Don’t like the crowded interface on the Galaxy S10? Maybe you’re tired of all the bloat it has, or you want something that has a slightly cleaner and smooth interface, such as the one found on the Pixel phones. The good news is that you don’t have to stick with the Samsung interface forever — there are plenty of apps out there that allow you to switch up the launcher on the Galaxy S10, and at no cost to you!
So what are the best launchers to accomplish this? Follow along below, and we’ll show you some of our favorites options available today. Let’s dive right in.
If you’ve liked at launchers and researched them at all, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of the Nova Launcher at least once. Nova Launcher has dominated the custom launcher field for years now, and continues to do so to this day. There are competitors, but Nova Launcher always seems to come out on top with its clean interface and the sheer amount of customization it gives you. Inside Nova Launcher’s settings, you have a ton of customization options, themes, and controls that let you make even the tiniest adjustments of the launcher.
Surprisingly, Nova Launcher even has some insane widget support as well — you can easily add widgets even in docks (on a 4×1) scale. There’s a ridiculous amount more worth mentioning with Nova Launcher, but these are some of the highlights.
Believe it or not, Microsoft has its own launcher as well. Called Microsoft Launcher, this unique option actually brings you a sweet new interface. One of the major highlights that it brings to the table is seamless connectivity between your phone and your Windows PC. You can easily connect your phone to your Windows PC, giving you the ability to quickly and easily share files between that PC and your phone. As an added bonus, you get a ton of customization features that you can take advantage of, too.
Microsoft Launcher gives you a universal search feature that’s similar to what you’d find on iOS as well. This allows you to search for terms throughout your phone and the Web simultaneously.
Coming up as third on our countdown, we have Smart Launcher 5. It’s been through a variety of iterations, but they’re back with Smart Launcher 5, which improves speed and customization features. In this new edition, Smart Launcher actually automatically changes the theme colors to match your wallpaper. Smart Launcher 5 actually makes your home screen a little more easier to navigate by automatically categorizing apps as well.
Smart Launcher 5 also has a gesture system built-in. You could just as easily use your phone’s power button, but in the gesture system, with just a couple of taps on the display, you can unlock or lock your phone.
Smart Launcher doesn’t quite have a universal search, but it does have a “smart search.” There’s actually a Smart Launcher search bar that allows you to quickly find contacts and apps or to perform actions like searching on the web, adding a contact or performing a calculation.
In fourth position, we have the Pixel Launcher. If you want your new Galaxy S10 to a simple, clean and easy to navigate interface like Google’s Pixel handsets, the Pixel Launcher will be right up your alley. We wouldn’t say there are any special functions inside the Pixel Launcher like you would find in Nova Launcher or Smart Launcher; however, there are a couple of functions that you get inside the launcher that came from the Pixel phones.
You can swipe right from your home screen to see personalized Google cards that bring you news and personalized information. It actually uses contextual services to make sure you’re getting the most accurate information. It even gives you quick access to Google Search on your primary home screen — no need to run to the browser for search all the time!
And finally, coming in last place, but certainly not least, we have the Apex Launcher. If you’re looking for something that offers extensive customization over your home screen — similar to Nova Launcher — we have Apex Launcher. Apex Launcher has loads of customization features, and one unique feature is that you can preview your changes before actually making them to the home screen.
There are a lot of launchers out there that are exclusive to your smartphone; however, Apex Launcher works for both phone and tablets, so you can have a similar experience across devices.
One of the highlights of this launcher is the scrollable app dock at the bottom of the screen. Got some extra favorite apps you want to add to your dock? You can, as the Aepx Launcher gives you room for scrolling left to right and right to left.
As you can see, there are some excellent launchers available for the Galaxy S10. All of these will help clean up your interface and give you unprecedented customization abilities.