Nova Launcher is one of the most common, and with over 50 million downloads, it dominates the market. But, is it time to consider something else? Evie Launcher is new and not popular, but it makes the phone straightforward to use and customise. To see what both can offer, we are going to explore Nova Launcher vs Evie Launcher in this blog post.
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Nova Launcher vs Evie Launcher
Interface and customisation
When you install Nova, you get some setup screens, including layout, theme, and drawer style. By default, you don’t get an option when you install Evie, but there are tons of options in the settings menu.
Both automatically show the original background image. Both support dock, folder, and widgets. Evie does not offer an app drawer button. Nova allows you to customise whether should you add a button or open the drawer by swiping. Take a look at the below table for all the features.
|Feature||Nova Launcher||Evie Launcher|
|Search bar style||✔️||❌|
|Page indicator options||✔️||❌|
One thing on Evie good is showing how the home screen will look like while adjusting the columns, rows, and other settings.
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Like Samsung Bixby, Microsoft Launcher, and Google Feed, Evie offers a feed. On the feed screen, you can browse and personalise news, search on Google, and check the weather. You can also follow the news topics.
Like the home screen, Nova supports hiding the icons’ labels. You can change the app icon size, label size, colour, enable/disable shadow, get icon size from the home screen etc. Nova offers a row with recent apps while Evie supports new applications row. You can also copy the home screen settings to App drawer and change the app drawer layout anytime by tapping on the top right in Evie.
Both support folders and their settings. Evie offers to get the settings from the home screen. Take a look at the below table of all features comparison.
|Feature||Nova Launcher||Evie Launcher|
|Change folder mode||✔️||❌|
|Folder name settings||✔️||✔️|
|Adjust icon size||❌||✔️|
|Sort apps alphabetically||❌||✔️|
Regarding hiding the apps, Evie is one step ahead. In Evie settings, you can hide the apps. You can also enable/disable showing the hidden apps in the search results. Nova free does not support hiding the apps.
Nova free does not support notification badges. Evie launcher, on the other hand, supports badges. You can choose counts or dots, change the size, and enable and disable badges for each application.
Nova comes with a themes option. You can select between light, dark, and auto. The auto mode automatically adjusts the theme depending on the current time. You can also change the night mode colours to light-dark and extremely dark. The app offers to apply the dark theme on the search bar, app drawer, drawer icon, and folders. Evie does not offer such a thing. Evie uses a white and green combination in the settings menu.
Winner: Nova Launcher. This round goes to Nova.
Like Microsoft Launcher, Evie Launcher supports gestures. Evie offers many types of gestures for free. Nova also provides gestures, but only in the prime version. You can add gestures on the home button, double-tap, swipe up, down, pinch, expand, two fingers swipe up, and two fingers swipe down. The features Evie support on gestures are launch an app, open app drawer, Evie search, expand notifications, Google Now, voice search, and Lock screen. For some features, you must allow the app to perform as an admin. The gestures can be customised in Evie settings.
Winner: Evie Launcher. Nova does not offer gestures feature.
Back up and restore
You can back up and restore the launcher settings, including home screen, app drawer, layouts, etc., in your Google account. To enable, you must log in in the launcher settings. When you install Nova, it asks to restore, while Evie does not ask, but you can go to settings to restore the data.
Winner: Tie. Nova and Evie, both support back up and restore.
Evie Launcher is free, and it does not show any ads. Nova Launcher Prime costs about $5 depending on your region. To install Nova launcher Prime, you must install Nova Launcher free, because the paid version comes as a license. Nova Prime offers:
- All free features
- Hide apps
- Custom icon swipe gestures
- App drawer groups
Should you switch?
After using both for many days, and considering the final score in Nova Launcher vs Evie Launcher comparison, which is 4 and 3, I felt like switching to Evie. Nova is great, and it is famous, but all the excellent features are in the prime version. Check out and download the apps below.
Both offer great features. I always prefer the app, which makes it more comfortable for me to use my phone. Anyway, I hope the article Nova Launcher vs Evie Launcher helped. Thanks for having and read and please let me know if you have any comments or questions down below, so we can discuss. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.
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