Download Apex Launcher apk 3.1.0 free for Android smartphone

27 Jun
Apex Launcher

Posted by Android Does in Personalization | June 27, 2015 | 165 Comments

Apk file size: 4.7 MB

Apex Launcher helps you create a customized homescreen experience on your Android (4.0+) device.

"Fantastic app that has the potential to give your phone a complete makeover. I highly recommend it." - MakeUseOf
"Even after a lot of customization, Apex Launcher feels super fast." - Pocket Now
"We must say it is as smooth as butter." - Droid Life

Five Best Android Launchers - Lifehacker
The 25 Tastiest Apps for Ice Cream Sandwich - PCMag
Must-have apps for the Nexus 7 - ZDNet

• Customizable homescreen grid size and up to 9 homescreens
• Scrollable dock with up to 7 icons per page and up to 5 pages
• Infinite & elastic scrolling (homescreen, drawer and dock)
• Fancy transition effects (tablet, cube, etc.)
• Hide elements as you want (persistent search bar, status bar, or even the dock)
• Customizable icons and labels for shortcuts and folders
• Choose different folder preview styles and background
• Multiple drawer styles (transparent/opaque, horizontal/vertical, paginated/continuous)
• Drawer apps sorting (title, install date, mostly used)
• Hide apps from the drawer
• Lock your desktop to prevent accidental changes
• Enjoy homescreen gestures (pinch, swipe up/down, double tap)
• Advanced theme engine (icon packs, skins, etc.)
• Backup/restore settings and data
• Optimized for both phones and tablets
• Lots of other customization options!

Apex Launcher Pro (Paid Version) Features:
• Powerful drawer customizations (unlimited drawer tabs, folders in drawer)
• Unread count notifications (provided by the free Apex Notifier extension)
• Dock swipe actions (swipe up and down actions)
• More gesture options (two-finger gestures)
• Additional transition effects (accordion, cross, etc.)
• Flexible theme options (ADW, LauncherPro, Go Launcher themes)
• Enhanced folder support (batch add, merge folders)
• Advanced widget options (widgets in dock, overlapping widgets)
• More features on the way!

• Pinch the screen to access screen previews (like Exposé or HTC Sense).
• Long press an icon to drag and drop it over another one to create a folder.
• Long press icons/folders on the desktop and choose edit from the popup menu to customize icons and labels.
• Drag, hover, and drop app icons over the delete button at the top of the screen to quickly uninstall apps.
• Long press an app in the hide apps list to quickly launch that app.
• Switch to single screen wallpaper mode to fix wallpaper zooming issues.
• Enable the Root Helper in advanced settings (root required, Android 4.0 only) to add widgets from the drawer.

• Access widget data: Only used to create and display widgets on the homescreen. (Android 4.1+ only)
• Application information: Used to display warnings when other launchers are running.
• Control vibration/Status Bar/Wallpaper: Standard launcher functions.
• Network communication: Used for anonymous usage/error reporting (optional).
• Phone calls: Used when you create direct-dial shortcuts on the homescreen.
• Storage: Used to backup/restore settings and desktop data.
• Superuser: Required to add widgets from the drawer (Android 4.0 only).

Love Apex Launcher? Rate us on Google Play. We’re always trying to make Apex Launcher better. If you have questions or suggestions, please share them with us!

Whats new

    * Show search as overlay
    * Expand notifications and quick settings through accessibility service (TouchWiz on Lollipop)
    * Other improvements and bug fixes
    * Added Catalan, Estonian, and Persian translations
    * Updated translations

Android Does part of our Personalization and have average installs from 10000000 to 50000000. Last Update June 27, 2015. Google play rating is 86.5293. Current verison is 3.1.0. Actual size 4.7 MB.

Download apex-launcher.apk 4.7 MB


JC Denton

Persistent search bars. They are not in the standard position/proportions they should be. There is no way to alter position and size. I'll give 5 stars when this is fixed.

Simon Taylor

Won't save your wallpaper size If it still didn't have a problem keeping the size of your desktop wallpaper, this would be my default launcher on all my devices - sadly it still decides to zoom in your image, after entering the setting screen or drawer.

Wyn Termute

READ THE PATCH NOTES CAREFULLY - - "Feeling Lucky removed from app drawer", not really removed from the launcher.. Updated this launcher, and it put a "feeling lucky" in my home screen. It was removed easily enough, but the the "app info" for that icon indicates that the Feeling Lucky problem is now built in to the launcher. Don't be surprised if you still get randomly unwanted things as a result. I'm giving this update a try, but also keeping a backup of the last bloat-free version.

Tommy Martin

Bug There's a bug when clicking on the app drawer, with battery saver on. The apps are hidden, missing with no white background like if something went wrong with the animations (lollipop 5.1)

Allen Jacob

It's good. Apex launcher is kinda like a copy if Nova launcher. I'm using both launchers though. Apex is fast and smooth. How about a theme store? It's difficult to look for themes in play store and many themes would not work on Apex launcher

Tanveer Ahmed

Most safest launcher The permissions required by this launcher are lesser compared to the work it does. Where as there are other launchers which do not have as many functions as Apex but still require way more permissions. In terms of security, stability and options Apex rocks

Dekel Ben Zeev

My default launcher, but.. For about a year (!) There's a bug where the home screen indicator is ran over by widgets when vertical spacing is less than "large". More than a dozen versions have been released with this bug .

Nicolò Musciolà

Really bad after 3.0.3 update After 3.0.3 update it filled my ram and made my nexus 5 lag so bad. I got back to the 3.0.1 and it solved. Please go back being the best launcher as it use to be.

Amanda McKenna

Great launcher exactly what I was looking for only problem is I find it lags when opening anything home screen drawer any apps etc. Hoping someone has suggestions? Cause otherwise it's great. (Galaxy S4 with the recent lollipop update) thanks!

A Google User

Running slow on Lollipop I've been using Apex pretty much since I had my first Android phone. I'm currently running it on a stock build of Lollipop on a Nexus 5 and finding it gets slower and slower throughout the day as I use the phone and frequently force closes when going home from any app. This is a real shame as Google's stock home screen doesn't compare and isn't as feature rich, which for a power user like me is very handy.

rmoney stayzfresh

The best launcher. Great launcher uses less battery and memory than other apps. Easy to customize. Smooth transitioning and perfect settings for your liking.

