription from the app, The Blackberry Launcher is an Android launcher from Blackberry.

You can use this app on your Android device absolutely free for 30 days. After that, you can continue using the app free of charge, with some ads. To remove ads and unlock access to more apps, subscribe to BlackBerry Hub+ from the app. BlackBerry Launcher requires BlackBerry Hub+ Services App.
If you have a BlackBerry device:
BlackBerry smartphones powered by Android get the app for free.
Turn multi-step actions like sending an email or calling a friend into a one-click task.

BlackBerry Launcher lets you organise apps, widgets and shortcuts on customised home screen panels for instant access.
• BlackBerry® Pop-Up Widgets allow you to view any application widget by simply swiping up or down across the icon on your home screen, giving you fast access to the information you need, when you need it
• Add shortcuts to the home screen to make adding contacts, notes, tasks and calendar events quick and easy
• Create custom shortcuts for Speed Dial, Google Maps Directions, Drive Scan and more
• Use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and wireless network toggle shortcuts to conserve battery and data usage
Customise the look and feel of your device using custom icon packs, wallpapers and ringtones
• Change the grid layout of your home screen panels
• Hide individual apps from the home screen and the All Apps screen
• Use app shortcuts from your home screen (Android 7.1 and later)
• Fully supports Android for Work deployment
• Part of BlackBerry Hub+

This Description taken directly from Google Play Store Description

The Blackberry Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 3.9/5 (10,410+ reviews) and over 1 Million+ Installations.

BlackBerry Launcher
BlackBerry Launcher
Price: Free
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Nova Launcher is a Quick, Solid and  free Android launcher which is a “Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android”.

The android launcher features icon themes, improved widget drawer, subgrid positioning, color controls, customize app drawer, infinite scroll, scrollable dock and widgets in dock.

You can gain extra features by purchasing Nova Launcher Prime for USD$4.99 which gives you  Gestures, unread counts, custom drawer groups, hide apps, icon swipes and more scroll effects.

The Nova Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.6/5 (1,144,436+ reviews) and over 50 Million+ Installations and an aggregate review rating of 4.8/5 (299,648+ reviews) and over 1 Million+ Installations for the Prime version.

Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher
Price: Free
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Nova Launcher Prime
Nova Launcher Prime
Price: $4.99
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Straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth(Made by Google), The Google Now Launcher gives you a clean cool minimal android launcher which is small enough for any device.

In fact, its compatible with Android 4.1 (Jellybean) which is an avegaage 3.5 percent of the android market share.

It has features such as Google Now cards, quick access search, “Ok Google” voice search, A-Z apps list and app suggestions.

The Google Now Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.2/5 (862,705+ reviews) and over 100 Million+ Installations.

Google Now Launcher
Google Now Launcher
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
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2. Pixel Launcher

For the Genuine Pixel experience, The Pixel launcher is the launcher for the best Pixel UI experience Made By Google.

Pixel Launcher is the home screen experience for the Pixel and Pixel XL phones by Google. Personalized information from Google is just a swipe away.

Swipe right for google card based news and personalized info, home screen search box, app drawer, app siuggestions and shortcuts.

The Pixel Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.2/5 (12,052+ reviews) and over 1+ Installations.

Pixel Launcher
Pixel Launcher
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
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Want to sync webpages, Office docs and photos from your desktop with your android mobile device?

The Microsoft App Launcher (formerly known as the Arrow launcher) gives your Android device to bridge with the various Microsoft services you use on your Windows PC.

This android launcher gives you the power to:

  • Pin contacts to your homescreen, dock or folder
  • Personalize your devices wallpaper, theme and accent colours, icon packs, gestures and more
  • A Personalized feed like Google Card which gives a quick overview of 
    news, calendar events, docs, contacts and more
  • Continue on PC – The most valuable feature of the app launcher, this feature allows you to take a pic with your phone and viewing/editing it on your PC.
  • Thanks to its universal search bar, you can search the web and your files quickly. One obvious drawback is the obvious integration of the Bing (A Microsoft Product/Service) search engine to search the web here.
  • Gesture customizations allow you to modify gesture like double tapping to lock your phone, swiping up for app drawer and more.

Note that the Continue on PC feature requires the latest Windows Fall Creator’s Update. 

The Microsoft App Launcher has an aggregate review rating of 4.6/5 (732,259+ reviews) and over 10 Million+ Installations.

Microsoft Launcher
Microsoft Launcher
Price: Free
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Did we forget your favorite app launcher? Go ahead and share your favorite Android App Launcher or/and thoughts below in our comments section.