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How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

Adding the Nova Launcher to your Fire tablet is getting more and more difficult. Oddly enough, it’s not the Nova part that’s toughest, but the addition of the Google Play store and your ability to switch launchers.

How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

This article deals not only with the installation of your Nova Launcher, but gives you a smattering of information on launch hijackers and Google Play installation so that you don’t go into the process blind.

The First Change to Your Security Settings

Firstly, you’ll need to make changes to your security settings. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Start up your Amazon Fire and install Google Play. You do this by going to your “Settings” and then to “Security”.
  2. Under the “Advanced” tab, you’ll see a toggle switch next to the text, “Apps from Unknown Sources”. You need to toggle this switch so that it’s on or active.
  3. When you toggle this switch, you’ll get a warning pop-up. Read it through, and if you agree, tap the “OK” button/link to continue.

Doing this has disabled Amazon’s ability to stop you from downloading third-party apps. However, it still has the power to block them. Amazon blocked LauncherHijack, and it swiftly disappeared from the Internet as a result.

In reality, LauncherHijack was probably cloned and renamed, but its disappearance shows that Amazon still holds the reins, even if you have changed your security settings.

Install Google Play

Open your Internet browser, whichever one you use, and check out our guide to installing Google Play on your Amazon Fire Tablet. This will give you full step-by-step instructions on how to add Google Play to your Amazon Fire. Plus, and more importantly, it will give you the correct download links for all the files you require. After you follow these steps, return here to add Nova Launcher to your device.

Go to Google Play

Search for the “Nova Launcher” on Google Play. Find it and tap the “Install” button. If you’re also a fan of Nova Launcher Prime, then you can search for that and download that too.

There shouldn’t be any problems downloading and installing the apps if you amended your security settings as shown in the previous section. You simply use the Google Play app to download and install apps the same way you would on an Android device.

Activating the Nova Launcher

Go to “Settings” and tap the “Accessibility” button/link. There is a function called, “To Detect Home Button Press.” If you see a slider/toggle-button next to it, then toggle it to active. If not, then tap the “To Detect Home Button Press” button and it will take you to the slider/toggle button that you have to activate.

In some cases, when you press “To Detect Home Button Press,” it may show you a warning. Read the warning where it explains what the function does, and then tap “OK” to continue.

Nova should now be active on your Amazon Fire tablet. However, be aware that if Amazon is starting to take action against launch hijackers, then people switching over to using an Android GUI are probably cutting into Amazon’s profits. If that’s the case, there’s a strong chance that Amazon will take stronger measures to ensure people can’t use Android on Amazon devices.

The Alternate Method

If you wish, you can find the Nova Launcher online as an .APK file. You then need to find a tool that hijacks launches and allows you to open up and use .APK files without having to root your device. This sounds rather simple in theory, but you can never be sure when Amazon is going to ban/block your launch hijacker. And even though there are plenty of Nova Launcher .APK files online, it’s troublesome trying to find the most up-to-date option, and it’s often difficult to find a clean one too.

Final Thoughts

There will always be a need for third-party launchers on mobile devices. Most default launchers are fine for everyday use (maybe with the exception of the Zune GUI), but third-party launchers will always be needed by people who have other uses for their mobile device, or who simply want more control over it. Also, you may have noticed a few different answers online to the question “How to add Nova launcher to a Fire Tablet”. This is because Amazon actively blocks applications that it feels mar the overall Fire experience, which forces developers to find new ways to install their launchers.

Have you experienced similar problems when trying to add Nova Launcher to your Fire tablet? Let us know in the comments section below.

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tinybilbo

Senior Member
  • Feb 24, 2020 at 11:45 PM
  • #1
  • I’ve had a Fire HD 10 (2019) knocking around since black Friday, and I’ve finally got around to looking at it.

    I realise that it’s not fully rooted, but does has some sort of temporary root. (from this thread)
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/hd8-hd10/general/fire-hd10-2019-t3979343

    The thread mentions 2 ways of gaining root. The initial temporary one and a partial ” bootless root for a more permanent root solution”.

    I don’t really need root for this tablet except to be able to mod it to run a different launcher and debloat it. I don’t intend to install any Magisk modules.