Airin Technika

Rolled back to 3.0.1 It's horrible idea to random the apps that appeared on Google Ads, Popups while browsing on mobile. You know? those apps that appear in those method is bullshit and untrusted. I've decided to rollback to version 3.0.1 until "Feeling Lucky" is completely gone, I mean it will not find on app activity, not just only hide that icon.

Milad Alavi

Still needs work.. Power hungry and constantly crashes, slows my device down otherwise it would've been the perfect launcher

Ken Wong

Generally marvelous The best launcher I have ever used. The only problem is that the app drawer does not have a search bar, why is that? A basic feature that such a superb launcher should have. And it takes forever to change a icon. This is so extremely frustrating for me because I use a lot of I con packs. I know you can switch it from the theme settings but when there is more than one icon and I want to manually change the look of the icon so frustrating guys such a bad bug. Fix these issues and you get 5 stars. ????

Anant Mehta

Ita good but..... If you can make back up feature such where every time you change icons you can make back up for that icon pack only.its annoying that every time you change icon pack you loose the first icons that you had spend time doing it....please add feature that you can make backup for any icon pack separately so you can go back and forth with any icon pack.....

Travis Poekert

Folder Transparency Folder background transparency doesn't seem to be working. The background and icons in the folder remain transparent no matter what I set the % to in settings. When I open a folder it is nearly impossible to see the app icon I want since it is overlaid with all the icons behind it on my home screen. It's a great launcher otherwise, but please fix this.

Reed E.C

Random Force Reboots When I upgraded to the previous version, it not only installs Feeling Lucky crap but also did Forced Reboots randomly. With 3.0.3, the Feeling Lucky app is gone but still on occasion forces a reboot without any warning. Pls fix this as I'm a Pro user!

Philip Noon

Works alright on Xperia Z This works alright I mainly downloaded it to install a retro icon pack which worked brill. I used it for a week but noticed small bugs with my phone. When clicking a text message from notification bar it wouldn't bring up the keyboard, had to go in the app manually. Also when unlocking the phone it would always go to the last thing that was open even thou I was only on the home screen. Also on some apps when I pressed the back button it just would never go back.

Virag Csillagh

Used to be perfect Used to love it on my tablet (I have the Pro version), now it can't size the wallpaper properly. Once fixed, it will be back to 5 stars. Never noticed the Feeling Lucky crap, so I won't complain about that.

shrikanth s.y

Absolutely amazing!! Just love everything about it!! Using it on my oppo find 7 kitkat.It has every dam thing I wanted and it all works so flawlessly. Thanks a lot for the app. Will be buying the pro in a couple of days. Keep up the great work guys!!! :)

Jon Kemnitz

Best launcher I've used, now with no Lucky I appreciate all the features this launcher offers and it is my favorite by far. Feeling Lucky was a bad move and am glad to see you removed it.

Rudi Reitberg

Great Launcher with lots of customization options! I've been using this launcher on my various devices for 3-4 years. Have used it on a Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab2, Nexus4, Nexus7 (all running kitkat) and currently a Galaxy S5 (running lollipop). It's so much better than the google launcher or touchwiz launcher! Recently, I had an issue with a transparency bug when the folders expanded but was able to fix it by turning off animations in the developer menu in the system settings. Window Animation scale, Transition Animation Scale, Animator Duration Scale are all set to off now, and Force 4x MSAA is checked now. FIXED IT! You may have better luck with different settings. Remember to force close apex launcher to have the new settings take effect. Bottom line: Great Launcher with tons of customization settings; with all the wallpapers, themes, icons, etc., you can make this launcher look the way you want it to!

Billy Stewart

Just what it says Its okay, but my apps seem to take a lot longer loading. Pretty sure I am gonna switch back to the launcher I was using. It especially takes a long time for the gallery app to load.

Silvio Balaško

Great replacement for Zeam launcher. Long time user of Zeam launcher and after switching to a new phone, I was looking for a new launcher as well. Don't like Blink feed, and Zeam was fine but dated. Now I'm using Apex and I'm very happy with it. Absolutely deserves a recommendation.

David Donegani

Not happy with feeling lucky I liked this app until they added the 'feeling lucky' thing. So now only three stars. Back up to 4 stars now feeling lucky removed, but only 4 as a little slow on lolipop and often requires an app restart to improve speed.

mike trujillo

It fails! I've been using this lancher for a couple years and loved it, but it just did an update and now fails every time I try to go to my home screen. I'm going to have to uninstall it and lose all the settings, page's, and files I've set up over the years! Please fix this soon!

Nathan Kenworthy

How to fix wallpaper issue Apex settings>home screen settings>wallpaper mode>set to single screen (non-scrolling)...... ta-da problem solved....your welcome c;

Athar Khan

BOOTLOOP had to format phone. Bad Bad bad 1. When i tap and hold in the empty space in Dock, there should be option to add apps. 2. How to disable haptic feedback on navigation key (menu button, home button and back button). I just hate as they vibrate when i touch them. 3. Want 'Enable quick actions' for all the apps. Currently it's only available for Homescreen apps. 4. 'Lock desktop' should only lock the home screen but it's locking the app drawer (Place where all apps are displayed) 5. Items put in created folders get disappear.

Paige Yahnke

Would have loved it... However, the animation/ transition speeds seemed a hair slow, which made my brand new phone feel like it had a slight lag. I looked all over the settings but couldn't find a way to adjust animation speeds. Unfortunately, I can't seem to ignore it. It's a shame, because it has everything else I'm looking for.

Lee Kyle

changing rating :) thank you so much for removing the malware (feeling lucky) from your application! it shows that you listen to us and care about what we think, which means much in this day and age. changing from one to five stars and re-installing :D *note: for the person whose stock launcher keeps coming back, convert apex to a system app and that should fix it. hope this helps, cheers :)

a.k. divakar

Feeling lucky ??? We are not feeling lucky . next time you sneak in something like this. We are going to uninstall it right away. Hope you think twice before doing something like this.

