The home screen is one of the most important aspects of your smartphone experience. This is where you launch apps, perform web searches, check widgets, and more.
Android allows you to personalize the experience however you want. And in addition to the default personalization options, Google Play has tons of excellent home screen customization apps. So, let’s look at some of the best apps that you can install to customize your Android home screen like a pro.
1. Tapete Wallpaper
Searching for a new and unique wallpaper can become a time consuming process. So why not let one app Bicycle Wallpapers made for you?
Tapet is a nifty app that automatically generates new wallpaper patterns for your home screen. You can do this once every day or even hourly. What’s more, Tapet does this on your device and doesn’t require an internet connection.
You can also manually select a pattern of your choice, apply effects to it and change its color easily. However, it’s more fun letting the app generate random wallpapers for you that surprise you with something special every now and then.
Download: Tapete Wallpapers (Free, in-app purchases available)
2. Nova Launcher
Nova is one of the best launchers available for Android, which gives you tons of customization for your Android home screen. It is smooth, liquid and easy to use.
Since it replaces your phone’s default launcher, it completely changes the way your home screen looks and feels. Apart from this, it also provides you various widgets, icons and labels to make your phone attractive and easy to navigate.
Nova isn’t your only choice. You can also check out these lists of Lightweight Launcher and Minimalist Launcher. We also have a list of simple launchers for seniors if you want to customize the home screen on your grandparent’s phone.
3. Icon Pack Studio
As the name suggests, Icon Pack Studio replaces app icons on your home screen, as long as you’re using a compatible launcher (and most third-party launchers, including Nova, are).
Unlike other icon packs available on Play Store, this app lets you create your own icon packs and personalize your icons as per your taste. The app provides you various icon customization features. For example, you can change icon sizes and shapes and add filters and special effects to your app icons.
By defining a pattern, it lets you easily change the appearance of all your icons on your phone with a single tap. And finally, you can also use a third-party icon pack with Icon Pack Studio, making it a complete icon personalization solution.
Doodle is beautifully made to customize your home screen with Quality Live Wallpaper providing smooth animations. It’s an easy-to-use app with no ads or in-app purchases and vast flexibility for customization.
Once you download the app, it lets you create your own live wallpaper by experimenting with its various options. You can change the look, such as the color, design, and more, and in addition, it also offers to change the size of the icons.
5. KWGT Custom Widget Maker
KWGT is a great home screen personalization tool for Android that allows you to create custom widgets for your home screen. You can use its WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to create your own widget designs.
With KWGT, you can create digital or analog clocks and other widgets for weather, music, alarms, battery information, and more. You’ll find over a thousand widgets to choose from in its featured section and plenty of design options to customize your widgets even further.
If Kustom is a bit overwhelming for you and you just want a nice weather widget, Weawow allows you to add one to your home screen. You can customize this ad-free widget however you like, and it gives you accurate weather updates for your area.
To get started, select your current location and then you can start the customization process. Once you are satisfied with the selected options, tap on the Create button to add this widget to your home screen.
It shows daily, hourly and weekly temperature, humidity and other weather related information. You can also turn on notifications for daily weather forecasts.
Stuff Simply is a to-do list widget for your home screen that allows you to create categories, add new tasks and events, and mark them as completed directly from your home screen. This widget is very useful, helps you remember things just by looking at your home screen.
Contents also allows you to add self-notes. You can download some pretty cool to-do list apps from Google Play, but this widget has a unique way of achieving the same goal without using a proper app.