How to make your non-Sony smartphone look like an Xperia (software-wise)

How to make your non-Sony smartphone look like an Xperia (software-wise)
If you happen to like the look of Sony's UI that's used on the company's Xperia handsets, but you don't have an Xperia, you can bring that look to your non-Sony Android smartphone anyway.

To do that, you'll first need to download and install GO Launcher (either the free, or the paid version). Right now, GO Launcher is one of the most popular Android launchers out there, and, thanks to the fact that it supports many custom themes, you'll be able to use an Xperia theme with it. The theme that we're talking about is called Xperia Go Launcher EX Theme, and you can get it for free via Google Play. Download links for both GO Launcher and the Xperia theme are included at the end of this article.

Once you download GO Launcher, make it your default launcher from your phone's Settings -> Home submenu. After that, download the Xperia Go Launcher EX Theme, and apply it from GO Launcher's theme menu (this is illustrated in the slideshow below). That's pretty much all you have to do, although, of course, you can play around with settings and preferences in GO Launcher for a more personalized experience.

Needless to say, this custom Xperia look doesn't perfectly mimic the UI of a genuine Xperia, and won't bring in-depth changes (your settings menu and other submenus won't look different). Moreover, as always when it comes to custom themes, this might not work flawlessly on all handsets. But, if you like the idea of having an Xperia look on a non-Sony smartphone, you should give it a try.

P.S.: Note that the free version of GO Launcher includes ads.

download: GO Launcher (Free, Prime - $5.99), Xperia Go Launcher EX Theme



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

DAFAQ did I just read.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

You just read about how to change a launcher to look like an Xperia.

11. TyrionLannister unregistered

Exactly. An article to change a freaking launcher. This is a tech site. Not a site which is spoonfeeding to newborns.

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Well there are people who don't know how to change the launcher. It isn't just geared toward hardcore techies.

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If you think this is spoon feeding wait till you read this:

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

exactly why the hell would you want to do that

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Honestly, as a windows phone user, it is the nicest looking android skin.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

There are people like me who prefers Sony UI than any other...

13. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I know, I have an Xperia Z3 and it's one of the only things that's preventing me from getting the Z4 when it comes out if they don't change their UI.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wonder how Go Launcher runs now, used to be a memory hog when I used it in 2010/2011

5. fbleite

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Who the hell wants to do that? The Xperia launcher is the ugliest one

8. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I like Sony's Skin to be honest, outside of Stock Android and Sense this might be on top of my list :)

9. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Thanks God you said "sofware wise"

10. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Android stock is the best, NEXUS 6!!

12. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I said this once, but I'll say it again, Sony's UI is ugly!

16. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Still better than touchwiz.

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