No matter how neat and well done, Android’s default look can get tired in the long run . Fortunately, however, there are applications that allow you to customize the appearance of the home screen and the application menu of the green robot’s operating system. How do you say? Do not you believe it? Well, then you will be happy to know that in this guide of mine I will show you many solutions to change themes for Android .
In the next chapters, in fact, I will list some reliable and, above all, free themes that you can download on your smartphone or tablet, to change the default Android interface. I will also talk to you about how to change themes on Huawei devices and how to set animated themes, to give a greater touch of liveliness to the home screen. Also, in case you need to make the icons more visible on the display of a mobile phone used by an elderly person, I will also give you some advice on this topic.
Can’t wait to get started, am I right? So let’s not waste any more precious time and get to work immediately. All you have to do is sit comfortably and pay attention to all the advice I will give you in the next chapters. I just have to wish you a good read and, above all, a good time!
Android smartphones and tablets are equipped with a launcher , which differs according to the model and manufacturer of the device in use, which aims to present a startup screen for running the operating system, show the app icons in the home screen and allow access to the various menus of the system. Well, each launcher has its own default theme and many of them can be modified by installing custom themes : this is what I will focus on today.
Each theme pre-installed on an Android device can count on a more or less intuitive and easy to use interface, even if it is a completely subjective judgment parameter. Often, however, both for personal taste and for lack of customization possibilities, we resort to the installation of other themes.
On the Play Store , there are tons of themes that can meet different needs, but my advice is not to install the first one you find in the search results. In fact, you must know that some themes can slow down the performance of the device or simply disturb the experience, as the apps you install have invasive advertising banners.
What I suggest you do is try one of the launchers that I will propose to you in the next chapters, then installing the themes you like for the latter. Have fun!
Themes for Android free
If your intent is to download free Android themes , you will be happy to know that, in the next paragraphs, you will find reliable and almost completely free launchers that allow you to customize the Android interface with various themes.
Among the best launchers for Android , there is definitely Nova Launcher , which is full of features and makes the user interface of the operating system customizable in every aspect. You can download and use it for free, but you can unlock additional features by purchasing its full version, Nova Launcher Prime , at a cost of € 4.50 . Among the additional features included in Nova Launcher Prime, there is the possibility to hide apps, use gestures or group apps in the drawer into folders, just to give you some examples.
To download the free version of Nova Launcher on your Android device, go to this link . If, on the other hand, you want to buy Nova Launcher Prime , connected to this link . To download the app, then press the Install button of the Play Store. At the end of the download, then presses on Open , to open the launcher.
After starting Nova Launcher , you will be asked if you want to create a layout from scratch ( Start over ) or if you want to use a backup : if this is the first time you use this launcher, choose the first option and press the Next button . Then select the color of the theme you prefer between Light , Dark and Automatic and go on, by pressing the Next button .
In the next step, you will have to choose the way in which to view the list of apps: through the drawer icon that opens a new screen ( Dock icon ) or through a box that is shown via gesture ( Swipe up ). After making your choice, click on Apply to complete the initial launcher configuration.
Nova Launcher comes with a simple and clean interface. In case you want to customize it, tap on the Nova Settings icon , which you find on the home screen, in order to access the launcher configuration panel.
You can now use the different items that are shown to you, in order to customize the elements of the interface: for example, in the Home screen section , you can set the grid size of the home screen or dock and the type of scrolling of each screen. You are spoiled for choice!
To change the theme, on the other hand, in the Appearance section , select the Icon Style item and then press the Icon Theme button . At this point, select one of the options that corresponds to the set of icons you want to apply.
By default, there are only two predefined sets: that of Nova Launcher and that of Android . If you want to download other icon packs , just search the Play Store by typing the terms “icon pack” into the search engine. All you have to do is find the one you like best and download it, so you can find it in the appropriate section of Nova Launcher. In addition, you can change the shape of the icons, setting one of those in the list or using the customization panel.
I warn you that Android will always try to start the default launcher, at the expense of Nova Launcher . To prevent this from happening, go to the Settings app and press on the Home item (also called Home page or Home screen ). Among the options you see, then put the check mark next to Nova Launcher , in order to set it as the default launcher, and that’s it.
