Android launchers change the way your phone looks. With the help of launchers, you can customize your device according to your preference. Be it adjusting the icon size, hiding icon labels, or changing the icon itself, launchers let you do a variety of things.
There is no doubt that Google Play Store has many good launchers. However, most of them are littered with ads. Even if the launcher is good and pack nifty features, it’s the rampant ads that ruin the experience.
In case you are looking for a launcher without ads, you have come to the right place. We have handpicked six launchers that have no ads in them. We have divided the post into two categories — free and freemium apps.
All the features in the below-mentioned launchers are free. There are no in-app purchases and obviously no ads.
1. Evie Launcher
Simple, free, and fast are the three words that define Evie Launcher the best. Ask of any feature and Evie Launcher has it. Be it adjusting columns and rows, changing the icon size, or hiding icon labels, you get everything.
The app also lets you hide Dock and the installed apps. If you are an app icon buff, you can change the icon packs easily from this launcher. Furthermore, the launcher comes with a powerful search that not only find the apps on the phone but also searches the web. Also, you can change the default search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo or Bing.
Of course, the launcher supports gestures and unread badges both in the dot and count form. While the app doesn’t come with a Google feed on the left side, it sports the Evie feed that shows news and relevant content. You get all this for free and without any ads.
2. Microsoft Launcher
Microsoft Launcher is similar to Evie Launcher yet very different from it. All the Microsoft apps for Android are quite interesting, and most of them are free without any ads.
When it comes to Microsoft Launcher, it gives a tough competition to Nova Prime Launcher. Besides the basic features such as icon size, app grid, hidden apps, etc., the launcher offers an expandable dock and the ability to hide dock if you don’t like it. You can even choose the notification badge style from dots and count.
The launcher comes with three cool features among others. One is the personalized feed on the left side of the home screen where you get a bunch of things such as recent apps, tasks, sticky notes, screen time, and news. The second thing is the image recognition technology. Similar to Google Lens, you can use the camera in the search bar to find information about objects.
Lastly, the thing that makes this launcher interesting is the Continue on PC feature. Using this feature, you can share links with your computer running Windows 10 without using any third-party app.
3. Lawnchair Launcher
If you want a Pixel Launcher with a bunch of customization options at no cost, Lawnchair Launcher is the answer. At just 3MB, the app offers a lot.
To start with, the launcher lets you set a theme and not only that, but you can also choose the areas where you want to apply the theme. Next, you can customize everything with this launcher. Be it the icon size, text, or color. You can even play with the dock settings and enable two-row dock.
There are similar launchers that provide Pixel Launcher features with additional customization. These launchers also come without ads. Two of them are Rootless Pixel Launcher and Lean Launcher.
4. TSF Launcher 3D Shell
It may take some time to get used to the TSF Launcher, as it’s slightly different from the other launchers. Unlike other launchers, it supports three types of app view — Home screen, app drawer, and an all apps screen.
The unique thing about this launcher is its animations. It’s a 3D launcher that gives a lot of importance to animations and effects. If you enjoy such things, you will love this launcher.
In terms of features, you get full gesture support, themes, unlimited dock, notification badges, multiple selections, icon customization and much more.
These launchers have a free version that offers limited features. To take advantage of all the features, you need to buy the premium version.
5. Nova Launcher
What’s there to say about Nova Launcher? It’s the most popular Android launcher out there. Nova Launcher is feature-rich. However, some features are limited to the Prime variant.
If you want to use a launcher for simple customization, Nova Launcher has all of it in the free version and without any ads. But if you want to enjoy the extra features of Nova Launcher such as Drawer groups and Icon Swipes, you have to switch to the Prime version.
Unfortunately, the free Nova Launcher lacks some important features such as gestures, unread icons, and hidden apps. If you can live without them, Nova Launcher is undoubtedly a good choice.
6. Action Launcher
Similar to Nova Launcher, Action Launcher is another great choice if you are looking for a launcher with no ads. Here also some basic features such as unread badges and hidden apps are limited to the Prime version.
Thankfully, you get some interesting features in the free version of Action Launcher. These include a few gestures and the ability to add app shortcuts for the search box along with the usual launcher features. You also get the Cover feature where you can disguise and hide an entire folder as one app.
Be Careful and Considerate
Users don’t like to see ads in their apps. They would prefer to use an app launcher without ads. However, you need to be considerate of the fact that for individual app developers, ads are necessary since it might be the primary source of monetization. So the next time you stumble upon an app with ads, hate it a little less.
Also, you get plenty of other Android Launchers that don’t show ads but still offer distinctive features. So do check out the options listed above and let us know which one did you find the most suitable for you.