Welcome to a brand new weekly phase known as Android Refresh Tuesdays! Each Tuesday we’ll present you learn how to give your Android house display a recent new look, with a brand new wallpaper, icon pack, app icon format and extra, all primarily based on a weekly theme.
This week’s theme is house!
With a purpose to obtain this theme, we will use the massively customizable Nova Launcher app, which has each a free model and a $4.99 paid model that unlocks additional options. We’ll additionally get a reside Moon section widget and mix it with our house wallpaper!
After all, in case you simply need the wallpaper proven in our house theme you possibly can ignore the remainder of the steps under. In any case, this is learn how to get the complete house theme look in your Android cellphone!
Step 1: The wallpaper
An area theme wants an important house wallpaper, so I selected a stunning one which’s notably excellent for OLED shows, courtesy of NASA. Obtain it right here.
This wallpaper would not steal a lot focus and provides out a calming, peaceable vibe, completely in tune with our house theme thought.
To use it, merely press and maintain any empty spot on your property display, then press “Wallpaper” and choose the downloaded picture. In my case I centered the astronaut within the image.
Step 2: Nova Launcher setup
Obtain and open Nova Launcher. Choose “Begin recent” and naturally, select the darkish theme. Then merely prepare your icons nevertheless you would like them to be. In my case, I went with as few icons as doable on the house display, and solely within the dock. Muddle is not good for the thoughts, in spite of everything.
Your entire different put in apps could be accessed with a swipe up gesture from the underside of the display.
To maintain issues minimalistic, we are able to additionally disable the icon labels. For this, faucet and maintain the house display, faucet “Settings”, “House display”, “Icon format”, then uncheck “Label”. However you do not want this step in case you’ll solely be utilizing dock icons like I’m, since these haven’t got labels anyway.
Nonetheless, whilst you’re within the “Icon format” menu, be at liberty to resize the icons by dragging the “Icon measurement” slider. In my case I made them smaller (115%).
Step 3: Widgets
After establishing Nova Launcher, you are more likely to find yourself with a Google search widget on the highest of your display, which could be eliminated by urgent and holding it.
As a substitute of a Google widget, let’s add one thing that matches our house theme higher. Obtain the Moon Phases Widget app. Then press and maintain on the house display, faucet “Widgets”, then take the app’s “MP Giant plain” widget and plop it on the highest proper nook of your property display.
After the app will get your location, you may get a reside view of the present Moon section, which blends near-perfect with our wallpaper!
We have now added the reside Moon section widget.
We may additionally use a clock widget to maintain the little spaceman some firm. Press and maintain the house display once more, faucet “Widgets”, scroll right down to “Clock” and decide up and drag a clock widget that you simply like.
You can too set up different clock widget apps, however I went with the default one which got here with my Asus ROG Cellphone. Both method, resize and reposition the clock widget in a method that appears finest to you. This is how I did it:
A time widget to maintain the spaceman firm.
And whereas we’re with reference to widgets, in case you actually wish to go above and past, be at liberty so as to add a SpaceX inventory widget too; root for Elon Musk if issues are going up! Effectively, simply kidding, the SpaceX inventory is not public proper now, however hey, NASA’s inventory is!
However most shares widgets would not vibe with our house theme, so we’ll transfer onto customizing our icons now.
Step 4: The best icon pack
We may undoubtedly go for a pleasant, new icon pack that compliments our house theme, possibly one which’s much less colourful. Icon packs have arguably the largest impact on how “recent” your Android house display feels.
So let’s head on to the Play Retailer but once more and this time obtain the free Ash icon pack. When it is put in, return to your property display, press and maintain, faucet “Settings”, “Look & really feel”, “Icon type”, “Icon theme”, and choose “Ash (Free)”.
Cool, we’re completed!
And with this icon pack, our house theme is full!
How to return to my outdated Android look?
Reverting again to your outdated Android theme is as simple as uninstalling Nova Launcher, uninstalling the icon pack and altering your wallpaper again to what it was earlier than.