    So should I just use the toolkit to gain temp root, install google play stuff, disable OTA’s and then install a new launcher.
    or should I setup the bootless root and then do the other stuff (with or without the toolkit)?

    Is the bootless root permanent (i.e it persists after a reboot), in which case I could use something like Icebox to freeze the main launcher and other apps?

    Can I delete the the main launcher and then install Nova launcher and rename it to that of the original launcher?

    Finally what’s the best way to ensure I don’t accidentally update the tablet whilst setting it up?
    It’s already asking to connect to wifi during setup (It so far has never been online or even setup).

    AmznUser444 Dev

    Senior Member
    • Feb 25, 2020 at 1:55 AM
  • #2
  • I’ve had a Fire HD 10 (2019) knocking around since black Friday, and I’ve finally got around to looking at it.

    I realise that it’s not fully rooted, but does has some sort of temporary root. (from this thread)
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/hd8-hd10/general/fire-hd10-2019-t3979343

    The thread mentions 2 ways of gaining root. The initial temporary one and a partial ” bootless root for a more permanent root solution”.

    I don’t really need root for this tablet except to be able to mod it to run a different launcher and debloat it. I don’t intend to install any Magisk modules.

    So should I just use the toolkit to gain temp root, install google play stuff, disable OTA’s and then install a new launcher.
    or should I setup the bootless root and then do the other stuff (with or without the toolkit)?

    Is the bootless root permanent (i.e it persists after a reboot), in which case I could use something like Icebox to freeze the main launcher and other apps?

    Can I delete the the main launcher and then install Nova launcher and rename it to that of the original launcher?

    Finally what’s the best way to ensure I don’t accidentally update the tablet whilst setting it up?
    It’s already asking to connect to wifi during setup (It so far has never been online or even setup).

    To replacing Amazon Launcher to Nova Launcher using:

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    saltine

    Member
    • Aug 8, 2015 at 4:16 AM
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  • After rooting and updating to the latest 5.2, I wanted to get rid of the amazon launcher and use the native GoogleNow launcher. The problem was that I could not find a way to allow the GoogleNow launcher to be set as the default. I found ways to make 3rd party launchers the default launcher, but not GoogeNow. After hours of searching and reading, I got an idea of what was going on, and attempted a fix. Turns out that fix worked and I now have the GoogleNow launcher as the default launcher for my Fire HD 7 running FireOS 5.0

    Assuming you’ve already installed the GoogleNow Launcher and Google Search from the Play Store, the fix is to adb shell into your device and run the following code as su:

    Providing you have root and su’d, you will see the following:

    At this point you can just hit you home button and it should prompt you to choose which launcher you’d like to use. Choose google and always. Reboot your device to be sure it sticks.

    How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

    How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

    Now “OK google” will work from the launcher screens and even the GoogleNow cards and far left screen will work. I have not tested without root, so I do not know if it requires root or not

    ** In my situation, the “OK google” voice settings is missing the option to have the voice command from any screen. The only option I have is to turn it on and off from the search bar. I am trying to remedy that so if anyone has any ideas/advice/fixes for the missing “from any screen” option, please let me know.

    mercado79

    Senior Member
    • Oct 13, 2015 at 1:20 AM
  • #2
  • Worked perfectly. Thanks!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk

    rmulfus

    New member
    • Oct 15, 2015 at 4:00 PM
  • #3
  • didnt work on non rooted fire hd 7 5th generation, any other sugestions please?? :crying: :crying:

    sd_shadow

    Recognized Contributor
    • Oct 16, 2015 at 2:38 AM
  • #4
  • Sent from my KFFOWI using Tapatalk

    ahmdsamir

    Member
    • Oct 25, 2015 at 11:53 PM
  • #5
  • Hi,
    great guide!
    one thing was missing though that made it not work for me
    you have to do
    su
    pm disable com.amazon.firelauncher
    next it will ask you which launcher you want to use.

