Whether you prefer Android, Apple, Windows or another mobile operating system, there is no arguing that Android offers granular customization options for nearly anything your heart desires. Users can take any approach from a minimalistic to feature-packed user experience. Here are four apps I use to make my phone look and perform to my liking.
*These apps are in no particular order, click on the application name for the Play Store link
One of the most amazing things that Android can do is run on custom launchers. This is a way to completely change and customize the software of your phone without having to root it. Installing launchers is totally risk free, as it can be reversed by simply deleting the launcher and returning to the software version that comes built in with your phone. There are many free and paid launchers on the Play Store to choose from. I use Nova because it is simple, functional and free. There is a paid option with additional features, if you are willing to pay a few bucks. There are way too many things that Nova is capable of for me to list in one article, so I recommend you spend some time yourself playing around with all the available features. With Nova, you can adjust transition speeds, which makes your device feel faster and less laggy, even if you are running a heavy Android build such as TouchWiz (the version of Android that comes with Samsung’s phones and tablets). Once again, there are tons of other appearance and performance options available to customize with Nova.
With Android, users can download custom icon packs to change the way that their apps appear on their home screens. Out of all I have seen, Polycon looks the best. It is completely free and the app availability is increasing regularly. Now, nearly every app I have installed on my device has a Polycon icon available. With Polycon, app icons have a more polished and material design look. It is a subtle change to your homescreen, but it will be noticed. Polycon must be used alongside a launcher. The list of compatible launchers can be found on the app’s Play Store page.
Wallrox is a very simple free app that provides a wide selection of visually appealing and minimalistic wallpapers. I change my wallpapers regularly, but the one I am currently using from Wallrox may very well be a keeper!
Zedge has a very large selection of user-uploaded wallpapers, ringtones, notification tones and even some games. There are many categories that range from music to comedy and everything in between. If you look hard enough, you are bound to find something you like. Like the other apps on this list, Zedge is completely free.
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Disclaimer: These are my personal selections of apps. None of the app developers have sponsored me or offered me any kind of compensation for writing this article.
*All app screenshots were taken from the Play Store website and are the property of the applications’ respective developers.