Collin Blair

I've normally liked this app, but recently noticed a few kinks This is probably my favorite launcher: next to unnoticeable battery consumption, easy to use, and what's free is very helpful. However, I've noticed I lost my dock. In losing my dock, I try turning it off and on, playing with settings, setting it back to default,etc. I'm at a loss with this, feeling that I've tried everything to no avail.

Colleen Watkins

Maybe.... Was a great, great app. Then, several times over the past few months, bouts of the launcher continually freezing my phone and causing every app to fail or freeze on opening. Finally fixed, but it took over a week to get an app update that would accomplish this (unacceptable). Almost installed, I was so livid. Best app for display options if it would be reliable.

A Google User

Thank you for removing the Feeling Lucky app Kindly always avoid obligatory advertisement in the future. No one likes it and it always backfires. Keep up the awesome job with our favourite launcher. :)

James Parker

Very customizable I was having hardware problems with my Droid mini and this app customized practically every UI on your phone. You can choose how your home button reacts when pressed or have it perform a different action after going to your home screen when pressed which was very useful for me because my multitask function stopped working. Very compatible and I'm very happy.

Starci Fanchery

Not impressed Any time my phone is rebooted or its put on after a shutdown, I'm required to choose a launcher even after clicking Apex to ALWAYS be the launcher... Its not d same when I use Nova launcher.... Secondly. I can't add a digital clock to My default home screen & even after adding an analog clock, its lost when the phone is rebooted or switched on from a shutdown

Saurabh Kulkarni

Decent Doesn't lag, low resource consumption and greatly customizable. The perfect home screen replacement. The only stock android launcher which I find disappointing in any way.

Moosa Bozorg

The app was perfect but since the latest updates, the app hangs constantly (especially when closing an app and returng to the launcher) and even the folder opening animation is malfunctioning! I've even tried to clear the app data, but it doesn't work.

Betsy Moore

only tried briefly, did not like I was happy with the stock launcher but wanted the ability to lock the desktop because I was constantly moving or deleting my icons inadvertently. I looked at this, ADW, Go, and Nova in the store and thought this one looked the best. I installed this and it seemed to work OK, but it didn't give me the option of keeping my existing layout and everything looked different. It seemed like it would be a lot of work to get things back the way I wanted. I installed Nova launcher and the first thing it did when I opened it was give me the option to keep my existing layout, so I'm going with that one.

Christoph Wagner

Added Adware Been using Apex Pro on several devices since my first Android phone (Nexus 4). Now they decided to add AdWare. Guess it's time to check out Nova. Shame on you.

Тимур Ларин

Random app recommendation? It's sucks!

Dmitri Gurov

Nice launcher Best launcher for me, so many opportunities for customization! But with apex notifier it's even better.

Yijiang Zhou

Drawer won't rendet first page on 5.1.1 Just upgraded my Nexus 7 to Lollipop 5.1.1, and now app drawer won't render any page it first lands on. Swiping to other page make other pages render, but the first landing page remains unrendered. Sometimes end of pages animation helps to bring the page back, but if I first land on a page that's not first or last page, then there is no way to make it show up.

Akalanka Giddawage

Nexus 5 When the android 5 battery saving mode activated icons disappear inside folders. Also page of app drawer disappear.

A Google User

Still my go-to Did you find a fix for gesture notifications on lollipop yet? Note 4 is to much real estate to go without gesture pulldown. I rolled back my os over this.

Maria Ciarlante

Greatness! I hated the launcher with my HTC ONE. I tried others but Apex is best. Actually, it's perfect and I've never had any issues.

Dekel Ben Zeev

My default launcher, but.. For about a year (!) There's a bug where the home screen indicator is ran over by widgets when vertical spacing is less than "large". More than a dozen versions have been released with this bug .

Durgesh Chevdiya

Issue with 5.0.1 version in Note 4 It's a perfect launcher in my Note 3 with 4.4 version but in my New Note 4 a bug freezing the home screen & then show Apex launcher is nor responding do you want to close... Plz fix it to continue use the best launcher.

Stephen Martino

Issue with Lollipop 5.0.1 This has been my launcher for years. Just upgraded my Note 4 to Lollipop 5.0.1 and now the launcher freezes each time the phone is unlocked. Please fix!!!

Jacob Landreth

I love this app but... The app keeps crashing on my note 4 I would love to see this fixed because I love everything about this launcher.

Athar Khan

Apex team never hear me. Below are the points to make it perfect 1. When i tap and hold in the empty space in Dock, there should be option to add apps. 2. Want 'Enable quick actions' for all the apps. Currently it's only available for Homescreen apps. 3. 'Lock desktop' should only lock the home screen but it's locking the app drawer (Place where all apps are displayed). 4. App is crashing often. 5. When i hit Home button. It takes long time (2 to 3 seconds) to redraw/show the desktop.

Erika Larsson Sanders

Icon labels in dock I love apex launcher on both my phone and tablet, but please allow the use of icon labels in my dock. I use different icons from line. Please also fix the notification view gesture for some phones. It works great on my nexus 7, but doesn't work on my Samsung s6. I hate reaching for the top of the screen. Thanks!

Nishchal Sadaram

Very nice I really like it. Has every customisability that I need. But it's too buggy for a launcher. Widgets have a problem. Google calendar and play music widgets for example are not shown/implemented properly at all. It's damn irritating. Uninstalling it.