    eric.hurdle

    New member
    • Dec 6, 2015 at 1:37 PM
  • #6
  • Senior Member
    • Jan 7, 2016 at 11:34 PM
  • #7
  • If you are interested in removing the default launcher (firelauncher.apk for Amazon Fire tablets) without rooting your device, please check out my tutorial thread below:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/hd8-hd10/general/tut-remove-default-launcher-amazon-fire-t3288192

    If you are interested in developing a more efficient version, please check out th development thread here:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/hd8. zon-fire-hd-8-10-remove-firelauncher-t3286646

    I hope this solves all of your problems !

    mattgyver83

    Member
    • May 19, 2016 at 5:27 PM
  • #8
  • Sent from my KFFOWI using Tapatalk

    I know this is an old post and partially off topic, but here is how I made this work using Nova Launcher on my 5th Gen rooted Fire tablet using ADB.

    Install the Google search app then Then;
    Disable the unified search so it doesn’t try to use the stock kindle search widget

    jjjtriplej

    Member
    • Dec 2, 2016 at 10:56 PM
  • #9
  • Hi,
    great guide!
    one thing was missing though that made it not work for me
    you have to do
    su
    pm disable com.amazon.firelauncher
    next it will ask you which launcher you want to use.

    Njacobs1115

    New member
    • Dec 27, 2016 at 12:51 AM
  • #10
  • Rooted. but lost

    I rooted my kindle fire 7 last night. I love it. That being said, I wasn’t pleased to find that the ads on lock screen were not removed. Which leads me to believe I did something wrong. However, everything else works. I downloaded all the necessary apps, then came to the launcher ran into the same problem you did.
    The part where you said “the fix is to adb shell into your device and run the following code as su:”

    That is where you lost me. I don’t know what you mean by that. Possible to dumb it down lol. Where do I put that code? How EXACTLY do i complete the process? Thank ypou for any help. What is “su’d” ? System updated?

    ” Turns out that fix worked and I now have the GoogleNow launcher as the default launcher for my Fire HD 7 running FireOS 5.0

    Assuming you’ve already installed the GoogleNow Launcher and Google Search from the Play Store, the fix is to adb shell into your device and run the following code as su:

    Providing you have root and su’d, you will see the following:

    At this point you can just hit you home button and it should prompt you to choose which launcher you’d like to use. Choose google and always. Reboot your device to be sure it sticks.

    Since the release of Kindle Fire there have been a lot of customization guides that have helped Kindle Fire users to enhance the functionality of their tablets. In a previous post I showed you how to get an Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher for Kindle Fire in two easy steps. But if you would like to switch back to the stock Kindle Launcher or would simply like to regain the option to choose a different launcher, then here is a simple guide to help you do just that. For instructions, see the below video [by “Jeff Benjamin”], followed by the step by step to help you change your default Kindle Fire launcher.

    Instructions

    Step 1: To get started, head over to Settings –> More –> Applications.

    Step 2: In the filter select the option “All Applications”.

    Step 3: Now, find your default launcher, for example, “Go Launcher″ and tap on it.

    Step 4: Under the “Launch by default” option, tap on “Clear defaults”.

    Step 5: Once done, tap on the home button and you will be able to see a launcher selection option, i.e. if you have multiple launchers installed on your Kindle Fire device. From here, check the “Use by default for this action” option and select your desired launcher that you wish to switch to e.g. “Kindle launcher”.

    How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

    For more Kindle Fire related tips, guides, applications, launchers, e-book format converters and update instructions click here. To keep updated with the latest Kindle Fire customization guides, updates and queries, keep visiting WML Cloud.

    How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

    Homescreen replacement apps (i.e., launchers) are very common in the Android world. They allow you to change one of the fundamental aspects of an Android device by replacing what your device displays when you hit the home button. FiredTV Launcher is the first homescreen replacement app for the Fire TV. It’s purpose is to get you quicker access to your sideloaded apps.

    FiredTV Launcher gives you instant access to all the apps on your Fire TV. Whether an app was installed from the official Amazon Appstore or sideloaded, this homescreen replacement lists all your apps in a simple 5 column grid.

