How to Use Nova Launcher (Ultimate Guide for Beginner) on Android

using nova launcher as default

Nova Launcher has become one of the most popular Android launcher back then. With more competition on the Play Store market, Nova Launcher still give us the most out of it even in a free version of its app. Whether you use the Prime version of you don’t, there is still a need to read a guide if you’re beginner on how to use Nova Launcher to get the most out of it.

If you’re newcomer in launcher markets, you perhaps have encountered some other Android launcher besides Nova Launcher. You may have used Microsoft Launcher, Apex Launcher, or even Rootless Launcher. Nova by far provides the most advanced features that you can get in its free version. Here’s a guide on how to use it.

In this article, we’re going to cover everything about how to use Nova Launcher, from setting Nova Launcher as default until the uninstallation process (if you don’t like Nova Launcher).

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How to Set Nova Launcher as Default

If you don’t install Nova Launcher yet, you can download it for free here.

Setting Nova Launcher as default launcher is important because you may use another Android launcher that may have been set as default. If you want to keep using Nova Launcher all the time, setting it as default is the way to go. This will make you use Nova Launcher with more convenient because you don’t have to switch manually all the time.

To do that, open Nova Launcher. Then open Nova Settings.

setting nova launcher as default first

To open Nova Settings, you have to tap and hold the home screen for a second. Then tap Settings. Now, tap Select default launcher to set a default launcher.

using nova launcher as default

Using Nova Launcher all the time require you to set it as default, so you have to check Remember my choice to make sure your device setting it up as default. This way, you can use Nova Launcher without having to open the app from another launcher or switching manually.

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To use Nova Launcher with ease, you may need to check whether or not your device has set it as default. To do this, you have to open Settings app of your device, then tap Home screen & Recents.

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In the Default launcher, you should see Nova Launcher as the default. If you don’t, tap it and then choose Nova.

making sure nova launcher is always used

This will make you automatically keep using Nova Launcher even if you switch to another launcher for once.

How to Change Nova Launcher Theme and Whole Appearance

Alright. Using Nova Launcher isn’t enough if you don’t change or customize the appearance of Nova Launcher itself. Nova Launcher by default doesn’t provide cool appearance and look, you have to manually setting it up for yourself. This makes some users that aren’t tech-savvy a little bit harder to use Nova Launcher.

To start customizing, you have to open Nova Settings. Tap your home screen for a second and then tap Settings.

changing nova launcher theme

This app is where you can set any options you want so you can use Nova Launcher with more convenient. To start doing this let’s change the desktop grid. Tap Home screen, tap Desktop grid. This is where you can change how much column and row your home screen of Nova Launcher can use.

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Nova Launcher also provide you a little bit more options on how to change the icon size, font size, font, font color, the shadow and single line effects. Tap each option to change. Nova Launcher provide some colors you can choose for label/text color that located after the icon. You can also use best icon pack for Nova Launcher.

how to use nova launcher with better home screen and label color

Nova Launcher is so advanced that you will see more options on changing the label color, like hue, saturation, and brightness. There’s few font you can choose, from Normal, Medium Condensed, and Light.

how to make nova launcher looks better

You can also amazingly change the padding of your home screen. Padding is the one that set how close the elements on your home screen to your phone bezel.

how to change nova launcher padding

To use Nova Launcher with better experience of dock, you have to change the dock background. This one has advanced options letting you to change the transparency, color, and the shape of the dock itself.

how to change dock background on nova launcher

For the details, you can have choose some colors for the dock background.

how to change nova launcher background dock so you can use it more conveniently

The transparency itself is set from zero to hundred. You can set it your own.

how to use nova launcher with better dock background

Nova Launcher also amazingly provide you options to choose how much rows and columns it can use. You can even change the icon size accordingly, or match with the desktop/home screen size.

how to change nova launcher look so you can use it with more rows

Never forget that Nova Launcher also provide an option to change the padding size. To do this just tap Padding on Dock section. You can choose the padding size accordingly.

how to change padding in nova launcher

To use search bar on Nova Launcher, you perhaps need to change the search bar placement. Nova Launcher can place the search bar on widget, dock (above or below), or persistently. Or, you can even hide it.

how to use search bar on nova launcher

You can also change the bar style from the shape to the logo of Google. This is so advanced and allow you to customize everything about the search bar. Using Nova Launcher would not feel that good if you don’t customize this.

change search bar logo on nova launcher

You can also change the home screen like enabling wallpaper scrolling, changing transition effect, or enabling infinite scroll.

how to use nova launcher with better search bar style

Nova Launcher provide three transition effects that you can set: Simple, Cube, and Card stack.

how to use different transition effect on nova launcher

You can choose three page indicator with different appearance.

