June 17, 2013

How to personalize Android device's home screen

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Everyone in these days liking Android phones and its features too much. Its not only because having many features and good looks. its because Android freely allow us to do all the things which we want during its use.

And user really like the Android's benefits of ease operating features;
(a) you can nicely tweak the various aspects of the software, including apps, settings, widgets, home and lock screens and icons and many other related settings.

(b) You can try to get under the cover of the operating system in a way, and in Apple devices it is not possible without resorting to jailbreaking, but here you can put together a home screen that looks completely different and unique.

if you want to try the transforming the appearance of your Android phone or tablet's home screens, then here displaced together everything you need to know - you can cut the unnecessary fill up and apps, widgets and other information that you not willing to see at screen front and center.


Even all customization you can made without rooting your Android phone or tablet, though even some more tweaks can be done here if you want. I have already shared about How can start to use the Tasker App  & Some Best Password Managers for your Android Phone
and now I am describing here about How to personalize Android device's home screen.

1. How to Install a launcher


The first step for transforming the look of your home screen is Installation of a launcher. These substitute tools will come in action when you will hit the Home button, then the standard launcher will replaced with layouts of their own.They can nicely change icon sizes, screen layouts and app drawers, and even able to show or hide elements just like the Google search widget & the notification bar.When you will complete the installation of a new launcher from Google Play, you'll be able to get the option to use it as the default.


As  I am observing Apex Launcher and Nova Launcher  the most popular launchers in present time. And the limited free versions are available in both Launchers’ apps, which you can test before paying any money.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich require for run these tools, but these both apps are regularly updated with different and unique  array of features and options.
  
Another nice and demanded choice of users is SSLauncher. That avoids the grid-based layout spare by Apex and Nova, and provide you full pixel-by-pixel adjustable control over your widgets and icons. Its miscible option with Android 2.2 and above as well.

Many other launchers are like; ADW.Launcher, Go Launcher EX and Lightning Launcher. And its feature and works depends on your device.

2. How to Build shortcuts and widgets
For customize your home screen's look you have to just use a launcher. Also change the size of icons and widgets and another hide element which you don’t willing to see. if you are satisfy then go forward steps and construct your widgets and icons according to your requirements.

Here go-to tool is Ultimate Custom Widget (UCCW), which used to enable combine images and texts nicely with hotspots that lead to an app or setting. You are able to create a custom icon for Gmail, or setting of the home screen to launch Facebook. Here a nice option is that you can freely drop in the time and date, current location, the battery status and many more.

 Even you can get many themes on MyColorScreen and other websites or blog that also come with .uzip files, and that can be opened and edited in UCCW, transfer option are also ready for your devices with an app such as Dropbox or via a USB cable.


Some Other nice tools are also very useful such as;
  • DesktopVisualizeR;  It is applicable for gives you free reign to develop shortcuts and icons of your own design.
  • WidgetLocker: it provides a load of many options for customizing  the lock screen.
  • Simple Text:-it has the capacity of convert your app icons into text.
  • Missed It!:- its a interesting and used for customizing notification alerts.
3. How to Put it all together


After the Use of a launcher to change the settings and framework of your home screens, then you have to take a widget tool (UCCW) and just put into this framework for create your own designs. And you're just about complete. Now the choice depends on you to go on ultra-minimal, or would like to cram into one screen. The tools flexibility is attractive and enough to adapt.


You can find many pre-made icons and themes on Google Play and on other sites too (MyColorScreen and DeviantArt). So, I hope you will try and enjoy.

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