Extreme makeover: 10 great Android personalization apps
10 Android customization apps
The name sums it all up pretty well. A different wallpaper will be applied to your home screen at a given time interval, or simply each time you go past the lock screen. The app promises to go easy on your battery and does not require much system resources to operate. Most importantly, there are no annoying advertisements, yet optional premium features may be purchased separately. Note that the app only works with static wallpapers, not live ones.
Are your stock ringtones boring? Then make your own with Myxer by selecting a song from your music library and cropping the part that you like. Free ringtones are also available for download, in addition to premium ones based on the hottest singles.
Fancy analog clocks? Then here is the widget pack that you should check out. A whole bunch of them are available in Analog Clock Collection at no charge.
Not every Android smartphone comes with a cool and functional lock screen. Thankfully, there's WidgetLocker Lockscreen, which allows you to replace the stock lock screen with a custom one, where app shortcuts and various widgets can be placed. The application costs $2.99 to download.
Cluttered home screens? Folder Organizer can take care of them by allowing you to sort app shortcuts, bookmarks, and contacts in groups. The application also allows you to change app icons, so find a pretty icon pack online and start tweaking the looks of your Android! Folder Organizer costs $1.25 to download, but a free, ad-supported version is available too.
In case your smartphone doesn't have a notification LED light, but has an LED flash, you can make the latter do the former's job with Flashlight Notifier. That ought to make noticing those missed call notifications much easier. Just set which app can use the LED light and you should be good to go.
Here is one of the better widget packs you can find on the Play store. Android Pro Widgets provides quick and convenient access to your agenda & calendar, contacts list, messages, bookmarks, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and more. If your smartphone's stock widgets don't cut the mustard, you should definitely give this collection a try.
As you can probably guess, this app is meant to replace the stock Android status bar. Judging by its reviews, it is far from perfect and might not work properly on all devices, but it surely seems like the software has lots of potential. In case you don't want to spend $1.99 on this app, there is a free version of StatusBar+ available on the Play store.
1Tap Quick Bar is also a status bar customizing app – perhaps simpler, but seemingly prettier than our previous recommendation. It allows you to place shortcuts to applications or contacts in your status bar, as well as to control audio playback from there.
Zedge does not customize your Android smartphone, but it helps you do it yourself by suggesting wallpapers, ringtones, and notification sounds from its gigantic database. Content is organized in categories to help users find what they need exactly, and new recommendations are being given based on what they have already downloaded.
3. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Android Pro Widgets are an obvious copy of HTC Sense...
13. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It's an app with themes, if you don't like the stock look get themes but either way it doesn't look like sense.
4. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)
APPLE FANBOYS WILL JEALOUSSZZ
6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Haha .. and there's a app for that.., for iPhone ...but it only changes wallpaper!! LoL
7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I wonder if the author knows about the geatest, by far most capable and most complex
personalization app ever - The Tasker
10. Nick_T (Posts: 154; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Will sure check it out. Who knows, it may show up in one of our next picks.
14. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Actually the app name is just "Tasker", I used The to emphasize the badassery of it lol
It's more about to-do aspects of personalization than the visuals, but with a "scenes" mode you can create a whole UI.
8. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I used to use Folder Organizer - back in 2010....if you have ICS/JB, then you are set as is, and you can get NOVA launcher to backup placement/folders.
9. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
Those are some great apps, but there are better ones. Screen cluttered you say? HA, get Circle launcher.. Its the best. Allows access to your most used apps just by touching anywhere on your screen.
Who needs folders? Oh yeah, the iphoney does.. Android users need to get out of folders..
I have just widgets on my screens. No folders, no icons.
Hunt3rj2.. Thats the problem. Everything is a copy of everything else. Otherwise we'd live in a weird 1 sided world. 1 tv manufacturer. 1 cell phone maker (coughs.. apple) 1 religion, etc.. Apples suit against Sammy will most likely be overturned in courts on "fair use" ground. Apple can't patent a square with rounded corners and a black background. Nor can they patent a rectangle with rounded edged. Otherwise, every 42" tv that is a rectangular box with rounded corners would be owned by 1 company. Things look alike because, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
12. Aeires (unregistered)
I use folders in Nova, but the icon is transparent so people can look at your phone without knowing there's folders on the screens. You just have to remember where you put them. ;-)
11. Aeires (unregistered)
Launch-X. Great little app not many know about that lets you cram a lot of apps in a smaller space without looking cluttered or cramped.
15. itchyfingerz (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2013)
**Featured as top 3 for “Featured Android Apps”, “Trending Apps” and in the top 10 list for “Staff Picks” worldwide on the Google Play Store**
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Vybe- Custom Vibrations lets you create custom vibration patterns for your contacts and allows you to know who’s calling or messaging without looking at your phone. A unique experience where you can design distinct vibration patterns for your phone calls, text messages and app notifications (WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Gmail, Facebook and Facebook Messenger!)
And it’s pretty simple! Just create a vibration, assign it to a contact and know who’s trying to reach out.
To put it simple just Create, Assign and Feel it.