how to change page indicator and use nova launcher better

For a detail, Nova Launcher provide you indicator color, too. Here are some that you may thing would make your experience on using Nova Launcher better.

how to change indicator color on nova launcher

Nova Launcher also provide you a way to change the app drawer style, the rows, icon layout, background color, and the transparency.

how to use nova launcher with better app drawer looks

You can choose how many rows it can use on tapping Drawer App Grid. You can choose your own font, font size, font color, shadow effect, and icon size of app drawer here. This will make you using Nova Launcher more conveniently. You can also choose background color from these color options.

how to change app drawer grid on nova launcher

Nova Launcher also provide you a way to change the app drawer top bar, and search bar style. If you want more, you can change the gesture of the app drawer, too. Gesture is one of the most influencing when it comes to user experience, making you use Nova Launcher better.

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Now, let’s move on the the next thing. Nova Launcher has folders on it. You can change the appearance of folder by tapping Nova SettingsFolders. Here, you can change the window style, icon layout, transition animation, and more.

how to change folder on nova launcher so you can use it more effectively

You can even change the most detailed thing about folder on Nova Launcher. Using this launcher app would be greater if you customize this. You can choose two transition animation for folder: zoom and circle.

how to use different transition animation in nova launcher

There’s nothing more better trick on how to use Nova Launcher with greater appearance than by changing the icon layout. You can choose for icon layout for free, and many more icon shapes.

how to change transparency to use nova launcher with better looks

Nova Launcher also has many more options that applies to all areas. You can change the icon style, screen orientation, animation speed, scroll speed, app animation, and more.

how to change nova launcher look and feel so you can use it better

You can choose three screen orientation: auto-rotate, force portrait, force landscape, and more. Animation speed: Relaxed, Stock, Nova, Fast, Faster than light. And many more app animation you can choose here.

how to use nova launcher with more animation speed

You can also choose how the popup/context menu would shows. You can also change the background color of the app search.

how to change looks and feel on nova launcher

The last thing about using Nova Launcher with greater appearance is by changing the theme to dark. You can even change how dark it is.

Changing Nova Launcher theme is a little bit easy, and you can set your own color.

how to use nova launcher with dark theme

Then, this is how it will looks with my customization. This is how you use Nova Launcher at its finest.

how to use dark theme and customize how dark it is on nova launcher

How to Get Google Now on Nova Launcher

Now, using Nova Launcher isn’t enough if you don’t enable the Google Now. To get Google Now on Nova Launcher, you have to download separate app. That requires your device to enable installation from unknown resources.

Click here to download Google Now for Nova Launcher.

how to download google now for nova launcher

Install the app once it is done being downloaded. Tap Install then tap Open.

how to use and install google now for nova launcher

Now, you will have to tap OK and then the installation of Google Now for Nova Launcher is done.

enable and use google now for nova launcher

You can swipe left from the home screen to use the Google Now page.

seeing google now on nova launcher

You can use Google Now normally just like using the app itself.

how to use google now on nova launcher

How to Backup Nova Launcher

If you want to use Nova Launcher with ease, you have to back it up first.

This will relieve some worries if anything bad happen to your phone, you can restore it back easily.

To backup Nova Launcher, just tap Backup and Import Settings.

how to use nova launcher with easy and no worry by backing it up

Now, tap Backup then choose the name of the backup.

backing up

You can even choose where you would like to save the backup. Then, you will have to allow the setting app to create a backup files.

proceed to back up nova launcher

Then, this is it. The backup has been created. To restore backup, just tap Restore or manage backups.

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How to Uninstall Nova Launcher

You can use Nova Launcher. Or, stop using it if you don’t like it.

But, uninstalling Nova Launcher isn’t easy if you’re new into this.

Before uninstall the app, you have to disable it by switching to another launcher as default launcher.

Go to Settings. Tap Home screen and Recents. Then tap Default launcher.

how to uninstall nova launcher

Choose another launcher, System launcher for instance.

don't like using nova launcher you can uninstall it right away

Now, this is easy. To uninstall the app, just drag and drop it directly to the trash icon. Then tap Uninstall.

uninstall nova launcher directly

Or, you can do this.

Go to Settings. Tap Manage apps.

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Search for nova launcher. Tap the app and then the details will be shown.

how to quit nova launcher

Tap Clear data. Clear anything you want before uninstall the app.

clear all data on nova launcher

Then, to uninstall, just tap Uninstall.

uninstall now on nova launcher

Uninstalling Nova Launcher could be done in Play Store. Just search the app. Tap Uninstall.

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Now you’ve learn everything about how to use Nova Launcher, from managing the home screen, default launcher, the backup, app drawer, and more. If you have any feedback, leave it in the comment below.

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