    Due to the restrictions put into place by Amazon, FiredTV Launcher isn’t a full fledged home replacement for the Fire TV. Traditionally, Android will identify an app as a launcher and ask if you’d like to use it as your default home launcher. FiredTV Launcher can’t set itself as the default launcher, so it has to fake it. Once downloaded and sideloaded onto your Fire TV, the app detects the loading of the Fire TV’s homescreen and immediately launches itself. This method is a bit of a hack, but is currently the only way for an app to launch when you press the home button on your remote. When it works, you’ll see the default homescreen flash for a second followed by FiredTV Launcher appearing.

    How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

    Launching the app is a bit unpredictable, leaving you unsure of when the app will launch itself. After installing the app, we pressed the home button and the app did not load. After loading it manually, the app started loading itself after pressing the home button. The launcher thankfully includes a “Fire TV” button among the list of apps you have installed which takes you back to the Fire TV’s stock homescreen. Once we were back to the default homescreen, the only way I could get FiredTV to load again was to load it manually. The launcher seems to work best when you stay away from the stock homescreen. If you’re just loading apps and then pressing the home button, the launcher works well.

    I personally would much rather have a quick way to launch the app manually instead of the app trying to predict when it should launch. I’m unsure if it’s even possible, but launching the app with a remote long press or pressing home while already on the stock homescreen would be ideal.

    The app is in it’s infancy and has it’s share of quirks. For one, selecting the “Settings” icon within FiredTV causes it to crash. I’m not sure if this is meant to load the Fire TV’s default settings screen or a settings panel for the FiredTV launcher itself. That said, I love that this app exists. It’s a bold attempt by its developer to expand the Fire TV’s functionality and we commend that and will be following this apps progression closely.

    Comments

    stmalk commented Oct 31, 2019

    LH hardly works on a new Fire HD 10, 9th generation, running 7.3.1.1 fire os. Chosen launcher (Nova) appears after reboot, but Home button brings the default launcher back. It stays like that for 5 seconds or so, then pops back to Nova by itself. Hitting Home button while default launcher is up does nothing.
    Home button detection and Nova option in accessibility settings are both enabled.

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    BeefaloRancher commented Nov 1, 2019

    Getting the same issues on my device. I also had to rename the app in android studio to stop it from being deleted

    lefoy commented Nov 27, 2019

    I’m having the same issue

    mbennoer commented Nov 28, 2019

    BeefaloRancher commented Nov 28, 2019

    Will do it now and let you know if it fixes it

    mbennoer commented Nov 28, 2019

    @lefoy Great! Will use that one once I get my HD 10 on Saturday. Thanks for sharing the link.

    BeefaloRancher commented Nov 28, 2019

    @lefoy once you installed that what did you run to stop the delay?

    BeefaloRancher commented Nov 28, 2019

    Okay that’s good to hear. There is a delay for launcherhijack but I suppose you don’t need that since this tool lets you install a custom launcher. What launcher did you go with?

    lefoy commented Nov 28, 2019

    The tool I linked can remove the fire launcher completely (under the section Remove everything Amazon and select Manual), so you can use any launcher you want. The tool can also install Nova launcher for you (this is what I did initially, but I ended up using this one.

    I read that the launcherhijack can in fact have a small delay when pressing the home button, but with the fire launcher removed/disabled that doesn’t happen. It even gives me the choice of the launcher I want to use like a normal android when I have more than one launcher installed.

    friedl commented Nov 28, 2019

    @lefoy That’s an awesome find. I’ll try that on my Fire8.

    Did you find any performance improvements after removing the Amazon launcher?

    lefoy commented Nov 28, 2019

    Can’t say, I wanted to change the launcher as soon as I got my tablet. I didn’t really use it with the fire launcher, but I’m having no issue using a custom launcher so far.

