24 Best Android Launchers in 2020 – Unique and Compared

Android gives us many ways to customise our phone. One way is to completely change the way our phone looks. In this post, we are going to explore those launchers which bring new ideas and looks to our phones. The blog post covers the 24 best Android Launchers in 2020. Please note that the list does not put each by its rank.

Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft Launcher Interface
Microsoft Launcher Interface

The first best Android launcher is Microsoft Launcher. The launcher has been here for a few years now. The app offers s wide range of options, including daily Bing wallpaper, Microsoft Feed, Dock, and many customisation features. The app requires a Microsoft account. You can skip this part, but it will annoy you by showing to log in once a day. The app is entirely free and has an average user-based rating of 4.6.

✔ Gestures
✔ Hide apps (passcode)
✔ Feed powered by Microsoft
✔ Daily Bing Wallpapers
✔ Dark mode
✔ App activity
✔ Backup and restore
✔ Screen timer for apps

✖ App lock


Smart Launcher 5

With an average user rating of 4.4, the launcher stands by itself. The app is well adapted to work without much effort. The app adjusts the theme colour depending on your wallpaper. The launcher offers features, including adaptive icons, one-hand usage, smart search, quick navigation, and more.

✔ Gestures
✔ Hide apps
✔ Feed (powered by Microsoft)
✔ App categories
✔ Notification badges

✖ Dark mode
✖ Backup and restore
✖ App lock

POCO Launcher 2.0

POCO Launcher Interface
POCO Launcher Interface

A launcher by Xiaomi, Poco adapts a different approach as it offers categories in the app drawer. The app drawer is customised to help you find the app by going to the category on the top. Also, it offers a colour option only to show the selected colour apps. A couple of features such as RAM clean and hide apps are already built-in.

✔ Dark mode
✔ RAM clean
✔ Notification badges
✔ Hide apps (passcode)

✖ Gestures
✖ No Feed
✖ No backup and restore

Related: POCO Launcher vs Microsoft Launcher – Which One is Better?


Hexa Launcher

Hexa Launcher Interface
Hexa Launcher Interface

A new launcher in the town. The app has a few hundreds of downloads with an average user-based rating on 4.5. It asks about the wallpaper and style of your phone in the beginning. Meanwhile, it offers many customisation options, including, icons size and shape, apps in the dock, UI behaviour, and more.

✔ Notification badges
✔ Dark theme with extended options
✔ Gestures
✔ Backup and restore
✔ Hide apps
✔ Lock apps

✖ No Feed

Apolo Launcher

Apolo is all about our space. The app is similar to other launchers in terms of usage, but it brings its icon pack which looks fabulous with the default Earth planet image. It also uses a similar approach as POCO Launcher to display apps of the selected colour in the app drawer. It also offers an Apolo Store where you can browse apps and games. The launcher is a bit buggy and takes time to enable and disable features, but overall the launcher is good enough for your Android device.

✔ Feed
✔ Screen timer for apps (limited in free)
✔ Notification badges
✔ Dark mode
✔ Hide apps

✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore

ASAP Launcher

Elegant and straightforward launcher, ASAP makes it super easy to use your Android device. Even in the description, it is printed that ASAP Launcher is only about making your phone easy to navigate. Swiping from the left edge brings all the apps while swiping right in the middle shows the contacts and history. Similarly, swiping from the right edge brings the quick settings, while swiping left on the centre brings the calendar. The dock shows the most frequent apps.

✖ Feed
✖ Notification badges
✖ Dark mode
✖ Hide apps
✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore




Launcher iOS 13

Here is a launcher for iPhone lovers who use Android. The launcher enables iOS 13 on Android. It looks similar to iOS with the same navigation features and icons. It even changes the Google Play name to App Store. The app requires other free apps to enable the Control Centre, Assistive Touch, and lock screen features, but you can create folders on the home screen without any apps.

✔ Feed
✔ Notification badges
✔ Hide apps

✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore
✖ Dark mode


Evie Launcher

Clean, easy to use, and utterly free launcher is available for many Android devices. Evie has received many compliments and marked the milestone of 5 million downloads. Some unique features include universal search, custom shortcuts, and quick navigation.

