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Apex Launcher APK

Latest Version: Apex Launcher 3.0.3.apk


What's New:

  • Removed Feeling Lucky from app drawer
  • Fixed FC on Android 4.0
  • Updated translations

What is Apex Launcher?

Apex Launcher helps you create a customized homescreen experience on your Android (4.0+) device.

“Fantastic app that has the potential to give your phone a complete makeover. I highly recommend it.” – MakeUseOf
“Even after a lot of customization, Apex Launcher feels super fast.” – Pocket Now
“We must say it is as smooth as butter.” – Droid Life

Five Best Android Launchers – Lifehacker
The 25 Tastiest Apps for Ice Cream Sandwich – PCMag
Must-have apps for the Nexus 7 – ZDNet


  • Customizable homescreen grid size and up to 9 homescreens
  • Scrollable dock with up to 7 icons per page and up to 5 pages
  • Infinite & elastic scrolling (homescreen, drawer and dock)
  • Fancy transition effects (tablet, cube, etc.)
  • Hide elements as you want (persistent search bar, status bar, or even the dock)
  • Customizable icons and labels for shortcuts and folders
  • Choose different folder preview styles and background
  • Multiple drawer styles (transparent/opaque, horizontal/vertical, paginated/continuous)
  • Drawer apps sorting (title, install date, mostly used)
  • Hide apps from the drawer
  • Lock your desktop to prevent accidental changes
  • Enjoy homescreen gestures (pinch, swipe up/down, double tap)
  • Advanced theme engine (icon packs, skins, etc.)
  • Backup/restore settings and data
  • Optimized for both phones and tablets
  • Lots of other customization options!

Apex Launcher Pro (Paid Version) Features:

  • Powerful drawer customizations (unlimited drawer tabs, folders in drawer)
  • Unread count notifications (provided by the free Apex Notifier extension)
  • Dock swipe actions (swipe up and down actions)
  • More gesture options (two-finger gestures)
  • Additional transition effects (accordion, cross, etc.)
  • Flexible theme options (ADW, LauncherPro, Go Launcher themes)
  • Enhanced folder support (batch add, merge folders)
  • Advanced widget options (widgets in dock, overlapping widgets)
  • More features on the way!


  • Pinch the screen to access screen previews (like Exposé or HTC Sense).
  • Long press an icon to drag and drop it over another one to create a folder.
  • Long press icons/folders on the desktop and choose edit from the popup menu to customize icons and labels.
  • Drag, hover, and drop app icons over the delete button at the top of the screen to quickly uninstall apps.
  • Long press an app in the hide apps list to quickly launch that app.
  • Switch to single screen wallpaper mode to fix wallpaper zooming issues.
  • Enable the Root Helper in advanced settings (root required, Android 4.0 only) to add widgets from the drawer.


  • Access widget data: Only used to create and display widgets on the homescreen. (Android 4.1+ only)
  • Application information: Used to display warnings when other launchers are running.
  • Control vibration/Status Bar/Wallpaper: Standard launcher functions.
  • Network communication: Used for anonymous usage/error reporting (optional).
  • Phone calls: Used when you create direct-dial shortcuts on the homescreen.
  • Storage: Used to backup/restore settings and desktop data.
  • Superuser: Required to add widgets from the drawer (Android 4.0 only).

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Older APK Versions of Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher 1.2.5 APK Download


  • Improved unread Gmail notifications (pro)
  • Option to choose search bar style (ICS or JB)
  • Add widgets from drawer w/o root (JB only)
  • Fixed voice search icon bug in JB
  • Fixed direct dial shortcut for SGS3/TouchWiz
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 1.3.1 APK Download


Rebuilt based on JB launcher (works on ICS too)

  • Desktop items automatically re-arrange to fit
  • Long press and fling to remove items
  • Performance boost for homescreen and drawer

New features

  • Option to switch to tablet UI
  • Custom drawer grid settings
  • Activity animation options

Other improvements and bugfixes

  • Improved vertical drawers
  • Custom widget picker (requires JB or root)
  • Unlimited drawer tabs (pro)
  • Fixed paid themes under JB
  • Many misc. bugfixes
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 1.3.3 APK Download


  • Merged changes from AOSP 4.1.2
  • Added drawer margin option
  • Added dock swipe feedback animation (pro)
  • Added bring-to-front/send-to-back for overlapping widgets (pro)
  • Misc. bugfixes
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 1.3.5 APK Download


  • Added option to close drawer after launching apps
  • Added option to toggle home screen alpha effect (leave it off for smoother transitions)
  • Improved icon label handling (labels will not be cut off or hidden automatically)
  • Fixed FC under Android 4.2
  • Fixed dock and QSB for Android 4.2
  • Various bugfixes and optimizations
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 1.4.0 APK Download


  • Merged changes from Android 4.2
  • Option to change icon size
  • New Apex action to expand quick settings
  • Import desktop data from other launchers
  • Improved theme support
  • Added dock swipe gesture on folders (pro)
  • Added support for Next Honeycomb LWP
  • Fixed shortcut picker for Android 4.2
  • Fixed TouchWiz widget issues
  • Various bug fixes and optimizations
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 1.4.2 APK Download


  • Added previous launcher warning
  • More fixes for icon resizing
  • Fixed FCs
  • Updated translations

Note: New permission “Retrieve running apps” is used for detecting other running launchers.