    BeefaloRancher commented Nov 29, 2019

    I have some minor improvement without the Fire OS (I was previously running Nova launcher over the top of the Fire OS). This definitely works though which is nice.

    jerry4301 commented Jan 22, 2020

    I’m not a programmer so please excuse my ignorance. The problem with the 5-7 delay where the Amazon launcher comes up for 5-7 seconds after pressing the home button before reverting to the Nova Launcher appears to be caused by a Fire update. If you don’t yet have the problem, I suggest you disable auto updates. I tried the Amazon Fire Toolbox recommended by lefoy and removed the Amazon launcher and Free Offers, however that causes the current screen to freeze for the 5-7 seconds upon hitting the home button before bringing up the Nova Launcher, rather than activating the Amazon launcher for that period of time. I’m hoping that this info will assist one of you guys who is a lot smarter than me to figure out how to fix this annoying problem.

    jerry4301 commented Jan 27, 2020

    I just read on another forum that if you touch any app on the intervening Fire launcher during the 5-7 seconds the screen will immediately revert to the Nova launcher. I tried it and it’s true. Makes the problem more of a minor inconvenience than a major annoyance.

    jenn-reid commented Jul 17, 2020

    Hi! Sorry for resurrecting the dead (post), but I wanted to post in case someone else gets here trying to solve this issue and wants a different solution to the ones above (and/or the non-existent ones elsewhere), I was having this same issue on my Amazon Fire 7, same setup/issue (Nova Launcher / pressing the home button goes to the stock fire interface then takes 5ish seconds to flip back to Nova Launcher / none of the solutions I found online helped). I spent several days researching and trying to fix this issue, was about to attempt rooting my fire or trying the amazon fire toolbox above, when I came across this:

    Summarized the solution (for me) was to disable the user account that the stock fire launcher uses by using ADB and running:

    adb shell pm disable-user –user 0 com.amazon.firelauncher

    Solved the issue for me instantly. Hopefully it will help someone else too with this super annoying issue. If you are already familiar with ADB or already set it up to install Google Play or whatever, this is super easy. Now my Nova Launcher is seamless 🙂 Hopefully this will help someone else.

    Installation

    1. Natigate to this GitHub’s downloads page (https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijack/releases) on your tablet and download the latest APK
    2. Open your newly downloaded file and install like any other Android application
    3. Open settings and navigate to “Accessibility -> To detect home button press” and press enable
    4. If Launcher Hijack didn’t open, find and open it
    5. Select your desired Launcher from the list provided
    6. Reboot your device
    7. Congratulation, if all is working correctly your home button should now open your chosen launcher

    Updates (Specifically 5.6.2.0)
    Please disable LauncherHijack in accessibility settings during Fire OS updates. LauncherHijack causes issues during update 5.6.2.0, you wont brick your device or anything with it left enabled but you wont be able to complete update 5.6.2.0 until disabled. There is nothing I can do without degrading the application during regular use. If you somehow end up mid update with LauncherHijack enabled the easiest solution, assuming you can’t get to settings, is to uninstall LauncherHijack through ADB (plenty of guides online) and reinstall it after you complete the update.

    Google Now Launcher
    The Google Now launcher is the only known launcher that supports widgets out of the box. It can however be a pain to set up so try following these instructions:

    1. Ensure Launcher Hijack works with another launcher
    2. Install the Google Search App (Available Here)
    3. Some devices also require Google home so probably best to install that too (Available Here);
    4. Obviously install the Google Now launcher (Available Here)
    5. REBOOT,
    6. Open launcher hijack and select “Google”, if you have to uncheck “Launchers only” something has gone wrong, so give another reboot a go and ensure you have the prerequisites listed above installed.
    7. Google now should open when pressing home, if it still doesn’t work uninstall all prerequisites and the launcher itself, reboot and try follow the guide again. I had to reinstall once to get it working however I have had reports of people reinstalling 4-5 times before finally getting it working.

    Widgets
    Widget support in prohibited by default for all launchers except the Google Now launcher on Fire OS devices. You can attempt to enable them for a given launcher using the following adb command:
    appwidget grantbind –package –user current
    You can get the package name with Launcher Hijack, in the confirmation dialog when selecting a launcher. The part containted within the brackets is the package name.
    Unfortunatly I have had reports of mixed success with this command but it’s worth trying if you want widgets for launchers other than the Google Now launcher.

    Disable the Dafault Launcher
    If you are annoyed by the default launcher appearing while your chosen launcher is loading then you can corrupt the default launcher.
    Fair WARNING if you do this without any 3rd party launchers installed you will have a very hard time fixing your device and once the Fire Launcher is broken it can never be fixed for that user account, you will have to make a new user account to ressurect it.

