How to Install Android M App Drawer on Any Android Device
The final version of Android M won’t be available to consumers until November, when it will first make its debut on the new Nexus 5. However, the Developer Preview of the Google’s latest mobile OS is now available for download and install on select Nexus devices including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player.
While other Android devices are far from being given access to the Developer Preview, the good news is that you can get your hands on the latest Android M interface with a new App Drawer. Below is the step-by-step guide to download and install Android M home launcher on any Android device right away.
Install Android M’s App Drawer on any Android device
Download the ‘Google Now Launcher’ from Play Store and install it on your Android device.
Once the app is installed, tap the ‘Home’ button on your device to quit the ‘Play Store’.
Choose ‘Google Now Launcher’ as a default launcher when prompted and then tap ‘Always’ to set it as the default home launcher on your device.
Now, download and install the Google app APK for Android M. You can simply click the link to download the file directly on your Android device.
Alternatively, you can also download the APK file to your computer and then install it on your Android device via ‘ADB sideloading’ method. To enable sideloading of apps:
- Go to Settings > Security and toggle the Unknown Sources option to ON.
- After the download is complete, install the new Google app APK on your device.
Once the APK installation is complete, just clear the Launcher’s cache by navigating to Settings > Apps > Google Now Launcher and then hit the ‘Clear cache’ button.
Go back to the main menu, locate the Google app you installed earlier and then clear the cache for this app as well.
That’s it! Hit the ‘Home’ button and you’re done.
Make sure you Clear the cache for both ‘Google Now Launcher’ and ‘Google App, otherwise the icons in the app drawer and home screen will get messed up.
If you end up disappointed in the new app drawer, or just decide to revert back for some other reason, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Open the ‘Play Store’ and search for the ‘Google’ app.
Step 2: You should see the uninstall option there. Just tap it once to get rid of the app.
Step 3: After the app is uninstalled, repeat steps 1 and 2, but this time hit ‘Update’.
Step 4: Go to Settings > Apps and uninstall Google Now Launcher.
You will now be reverted to the old launcher on your device.
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