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Change the Way Your Phone Looks With Just One App

·Assistant Editor

Bored with your Galaxy, Nexus, or Droid phone? What if I told you you could completely change the way it looks — for free?

Well, the way the inside of your phone looks, anyhow.

In Android, your phone’s home screen and app launcher all live inside an app. So if you want to overhaul how those parts of your handset look and function, you can just head to the Google Play app store, search for “home replacement” or “app launcher,” download and install your pick, and set it as default the next time you press your phone’s Home button.

(Some home-replacement apps will allow you to skip that last step by walking you through the process of setting it as your phone’s default Home.)

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Home default prompt. (Yahoo Tech)

There are plenty of free home-replacement apps available in the Play store, as well as a number of nice-looking “premium” choices for a few bucks.

Some of my favorites include:

(Aviate is owned by Yahoo, the parent company of Yahoo Tech.)

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An LG G4 before and after installing a new home-replacement app. (Yahoo Tech)

Of course, Apple doesn’t allow this kind of customization of iOS. So you Android people should feel compelled to flaunt your new Home renovations loudly and proudly in the faces of your iPhone friends.

Email me at danbean@yahoo-inc.com. Follow me on Twitter at danielwbean.

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