How to change your default launcher on any Android device

How to change your default launcher on any Android device
Say you grabbed one of the many excellent launchers we've covered for you recently. You enjoyed your time with it on your Android device, but now you want to go back to the way things were. Perhaps you'd like that third-party launcher completely gone (in which case you delete it), or you'd just like to temporarily go back, but not lose all the custom settings you put in place on it in case you decide to switch once again. How do you do that?

As of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google finally addressed this issue – you can now easily pick between as many launchers as you have and choose which one is currently in use easily, and we'll be showing you how exactly that's done. As importantly, however, we'll be showing you how to do it on devices that preceded KitKat. That means that if you're stuck on Android Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, or even Gingerbread, you can still easily manage your launchers through a simple app.

Let's dive in.



1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Is this Sunday?

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Haha....Good one ! +1 I don't really understand the point of this article either. Just download any launcher from Play Store and it'll automatically give you the option to change your launcher.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Thanks i always go to apps and clear defaults. I didn't know i had this on my phone lol

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

But but only iOS users need tutorials. Every single Android user in the entire world is a genius and knows everything (to let the ones on here tell it). I'm just completely mind blown.

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