Are you bored of seeing the same home screen of your Android phone? Well, now you don’t have to since Google Play Store has tons of Android launchers to customize your smartphone. So I have installed as many launchers as possible and started sorting out to pick my 10 best Android launchers for 2022.

Note: All the apps are in random order so you can choose any photo editing app you want.

10 Best Free Android Launchers (2022)

  1. Nova Launcher
  2. Microsoft Launcher
  3. Niagara Launcher
  4. Rootless Pixel Launcher
  5. Smart Launcher 6
  6. Alpha Hybrid Launcher
  7. Launcher iOS 16
  8. Olauncher
  9. AIO Launcher
  10. POCO Launcher 2.0

1. Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher - Best launcher in the world
Size5.5 MB
Downloads50M+
Ratings4.3
OriginUS
PriceFree, Paid

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If you’re looking for an Android launcher, that’s easy to use and gives you more control over how your device looks, then Nova Launcher is the top Android launcher on this list. It has a wide variety of customization features available that most of the launchers lack. Not only can you customize your home screen but also your app drawer, folders, icons, animation speed, and so on.

There is also a night mode feature that can change the search bar, app drawer, and folders to a dark color. And if you want to access the full features of the nova launcher, you can download their paid version.

Some Notable Features of Nova Launcher Prime are:

  • You can use many useful gestures like swipe up, double tap, two-finger swipe, etc to open apps, shortcuts, or any other functions.
  • Create custom tabs or folders in the app drawer.
  • Option to hide apps from the app drawer without uninstalling.
  • Customize the size of icons according to your smartphone screen.
  • Enable notification badge with many customization options available.

Download Nova Launcher from the Play Store

Download Nova Launcher Prime from the Play Store

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2. Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft Launcher
Size14 MB
Downloads50M+
Ratings4.6
OriginUS
PriceFree

If you need an Android launcher that is deeply integrated with Microsoft services, then there is no better launcher than Microsoft Launcher itself. It comes with a personalized feed page where you can see all your data from Microsoft services like a calendar, To-do lists, sticky notes, documents, and more.

In addition to that, it also has a separate tab for news where you can read news from many categories like Entertainment, Sports, Money, Technology, and so on.

Other features of Microsoft Launcher are:

  • You can set Bing Daily Images as Wallpaper
  • Customizable home screen, Dock, and App Drawer
  • Has gestures like a double tap, swipe up, pinch in, and much more to launch apps, shortcuts, or any other functions.
  • Option to hide apps

Download Microsoft Launcher from the Play Store

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3. Niagara Launcher

Niagara Launcher
Size4.6 MB
Downloads1M+
Ratings4.6
OriginGermany
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Niagara Launcher is a unique Android launcher on this list. Unlike a typical launcher, it doesn’t come with an app drawer. Instead, there is an alphabetical list to access everything from the home screen itself. And because of that, it will give your phone a fresh and minimalistic look.

There are also a few customization features like widgets, icon packs, text color, fonts, app icon size, etc. In my usage, the app was working fine and there was no lag in the app animation or scrolling through all the app lists. Overall, Niagara Launcher is one of the best free launchers for Android and you should definitely try it once.

Download Niagara Launcher from the Play Store

4. Rootless Pixel Launcher

Rootless Pixel Launcher
Size1 MB
Downloads1M+
Ratings4.1
OriginNetherlands
PriceFree

If your phone’s performance has decreased or has low storage or running on an outdated version of Android, then you should definitely try Rootless Pixel Launcher. It is one of the lightest Android launchers in the Play Store.

Its size is merely 1 MB and consumes very little RAM. As a result, you will see faster performance and smooth animations on your smartphone.

The launcher has a stock Android design and comes with a few decent features like notification dots, at a glance, themes (light/dark/transparent), and third-party icon pack support.

Download Rootless Pixel Launcher from the Play Store

5. Smart Launcher 6

Smart Launcher 6
Size12 MB
Downloads10M+
Ratings4.0
OriginItaly
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Smart Launcher 6 is one of the most customizable Android launchers in the Play Store. You can customize things like icon appearance, font style, accent color, grid layout, and more. You can also use themes to change the overall look & feel of your home screen and app page.

If the built-in themes didn’t impress you, you can always download Smart Launcher-supported themes from the Play Store.

The main USP of this launcher is it automatically sorts all your apps into categories, so you don’t have to waste your precious time organizing all of your apps. This also makes it easy to find your apps if you have lots of apps on your phone.