    1. Download the corrupted launcher found in the attached files of this XDA post. You will need an XDA account to download the file.
    2. Install it using the following command adb install -r -d

  • Reboot
  • Troubleshooting
    If you are having issues then there are some common issues you can check here:

    • Ensure you are using an Amazon device running Fire OS, compatible with all versions as of release (6.3 = latest)
    • Ensure home button detection is enabled: “Settings -> Accessibility -> To detect home button press”
    • If Launcher Hijack keeps saying “Accessibilty Service Disabled” when opened despite “Settings -> Accessibility -> To detect home button press” being set to on:
      1. Go to “Settings -> Apps & Games -> Manage All Applications -> Launcher Hijack”
      2. Press menu
      3. Select “Uninstall for all users” then OK
      4. Power off your device
      5. Wait 5 seconds
      6. Boot
      7. Start at instillation step 1
    • Ensure you can open your launcher directly i.e. Using any launcher, other than your chosen launcher, and open you chosen launcher like any other app, this should open your chosen launcher. CAVIAT: This does NOT work for the google now launcher and any launcher that requires default; When opening a launcher like this you will be redirected to the fire os system settings so that you can set your default launcher which is not possible, hence why this app was created
    • Ensure you have selected your chosen launcher in Launcher Hijack
    • Reboot your device after following all previous steps
    • After clicking home initially wait 10 seconds and press home again. This happens when your chosen launchers process gets killed in the background and may happen from time to time, especially after a reboot. There are plenty of existing apps that already keep a chosen application in memory so try one of those if this is a reoccurring issue for you.
    • If all else fails try using one of the following launchers with known compatibility: Nova Launcher, Evie, Arrow Launcher

    Installation

    1. Natigate to this GitHub’s downloads page (https://github.com/BaronKiko/LauncherHijack/releases) on your desktop/laptop and download the latest APK
    2. Install ADB on your desktop/laptop (Google will help you) and ensure a connection to your Fire TV.
    3. Install Launcher Hijack with this command
      adb install

  • Ensure you have some Launchers installed
  • Enable the accessibility service using these commands:
    adb shell settings put secure enabled_accessibility_services com.baronkiko.launcherhijack/com.baronkiko.launcherhijack.AccServ
    adb shell settings put secure accessibility_enabled 1
  • If Launcher Hijack didn’t open, find and open it
  • Select your desired Launcher from the list provided
  • Reboot your device
  • Congratulation, if all is working correctly your home button should now open your chosen launcher
  • Important, Accessing Settings and the Long Press Menu
    Unfortunatly for FireTV devices a comprimise had to be made. To access the long press menu and with it settings you have to hold menu and home together. You can also get to the default launcher by simply pressing them together.

    Troubleshooting
    If you are having issues then there are some common issues you can check here:

    A small Android application to circumvent the default Amazon Fire launcher. Works for Fire Tablets and Fire TV’s.
    Huge thanks to ParrotGeek1, Speeddymon and Urbanman2004.

    • ParrotGeek1 made V1 and without him I would have never started this project.
    • Speeddymon donated a 2018 Fire TV allowing me to implement Fire TV support. If you have a Fire TV you should thank him
    • Urbanman2004 created the lovely logo/app icon. Be sure to thank him too.

    I don’t really check XDA but you can talk to other users there at the official threads:

    Please read the instructions for your device in HELP.md

    If you find any issues please leave them in the issue tracker. I will try have a look at them as quickly as possible but there is no guarentee I will be able to fix them.

    This app will always be totally free and without ads. It’s just the right thing to do. That being said development has consumed a lot of my time over the years so if you want to throw me a few quid, bucks or whatever currency you happen to use you can do so through PayPal: http://paypal.me/AndyAdshead Please don’t send anything you can’t afford, it’s your hard earned money after all.

    While pull requests are appreciated I suggest you let me know before putting serious time in as I want to avoid working on the same area and wouldn’t want you to waste your time. Also note that some parts of this code can break with seamingly inconsiquential changes due to the hacky methods employed to break Fire OS’s strict security configuration. If you don’t have to change something or don’t know 100% how and why it works I suggest you leave it alone.