✔ Gestures
✔ Hide apps
✔ Backup and restore
✔ Feed
✔ Notification badges and dots

✖ Dark mode
✖ App lock

Niagara Launcher

The launcher is simple as it only comes with the home screen with favourite apps. On the right-hand side, you see the alphabetical line. Pressing or moving on the line shows the app of selected initials. To open the launcher settings, swipe the line all way to the bottom of the screen.

✔ Notification arrows (no badges)
✔ Hide apps (no passcode)
✔ Dark mode

✖ Feed
✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore


CPL (Customised Pixel Launcher)

Customized Pixel Launcher Interface
Customized Pixel Launcher Interface

The launcher looks similar to Pixel and offers many features, including the dock, widgets, gestures, and Google Feed. It does not change the icons, but you can download an icon pack to give it a new look. For those, who want to experience Pixel on their Android, then CPL is one of the best Android launchers to try.

✔ Notification dots and badges
✔ Hide apps (no passcode)
✔ Dark mode
✔ Feed
✔ Gestures
✔ Backup and restore

✖ App lock


LessPhone

LessPhone is called less phone distraction launcher. There is nothing much going on. You can add up to three apps on the home page with additional task and dialer options. Other than that, there are not many settings to change. The app is developed for users who can’t control using their phone. Although the app has overall positive feedback, many users want the app to offer more apps to add to the home screen.

✖ Feed
✖ Notification badges
✖ Dark mode
✖ Hide apps
✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore


Total Launcher

The next on the list is Total Launcher. The app claims to be very customisable. It does not come with any settings, but you can edit almost anything by holding on it. On the home screen, you see a circle of five apps while on the second page, you see the five quick action buttons. There are two apps and contacts button on the home screen as well.

✔ Hide apps (no passcode)

✖ Notification dots or badges
✖ Dark mode
✖ Feed
✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore


Nova

Nova Launcher Home Screen
Nova Launcher Home Screen

Nova is one of the most popular launchers on this planet. Although the free version does not offer many features, it is one of the most downloaded launcher apps. Nova provides a few elements with many customisation tools. You can customise the home screen, folders, app drawer, search bar, and more.

✔ Dark mode
✔ Widgets
✔ Backup and restore

✖ Notification badges and dots
✖ Hide apps
✖ Feed
✖ Gestures
✖ App lock

Related: Nova Launcher vs Evie Launcher | Is it Time to Switch?


Lawnchair 2

The launcher looks and behaves like the Quickstep, but it offers more customisable tools. The launcher is good for those who like the default look, but want more customisation tools.

✔ Hide apps (no passcode)
✔ Gestures
✔ Backup and restore
✔ Notification dots or badges
✔ Dark mode

✖ Feed (Google Feed plugin available)


ap15 Launcher Interface
ap15 Launcher Interface

ap15 Launcher

Another launcher to make your phone easier to use. ap15 Launcher stands between the default and LessPhone Launcher ☝. The app comes with only one home screen with all the apps’ names. One thing I like the most is the apps’ name size depending on the usage. Moreover, the app changes the colour of the name if there are any notifications. You can change the background colour, apps’ title colour, fonts, size, and more.

✔ Hide apps (no passcode)
✔ Notifications (colour change)
✔ Dark mode

✖ Feed
✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore

Solo Launcher

The launcher looks like the default launcher, expect you get a notification with a few quick options, a RAM clean, and some wallpapers to display. The app drawer shows apps alphabetically, and you can hide apps without any passcode.

✔ Hide apps (no passcode)
✔ Notification badges
✔ Gestures

✖ Dark mode
✖ Feed
✖ Backup and restore


Computer Launcher

Want to enjoy the Windows look on your phone? The Computer Launcher offers Windows experience on Android. You can add a few icons on the home screen, while the start menu provides all the apps. Swiping left opens the notification centre with system settings. One thing I found strange was that the launcher notification centre could not show the notifications. Looking for a Windows Phone style launcher? It’s included 👇.

