How to Default a Launcher in Android

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How to Default a Launcher in Android
Change the default launcher on your Android phone. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Google's Android operating system uses an application called a Launcher to start apps and access settings. It's a lot like a the desktop on your computer -- but unlike your computer desktop, it's easy to install a new launcher app for Android. You can download a new launcher app from the Android Market; some popular alternatives include Launcher Pro, ADW Launcher and Zeam. If you want to change your already-assigned default launcher, you can do so in the phone's settings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Mobile Internet connection

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    Downloading A New Launcher

  1. 1

    Turn on your phone and unlock the screen. Press the "HOME" button.

  2. 2

    Tap the application drawer, then tap "Market." Press the "SEARCH" button.

  3. 3

    Search for a launcher replacement. If you don't know any replacement launchers, try "Launcher Pro," "ADW Launcher," or "Zeam." Tap "Go."

  4. 4

    Tap a free launcher in the search results. Tap "Install," the "OK." Wait for the app to download.

  5. 5

    Press the "HOME" button. Tap the "Use as default" box, then tap the new launcher.

    Resetting the Defaqult Launcher

  1. 1

    Press the "MENU" button, then tap "Settings." Tap "Applications."

  2. 2

    Tap "Manage Applications." Scroll down and tap your current default launcher.

  3. 3

    Tap "Clear default." Your default launcher is now reset.

  4. 4

    Press the "HOME" button again. Tap the launcher you want to use, or tap "use as default" then the launcher to set a default again.

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