Extreme makeover: 10 great Android personalization apps

Extreme makeover: 10 great Android personalization apps
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!

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15 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

excellent article. Thank you

2. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Excellent indeed. thanks PA.

3. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Android Pro Widgets are an obvious copy of HTC Sense...

13. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 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

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

APPLE FANBOYS WILL JEALOUSSZZ

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Haha .. and there's a app for that.., for iPhone ...but it only changes wallpaper!! LoL

5. android8

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Great Apps !!

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Will sure check it out. Who knows, it may show up in one of our next picks.

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Great. 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: Aug 27, 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: May 09, 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** **Reviewed by Google, CNET, xda developers, addictive tips and many more reviewers worldwide** 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.

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