Apex Launcher 1.4.3 APK Download


  • Added list drawer style
  • Added widget padding option
  • Improved theme support
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 1.4.4 APK Download


  • Merged changes from Android 4.2.2
  • Improved theme support
  • Bug fixes
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.0.0 APK Download


  • Folders in the app drawer (pro)
  • Integration with Apex Notifier※ (pro)
  • Notification badge style options (pro)
  • Default on for external notifiers (pro)
  • Added vibration duration option
  • Improved activity picker and wallpaper chooser
  • Re-organized and improved settings menu
  • Disabled auto update checks by default
  • Removed permissions for notifications
  • Various fixes and improvements
  • Updated translations

※ Apex Notifier is an extension app that also supports DashClock (Android 4.2+).

Apex Launcher 2.0.1 APK Download


  • Folder background transparency
  • Transparent status bar for HTC devices (requires root on Sense 5)
  • Bug fixes and minor UI improvements
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.0.2 APK Download


  • Added uninstall quick action for desktop icons
  • Fixes for DashClock and AccuWeather widgets
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.0.3 APK Download


  • Transparent status bar for Galaxy S4
  • Improved theme support
  • Misc fixes and optimizations
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.0.4 APK Download


  • Fixed FC on Android 4.3
  • Various bugfixes
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.0.6 APK Download


  • Fixed search bar style in Android 4.3
  • Fixed folder label alignment issue
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.1.0 APK Download


  • Merged changes from Android 4.3
  • Fixed FC bug on Nexus 7
  • Various bugfixes and improvements
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.2.0 APK Download


  • Kitkat scroll indicator (homescreen & drawer)
  • Kitkat quick search bar style
  • Kitkat folder style
  • Transparent status bar option (Kitkat)
  • Icon font option (Android 4.1+)
  • More Kitkat visual tweaks
  • Fixed icon/shortcut disappearing
  • Other bugfixes
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.3.2 APK Download


  • The new bluetooth permission is required to support bluetooth settings shortcut on TouchWiz.
  •  Unified icon size options (under Advanced settings)
  •  Added icon text size option
  •  Improved icon quality after scaling
  •  Fixed bluetooth settings shortcut on TouchWiz
  •  Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.3.3 APK Download


The new bluetooth permission is required to support bluetooth settings shortcut on TouchWiz.
  •  Icon scale options for homescreen, dock, folder, and drawer
  •  Fixed icon cropping bug after resizing
  •  Other improvements and bug fixes
  •  Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.4.1 APK Download


  •  Swipe actions for desktop icons (pro)
  •  New wallpaper picker for KitKat+
  •  Import data from Google Now Launcher
  •  Android L folder preview
  •  Android L activity animation (slide up/down)
  •  Fixes for the L preview
  •  Other bug fixes
  •  Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.5.0 APK Download


  •  Custom app icon/label in the drawer
  •  Improved drawer app sorting options (pro)
  •  Optimizations for the L preview
  •  Fixed a bug with infinite scrolling
  •  Other bug fixes
  •  Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.6.0 APK Download


  • Icon label color and shadow options (homescreen, drawer, folder)
  • Drawer background color setting
  • Minor bug fixes
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.6.1 APK Download


  • Fixed icon shader bug
  • Fixed wallpaper picker bug
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 2.7.0 APK Download

Added on October 25, 2014


  • Material design UI update for Lollipop
  • Lollipop drawer icon
  • Fixed navigation bar color under Lollipop
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 3.0.1 APK Download

Added on December 20, 2014


  • New modern UI with material design
  • New material app icon
  • Redesigned Apex action icons
  • Lollipop drawer background and animation
  • Lollipop folder style and animation
  • Lollipop search bar and scroll indicator
  • Lollipop drawer icon
  • Lots of other UI tweaks and improvements
  • New scroll speed option
  • Improved app and widget picker
  • Renamed activity animation to app animation
  • Fixed quick settings action on Lollipop
  • Other optimizations and fixes for Lollipop
  • Updated translations

Apex Launcher 3.0.2 APK Download

Added on February 13, 2015


  • Feeling Lucky: random app recommendations
  • Updated Lollipop style scrolling indicator
  • Tweaks and fixes for Nexus 9
  • Fixed bug with circle drawer and folder animations
  • Fixed app animation bug on Lollipop
  • Fixed a bug with usage reporting
  • Updated translations


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