Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher

Customize your home screen!

Additional Informations
  • Current Version: Varies with device
  • Updated: January 13, 2018
  • Requires Android: Varies with device
  • Installs: 50,000,000 - 100,000,000



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

This app uses the Device Administrator permission for optional screen off/lock functionality.


1,072,910 total
5 815,738 
4 156,553 
3 48,297 
2 18,699 
1 33,623 

  • Nova Launcher
    Jessica Cantlope Published date: January 17, 2018

    Does just what I need it to, and effectively! Worth having -- it's lightweight with just the right features. My favorite thing is customizing the app drawer (I have a ton of apps). The last update made it even better somehow! Can there be a settings search? I keep forgetting where certain things are. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Scott Rod Published date: January 15, 2018

    Nova Launcher will downsize your stock icons by ~20% compared to every launcher I tested on the market including Google Launcher. And there's no way of changing this in the settings unless Prime is purchased. Normalize icon size setting has no effect on icon size. Changing the amount of icons on the home screen has no effect on icon size. Changing padding size, no impact on icon size either. First noticed when Android 8.1 was released for the Pixel 2. Now running Android 8.1. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Lexington Porter Published date: January 18, 2018

    I am absolutely in love with this app. I hate that Google search bar with a passion and this app gave me that clean home screen look that I wanted. I love the customization ability that this launcher gives you. I'm definitely going to buy this app. I just started using it so I want to give it some time to see how it works before Im giving up cash.😂 Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Published date: January 21, 2018

    I got rid of my iPhone and after 3 weeks I was about to get rid of my note8 cause iPhone withdrawal til I found this app. I can get rid of the junk that was driving me crazy and customize it the way i want it. I even tried an iPhone launcher. Lol despite to feel organized. This app has definitely done it!!! Best out there 100% Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Doni Casper Published date: January 16, 2018

    I've had this app for a while now and I've loved it's simplicity, but I didn't really get into customizing it till now. I love the look I've made with the Google button and calendar under the buttons in the doc. Streamline and unintrusive to my wallpaper. And if I don't like it, I can simply change it till I do. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Martin Garrix996 Published date: January 15, 2018

    Ever since the new update when i restart my tablet all of my widgets don't work until i remove them, and replace them which gets really annoying. So if this issue can be solved in a future update that would be awesome. Since there's not another launcher on the play store that does everything i need it to do like this one. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    malcolm macarthur Published date: January 13, 2018

    It looks awful!! What us this stupid update that you gave done? It was a beautiful ap but now it sucks. Please revert. I can't see widgets unless I group display. I can't access widgets through normal icon. It sucks!!!!!!!! My daughter lost all of her home screen widgets. What have you done? Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Suraj Khatri Published date: January 13, 2018

    Fantastic launcher. Great level of customization. Stable. Have been using the pro version for years. Tried others but always come back to Nova. Only gripe is the implementation of folders on the desktop is less than impressive. Wish the folder opened smoothly and in the centre of the screen like the Microsoft launcher. Thanks for a great launcher! Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Christian Robbins Published date: January 15, 2018

    I didn't know I needed this until I bought it. I heard praises sung from every section of the internet so I decided to jump in and boy am I happy I did. It allows for extreme customization without the need to root your device. It is lightweight and allows you to customize everything from gestures to icon size and shape. It's great. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Pedro Marques Published date: January 20, 2018

    Premium user here. This is a great app with a lot to customize and allows me to put my phone exactly as I want. Unfortunately, I'm unable to use it any further as my battery life has suffered severely. Whisky with the stock launcher I go a whole day without worrying about battery life, with this one, I have to get to a charger within 3-4 hours after unplugging it. Furthermore, charging itself had become significantly slower. That's a deal breaker for me. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Bimo Arioseto Published date: January 20, 2018

    Finally ! Great launcher with lock screen button included which not interfere with my Xperia Fingerprint. No more pattern input when unlocking, fingerprint works normal. Really really works great in my XA1 Plus. Very recomended for other Xperia User. Good job dev team ! Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Yegor Toumanov Published date: January 14, 2018

    Needs two things, 1. The ability to change position of date and Google Now button. 2. The ability to remove title text from folders (such as "Unnamed folder"). Sure you could put empty space there, but it just takes unnecessary space and is unaesthetic. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Jack Wiggins Published date: January 14, 2018

    I like Nova Launcher. It was the only way I could get the stupid Google Now garbage off of my phone screen that kept interfering with using the phone. VERY NICE! Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Imran M. Published date: January 14, 2018

    Everytime I reboot my phone the wallpaper resolution changes, it is so irritating. And many times some other app opens instead of the app you clicked on, I have the paid version of the app and my advice to anyone thinking of buying it 'don't waste your money' . Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Jihad Al Razqi Published date: January 13, 2018

    The first thing I install when I purchase a new phone. This is a feature full launcher with everything you need to customise your phone. The nice thing about it is it's ease of use, you will not need to read a tutorial like other launchers, everything just comes naturally. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Lisa Moretto Published date: January 18, 2018

    Can you please fix the custom wallpaper on the home screen. Whenever I try and set it, it offsets the picture so it isn't positioned properly, and it isn't consistent so I can't even offset it to guess. I'm using a note 8. Otherwise my go to launcher! Love this app Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Chris McConnell Published date: January 16, 2018

    Smoothest launcher I've ever used. But since the update that introduced the new shortcuts menu in the app drawer I've been miserable, dragging and dropping an app icon onto the uninstall area really makes you feel like your deleting something and gaining space, but clicking on a trash can or an X just makes me feel dirty and I don't like it. Please at least give the option to turn on the uninstall area on the desktop when dragging icons. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Jose Published date: January 12, 2018

