Tips to Set Nova Launcher as Default Launcher in Android Phone

Sanjana December 31, 2011 0

With the rising power of Android each day, expectations of users are also increasing reciprocally keeping at par with the new enhancements and additions that often arrive. Here we will take a look at one of the goodness of carrying an ICS Android 4.0  smartphone that is the new Nova Launcher. This Nova Launcher operates only on ICS laden phones and comes with an inbuilt feature that customizes the default or stock launcher in such a way such that it provides a refreshed look to your smartphone. Let’s take a look at some of the features that come along with this Nova Launcher.

nova launcher


  • Supports Auto Rotate Settings, Resizing of widgets and Wallpaper scrolling patterns
  • Grid sizes are customized and Live Wallpapers performance is improved
  • Comes with plenty of Settings, Optimizations, Customizations and Cube Desktop Effects
  • Widgets in Drawer require installation as system app or can be installed from system picker
  • Provides shortcut or resizable information is Widget Drawer along with Edit app shortcut icons and labels that support ADW Icon Packs


You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will help you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Nova Launcher APK FileDownload Nova Launcher ZipDownload Nova Launcher Uninstall Zip

Steps to Set Nova Launcher as Default Launcher in your ICS Phone:

Step-1: Download all files mentioned in the Must Have section to your computer and connect the phone to the computer via USB Cable. Now copy all the three downloaded files to your phone’s SD Card.

Step-2: After copying is over, disconnect the USB Cable and go to the place where you have kept all the three files. Click on the apk file to install the Nova Launcher and initiate your phone in the Recovery mode. The Recovery mode is different for different devices so you have to use the correct button combinations according to your particular smartphone.

Step-3: As you enter into Recovery mode select the option of “install zip from SD card” > “choose zip from SD Card” then select the Nova Launcher Zip file placed in your phone. It will take less than a minute to update the phone and after the process is complete, choose “++++Go Back++++” > “Reboot system now” option to reboot the device successfully.

Step-4: In case you wish to uninstall the Nova Launcher from your phone, again get into Recovery mode and from there select the option of “install zip from SD card” > “choose zip from SD Card” then select the Nova Launcher Uninstall Zip file placed in your phone.

Step-5: The Nova Launcher will be uninstalled after a minute of selecting the file. Choose “++++Go Back++++” > “Reboot system now” option to reboot the phone successfully in recovery mode.

Thus you can easily install and uninstall the Nova Launcher which is much better than the Stock Launcher of ICS Android 4.0 firmware.

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