One of the best ways to make your Android smartphone truly yours is to customize it to your personal liking. And by "customize" we mean not just putting a photo of a cute kitten as a wallpaper. There are so many ways that an Android device can be tweaked: think custom widgets, advanced lock screens, alternative drop-down notification bars, and the likes.
That is what we have for you today: 10 Android customization apps that can help you modify your smartphone or tablet without the need to bother installing any custom Android launchers
or flashing third-party ROMs. Do you know any other great personalization apps for Android that we've missed? Just drop a comment below and let us know!
10 Android customization 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.