Android is easily one of the most customizable smartphone operating system to have ever existed. There’s a bunch of ways to customize your Android device down to the core.
Most Android OEMs have their own custom skins which offer some kind of differentiation for the other Android OEMs; however, the device’s software from the same Android OEM would look exactly the same and your Android device would end up looking like a million other Android devices.
For this guide, we’ll avoid suggesting any apps or custom ROMs which require your device to be rooted. However, you’d still be able to make your Android device stand out from the crowd.
So without wasting much time let’s dive right in and take a look at the best ways to make your Android device look super cool.
Install a third-party launcher
The beauty of Android is that you aren’t restricted to a certain launcher that comes pre-loaded on the device. There are a bunch of absolutely cool and super customizable homescreen launchers.
The one homescreen launcher that stands out the most is Nova Launcher. The launcher is the most popular launcher and offers a ton of customization options to help you create your own unique homescreen setup.
You could play around with the homescreen grid size and add or remove the bottom dock and you could also customize almost each and every aspect of your homescreen with Nova Launcher.
Here are a few other great launchers:
Download cool icon packs
Icon packs are key for having a great looking setup on your Android device. There are over a hundred fantastic icons packs to choose from on the Google Play Store; however, here are some of our favorites.
There are a ton of other cool icon packs to check out as well if you aren’t satisfied with these icon packs.
Set a cool wallpaper
A wallpaper can make or break the setup no matter how great the icon pack is or how well you’ve set up your homescreen. There are several cool wallpaper applications available on the Google Play Store; however, you could also find great wallpapers within the Icon Pack applications as well.
Here are some of our favorite wallpaper apps to pick the best wallpapers from.
KWLP is an absolutely amazing application which basically a live wallpaper make on steroids. You could literally go bonkers with the number of customization options offered within the KWLP application; however, it might require a bit more time and effort if you want to fine-tune the live wallpapers to suit your preference.
Nonetheless, you could also use presets which make things much easier and save you a lot of time from having to tinker around and create your own live wallpaper from scratch.
KLWP can literally change the entire look of the homescreen on your Android device.
Here are a few of our favorite KLWP presets.
Try out the KWGT widget app
If you haven’t yet tried out the KWGT application on Android, then you’re missing out on a lot. The KWGT application is a tad similar to the KLWP application; however, rather than allowing you to create live wallpapers, you could create custom widgets.
There are a few basic widgets pre-installed; however, you would have to install other KWGT widget packs which offer a boatload of different widgets of all different shapes and sizes.
You would have to pay a small amount to use the custom preset packs; however, it’s absolutely worth the price.
Here are our favorite KWGT preset apps:
Install the Android Pie style volume rocker
The VolumePie application allows you to change the volume rocker menu when you press the volume keys to adjust the volume. VolumePie brings the volume sliders to the side of the screen rather than the top of the screen for easier access.
You could also choose from different styles and options via the application settings and can also change the side at which you want the volume rocker to appear.
The app is especially great for those who love the stock Android Pie volume rocker menu.
Install a great keyboard app
Most users often use the default keyboard that comes pre-installed with the device itself and do not explore the other great options available in the Google Play Store.
Installing a third-party keyboard application would allow you to customize your typing experience as well. Here are some of the best keyboard applications available on the Google Play Store.
If you’re looking for a great keyboard that offers a ton of customization options, then we’d suggest picking the Flesky keyboard. It might take a while to get used to typing using the Flesky keyboard; however, the auto-correct and customization options are absolutely insane.
Install Fluid Navigation Gestures
If you’re tired of using the navigation bar; however, do not have the Gesture Navigation feature on your device, then you might want to try out the Fluid Navigation Gestures application to make navigating around your device.
Not only do you have the option to use gesture-based navigation but you the Fluid Navigation Gestures app has super cool animations which you could show off since most Android users are still using the age-old navigation bar.
Download: Fluid Navigation Gestures