You can now replace the slow and clumsy dialer on your phone with Google's stock Android Phone dialer


Stock Android is adored by many and despised by others. Despite all the polarizing feelings around Google's Material Design approach to user interface, one thing remains a fact: the stock Android apps are quick and work extremely smoothly.

And while custom user interfaces like TouchWiz by Samsung, or LG's custom Android interface, might provide additional functionality, that often comes at the price of slower loading speeds of many apps. And this can often be felt in the Phone Dialer, the app that you so often use to call people.

Luckily, you can now replace it with the stock Google Phone dialer app. The requirement is for your phone to run on Android Marshmallow, and that's it. The app is free and while earlier it could be used on some phones, but not others, it now seems that all Marshmallow-based phones support it. Check it out at the Google Play store, and if it does not show up for you there, just head onto APK Mirror, where you can also get a verified and non-infected version of the app.

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32 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I leave certain apps like Phone Dialer and Contacts cached in the RAM for quick access. No need for stock Android dialer. Samsung's dialer does alot more.

18. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Agreed, Google stock dialer is absolutely awful, whenever you bring it up it goes straight to favorites list instead of of the recent dial list it's just awful.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I do find Google stock dialer to be confusing. Prefer TouchWiz dialer.

19. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Exactly I think same OEM dialer is far better and IMO HTC dialer is the best. fastest to call anyone and fastest to find anyone.. my favorite part of phone is its dialer.

2. iNEVERTROLL

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

It works on S7 Edge... but it's true that the stock phone app is pretty good... going to have to test both separately.

3. Scarambay unregistered

Why the f**k is Marshmallow a prerequisite to use a basic app like Phone Dialer? Not everyone has a phone that runs the latest Android version.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The keyword here is fragmentation.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Diversity, variety, a plethora of options, all with unique features. Fragmentation is a weak argument against Android. If updates are so important to you then Nexus is the way to go, otherwise you have sooooo many other awesome phones to choose from.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Really? Because this article and his comment say differently.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You got to love what apple gives you and be thankful.

28. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You're not right. My wife had Galaxy Nexus II. It worked fine, but updates stopped years ago on jelly bean. Phone worked slow. I bought her HTC A9 and then put on the Nexus II some medded Lollypop and it flying now. Why the hell they supported it just for a year and half?!? That's how Apple is attracting new and loyal customers. Nexus phones does not receive the same long support as Apple products. And... I'm not Apple fan or troll. Just writing my real life experience.

32. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Cut with that fragmentation crap. It's as lame an excuse as you are a person. As if there isn't any fragmentation in iOS.

7. Chilidog

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Thats your choice

9. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Doesn't your phone have a dialer already? If not, there's tons of them in the Play Store.

5. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I apparently cannot get it on my 2014 Moto X running Marshmallow in Europe. No reason for the incompatibility is given on the Play Store page, but I suspect region issues.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Moto's dialer is pretty much the Google dialer.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Doesn't have all of the features of it.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... I think Motorola gave up early on the 2014 Moto X to be honest. It was the one thing they did that I thought was absolutely BS. Sorry my friend. ... then again, it did take them about as long for them to update my 2013 Moto X to Lollipop.

23. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

The US version doesn't suffer from this problem, have no idea what that is all about. However, the Moto stock dialer is very, very similar to the Google.

6. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

"extremely smoothly" -_-

8. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Still doesn't work for me on S7Edge.

11. torr310

Posts: 1661; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Play Store said its incompatible with Galaxy S7(marshmallow), so I am not sure if I should install it or not.

21. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

The Samsung dialer is way better anyway. Its not worth installing this.

12. TharakaKS

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

Play Store said its incompatible with HTC one M8 running marshmallow in Sri Lanka

13. Eclectech

Posts: 351; Member since: May 01, 2013

If I still had my Galaxy S6 I would totally use this dialer because the Samsung dialer is slow and not well designed. Thankfully the dialer on my HTC 10 is much faster and better designed.

14. Anupam-Chopra

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Does not support below 6.0 Very disappointed

29. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

How to cure your disappointment: Step 1: Root your phone + install TWRP Manager from Play Store and use it to install TWRP. Step 2: Download an AOSP 6.0+ ROM (like CyanogenMod 13) for your phone model and the latest GAPPS for Android 6.0. Step 3: Boot into TWRP and backup your current phone before Installing the ROM and GAPPS zip files you just downloaded, then clear dalvik cache and reboot. If anything goes wrong just restore your backup, otherwise you will now have Android 6.0 or higher installed along with the stock Android phone dialer. Enjoy.

20. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

What's so special about this dialer? I already have gesture dialing natively built into fun touch os.

22. GeekMovement unregistered

Oh, I was excited when I saw the title, but too bad my Note II is running Kitkat. Would have been nice to update the other old touchwiz apps to newer google-themed ones (like google messenger and the google clock app).

30. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Refer to post #29.

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