In Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Android TV, one of the changes made was that third-party launchers were blocked. On some operating systems, the “home” screen is standardized and everyone is expected to have it. However, Android allows developers to build their own home screens. When the user taps home, they are able to choose which app acts as the “launcher”. This is great for choice.
While this customization option still exists for Android phones, it has been disabled on Android TV. When the user taps home, they’ll always go to the home screen, referred to as the Leanback Launcher. We have written about a few pain points with the Leanback Launcher in the past, and it would be nice for users to use a better experience if one exists.
Although it has been disabled for regular users, if your TV is rooted, you can install Home Switcher for Android TV. Using root, it allows users to disable the Leanback Launcher and choose another launcher app if another one is installed. The process is pretty quick and painless.
Do you use the Leanback Launcher on your Android TV, or do you prefer a third party option? Let us know in the comments below.
Home Switcher is free to download through Google Play.