    Love this launcher, I just wish that we could customize the order of our apps in our app drawer. The only issue I'm having is that I can't see my soundcloud in my notifications, so it kinda bothers me that I can't toggle between songs and that I have to go on the app to switch songs. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Gino Sin Published date: January 18, 2018

    Being new to Android coming from iOS, I'm extremely happy with the ease of transition and learning curve. This coming from a person who struggles with tech in most forms, I'm actually intrigued with exploring Nova and Android. Still learning, I'm on day 4, but I'm growing more and more confident each day as I experiment. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Simon Bircham Published date: January 23, 2018

    Not working with Android 8 Honour View 10. Used this app for many years, really like it; however it does not work with the new Honour View 10 (Huawei). Hope it gets fixed soon. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Published date: January 20, 2018

    Love it. But there's one problem. Why is it that Action Launcher has given all the Pixel exclusive features in a few weeks, while it has taken you guys months to provide less than half of those features. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Dan River Published date: January 13, 2018

    Does exactly what I want. Locks the desktop to avoid involuntary editing. Didn't crash a single time. Slick UI with numerous options. Would instabuy again 👍 I've been using this launcher for more than a year. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Kris Boyle Published date: January 18, 2018

    Just go get it and start using it Can't believe I haven't reviewed this! Best launcher I have used by far. Wouldn't set up a phone without it, everything else is inferior in comparison for me. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Mars daybreaker Published date: January 13, 2018

    I have a problem. My Alcatel phone refuses to launch it as the default launcher, every time I restart or turn it on and off it automatically returns to the original launcher. I tried to put it as the default one but it's a no go 😢 Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Himanshu Dev Published date: January 12, 2018

    When i setup a work profile in Gsuite, the work profile icons don't show up on either home screen or app drawer. This makes it impossible to access my work mails/drive etc, unless i switch back to my default launcher. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Published date: January 13, 2018

    best launcher. I stopped looking for launchers and bought this one once i tried it. everyone elses phone is a boring grid of icons compared to mine : ) this, tasker, minimalistic text widget, and simpletask. go. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Aakash Sharma Published date: January 19, 2018

    I switched seriously I switched to Evie launcher just because of its search bar and it's convinience to access it and search Google, contacts, apps, play store.... It lacks customisations but I don't customise all day but I search contacts and apps though.. will switch back if Nova adds something like it(I know similar option can be added by adding a swipe down gesture but it feels a little slower than Evie because of animation stuff)... Will come back to Nova when search access is added with contacts search. Two stars to make more noticeable. Will update ratings in a week. Edit : Sesame made me switch back,is even more powerfull than evie Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    George Cattle Published date: January 22, 2018

    Good app. Wish there was an option for letters to be displayed in the app draw in the list format so apps can be quickly accessed. Settings menu can be confusing at times as I was unsure what setting did what so trail and error was required. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Steven Chen Published date: January 13, 2018

    The option to disable single line still doesn't work so it's not possible any more to have icon labels un-truncated if they aren't very short. Also it's not possible to uninstall apps from the icon context menu. Issues aren't being fixed so not sure if there is still support for this. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Matt Soskins Published date: January 20, 2018

    Oh my God this is awesome! I am just getting started and have already done such cool stuff with this. I am upgrading to pro if nothing else just to say thanks for such an awesome app. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Published date: January 17, 2018

    It's really handy with its features and simple design, I really like how I can customize everything to the exact way I want things to look. Only problem, there seems to be a bug that makes subtle changes to my layout without me initiating. Even if the desktop is locked, it deletes icons or places them into groups. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Paul Broadwith Published date: January 15, 2018

    It's hangs about 50% of the time when I unlock phone, press the Home button or come out of an app. When running on the background it takes up a lot of CPU. I'm using Android 7. Been using this for a few years now but only recently these issues have started. Gone back to stock launcher. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Timothy Mark Wetherill Published date: January 16, 2018

    Super launcher! Customization is seamless, great number of options to choose from. It runs with no hiccups on my Astro A10, which is a plus after going through a handful of other launchers that seem to freeze on this tablet. Great job development team, you rock. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Raghavendra Ravi Published date: January 13, 2018

    One of the most popular launcher apps. Good one. But, still no first party app for enabling Google feed like Google now launcher by swiping left :( Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Sathyendra Prabhu Published date: January 18, 2018

    I'm using Nova since past 1year +.. But very disappointed with this new version. Its very sticky. I'll continue to use 3.3.. Its buttery soft.. 👌👌 Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Gary Eyerly Published date: January 12, 2018

    Runs on my phone, runs on my tablet. Neither one would be nearly as enjoyable to use without Nova Launcher! It makes everything easier and more intuitive. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Kylo Ren Published date: January 15, 2018

    So some updates are cool and make your phone different and rad. Some are lame and mandatory. This app let's me keep my phone how I like it..... And I like that. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    A Google User Published date: January 14, 2018

    I've used various alternative launchers, Nova Launcher by far takes the cake. Teslacoil has done an excellent job in putting this together. Even without purchasing Nova Prime this app is well put together and gives you the feel of stock Android, with a little extra features of course. Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Heather Brown Published date: January 18, 2018

    Best launcher app I have ever used. I have it on my low spec tablet and it doesn't slow it down and I have it on my new phone. Very customizable. Not a lot of themes for it, but worth downloading Full Review

  • Nova Launcher
    Wayne Forbes Published date: January 21, 2018

    Spent some time playing around with customising. 6 months after moving from iOS to Android I know now that I will never go back. I love being able to get my phone just right! Full Review