The ultimate guide to customizing the ultimate Android home screen

One of the best things about Android is how flexible its interface is: customizing your home screen to suit your usage habits and preferences only takes a few taps, and the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few choice examples of custom home screens from the Android theming community on Reddit:

How are these setups created? It’s usually a combination of carefully paired elements, and most of them are easily available from Google Play. Let’s look at all the things you can do to pretty up your Android interface with little to no effort.


You probably knew this already: you can switch up the background of your home screen by using just about any image stored on your device. The easiest way to do so is to find it in your gallery, whether that’s a wallpaper you downloaded or a photo from your camera, tap the options button, and choose ‘Set as…’

Some versions of Android will let you set the image as either your home screen or lock screen; if you don’t see an option, it’ll default to your home screen. For best results, you’ll want to use images that are of the same or higher resolution than your screen. It’s worth noting that you don’t have to restrict yourself to portrait-orientation images; if you use a landscape-orientation image, you can scroll through its length as you move between home screens.