Home Switcher Allows Rooted Users to Use Alternate Launchers

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.

Home Switcher

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.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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