No matter what version of Android you’re running, a custom launcher can provide a multitude of benefits, and there is thankfully a multitude of launchers to choose from. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the launchers in the list, and each of them has their unique features that set them apart.
Some of these launchers have pro versions as well as free version, and I can tell you that the pro version of a launcher is definitely worth the money. These aren’t ranked in any specific order and can be freely interchanged, so stay until the end to see which one you like the most.
- Free & $4.993
I don’t have much to say about Nova Launcher that hasn’t already been said and explored, so if you already know a bit about it, and you’ve been on the fence over the price tag, do yourself a favor.
If you don’t know much about Nova Launcher, it’s a free–or a five dollar–launcher with many layers of customization under its hood, and above it. Nova can manage everything from custom gestures, an improved app drawer, and multiple home screens in a sleek package to make it one of the best launchers for the Galaxy S5.Show Downloads
APUS is a launcher that’s been around for quite some time and is one we’ve already covered before. However, don’t let its age discourage you because APUS is one of the fastest, stress-free launchers on the Play Store. APUS is additionally my launcher of choice, and could be just what you want on the Samsung Galaxy S5.
If you’re still sporting TouchWiz and want to put less stress on your phone, APUS may be the way to go. What APUS may lack in flashiness it makes up for in substance. This launcher sports multiple home screens, and has extremely fast but traditional, transitions between them.
The only real downside to APUS is the amount of ads present in the launcher, and that there’s no way for you to turn them off. If you use quick charging through APUS, prepare to see an ad at the bottom of your lock screen. If the pros outweigh the cons in your book, APUS could be a good choice.Show Downloads
Following on the heels of APUS, Solo Launcher is a custom launcher that is very resource light. We covered Solo Launcher here, where its tagline of Simple, Swift, Smart proves to be true.
This truth doesn’t shine any less brightly on the Samsung Galaxy S5, where Solo Launcher provides a clean experience that doesn’t drag down your processing speeds. This launcher has a multitude of themes to choose from, and will have a hard time ever letting you down.Show Downloads
Say hola to Hola Launcher, another free launcher that could be just what you need for your Galaxy S5. Hola Launcher is a lightweight launcher but packs enough high definition icons and themes to make you think otherwise.
Hola Launcher is constantly updated with new themes and fixes. If you have a problem with it currently or had one with it before, why not give it another shot. Especially if you’re looking for a new launcher, that doesn’t put too much stress on your system. There’s even a video on the app’s page in the Play Store if you’d rather just take a look without installing.Show Downloads
- Free & $16.993
Next Launcher 3D Shell Lite
I’m sure you can guess what Next Launcher 3D is all about just from the title, and you’d probably be right. Next Launcher 3D utilizes impressive 3D animations to customize your Android experience on your home screen, and off.
One major note for Next Launcher 3D is that the Lite version is a trial, not just a free version of the steeper priced full version.
If you want the full story on Next Launcher 3D, and want to see if it could be one of the best home launchers for the Galaxy S5, ( you can read the full article we have on the launcher app here – http://joyofandroid.com/best-3d-launcher-for-android/).Show Downloads
Atom Launcher is the polar opposite of the launcher sitting in the number five spot. Atom is an extremely minimalist launcher in all of the best ways. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking Atom can’t be customized.
There are plenty of methods to tweak your Atom experience into one you can appreciate and grow accustomed. You can change the size, color, and even the appearance of icons. You can use support for different languages, and take control of a multitude of streamlined widgets.
If you’re a fan of minimalist design and are looking for a launcher that runs smoothly without needing much power, Atom is one of the best launchers for the Galaxy S5.Show Downloads
- Free & $5.993
Go Launcher Prime
This next launcher is only a free trial of its Prime version, but maybe after you’ve had enough time with the trial, you might think the $5.99 is fair for what’s on offer. Go Launcher excels with customization, having thousands up thousands of themes available, and transitions, with a handful of 3D animations to choose.
These animations won’t rival the likes of the Next Launcher 3D, but for a fraction of Next Launcher 3D’s price, you may find these worth the money. There are even multi-touch gestures to take advantage of to access apps faster than ever.
Since the trial for Go Launcher Prime is free, there’s nothing to lose by trying this launcher on your Galaxy S5.Show Downloads
CM Launcher, very similar to APUS, is a free, lightweight launcher that offers customization, organization, and speed in a bite-sized package. Both APUS and CM Launcher offer similar organization methods, such as smart folders that group your apps together automatically in preset categories for easy transitioning into a new launcher.
Something CM Launcher can do that sets it apart from the rest, mentioned here in a list of launchers we covered, is a feature that allows apps to be added to the home screen in groups. This makes app migration from the app drawer a less time-consuming experience and is an appreciated feature in any launcher.Show Downloads
- Free & $3.993
Smart Launcher 3
Starting to round up the rear of the list, Smart Launcher 3 is a very speedy launcher that hopes to give you quick access to your favorite apps in as little time as ever. Smart Launcher 3 promotes up to nine pages of widget functionality and gestures like turning off the screen with just a double tap.
However, Smart Launcher isn’t just smart with gestures; security is also a big part of its third iteration. You can hide apps from the app grid normally, and secure apps individually with passwords for extra protection.
There are two versions of Smart Launcher available, and if you think you can enjoy enough of the features from the free version, it could be worth it to upgrade to Pro.Show Downloads
Last, but certainly not least, we have ZenUI Launcher, formerly known as ASUS. The most attractive feature of this launcher is mentioned up front on its Google Play Store page, that feature being a combination of superb organization and gesture control.
If you swipe up, you get access to all of the settings for ZenUI, and your apps and widgets. If you swipe down, you’re pulled into a quick find menu to have all of your searching capabilities just a gesture away.
ZenUI doesn’t stop there; it has plenty of customization options available and a live preview function for you to tweak your home menu and see the effects as soon as possible. Even if the name of this launcher has changed, it’s still one of the best 3rd party launchers for the Galaxy S5.Show Downloads
When it comes to choosing a launcher for the Samsung Galaxy S5, there are plenty of choices available, and even a few that could work that aren’t mentioned here. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the launchers in this list without spending a cent, and if you decide to dip into your wallet a little, you won’t be disappointed.
Do you have a favorite launcher for your S5 or even another Android phone you didn’t see on any of our lists? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments and why you decided to choose it.