Themes for Android

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  1. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a

    whoknows87

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    I'm fairly new to Android , own a nexus 4 and tried to change up the wallpapers and themes so I installed Go Launcher and there are only a few themes to choose from..... on a Jailbroken iPhone I had plenty of themes to choose from simple download and that was it , am I looking in the wrong places?

    on the same note I've found this site colormyscreen, plenty of nice themes but how do I install those on my device?

    A link/explanation would be helpful

    Thank you
     
  2. chagla, Jun 13, 2013
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    chagla macrumors 6502a

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    if you're new, i'd recommend trying out different launchers and their themes. it looks like you started well with go launcher as they have TONS of themes available. You can search for "win 7" or "smart launcher" or "espeir launcher".

    if you're a little techy and have become familiar with android, u can check out XDA forums where you can root/flash IF you choose to. i'd like to remind you that 90% of android customizations can be done simply by going to play store and installing an app. two minutes deal.

    rooting/flashing is for hardcore geeks. :) enjoy

    btw, in general, all you have to do is typically download the APK files and install it. by default APK files from non play store is disabled but you can manually enable it by going to security settings. colormyscreen looks nice. never used it. will check out. thx.
     
  3. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I haven't personally used Go Launcher (Nova is my preferred launcher) but many of the themes available will work across multiple launchers (Apex is another very popular one). And just to clarify, when you apply a theme to a launcher, it really just changes the icons.

    I found the theme's I've tried simply by searching in the Play store (i.e. Nova themes, Nova icons or icon packs--replace Nova with Go in your case) or seeking recommendations via Google search. Also, many developers will make many different themes for a particular launcher(s) so be sure to look at the
    More from developer column on the left in the play store when select a particular icon pack.

    Regarding mycolorscreen (love that site BTW), installing those themes is significantly more involved as those are custom designs usually made using a number of different tools/apps (UCCW, Desktop visualizer, Widgetlocker, Zooper Widget Pro or some of the more common apps, along with any number of different launchers) and rely on the developer providing the files used for each app and detailed instructions. In addition, their themes don't usually easily apply to any device due to different display resolutions (i.e. theme designed for Nexus 4 with its specific resolution and accounting for on screen buttons doesn't immediately translate to a Galaxy S3, S4, Note II, HTC One, etc--you get the picture). I've tried applying a few different themes from that site on my HTC One with little success because of this issue (favorite device seems to be Nexus 4), along with the fact that there are always part of the theme I'd like to change (don't use specific apps in the theme). Also, UCCW is a really awesome tool to create custom widgets but is not simple to use or intuitive. There are some handy videos available on YouTube but other than covering the basics, it really takes some work to get the most out of it.
     
  4. whoknows87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    whoknows87

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    Thank you both for your replies, I checked out mycolorscreen, good stuff and Installed nova launcher, Minimal Icons, it does take time to customize and experiment around with wallpapers and widgets lol, one more annoying anyway to customize how the notifications looks when you slide down the notification window? also how the notification symbols appear, text msg, whatspp, also signal strength wifi etc

    Thanks Again
     
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I don't believe it's possible to change either the notification bar icons or the theme/look of the notification panel, short of using a custom ROM--one of my major gripes with Touchwiz (hate the panel--everything is way too big).
     
  6. whoknows87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Never rooted or installed a custom rom before , iPhone/iPad Jailbreaking can do android can not do lol , I can live with the stock icons

    Thanks Again
     
  7. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    If you want to install those mega the se from mycolourscreen and are a novice. Google play 'buzz' launcher app. Its simplifies the process and guides you to download all the bits you need for each of the themes.
     

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