✖ Notification badges
✖ Gestures
✖ Hide apps
✖ Dark mode
✖ Feed
✖ Backup and restore


Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher Interface
Apex Launcher Interface

Apex offers more customisation tools while giving the default launcher look. Tapping on the home button while on home shows some options. The app offers Bing search while it also comes with the feed.

✔ App lock
✔ Hide apps
✔ Gestures (most are free)
✔ Feed
✔ Backup and restore

✖ Notification badges
✖ Dark mode

AIO Launcher

AIO Launcher Interface
AIO Launcher Interface

AIO takes a different approach in terms of the interface. The whole launcher behaves like a feed. There are cards on the home page for system settings, frequently used apps, timer, dialer, messages, voice recording, and more. The search bar is in the bottom-right corner, which offers to search for apps, contacts, and search queries from Google.

✔ Notifications cards (badges disabled by default)
✔ Hide apps (not completely)

✖ Gestures
✖ Feed
✖ Backup and restore
✖ App lock
✖ Dark mode
✖ Widgets (available in the full version)


Flick Launcher

Flick Launcher Interface
Flick Launcher Interface

Flick Launcher looks like Quickstep with extended options and a dock. The dock can be accessed by swiping up from the middle of the screen. A confusing feature of this launcher is predicting the best colours for you. It asks a few questions about which colours do you like. Even though I rated red as don’t like, the launcher set red as my prefered colour. The app offers to hide apps, but if you hide a recently used app, the app will be visible in the recently used apps row on the top in the app drawer.

✔ Notifications card (badges disabled by default)
✔ Hide apps (not completely | the paid version offers though)
✔ Widgets

✖ Gestures
✖ Feed
✖ Backup and restore
✖ App lock
✖ Dark mode


Launcher by Yandex

The launcher takes a similar approach like POCO. You see categories and colour options in the app drawer. One unique feature I found was to change the wallpaper with on tap. There is an icon on the home screen to apply a new wallpaper.

✔ Dark mode
✔ Feed (Yandex Feed)
✔ Notification badges and dots (only in the app drawer)
✔ Hide apps (not completely | Apps can appear in the search results)
✔ Widgets

✖ Gestures
✖ Backup and restore
✖ App lock


Action Launcher Pixel Edition

Action Launcher is based on the Pixel Launcher. The transition effects the app provides are great. Furthermore, swiping right displays all the apps and swiping left shows a quick page. Like Nova, the launcher offers many great features, but most are in the paid version.

✔ Dark mode
✔ Notification dots only (no badges)
✔ Widgets
✔ Backup and restore

✖ Hide apps
✖ Feed
✖ Gestures
✖ App lock


Minimalist Launcher for Focus | Before Launcher

Minimalist Launcher for Focus Interface
Minimalist Launcher for Focus Interface

The launcher adapts the same nature as LessPhone ☝ by showing the most used apps on the home screen. You can add up to eight apps on the main home page, but swiping left shows all the apps. The good thing is the launcher offers a dark mode on its own. Swiping right opens the notification screen where you will only see the notifications for selected (important apps). The launcher is a perfect choice for those who want less phone distraction.

✔ Dark mode
✔ Notifications (important or all)

✖ Hide apps
✖ Feed
✖ Gestures
✖ App lock
✖ Widgets
✖ Backup and restore


Square Home 3

Square Home 3 Interface
Square Home 3 Interface

The last best Android launcher is Square Home 3, which adapts the Windows Phone style. The launcher proves that users do like Windows Phone with Google Play functionalities. Anyway, you get a home page with some apps while you can add new pages and add more apps. The contacts are also displayed in the square tiles.

✔ Dark mode (somehow)
✔ Notifications (important or all)
✔ Backup and restore
✔ Gestures (limited)

✖ Hide apps
✖ Feed
✖ App lock
✖ Widgets

Conclusion

I hope the blog post helped you find the perfect launcher for your device. Thanks for checking out the best Android launchers in 2020. Please let me know your views in the comments below so that we can discuss more.

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