David Hedrick

ADWARE EVEN IN PRO VERSION I have purchased installed and activated the pro version, now I unlock my phone and find adware on my home screen. How is it that you add a shortcut to my locked homescreen without asking permission? Not even after an update or anything, just suddenly there? This is surely a violation of googles terms

Bla Bla Bla

It's amazing but it has a major drawback. This launcher is simply the best, firstly it makes my phone entirely new,giving it a new fresh look, it also doesn't consume that much RAM at all.(I think it runs faster than the default one). You can customize a lot of things but the biggest drawback is the fact that you CAN'T customize the drawer application, to move them around and arrange them however you want. You can just sort them from "Installed Date Desc/Inc and by name" .It's sad because I've used to open all the apps from the drawer and they were

Sreehari P

I haven't update for the last few times bcoz of some bad review regarding 'Feeling lucky' app. Now I updated the latest thinking it won't be there. But unfortunately after the update this crap icon is showing on the home screen. Its not showing in the app list to uninstall. I loved this launcher before the update. Now I m Uninstalling it((((. Fix it boss

John Beaman

Lastest version completely wiped out all 5 screens of my widgets. Restarted phone, switched back to Samsung launcher, nothing would show my widgets. Adding them back in I have to customize the widgets, size, background color, etc. It acts like every single one of them was deleted.

Jennifer Briscuso

Flawless Launcher This is the best launcher I've tried. It's simple, with a lot of features. It had everything that I was looking for in q launcher and works perfectly. Never crashes, never slows my phone down. I've used this launcher on 5 different devices. I don't understand why people give a 1 star rating, must be an issue with their device or they don't know how to use the launcher. . . .I have nothing bad to say. Worth purchasing the full version! Great job developers !

A Google User

Excellent Latest update goofed up ! It lags, hangs up frequently and crashes once in a while. Please fix this otherwise best launcher... *** Too good.... No other launcher comes even close by. Loads of customization. Ease of use. Great UI. Getting better with each update.

Alessandro Gioè

Issues in power saving mode Amazing launcher, but in power saving mode on nexus 5 (lollipop 5.1) it doesn't work properly: it doesn't show the content of the folders or the list of the apps from the drawer... I hope that the developers will fix it, thanks in advance

A Google User

Amazing! I have tried every launcher out there and I have always come back to this. It is fast, smooth without any faults, lags or bugs. The levels of customisation are ridiculously good with unique options other launchers can not compete to. The pro version is the best thing you can spend £3.09 on in the play store and without a doubt the most useful app out there. No complaints but as an extra you could include ideas such as side drawers, placing apps in between grid lines and pages in folders. Well done developers, good work!

A Google User

The best launcher going bar none Sleek design and very quick UI with all the options you would expect. Loving all the latest updates too. Gives ypu something new to play with and shows the developer cares and is still making this app better. I do try all the other launchers and even buy them to encourage development but I always switch back to this one almost immediately. Well done to the developers. Keep it going. Edit. Downgrading rating as its not as good as I used to be and the I'm feeling lucky still keeps coming back even though paid

Vyshakh Thankappan

Simple! Clean! The best! The first thing I do after I buy an Android device is install Apex launcher. Every phase can be customised and the aninations are butter smooth, with absolutely no lag. This launcher offers more features and nothing can replace it! Good going! :)

Mike Prowler

Problem With Folder Icon Labels Persist I patiently waited for a program update that would hopefully fix the issue I experience with folder icon labels: just the upper half of the labels are visible. I contacted the Apex team, even sent a screenshot of the issue, and offered to pay for the program, but no solution resulted. Tonight I finally received an update, but the problem persists. That's it. I'm through trying. A couple of weeks ago Nova updated, and fixed a problem I experienced with icon scaling in landscape orientation. I have been using it exclusively now, and bought the prime version. Apex and Nova are almost identical in functionality. Just choose the one that suits your needs and works best with your hardware. In my case, a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

Adam Charlton

Bug in lollipop 5.1 Icons in folders are invisible when battery saver is enabled. Update: installed update but no fix for this issue. Disappointing bug as a paying pro customer

Tenshi Hara

Could be superb Per se this is the best launcher there is. However, it regularily renders your phone unusable. When activating the screen from standby, the launcher just does not respond. After about 15 seconds a message appears, to force close and relaunch the launcher. This is very annoying if you are in a hurry to use an app and then you have to wait for about 25 seconds until everything has restarted... Go an make the Starbucks barista wait half a minute when the line goes out of the shop...!

Marty Hunt

Notification bar bug Found a solution for the swipe notification issue. It’s not Apex, it’s a Lollipop accessibility setting. Go into system settings : Accessibility : Scroll down to Services and click on Apex Launcher. Make sure you turn it on. I had emailed Apex developer and no reply, therefore 3 stars, but did some research on my own and discovered this. Hope it helps….

Andrea Sterling

Still the Best I've been using Apex for two years now. I've tried many launchers and always come back to Apex!

Jon Morgan

Very Customisable If you have a particular way you like to set things up, you'll find this very flexible. One of the most light weight fully customisable launchers there is, and it's fast and smooth.

Andria Armstrong

Note 4 user The last couple of days Apex has been regularly force closing. I turned it off and went back to touchwiz home for several hours today and just tried Apex again and immediately the screen went black and it force closed again. Completely unusable.

Krenar Banushi

Phone update = Crash As said in the title, now that I got lollipop, apex has had trouble loading. Constantly. It won't stay open for more than 10 seconds without a crash leading me to my alternative launcher.

Cesar Yabor

A great and SMOOTH launcher. Replaced my Launcher 8 when Launcher 8 began crashing when my phone updated to Lollipop. No regrets! ONE REQUEST, though, that I hope the developer will consider adding as a feature: VERTICAL home screen scrolling (similar to what Launcher 8 and Lucid launcher do). Otherwise, FIVE stars.

Mircea Manolovici

Problem? Hi, this launcher is not displaying in a visible mode the icons and the app drawer when phone is in "battery saver" mode (Nexus 5 Lollipop 5.1.1)...

Abdul Ahad

Best launcher I've tried ever.! Yeah. This is an amazing launcher and I am using this from at least 3 months but the regrading with fonts, too much dissapointment. Kindly add more fonts. Then 5stars ? well otherwise great launcher. I advised people to try this launcher I'm sure you'll love it. ?

Harry Sargent

My favourite launcher If you don't want to stray to far from the vanilla experience, but want the ability to use icon packs and change fonts or icon text, this is the only real option. There's also some unexpectedly useful features worth mentioning, such as uninstalling apps from home screens, Google hotword support, shortcuts, and other lightweight tools. It doesn't adversely affect performance and isn't bloated with needles features, such as 'app suggestions'.

