With the release of the Nexus 5 came a lot of desire from people to get the same stock, clean look that the Google Experience Launcher offered on the Nexus 5 onto the device they had in their pocket. But as you can probably guess that was literally impossible…unless you like to tinker a little. If you know a little about Android and want to get the Google Experience Launcher on your device (as long as it’s running Android 4.1 or above) then follow the instructions below and you will have it up and running on your device in less than 10 minutes.
- Make sure that you are running the latest version of the Google Search app (v2.8.8). The update began rolling out yesterday but if you have not received it yet then here is an apk for the latest version: Google Search
- Once you have the latest version of Google Search installed on your device then you can download the Google Experience Launcher apk here: GEL
- Now that you have the Google Experience Launcher installed on your device you should see the app labeled “Home” with a blue home button icon in your app drawer, this is the Google Experience Launcher. Open it and it will launch the launcher
- Now to set the GEL as your default launcher so that when you hit your home button it will not kick you back to your stock launcher. Go to Settings > Apps > scroll over to all > scroll down to your phone’s stock ROM (Sense, TouchWiz, etc.) and tap the clear defaults button > hit your home button and then you should get a choice between your stock ROM and GEL, highlight GEL and select always
There you have it! The above options may vary based on what device you own and I apologize ahead of time for any confusion caused by this. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments if you have any.
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