It was only a matter of time, but developers over at XDA impatiently waiting for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 to arrive, figured out how to port over the S8’s new home screen launcher. In addition to being able to use the new launcher (without needing to even root the phone by the way), you can also get Bixby, Samsung’s new voice assistant, as well as the new always-on display (AOD).
So if you want to at least get some semblance of what it might be like to use the new S8 on your S7 or S7 Edge, here’s the quick tutorial.
Download the Necessary APK Files
On the phone go to Settings > Lock Screen & Security > Tap Allow from Unknown Sources to allow the phone to install APK files that aren’t from the Play Store.
In your internet browser on your S7 or S7 Edge (just easier to do it directly on the phone instead of downloading it to a computer and transferring it), head to the developer’s thread on XDA here and scroll to the bottom of the first post and download the following files to the phone: S8 Launcher Bixby
AOD (if the AOD file on that page is in a .jar format, download this one instead)
Once those are downloaded we need to install them in order.
Install the S8 Launcher
First, we need to install the S8 launcher.
Go to Settings > Apps > Tap the three dots and tap on show system apps > Tap on TouchWiz Home > Storage > and clear the Data and Cache.
Then pull down the notification shade or go to MyFiles in the app drawer then downloads and tap on the S8 Launcher we downloaded to install it.
Once installed, go back to Settings > Apps > Tap the three dots and tap on show system apps > Tap on TouchWiz Home > Storage > and clear the Data and Cache.
Press the home button and you should now be in the new S8 Launcher.
Next, we’ll get Bixby, Samsung’s new voice assistant. Now, since there is not dedicated button to bring up Bixby like there is on the S8, you swipe left on the home screen to get to Bixby instead (not as functional, but what can you do).
Pull down the notification shade or go to MyFiles in the app drawer then downloads and tap on Bixby this time to install that.
Tap the home button.
Tap and hold on a blank area of the S8 Launcher home screen and tap on the launcher settings
Make sure all of Bixby’s options are on.
Push the home button and swipe over on the screen to get to Bixby and tap Start.
Reboot the phone once done, and swipe to the left on the home screen to use Bixby.
Install Always-On Display
Next, we can install the Always-On Display to get the same one that the S8 has. This is the screen you see when the phone is sitting idle and the screen is locked.
Go to Settings > Display > Disable the Always-On Display if you have it on right now.
Head to Settings > Apps > Tap the three dots and tap on show system apps > Tap on Always-On Display and clear cache and data.
Pull down the notification shade or go to MyFiles in the app drawer then downloads and tap on AOD apk we downloaded earlier to install it (if it shows up as a .jar file instead of an APK and the phone won’t open it, head to my site on your phone and download the APK of it I hosted there instead and install that).
After it installs, head to Settings > Apps > Tap the three dots and tap on show system apps > Tap on Always-On Display and clear cache and data again.
Then turn it back on and configure it as you would like in Settings > Display > Always-On Display.
And that’s that, you might not have the sexy design of the new Galaxy S8, but you can at least mess around with the software while waiting for your pre-order.