Felino Tano

Graphics issues Android 5.1.1 When animations are turned off... -app drawer shows a blank screen. -folders do not display contents

Joshua Chandra

Incredible, just fantastic All the shortcuts are so great, such as pull down anywhere to show notifications. Even the dock has multiple, slide-able screens independent of the home screen! And "cube in" is such an epic transition animation. No complaints.

Cathrine Daily

Am I missing something? I upgraded this app and now the folders in my app drawer are missing. I can't figure out how to add folders to the app drawer. Was this feature removed? If so it sucks.

Everton Zanotti

The one for me Have been using it for years now and gotta say that this is the launcher which worked the best on all my Samsung, Motorola and Sony gadgets.

yudi rahman

Best launcher Keep it fast, bugs, sometimes cant choose iconpack

Cody Chhun

Weather widget not working It keep saying theres no room on the page qhen i was putting it on a empty page. FIX NIW OR NOT USING IT AND UNINSTALLING IT! douch bags!

Benji B

Expand notification and quick settings works on lollipop! These options are only available on pro but they do work, where as they do not in many launchers. Apex doesn't have it all but the price is right and it does everything I need.

Bill Webber

Issue I am having the same issue as another user. I updated to Google 5.1.1 and my folder contents don't show up. The are there just invisible. Any fix?

Pilot Vehdrehl

I always end up going back to Apex Launcher. It's got everything I want without bloat like "optimise system". One feature that would be an 5 star is a way to select and move multiple files and folders etc at once.

Akalanka Giddawage

Nexus 5 When the android 5 battery saving mode activated icons disappear inside folders. And the first page of app drawer disappear. Also home screen over scroll effect is not like in lollipop.

A Google User

issue I would give this app 4 or 5 stars if i didn't have an issue with the displayof folder content. I can create folders without a problem, but can't see the content/icons of the items in the folder once i open it - is there a fix for this?

Lilith M

Is there a way of locking icons and screens? Just started with this launcher on my tablet as my old one quit on me. So far I am very impressed with how lightweight and fast this app is. However I cannot figure out if there is a way to lock screens so that changes cannot be accidentally made. Can this be done with this launcher?

Tomáš Soukal

Blazingly fast & touchy I am really astonished about how responsive and handy my phone became with this launcher. Especially love locking screen function. Great work, worth for every buck ☺

Sean Ian

Marshmallow Search Bar? In a future update I'd really like to see the persistent search bar options include a Marshmallow skin with the updated 2015 Google logo.

Eichelle Ellison

Bad update Since the newest update cpl days ago it keeps crashing on me saying apex launcher stopped working please fix asap or I will unistall and I've had this app for a long time now never had this many problems Samsung s5

Karen Taylor

Issues on galaxy note 4 I have used apex for quite awhile but recently changed phones to a note 4 and now am having issues with apps moving into dock area that don't belong and the I can get them out. I do keep the screen locked but had it unlocked at the time. Please, Apex help me here.

A Google User

Edited... Edit/used to be the best, now nova is. Looks live the developer has stopped support for apex........Still a lil sensitive about that bug that crashed my phone out last year lol but dev was very quick to update. swipe down gesture in dock on pro sucks (not responsive enuff) but the rest is great

Mike Freeman

Used to be great Not sure what's gone wrong, but it reduced my note 3 to a crawl and constantly crashed. Moving to Nova gave a huge speedup. Loved it when it worked.

Ashwath Chandrasekar

...bugs Whenever my battery saver turns on (when reaches at 15℅) I cannot see any icons it becomes blank. Please fix it I will give 5 stars

Todd F

Loved it at first. Then the crashing started. Apex icon only works once then you have to create a new icon just to get into launcher setttings. Oh, then once I get into settings, it crashes again. Dogs bollocks. No bueno. Corpus delecti. Esto spirito padre, oyo coma va

A Google User

Power save issues with lollipop Battery power save mode on lollipop makes any groups expand with no icons shown, as well as the drawer being seemingly empty, please fix.

Syed Aryan

Ok (yesterday i gave it a 4 start today i reduced it to a 3 star) But not perfect. Needs improvement. The Apps do not show notifications on them. For example if i get a hello from someone it should show a 1 on the whatsapp msngr but it is not showing that. Developers please work on it. Otherwise the App is fine. If a new update comes relating to this. Ill come here again and give you a 5 star)

david barclay

Like but frequently crashes Need help as I'm not sure if this issue is user error but this has crashed a few times and Android recommended not to use. Prefer this to huawei default

Bobby Shrestha

It's perfect except Whenever I turn on my battery saver mode, the app drawer sort of disappears. Fix please :)

Deborah Currier

Bad Update I've had Apex for awhile now and absolutely loved it... until the latest update. Now every time I close an app it crashes and stops working. I couldn't get it to launch when turning on my phone (Samsung Galaxy 3). Please fix! Back to 5 star when it's fixed.

R-Money Stayzfresh

The best launcher. Great launcher uses less battery and memory than other apps. Easy to customize. Smooth transitioning and perfect settings for your liking. Android 5.1+

A Google User

Down to 3 stars now :-( Always used this app although it feels like it's lagging a little now to others. I've just updated to android 5.1.1 on my a6 and no folder icons will show any more, they still seem there though add if I tap in the blank folder the apps that were there still start?

Anant Mehta

Ita good but..... If you can make back up feature such where every time you change icons you can make back up for that icon pack only.its annoying that every time you change icon pack you loose the first icons that you had spend time doing it....please add feature that you can make backup for any icon pack separately so you can go back and forth with any icon pack.....

Mike M

Needs update. This is my favorite launcher but it crashes often and has several bugs in Lollipop. I really don't want to go to a different launcher but you're not giving me much choice.Please update the app.

David Makai

Needs updates I've been using this launcher for years and I loved it but now it seems development is at a standstill and some bugs have popped up since some recent Android updates while the launcher has been left behind. No updates since June, even beta updates have stopped. I hope they continue developing Apex and update it with features for new Android versions so I can start using it again.