Another launcher that could be for you is Microsoft Launcher , developed by the Redmond giant. This is a free app that allows you to customize the home screen theme of your Android device in a very simple way, with the possibility of integrating Microsoft services, such as Outlook and Skype , by associating a dedicated account.
If you are interested in this launcher, the first thing you need to do is download the app from the Play Store , via this link . After pressing the Install button , wait for the end of the installation procedure and press the Open button to start the launcher.
In the screen that is now shown to you, click on the Start now button and then on Yes or on Not now , in case you want to send anonymous data to Microsoft about the use of the app. In the next step, you will have to carry out the basic customization of the theme, choosing whether you want to keep the current Home wallpaper ( Current Wallpaper ) or if you want to always be shown a different one, thanks to Bing (Bing Daily Wallpaper ).
After making your choice, press the Continue button and consent to the on-screen requests for access to the device features. Once this is done, decide whether to connect your Microsoft account, in order to integrate Microsoft services to the launcher, such as the Outlook calendar. If you want to enter your account, enter your email address , press the Sign in with Microsoft button and follow the instructions on the screen. Otherwise, click on Ignore , located at the bottom left.
Finally, choose the apps you want to display on the home screen, placing a check mark among those in the list that is presented to you. Then press on Continue and Let’s Go , to complete the initial launcher configuration process.
The last step is to set Microsoft Launcher as the default launcher, to avoid that the system launcher is automatically restored or you are shown the notification on which launcher you want to use from time to time. In the message below that is shown to you, then press the Set as button and choose Microsoft Launcher from the options, taking care to select the Always item .
As already mentioned above, Microsoft’s launcher can be customized in many aspects. By accessing the Settings app on the home screen, you can in fact configure the Microsoft Launcher theme as you prefer: you can change the background, the tone of the theme, the gestures and the layout of the Home screen, just to give you some examples.
Going into more detail, if you want to change the color of the theme, all you have to do is choose between light, dark or transparent mode, in the Themes section . Also, by selecting the Home screen> Icon appearance items , you can set icon sets.
To do so, press the Icon Pack button and select a set of icons from the list that is proposed to you. If you want to apply icon sets other than the default ones, press the Download new icon pack button and you will be redirected to the appropriate section of the Play Store , to download additional icon packs.
Android Themes for Huawei
If you own a Huawei smartphone , know that this integrates a native app, called Themes , which allows you to access a virtual store through which you can download themes for the Android launcher for free or for a fee.
To use it, you need to open the Themes app , via its icon on the home screen, and select the Themes tab in the bottom bar. Once this is done, all you have to do is browse the themes that are shown to you or, alternatively, use the Categories , Top and Collections filters , to narrow your search.
When you find a theme you like, tap on its preview , in order to access its description. After that, if the theme is free, simply hit the Download button (below) and it will start downloading. In the case, however, of paid themes, you will have to press the button indicating the price , always at the bottom, and enter the data relating to your credit / debit card.
After the download is completed, press the Apply button to immediately activate the theme on the EMUI interface of your Huawei device. Simple, right? To return to the main theme, all you have to do is select one of the predefined ones that you find in the Personal tab , in the Themes app .
Animated Android Themes
If your intent is to apply an animated theme on your Android smartphone or tablet, what you need to do is choose a dynamic wallpaper to apply to the Home screen and / or the lock screen.
There are many apps that allow you to find animated wallpapers to set on Android (like the ones I told you about in my guide on animated wallpapers for Android).
Alternatively, if you are using a Huawei smartphone , in the Themes app , you can find many dynamic themes to apply to the EMUI interface. After starting the Themes app, go to the Wallpapers tab and select the Live Wallpapers icon , which you find at the top.
When you have found the dynamic wallpaper you like best, click on its preview , then on the Download button (if it is a free theme) or on the button with the price (if it is a paid theme). Easier than that?
Android theme for seniors
If you have vision problems or want to make sure that an elderly person dear to you can easily use an Android smartphone, you can rely on BIG Launcher , an app that allows you to change the Home screen of the device so that the icons are large and with the main functions at your fingertips.
