Install the Google Pixel 2's Pixel Launcher on a Samsung Galaxy S8
Edited by Jay, Maria Quinney
One of the best features of Android mobile devices is their ability for customization. With a little know-how and some ambition, you can personalize almost everything about a device. One of the more popular customizations users make is swapping out the device's stock launcher. An Android launcher is the software that allows users to interact with their apps, widgets, and settings; it's what you see when you power up the device. The layout of the icons on the home screen and app drawer, how they look and are managed, is all handled with the default launcher.
Typically, users visit the Play Store and download and install one of the many launchers available. In this article, however, we'll be sideloading the Google Pixel 2's launcher app directly. Sideloading is when you install an app without doing it via the Play Store. You download and run an app's APK file directly on the device.
In this VisiHow, we'll be installing the Pixel 2's Pixel loader on a Samsung Galaxy S8, running the Nougat OS. If you're using an older version of Android, you can still install the Pixel's launcher, as long as it's Lollipop 5.0 or higher.
**Please Note** Whenever you sideload apps and bypass the Play Store, you run the risk of exposing your device to potentially harmful files. Google's Play store keeps users safe by ensuring a high level of security with the apps offered in their marketplace. You should always download your APK files from a trusted source such as apkmirror.com.
Enable Unknown Sources (sideloading) On Samsung Galaxy S8
Due to the potential security risks, enabling Unknown apps (sideloading) is disabled by default. Follow the steps below to enable this option.
Download and Install the Google Pixel 2's Launcher
- 2With your browser open, visit the following link. When the page loads, scroll down and tap the download icon for the most recent version.
Organize Pixel Launcher Home Screen
- 1Now that the Pixel Launcher is active, it's time to add some apps and widgets to your home screen. Tap or swipe up from the arrow to access your new app drawer.
Revert to the Galaxy S8's Default Launcher
- 7You should now be back to your original home screen, with your apps in the same layout as you left them.