Aidan Andruczyk

The best launcher I could find It isn't amazing but if it's the best that the app store has ti offer than I'll take it.

evan keller

Question Love the launcher have used it for a year now and I don't want any other but I just upgrade my phone to the blu pure xl with lollipop and now every now and the the launcher will crash I don't have to restart my phone or anything it just reverts back to stock launcher until I open apex again but I don't know how to stop the crashes

Dekel Ben Zeev

Moved to Nova I've been using it as my default launcher for 3 years now. In my opinion it offers the best balance between features, stability and performance. The only complaint I have about it, and it's pretty important, is that updates are very rare, which cause annoying bugs to persist for too long. It's not yet fully compatible with Marshmallow, and it shows.

Nilesh Shinde

Gr8 launcher Best launcher if you are bored of regular home launcher , try this. And best, it consumes little space.....

Bobby Lane

I Really Like This App. I really like this app & I've figured out all the options/settings, but I can't figure out one thing, is there a way of making the icon labels on the home screens use two lines (one under another) if you know what I mean, instead of just using one line and being cut off. It uses two lines in the drawer but not on the home screens. (I'm a "pro" user.)

Jacob Powers

Always outdated and unappealing. Do yourself a favor and just get nova. They update much more frequently nd subside to the latest android design paradigms resulting in a much more beautiful interface. On the plus side apex is much more thorough. For example novas menu is still an android 2.3 design somehow even though marshmallow is out. And apex has much more fine tuning and adjustments and the ability to save to get your launcher closer the way you want it. Graphics just aren't fine tuned like the search bar is way too tiny.


Minor annoyance For LG users, a double tap to lock the screen would be really great. That's the only feature I'm missing from the default launcher. I was able to replicate this functionality by installing the Screen Off and Lock app and setting it as apex's double tap shortcut.

Invincabru Spoodz

Think of it as.. A better Nova Runs butter smooth on my Nexus 6. I love the launcher because of its many customization abilities. I used to use Nova Launcher, but I swapped for testing measures and I was bored.of Nova. Will be my default launcher for a VERY long time. Reccomend you to try it.

Jay W.

A good alternative to the ever glitchy GO Happy so far with the app. Not much extra in the "Pro" version, but still I am content with the purchase.

A Google User

Android 5.1.1 problems with Apex Great launcher up until the android update on the Galaxy S6. I can no longer open folders and when I click into the drawer, nothing appears. Please fix this! I purchased the pro version and I want to use it instead of touch wiz.

Michal M

Same issue Folder content don't show up and first page of app drawer disappear. Android 5.1.1 xperia z5c

Ramy Al-Assal

Good and stable Not the best launcher on the store when it comes to feature. Yet it's one of the most stable launchers I came across without much bloatware and without missing my icon looks.

Matt Carroll

Google Search Bar... The Google search bar now behaves weirdly on 5.1.1. The styling also doesn't match.

Derrick Shultz

Tons of features. A few problems. Has lots of features and is very customizable. Had or has some crashing issues. One persistent problem is that icons on the home screen won't work (says "This app is not installed") and you have to drag a new one from the app drawer to replace it. Switched to Nova Launcher.

Natito Guitarrista

Icons I love that I can make icons bigger but I dislike that I have to sacrifice the folder text or icon text to make it smaller. Text should not have to suffer on quality. (Big icons will require tiny text.) Please make it like other rooms where you can have 2 rows of text under the icon or under the folder and I will give it 5 ?. Thanks

Elias Natera

Full customization at full simplicity. Really appreciate the vast range of customization and simplicity of this launcher. No third party downloads needed, just make things yourself. Functionality is a bit decent though. Nonetheless a highly recommended for simple yet full customization of your phone.

Michael Miler

Great Launcher...but After recently updating my OS to 5.1.1, folders no longer work and the app drawer no longer works. I have tried uninstall/reinstall and reinstall from backups all to no avail. So what happened? I am using a Samsung 10.1 n8013 tablet running Lollipop 5.1.1 please see if there is anything you can do to fix this, I paid for the pro version and hate the idea of having to switch launchers. Thanks. (Back to 5 star's when its fixed :-)).

Bobby Ramirez

Near perfect Change single app names/icons (very unique), hide apps from the drawer, transition effects ..everything i want in a launcher. Could use a little more customization even though it has more than the competition. For instance color accents on things like the indicators for the tabs in the drawer.

Rohit Jain

Apex! 29/12/15—✅Highly customizable. ✅More of free than premium. ✅More of premium than Nova. UPDATE— You are not improving your app please keep the feet moving. Yes it is more premium than Nova but Nova is becoming polished day by day. Although some features are premium in Nova which are free in Apex. ❌Widgets are not working fine while resizing ?please change the Google logo to new one in persistent search bar ?add search in drawer and a scroll bar in vertical scrolling (with the pop up alphabets)


I've been using Apex for ages. Don't have any issues, two downsides though are that it's not as snappy as my stock launcher and it doesn't show you the number of unread messages, calls, etc. you have. What I especially like about Apex Launcher is its clean, stock Android look, and that it comes with no advertised apps or games or whatnot. Customization is extensive, although you can't create folders in the app drawer. For some it might be inconvenient, but I just put all the apps in folders on one of the home screens.

Nkbgs Nb

Many Times Error This Launcher was made for samsung or not? My samsung J2, was restored to original launcher many times, even is set as default Launcher. I use this launcher because this support dark icon package.

rmoney stayzfresh

The best launcher. Great launcher uses less battery and memory than other apps. Easy to customize. Smooth transitioning and perfect settings for your liking. Android 5.1+

angel deloro

I dont know whats going with the app drawer the first page does not display i tryed this launcher apps with other devies and does the same thing....please fix this bug

Sep Vrij

Bugs New apps don't show up. Also, when I place a widget it just disappears

david jeanmarie

Best launcher I'd ever use I can customize everything just the way I like and everything is free only the gestures or not but overall I love it. Thank you delvoper for sending me an outstanding launcher. Thanks again

Astraka Zulqarnain

Great but have some issue Im using lollipop 5.0. For several months of use this launcher was working great, but now when I close apps i use and go back to home screen, this launcher seems like fail to start and shows only wallpaper screen. The next issue is that idk why sometime when i use this launcher, the phone wouldnt scan for mobile data signal although the option for it is on. I try to switch back to stock launcher and the signal is automatically scanned again, please fix this

Victor Gold

Almost great. Pls change desktop long press actions for 5 stars. Desktop long press is a great feature. Probably would be used the most. But what is the reason for having so little uneccesary actions there. Why a simple action to launch all apps is not an option. Things for feature give an ability to precisely customize fonts and icon sizes to go bigger. Settings menu is what too old. Sometimes in landscape while swiping photos from right the swype up action is triggered. Some dead zone from the bottom for swype up needs to be introduced. Good luck!

