Despite sharing the same great mobile operating system, phones and tablets are different from each other. This is why we are making a list of the best launcher for Android tablets. If you are following my write-ups in the past, you may have notices I’m a bit of a customization enthusiast. I love tweaking out my Android devices and making them my own. There is something amazing in changing the whole outlook of your device with careful managements. Thankfully the Android platform is a paradise for custom launchers and widgets.
The best launchers for Android tablets are made to make them easy to handle and control. The 7 inch tablets are way easier to handle than let’s say the 10.1 inch ones which are releasing now. I seriously had trouble using my cousins Galaxy Note Pro 12 which is a beast of a tablet coming at 12 inches. It was like holding a laptop and using it without the mouse (it was incredible). The best launchers for Android tablets may not tame that wild mare but it will certainly help you customize the experience to your liking.
Note: The best launchers for Android tablets were tested on a Asus Memo Pad 7 HD. The apps performed fine and there were no problems faced whatsoever. Most of the apps come with in-app purchases and in some cases they really enhance the features.
1. Go Launcher – Free with In-app Purchases
The Go To Guy
If you need a simple and easy to use launcher, then Go Launcher is the best for you. This launcher was also featured on our best launchers for Android list and it has made it to this list as well. This sort of free launcher for tablets makes your tablet nice and clean in one go.
The round icons look amazing on a soothing background; thankfully the launcher comes with multiple such backgrounds as well. That’s not why I’m recommending it though, it’s because there are over 10,000 free themes for you to download. This means every day can be a new day with Go Launcher installed on your beloved tablet.
If you are interested in expanding the functionalities of the app, you can invest in the pro version too. The pro version can be purchased directly from the app and will enable multi touch access to core functions and new transition effects. Most of all there will be no sponsored messages or ads on the app.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $29.99 per item
Some really smooth transition animations.
Comes with 15 free widgets.
25 plus fancy looking transition effects.
With the Go Launcher you will be able to launch apps by assigning gestures to them. This will allow you to launch the apps you frequently use with just a flick of the finger. I use this method to remove any extra icon from my dock.
2. Solo Launcher – Free
Never Left Solo
Solo Launcher is what I call a true free launcher for Android tablets. Sure there might be an occasional ad with the launcher but it is extremely rare. The app also has some of the best looking app management systems which put other launchers to shame. That’s not why I ranked this the second on the best launchers for Android tablets list though. It’s because the launcher is one of the lightest launchers around, this was a worthy contender for the lightest launcher for Android spot too.
Comes with a smart search feature.
Assign swipes, taps and pinches with ease.
A lot of free themes are available for free.
The app is completely free, this means there is no premium content hidden behind a mandatory pay wall. This is truly a free launcher for Android tablets.
3. Apex Launcher – Free and $3.99
3.A Free Version
Apex Launcher is a fantastic app which comes with some impressive home screen customizations. Not many apps allow you to change the grid size of the apps hosted on the home screen. Apex Launcher also allows you to have up to 9 home screens on your tablet. The app also has infinite or elastic scrolling on all, home screens, app drawer and even the dock.
I really love the fancy transition effects which can be used to scroll through app pages; I personally liked the cube one because of its 3D inducing effect. The best part of this launcher is that you can easily hide the elements you don’t want cluttering your home screen. You can remove the search bar, status bar or if you want you can kick off the dock too.
Apps can be bundled into neat folders.
Folder icons can easily be customized.
Comes with multiple drawer styles.
You made some clever adjustments to your home screen, added in matching background and widgets, arranged the apps in just the perfect order. Now you don’t want it all ruined by anyone don’t you? Apex Launcher allows you to lock the screens so no changes can be made. So no kid will be able to mess your home screen.
3.B Paid Version
If you pay some dollars you will be able to unlock powerful drawer customizations like unlimited tabs and folders. You will also get dock swipe action and more gesture options. There will be enhanced folder support and advanced widget support too. All in all if you love what you see in the free version, this is the natural progression towards a much better experience.
4. EverythingMe Launcher – Free
All About You
The name of this free tablet launcher for Android may seem a little selfish but hey, it’s your tablet, right? This is the only contextual launcher in the best launchers for Android tablets list. This means the launcher adapts according to your needs. Let me explain this a bit, for example you check your email every night before going to sleep. The launcher will learn the time and will bring the email app on the forefront. Also if you like to take pictures of your lunch with the best camera apps for Android, the launcher will highlight the camera apps.
The prediction bar is amazing.
The searches are done really fast.
The app will occasionally suggest a great app too.
While this launcher for tablets is not as fancy as the best 3D launcher, it more than makes up for that with its great folder creation system. The app lumps all the similar apps into conveniently created folders with proper names automatically. If you have a ton of apps installed on your tablet and need to see through the clutter, this is the launcher made for you.
5. SquareHome – Free
Ok I’ll be straight forward here, this launcher is a complete rip off of the Windows 8 one. The metro styled tiles of the app makes it look extremely attractive, at least to a person who has never seen an Android tablet run windows (the fake version of course). The launcher itself is fairly simple with easy access to the drawer. The drawer is pretty standard too but the main winner of the show is the customizable tiles which can be added to your home screen. To be honest, this is the app which actually makes use of the large screen real estate provided by the tablets. The landscape view of the tablets was made for these tiles.
Creating a tile is simple and fun.
Resizing tiles is intuitive and easy.
Easily apply a new theme to change the outlook.
Want to resize a widget just to the perfect size? Well simply grab the tile by the bottom right corner and drag it a little, this will adjust the size of the tile. Now click on the central button to adjust the size of the widget within. This allows you to make some seriously cool looking combinations.
These were the 5 best launchers for Android tablets. If you feel like you may require a little speed, you can also check out the fastest Android launcher too. I’m pretty sure I might have missed many great launchers which can be perfectly used on tablets. But these are the ones which are trending and garner a healthy rating on the Google Play Store. If you have a better launcher tucked away on your Android tablet, feel free to share it with me in the comments below. I will love to check out your recommendations.