How to get a Windows-like Start Menu on your Android device (if you're into that sort of thing!)

How to get a Windows-like Start Menu on your Android device (if you're into that sort of thing!)
Here's a twisty riddle: what does your Android phone have that your Windows 8 PC doesn't? Hint - it's the start menu! Tee-hee-hee! Seriously, though, if you're that special type of a user who wants to decorate their Android homescreen with a Windows-not-8-like Start Menu, you are going to have a really easy time. Just install the free app Taskbar from Google Play and we'll show you how to use it.

When you're finished installing Taskbar, start it by tapping the shortcut on your homescreen or app drawer. Tap "Enable Taskbar" to start the service, and then tap "Edit Start Menu" to start tweaking. As you can see, adding new folders and shortcuts inside it is an easy, and pretty familiar affair - unless you've grown using a Mac. You can adjust the Start Menu's height and transparency, as well as add toggles such as Wi-Fi and location.


When you're done customizing your start menu, head to the UIs menu to set the taskbar theme and position. In the case of the Taskbar app, "taskbar" simply means a faint button that you can position to the left or right, top or bottom of the homescreen, and tap it to activate a Start Menu and taskbar overlay. A real sweet feature for rooted devices that have Xposed framework installed is placing the taskbar icon inside the navigation button bar for a truly desktop-like feel.


And that's it! Enjoy your start menu, and don't forget to put a funny profile pic inside the right column!

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11 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That'd be like disconnecting the cable, throwing away the remote an shutting the color option off, on the TV. I suppose for some.

4. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I guess those with those Android laptops could use this; but at that point I'd question why they didn't just get a windows laptop.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7213; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well you get pretty much all of Google's ecosystem with a ton of apps. 2015 is also suppose to be the year for Android studio running on Android devices as well. No need to develop on a Windows system anymore. That will be a sweet day.

2. leonmbj

Posts: 45; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

there is a way to "unsee" this ?

3. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Ewwwww.....the Start Menu!!! I'll take the Start screen over the Windows 7 or older start menu any day. I do like the Windows 10 Start Menu Screen though as it combines features of both "Starts".

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Getting rather used to the 10 now that I have been using it on both a tablet and desktop. I am surprised at how stable it is. Not a single crash yet, either through video editing, 3d model creation, and general office work. Though I also like the 8 way of doing things, especially on my tablet vs desktop.

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Phonearena needs to tone down on their pro Android bias, no need for the " if you're into that sort of thing" comment, those who want it will download it, those who don't wont. Simple as that. I expect those attitudes from commenters, not editors . Hold yourself to a higher standard.

6. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

So the users opinion that should accept any standard or it is Microsoft Windows that should just go up to a higher standard ?

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

As a user, sure they have their own standards, as article writers on here....yea it can go the way side. How many other launchers or ui modification get the same treatment? I wait for you to dig up the article.

8. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I did not know it was a prerequisite for PA authors to be so cute... God forbid they are objective and show no bias. I do not think ANY PA authors have EVER used a Windows Phone as a main phone for more than a month...

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A month? With how they write, how they report (which is scrap even their app report is crap), I wouldn't believe they even had one in the office to hold. I come here cause its now becoming an old habit, but windowscentral, obvious by the name, is far better for anything MS related. As it should be, its a windows focus site, but there is some big news there that doesn't get the light of day here. An app updates on android or it sneezes and PA is here to report....

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