A Google User

Best there is! I love this's great on all my devices. I've tried others over the years but always come back. Can't beat all the features. I love the ability to customize so many things, especially the scrollable dock and adding folders to my app drawer. Makes it so much easier to find and keep track of my many apps. (Note: adding folders in drawer is a feature of Apex Pro but all the extras are easily worth the small price imo.)

Ron D

By far the easiest and the most versatile launcher I suddenly got a white screen on my app`s icons on my Nova Launcher, and there seemed to be no cure for it. So I went through several launchers until I found this one. And I am glad I found it! The screen actually rotates! No ugly white bock anymore, The menus and options are easy to figure out, and they didn't load my system up with a bunch of garbage! It is a great little launcher, and it is refreshingly simple both to use and to control.

David Gibson

Too buggy, ive left for Nova Launcher. This was my top launcher for years but a recent bug with invisible folder contents along with app drawer redraw bugs just got too much to put up with. Nova has same theme options and as many if not more customisation options. Apex, you were good but you've lost a loyal user.

Tommy Dozier

Favorite I don't know or understand why some people rate this launcher so poorly. I've tried most others on the market and Apex surpasses all of them easily. If you have issues with the application, e-mail the development team instead of low balling them in Google play. Favorite/best replacement launcher in my opinion.

Tyler Rochwerg

Was great, but support has dwindled. This app gets the job done and does an amazing job of customizing my phone. I absolutely love it. My one feature request would be to add the Lollipop overscroll effect for the home screen. App has barely been updated in the past year. No Marshmallow update or bug fixes (folders appear completely blank on Power Saving mode).

Eric Maki

Great launched. Except... I really like and appreciate this launcher. It's stable, small and fast, very customizable & flexible. The except? After all the time spent setting up a desktop how I like it, saving a backup of apex settings & desktop settings to the sd card, when I get a new phone and install apex launcher it cannot find a backup on the sd card. What's the point of a backup if it cannot be used to speed up setup of a new phone? This one flaw is a 2 star near fail in my mind and makes this app mediocre at best.

Akbear N

5 Stars! Nothing else can even Compare. Easy to use, Simple, takes 23-35 MB of RAM, Runs only 1 process, No Ads, not that I have seen. Highly Customizable. This is the BEST launcher you can have if you are on KitKat or Lollipop. - Folder Bug - Go in Developer Options, Change Animation Scales to 1.0x - This will fix the Folder bug where it comes up blank and Icons seem like they are missing. Animation Scale should not be below 1.0x as they cause problems in many ROMS.

A Google User

Very good Launcher replacement Issue: home screen gets stuck in landscape when set to autorotate on Android 6.0/Nexus 6P. UPDATE 11/24/15: STILL my launcher after years of trying different ones :) Ideal if you are looking for something reliable and feature rich, yet you don't want a part time job setting it up and playing with infinite settings and the such. Apex strikes a balance between offering a lot of extra goodies while being unobtrusive - which is the most important feature of a launcher, really: enabling you to do other stuff.

Shaun K

Great App but.... This is definitely the best launcher out there that you can get, but I updated to Android Lollipop 5.1.1 today and the folder icons are not showing up and the drawer screen is stuffed up too! Please fix this in a new update because this makes Apex Launcher just about impossible to use now.

Athar Khan

Apex team never hear me. Below are the points to make it perfect 1. When i tap and hold in the empty space in Dock, there should be option to add apps. 2. Want 'Enable quick actions' for all the apps. Currently it's only available for Homescreen apps. 3. 'Lock desktop' should only lock thhe home screen but it's locking the app drawer (Place where all apps are displayed). 4. Some apps are not appearing when i try to add in folder. Example, Link2SD, Titanium backup etc. 5. Folders are empty after phone reboot.

Der Rick

My phone looks awesome All you need to have is to explore this app! It has got many interesting features. I love the way it works. Best among the lot! The UI developer must be a genius. The only thing I've noticed is that the app drawer sort of disappears when switching to Battery Saver mode in Moto G III Gen

Angshuman Choudhury

Running really well!!! Tried out quite a few launchers and finally settled on this one. Feel that the free version gives the most customization options compared to all the other launchers in the play store. It also does not install any bloatware and runs really fast and smooth to boot. The only gripe I have against it is that, it does not allow me to sort the apps I have installed in my own order.

Massimo Giordano

Saved my Nexus 7 I have a first-generation Nexus 7 tablet that I love. Ever since upgrading to 5.0 and above it's been slower than heck. I've tried everything to speed it up with no luck. Then the other day I change the launcher and Man does it run like it used to. Highly recommend this launcher for anyone that has a Nexus 7 tablet.

Ahmad Ghanizadah

Really Good better than Nova Launcher Pair this up with moonshine theme icon pack and you've got a solid launcher. I like the Google Now Launcher but the icon are soooo ugly. It has really great features too. One of my favorites is increasing icon size which is not free on Nova. This is really important to me because of the massive screen real estate on the nexus 6p. The only thing that I would like to see is integration with Google Now on the side.

Nathan Bruder

I love it! but... I got rid of the things that auto appear once you activate the app and then i locked the screen to see what it does and now i can't unlock it or place apps down to try and fix it like the Apex actions because you have to long press to place down PLEASE HELP i dont want to have to delete and redo all my settings

Peter & Kristi LekanoffBoyce

Wallpaper and font! My only problem is you can't change the fonts, like from a font pack. And wallpaper selecting sucks. It's always zoomed way in why can't you just n not crop the pic that you want. Who cares if it might look funny or whatever the reason you didn't allow it. ? Other than that it's great.

