Get Started with Nova Launcher for Android
With all the launchers that are available in the Google Play Store, it can often be a daunting task trying to decipher the differences between them all, when really all you want to do is cover up that ugly TouchWiz skin. Here we take a look at one of the offerings called Nova Launcher and how to get it, install it, and configure it to get you up and running.
Install Nova Launcher
Obviously, the first thing we want to do is to install Nova Launcher, which is a free download from the Google Play Store.
Upon opening the app you’ll notice Nova Launcher looks a lot like stock Android – and you’d be right! No more TouchWiz for you. Bundled with the Launcher is a whole load of settings that can customize your Nova Launcher experience to exactly how you like it.
From the settings menu, you can customise the number of home screens that are available, the number of columns and rows that are contained within each homescreen (so you can fit more/less on the screen), as well as the dock and folder appearance.
Some of the settings are protected and are only available in Nova Launcher Prime, which is the paid version of the Launcher. However, most functionality is available from the free version.
In addition, you can download icon packs that have been designed to work with Nova Launcher to give a different system-wide look to your device. Just head over to our icon download section to check out some of the best ones.
Nova Launcher is a fantastic way of bringing the stock look of Android back to your device without having to worry about rooting or flashing custom roms.
Some of the features include:
- Features include:
- Colour Themes
- Icon Themes
- Customisable App Drawer
- Folder icon backgrounds
- Widgets in Dock
- App Drawer Groups
- Hide Apps
- Scrollable Dock
Nova Launcher is available for free for your phone and tablet in the Google Play Store.
Look for a follow-up post in the coming days! We’ll dive a bit deeper into the Nova Launcher settings and customize the experience.