Do you use themes or custom launchers on your smartphone?

Do you use themes or custom launchers on your smartphone?
Nowadays, most popular manufacturers put a theme store on their upper-class handsets. And, for those who don't, there are always custom launchers that support 3rd party icon packs and some crazy customization options.

But then again, having too much choice is sometimes a burden, isn't it? “This theme looks better than the last one, but lacks this and that”; “This theme would've been perfect if only it had x”, so on and so forth. Unless the stock UI skin is abysmal, we can see why many people choose to forgo the whole theme shenanigans overall.

Where do you stand? Do you pick a new theme on a regular basis, always on the search for the one that's “just right”? Or do you only swap it every once in a couple of blue moons? Or never?

Do you use custom themes?

I switch mine often!
18.38%
Every once in a while, just to freshen things up a bit.
32.55%
I may or may not pick one theme at the start and pretty much forget to ever change it.
12.62%
Nah, I don't care about custom themes.
36.46%

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27 Comments

1. pimpin83z

Posts: 198; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Nova launcher & text icons are a must for me. Love the scrollable dock & custom gesture features. Not much of a theme guy.

23. japkoslav

Posts: 1248; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Yeah me too. I use Nova pretty much every time, when a pre-installed launcher is not good enough. Other than that I set my wallpaper, custom ringtones and that's it.

2. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

Custom background with Material Icons on my Note 5. I'm not a fan of icons being in specific shapes resulting in the size of the actual logo being reduced.

3. libra89

Posts: 2148; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I take time to find the 'perfect' theme for the phone (usually based on the phone's color and what I think looks nice together) and leave it there for as long as I have the phone. Themes with Samsung and Huawei phones, launchers with a theme and icons otherwise.

4. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

I don't use themes; however, I do use Nova Prime.

5. MrMalignance

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I use icon packs, but Klwp is the best of burden for creating a new look for my phone. I've been customizing my devices as long as it's been possible on android

7. Blitzer17

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 15, 2019

Does anyone know the name of the icon pack that is shown at the beginning of the article?

17. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Linex icons

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes, especially themes. That's something I wish my Max had. Themes give a whole new look to the software, and keep things from becoming so stale.

9. sissy246

Posts: 6902; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I do and change up about 4 or 5 times a year.

10. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

84 iPhone users voted so far ;) As for me, I use my own icon pack, a custom made KLWP wallpaper and Nova. Only thing that changes is the background and colour scheme (using substratum)

11. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

just changing the wallpaper freshens things up for me

12. Sparkxster

Posts: 1117; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I use launchers been using action, nova, Microsoft, Apex, smart launcher 5, Flick, Evie, Poco, and currently Hyperion.

13. cncrim

Posts: 1534; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Leave it 100% whatever come out the box sometime try nova laucher and X laucher but somehow keep going back stock. Never care about theme/icon pack

21. pimpin83z

Posts: 198; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

What phone?

14. AbhiD

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

What about how OnePlus devices have customisation? Icon packs and accent color support with 3 themes inbuilt (stock/white/black).

15. pogba

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

I'm guessing that last option is meant for iPhone users............ Jokes aside, I never use the default launcher, evie is perfect for me. Blank home screen with minimalistic app launcher allows me to view my wallpaper in all its glory. I can switch between grid and list app view. Quick settings and app shortcuts directly from the home screen and so much more.

16. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I rarely change the theme on my phone, but I like having the ability to do so if I want to, which is one reason I haven't changed over to an iPhone yet.

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1497; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Every once in a while just to freshen up things. Currently using Pixel Launcher with Pix UI Iconpack 2.

19. KingSam

Posts: 1334; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

How about an option called. That doesn't exist in my apple world. I am iOS user BTW. I just didn't vote.

22. monoke

Posts: 1114; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Just to change icon size and grid. If the oem ui had that, I wouldn't bother to use another launcher cuz I find oems smoother.

24. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1088; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I've used themes and custom launchers since 2012. Nowadays I use Nova Launcher Prime to craft my UI to my needs, with some third party icon packs and custom gesture shortcuts.

25. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Title says themes or launchers, question is only about themes. Be honest about the content.

26. xocomaox

Posts: 195; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

I use Nova, an icon pack and Substratum theme.

27. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

i use themes from samsung's shop. I do not use custom launcher.

28. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

i use themes from samsung's shop. I do not use custom launcher.

29. Topspliff

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

I've been using a new launcher called Niagara for the last 3 months, it's very different, not cluttered, easy to use, lots of features and not a single crash, worth checking out!

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