Huawei is doing some amazing work with the Mate 20 Pro, but one of the areas where it could really use some work is with the launcher itself. It’s not very clean, it’s difficult to navigate, and the phone is full of bloatware. Luckily, there are some easy ways to fix that, and that’s with a new launcher off of the Play Store.
A launcher allows you to swap out the default home screen with one that you find to be a little more functional and appealing to the eye.
That said, there are tons of launchers on the Play Store. That can make it difficult to choose one, but don’t worry, we’ve done most of the research for you. Follow along with us below, and we’ll show you some of our favorites options available today.
Coming up as our number one choice is a launcher that has stood the test of time — Nova Launcher. Nova Launcher has dominated the custom launcher field for years now, and continues to do so. You’ve likely heard of Nova Launcher — after all, it has been available since almost the beginning, and has developed and improved with Andrid’s growth.
There are, of course, plenty of options on the market; however, Nova Launcher always seems to come out on top. The clean and easy to use interface and the sheer amount of customization it gives you is just difficult to beat. Within Nova Launcher’s own settings, you have a ton of customization options. There are themes that you can select, and controls that let you make even the tiniest adjustments and modifications.
One of the aspects that’s actually pretty unique to Nova Launcher is the insane widget support that it has. The launcher allows you to easily add widgets even in docks (on a 4×1) scale.
Microsoft has its own launcher worth checking out, too. Called Microsoft Launcher, this one actually brings you a sweet new interface that Android users haven’t seen before. One of the neat things about Microsoft Launcher is that it’s able to create seamless connectivity between your phone and your Windows PC. Easily connect the Mate 20 Pro to your Windows PC, giving you the ability to quickly and easily share files between that PC and your phone. Microsoft Launchers lets you make a lot of little modifications as well.
One of the things that we like about Microsoft Launcher is the universal search feature that comes with it — it’s actually quite similar to what you’d find on iOS, allowing you to search for terms throughout your phone and the Web simultaneously.
Smart Launcher 5
Coming up as third on our countdown, we have Smart Launcher 5. One of the cool things about Smart Launcher is that it can actually automatically change the theme colors to match your wallpaper. It can automatically categorize apps as well.
Smart Launcher 5 also has a gesture system built-in, which is pretty unique to this launcher. For example, instead of using your phone’s power button to wake and lock your screen, you can use the gesture system. With just a couple of taps on the display, you can unlock or lock your phone.
Pixel Launcher is another favorite of ours. If you’re looking for a simple and clean interface that you can use with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Pixel Launcher will definitely be the one to run with. We wouldn’t say there are any special functions inside the Pixel Launcher like you would find in Nova Launcher or Smart Launcher; however, you might seem some features that would normally only be exclusive to the Pixel smartphones.
You can swipe right from your home screen to see personalized Google cards that bring you news and personalized information — similar to what Google Now uses to look like. 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!
Next, we have 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.
One of the highlights to Apex Launcher is that it actually works for phones and tablets, allowing you to customize the two platforms in your own, unique way.
As you can see, there are some excellent launchers available for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. All of these will help clean up your interface and give you unprecedented customization abilities.