CP Chong

Fast set up and easy to use This launcher is the best launcher I have used so far. The transition is smooth, the UI looks simple which is nice. The thing this launcher lacks is allow user to select and move multiple apps, hope to see this feature in the future updates. Keep up the good work!

N Criscio

If you're a minimalist like me, this launcher is great. It makes it possible to hide away all those apps you don't use often or simply can't uninstall, and keep only what you use most right at your finger tips. Great customization options. Easily let's other apps integrate for fonts or icons.

A Google User

Simply the best - NO LONGER Has not been updated since June 2015 - here's what's no longer working: access to sub-settings in settings menu like Manage Screens under Home Screen settings / icons no longer show up in folders / extremely sluggish at wake up. Looking for a replacement launcher. Original review: Tried many of the others (GO, ADW, Nova), but Apex is the fastest & smoothest running. It is also the only one specifically made for ICS. Gladly bought Pro to support Android Does. This is a great first offering.

Marco Soave

Highly customizable, light, super fast launcher. It really allows you to do whatever you want to. Can change app icons and names, and create new direct access to specific settings features on your phone. Only minor drawback, is that you cannot search for an app by typing its name on the search bar, there isn't one

Scott Baker

Constantly crashed phone New phone, installed Apex which was great and had good features. Spent some time customising my home screen. Then my phone started rebooting constantly every 15-30 mins. Factory reset and started again with same result.i was about to return phone but did one last factory reset and this time didn't install Apex, no issue, phone didn't reboot once. After 7 stable days I thought I'd give Apex another go, 30 mins later phone was rebooting again. Uninstall and phone back stable. I had purchased pro version too.

A Google User

Best Launcher Available Fast, smooth, and full featured. This launcher simply works. I'm very picky with launchers and I've tried everything I could find. I've had gripes about every launcher except this one. Everything is very smooth and stable. EDIT: The app drawer doesn't work properly when battery saver mode is enabled.

Parker Quist

Nexus 6 Slight Issue I love this launcher! By far my favorite. I do have one problem though. I have a custom gesture set for a swipe down on the home screen to pull down notifications, and when I do it, the notification shade takes a full 3 seconds to drop down. It's almost like it is in slow motion. I love this launcher though, it's phenomenal other than that one issue. I'm running Android 6.0 build mra58r, flashed clean yesterday.

Jean-Paul Max

Excellent! Outstanding! Spectacular! I tried a number of launchers but none proved to be the perfect and up to my expectations but Apex. I highly recommend it. It's sad that I had suggested some ideas through email but they are not replying me! I wrote three emails but to no avail ! Android Does, are you listening?

Joshua Lozada

Great! Hello Android Does. Your launcher is simply amazing and I find it very simple and easy to use. However I have a small complaint. When I slide in the app drawer, there seems to be a bit of lag when transitioning from the last page to the first page of apps. Overall great app! Keep up the work and please try to fix the issue. :) Thanks!

Marge Swytch

Feature wise - perfect. Completely ruined by lack of widget backup. Honestly, this app allows me to make my phone perfect. However, once in every little while, all of my widgets disappear, especially if I restart my phone. This wouldn't be such a problem if I could restore them using the backup feature, but widgets have to be restored by hand - more than an hour's work for me, only for them to be wiped again within a matter of days. I hope this glitch is fixed or that the restore feature is expanded

asad ahmed

Best launcher to date (even better than Nova) The free version has alot more stuff for u 2 explore but whereas, in nova they prompt u to buy paid after every click. Definitely my daily driver 4 now after using Google Now(which is also good!

Brian Parshall

O'YA THIS LAUNCHER IS THE BOMB!!! THE ABSOLUTE BEST Im running Android 5.0.1 & have had absolutely no problems this launcher is awesomely customizable change the size & number of icons on your home screens, app drawer, home dock, set multiple home docks & home screens set home screen to rotate between portrait & landscape set any app, menu, shortcut, widget to open with gestures swipe up, swipe down, dubble tap home screen, long press home screen, Menu key long press, Pinch in home screen, home key press, customize folder & menu text colors & size & much mo

Mouâadh Sami

Best launcher hands down. I always come back to apex no matter how many launchers I try. Apex is very stable, customizable to the core and yet very simple and easy to use. I'm a graphic designer so the graphics matter a lot to me, apex looks clean, icons are by default neatly sized and spaced and the ability to use custom app icons is just great!

Rik G

Whatever you did was bad. When i wake up the phone the gui is frozen for about 30 seconds. Please fix. * are you going to fix the bugs or leave it buggy and unuseable? * i uninstalled this and went to Nova and all the problems are now gone. As Nova is really cheap atm i recommend to get it. And it was updated 3 days ago so still supported unlike this.

Josue Enriquez

Low batter issue and the app will crash/freeze When my phone is at 15%(battery saver is on) the apps in my folders will disappear and my first page (when I look at all my apps) will disappear. Please fix this and I will consider buying the full version. The launcher will freeze and I can't move the screen or open a app I really liked apex but I will Uninstall it and I will look for a new launcher

Marie Collet

Love this launcher but it's too buggy. I'm using this as my main launcher on my Xperia Z phone still on Jelly bean. The icons in folders occasionally become invisible when the folders are opened, the launcher is always freezing when the home button is pressed & manually changing icons doesn't always work. Also missing the feature to change font styles. Would also love to use my go themes with this launcher, or just go icons. If some of these issues are fixed I'll rate it 5⭐

Rohit Jain

Apex! 29/12/15—✅Highly customizable. ✅More of free than premium. ✅More of premium than Nova. UPDATE— You are not improving your app please keep the feet moving. Yes it is more premium than Nova but Nova is becoming polished day by day. Although some features are premium in Nova which are free in Apex. ❌Widgets are not working fine while resizing ?please change the Google logo to new one in persistent search bar ?add search in drawer and a scroll bar in vertical scrolling (with the pop up alphabets)

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