Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher


(5 stars)



10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

  • Highly tweakable
  • Responsive
  • Neat design
  • Needs a theme store
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Expert's Review

"Make your Android look gorgeous"

Reviewed by / Dec 02, 2014

A beautiful, smooth and highly customizable launcher

TeslaCoil Software's Nova Launcher has been around since Android Ice Cream Sandwich but it's been tuned since then, widening its functionality and adapting it to every new Android OS. Nova Launcher is currently one of the most well-balanced launchers on Android regarding amount of features, usability, design and responsiveness.

Tweak it at your whim: amount of home screens, scroll effects, app drawer's grid size, gestures and buttons, icon size... And a zillion more options. Tune it to the limit.

Besides functionality, Nova Launcher has been enhanced regarding both design and performance: it feels neat, polished and smooth equal parts. The only thing missing is a theme store accessible and navigable from the app.

Regardless, one of the best launchers on the market so far.

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Developer's original description available here
The highly customizable, performance driven, home screen
Accept no substitutes! Nova Launcher is the top launcher for modern Android, embracing full Material Design throughout.

Nova Launcher replaces your home screen with one you control and can customize. Change icons, layouts, animations and more.

For my money, Nova Launcher is the best of the AOSP-style launchers available in Android. --Android Police
Nova Launcher has some very capable hands behind it --Phandroid
Our favorite is Nova Launcher, which strikes a great perfect balance between incredible performance and high customizability without getting too gimmicky and difficult to use --Lifehacker
Chock full of features you won't find in the stock launcher, and comes highly recommended --Android Central

• Icon Themes - Find thousands of icon themes for Nova Launcher on the Play Store
• Subgrid positioning - Much greater control than standard launchers, Nova Launcher allows you to snap icons or widgets half way through the desktop grid cells
• Color controls - for labels, folders, unread badges, drawer tabs and backgrounds
• Customize App Drawer - Custom tabs, Vertical or Horizontal scrolling, Custom effects
• Improved Widget Drawer - Widgets grouped by app makes it much faster to use
• Infinite scroll - Never far from your favorite page, loop through the desktop or drawer continuously
• Backup/Restore - Sophisticated backup/restore system allowing you to backup your desktop layout and launcher settings
• Scrollable Dock - Create multiple docks and scroll between them
• Widgets in dock - Place any widget in your dock, such as a 4x1 music player widget
• Import Layout - No need to rebuild your desktop from scratch, Nova Launcher can import from most popular launchers. Including the one that came with your phone.
• Fast - Nova Launcher is highly optimized to do it's work quickly and quietly, keeping the animations smooth and letting you use your phone as fast as you can move your fingers.

Nova Launcher Prime
Unlock the following extras by purchasing Nova Launcher Prime
• Gestures - Swipe, pinch, double tap and more on the home screen to open your favorite apps
• Unread Counts - Never miss a message. Unread count badges for Hangouts, SMS, Gmail and more using the TeslaUnread plugin
• Custom Drawer Groups - Create new tabs or folders in the app drawer
• Hide Apps - Keep a clean app drawer by hiding never used apps
• Icon Swipes - Set custom actions for swiping on app shortcuts or folders
• More scroll effects - Such as Wipe, Accordion, and Throw


Recently changed in this version

Fix keyboard for drawer search
Adjust drawer tab width

Widget Drawer has moved, long-press in empty space and tap Widgets

Full Material Design
- All settings screens/dialogs
- More animations
- New icons
- Bundled wallpapers

Individual icon layout settings (size, font, etc) in Desktop, Drawer, etc
Max icon size boosted to 150%
Widget Search
Pull down in the drawer for search
New grouped Widgets drawer
Support for Android for Work

Requires Android 4.1+

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Changelog and permissions

PermissionsChangelogPackage com.teslacoilsw.launcher
  • - Know what access (wifi, 3G…) you have at every moment.
  • - android.permission.ACCESS_WEATHERCLOCK_PROVIDER
  • - Access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • - Tell the AppWidget service which application can access AppWidget's data.
  • - Call somewhere with no need for the user to confirm that call. ER numbers aren't allowed, though.
  • - Enlarge or shrink the status bar.
  • - Send and receive internet info.
  • - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
  • - Set a picture as a wallpaper.
  • - Set the wallpaper hints.
  • - Use the vibrator.
  • - Write whatever to your SD card.
  • - com.actionlauncher.playstore.permission.READ_SETTINGS
  • - com.anddoes.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
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  • - com.cyanogenmod.trebuchet.permission.READ_SETTINGS
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  • - org.adw.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
  • - org.adwfreak.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS

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    by quaz quaz on 26/05/2015

    I sent an email referrencing launcher issue to developer a week ago, still no responce ??

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    by Richardson Seabrook on 26/05/2015

    With the unread count badges, you used to be able to swipe away notifications and the unread badges would still be there next to the app icon. Now that's not the case unfortunately and makes it a bit redundant.

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    by Tor Stenfeldt on 26/05/2015

    Too lazy to write a full review tho it does what it says it will and it does it well. Haven't found anything negative about it so far.

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    by Dennis Johnston on 26/05/2015

    I've been following this since its release date way back when I had my HTC wildfire and have loved it ever since!

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    by Axel Malmqvist on 26/05/2015

    Best launcher of em all.

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    by steve arnold on 26/05/2015

    Was brilliant, then went material, now brilliant +1

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    by Jim Doe on 26/05/2015

    No ridiculous permissions, perfect functionality,lightweight and clean!Simple and intuitive!!Thank you