    Nova Launcher is one of the best, if not the best third-party launcher for Android phones. It’s much better than the default launcher because it allows you to customize your home screen, the app drawer, the themes on your phone, and much more.

    How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

    If you want to learn how to add apps to the home screen using the Nova Launcher, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to find out, and also learn more about customizing your phone’s UI using the Nova Launcher.

    There are tons of customization options, and the Nova Launcher is regularly updated with new stuff.

    Nova Launcher Looks Familiar

    The developers of Nova Launcher are very smart. They kept the default launcher’s look nearly the same as Google’s launcher. This is because they don’t want to make any drastic changes, unless you yourself want those changes that is.

    You’ll notice that as soon as you install the launcher for the first time, that it’s also very simple. Just visit the Google Play Store and find the Nova Launcher, click on the link and download this great launcher for your Android phone, free of charge.

    Nova Launcher is supported on all Android phones with the Android 4.0 system or above. The app is entirely free unless you decide to get the premium version, which is only $5. For basic purposes, you can keep using the free version. The premium version only brings more customization options.

    Note: The tutorial we are about to show you will work just fine on the free version of the Nova Launcher.

    How to use a different home screen launcher on the amazon fire tablet (without rooting it)

    Nova Launcher Home Screen Customization

    If you look at the home screen, you’ll think that you’re still on your old launcher. Adding apps to the home screen on the Nova Launcher works the same way as on the default launcher:

    1. Make sure to install and update the Nova Launcher to the latest version (link provided above).
    2. Open the home screen on your phone (press home button).
    3. Drag the apps you want on the home screen just like you did before (you can either drag them from an existing folder or use the App Drawer (your phone’s App menu).

    That’s it! You see, it’s ridiculously easy, but there’s a lot more to Nova Launcher than adding apps to the home screen. You can actually improve the home screen by using this neat launcher.

    Besides apps, you can add a lot of useful widgets like the clock, weather, etc. Tap the Widgets option and drag any widget to the home screen. When you press and hold the widget, you get to resize it, remove it, and check its info.

    Tweaking Your Home Screen

    The best part about the Nova Launcher is the seamless tweaking of the home screen. The default number of apps you can have on the home screen is 5×5. Nova lets you increase or reduce that number as well.

    The option that allows you to change the home screen layout is called Desktop. Here’s how to change the number of apps on your home screen using the Nova Launcher:

    1. Swipe up from your home screen to access the Nova settings. All the customization options are here.
    2. Select Desktop, and tap on Desktop Grid. Set the number of apps on the horizontal and the vertical side of your home screen. The numbers don’t have to match (e.g. you can go for 7×8, 8×7, etc.) The maximum number is 12×12.
    3. When you’re satisfied, save the changes by tapping on Done.

    After doing that you can go back to your home screen and add more apps to it. Also, you can reposition the apps and place them wherever you want on the home screen.

    You can change the size of the icons too:

    1. Swipe up from the home screen.
    2. Select Desktop again, but this time tap on Icon Layout.
    3. Move the slider below Icon Size to adjust the size to your liking.
    4. That’s it, the changes will be saved automatically.

    There are many interesting options in the Desktop settings. You can add width and height padding, a persistent search bar, or even change the search bar style. You can also change the scroll effect style which will add cool effects when you’re swiping on your phone.

    Near the bottom, you can find a feature relevant to this article. Under New Apps, move the slider to enable the option to Add Icon to Home Screen. This will add the icon for every new app that you install on the home screen.

    Experiment with Nova Launcher

    There you have it, folks! This article only covered the basics of what you can do with your home screen using the Nova Launcher. It’s up to you to experiment and customize your home screen to your own liking. You can also do a lot of app drawer customization, changing the background, color, etc.

    This launcher is really fun, but it’s also fast and functional, so definitely check it out if you haven’t already. You probably won’t ever return to your old launcher after you’ve tried this one out.

    Feel free to join the discussion and tell us about your experiences in the comments section below.