There are also some familiar features included in the launcher, such as news feed, gestures, widgets, auto-hide unused apps, and wallpapers.

Download Smart Launcher 6 from the Play Store

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6. Alpha Hybrid Launcher

Alpha Hybrid Launcher
Size14 MB
Downloads1M+
Ratings4.5
OriginIndia
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

Alpha Hybrid Launcher is the coolest-looking Android launcher on this list. It has a sci-fi style design with many amazing customization options. For starters, it has a huge catalog of free and premium themes, wallpapers, and live wallpapers. You can even change the color of the theme’s elements as per your liking.

Some other features include:

  • Font style
  • Home page and app drawer animation speed
  • App locker
  • Fullscreen mode

And if you want to use this launcher at its best, then you should purchase their premium pack, which will remove all the Ads, unlock premium themes, wallpapers, & live wallpapers, and some other features.

Download Alpha Hybrid Launcher from the Play Store

7. Launcher iOS 16

Launcher iOS 16
Size9.9 MB
Downloads50M+
Ratings4.7
OriginVietnam
PriceFree

If you love iPhone’s home screen design and want the same on your Android device. Then you’re in luck here. The launcher iOS 16 almost looks like a replica of the original iOS 16. You even get the iOS-like feed where you can add widgets like clock, weather, calendars, favorite contacts, batteries, and app suggestions.

You can also customize things like icon appearance, hide apps, wallpapers, animations, and notification badges. To give your home screen even more iOS touch, you can install a lock screen, control center, and assistive touch app from the same developer. There are many iOS launchers on the Play Store, but for me, Launcher iOS 16 is the best iOS launcher for Android.

Download Launcher iOS 16 from the Play Store

8. Olauncher

Olauncher
Size800 KB
Downloads100K
Ratings4.7
Origin
PriceFree

Olauncher is the most minimal-looking Android launcher on this list. On the home screen, you can only set a list of your favorite apps that too in the text style. This might help you reduce screen time on your device and focus more on productivity.

You even get free wallpaper each day so you don’t have to go around the internet to search for new wallpapers for your phone. There are also some basic features like double-tap to lock the screen and the ability to hide apps.

The best part is the app is completely free, open-source, low in size (~1 MB), and provides an Ad-free experience. So if you’re concerned about the time you spend on your smartphone and want to reduce the screen time on it, then you should definitely go with Olauncher.

Download Olauncher from the Play Store

9. AIO Launcher

AIO Launcher
Size17 MB
Downloads500K+
Ratings4.3
OriginRussia
PriceFree, In-App Purchase

AIO Launcher is quite different from the rest of the launchers for Android. It uses the home screen to show various information that matters you the most. Such examples are system info, frequently used apps, notifications, news feeds, calendar events, weather, and many other things.

You can even add or remove widgets from the home screen. And by holding on to the search button, you can go to the launcher setting for further modification of the home screen interface that includes themes, wallpaper transparency, disabling the status bar, animation speed, gestures, etc.

All in all, AIO Launcher gives your phone’s home screen a unique and fresh setup and it deserves to be on the list of best Android launchers.

Download AIO Launcher from the Play Store

10. POCO Launcher 2.0

POCO Launcher 2.0
Size22 MB
Downloads100M+
Ratings4.4
OriginChina
PriceFree

POCO Launcher was first seen on POCO devices and ever since they launched the launcher in the play store, over 100 million users have downloaded it until now. The launcher offers a clean home screen and app drawer design with no annoying ads or bloatware apps.

In addition, the launcher automatically sorts out all your apps in the app drawer into categories like photography, shopping, games, entertainment, and so on.

There are also many customizations available, such as changing icons, transition effects, notification badges, and hiding apps. Other than that, you can also enable double tap to lock the screen, which is a pretty handy feature. So if you are looking for an ad-free Android launcher with a minimalist design and decent features, then the POCO Launcher is the best free Android launcher for you.

Download POCO Launcher 2 from the Play Store

That’s it. These were my list of the 10 best launchers for Android in 2022. Now let me know in the comment section which Android Launcher you are going to download from this list. Also, if I missed any good Android launcher that deserves to be on this list, let me know.

—– FAQs —–

Which Android launcher is best?

Nova Launcher is the best Android launcher even among tech enthusiasts. It has everything that an average user might need, such as minimal UI, deep customizations, and an Ad-free experience.

Which is the lightest launcher?

Olauncher and Rootless Pixel Launcher are among the lightest launchers for Android in the Play Store.

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