BIG Launcher is a free app, but neither is a paid version available ( 7.49 euros ), which allows you to unlock some additional features, such as the ability to customize the icons in the right column or set a password to prevent unwanted changes to the launcher settings.
If you are interested in downloading the BIG Launcher app , go to this Play Store link and press the Install button . At the end of the installation procedure, press the Open button to start the launcher configuration.
Press, therefore, on the key with the check mark twice consecutively (in order to close the message that is shown on the screen) select Italian as the language to use (or leave the Automatic setting , so that it is used the system default language) and choose the text size, setting the basic one ( Default ), Largest or Huge .
Once this is done, select the theme of the startup screen between Light , Dark and Blue and indicate whether you want to allow the deletion of certain elements, such as the call list, messages or contacts, or not. Then, when you are done, press the check mark button , to display the home screen.
Basically, icons are available to access calls, SMS, camera and media gallery. In addition, there is the SOS button , for emergency calls and icons for accessing the list of installed apps and the launcher settings.
In this last section, by pressing the BIG Launcher Preferences item , you can change the layout, icons and apps to be displayed on the home screen. You can also set some accessibility tools, such as Talkback , and many other useful functions to make it easier for older people to use the smartphone.
If you want to change the general theme of BIG Launcher , in the settings panel, select the Appearance> Select theme items and choose one of those that are shown to you. If you want to download more, press the Download more button instead .
Please note that BIG Launcher does not allow you to see the complete list of recent calls made or received, except by installing the complementary app BIG Phone for Seniors . This app is also free, but it only allows you to view the last five calls in the log: to bypass this limitation, you need to make an in-app purchase of € 2.89 .
To manage SMS, however, you need to download the other complementary app BIG SMS for Seniors , also free, but which allows you to view only the last five SMS received. This limitation can be removed with an in-app purchase of € 2.89 .
IPhone Theme for Android
Do you want to transform the interface of Android into an interface similar to that of iOS , the operating system of the iPhone? In this case, you can rely on Launcher iOS 13 : a free launcher that allows you to have a home screen on Android similar to that of iOS, with the icons of the main apps the same as those found on Apple smartphones.
After launching the app, the Android splash screen will be replaced by one similar to that of iOS. There are, however, some additional features, such as the Control Center or the Assisted Touch of iOS, which are not present in this launcher and which can only be simulated through the use of additional apps, always from the same developer.
Among the apps in question, I would like to point out Assisted Touch , iOS Control Center and iOS Lock Screen and Notifications , which are completely free and expand the functionality of the launcher.
To customize the launcher settings, such as the wallpaper or transition effects, you need to tap on the iOS Launcher app , which you find on the home screen. Please note that the application contains some advertising banners that are shown to you every time you access the configuration items.
More themes for android mobiles
In addition to the solutions that I have proposed to you in this guide of mine, there are many other launchers and themes that you can download on your Android smartphone or tablet, in order to customize the theme of your Android device. However, as I warned you in a previous chapter , some themes for Android can worsen the performance of the device (especially if animated) and / or show invasive advertising banners.
My advice is to rely on the apps I told you about in the previous chapters or, in case you want some alternative, browse the list of apps that you find in the Personalization section of the Play Store: to access the latter, tap on the App tab at the bottom and choose the Categories item . Then select the Personalization item and locate the section relating to the elements you want to change in the launcher.
For example, you can download apps to download wallpapers or you can find custom icon sets or fonts to install in the launcher. You’ll also find the launchers themselves, which manage the appearance of the device’s Home screen, and custom keyboards .
I recommend: for the above reasons, before downloading any app, carefully read the reviews written by other users. That said, if you want to find out which launchers to download on your smartphone or tablet, I suggest you consult my guide on the best launchers for Android.
In addition, you can consult many other guides related to the customization of your Android smartphone or tablet, such as the one on how to change the icons or the one on how to change the font or, again, you can consult the advice I gave you in my guide on how to customize Android : the only limit to the customization of your smartphone or tablet will be your imagination!