Android themes are in a transitional period. In the old days, you basically had to root your phone if you wanted to change things like your settings menu colors or make the Google Play Store dark. Today, many companies have a theme that they use on all of their apps. This is sometimes called a “dark mode.” If the app developer allows it, then you can have this too.
However, some old ways still work today. These include icon packs, third-party Android launchers, wallpaper apps, and even widget and live wallpaper creators. There are a ton of things you can do and, honestly, it requires several app lists to name them all. In this one, we’ll talk about the best Android themes from a customization standpoint. We have other app lists linked up below for even more theming ideas.
Finally, Google is adding a way to change the look of your phone on their new update. We think this will let you customize your phone more than before and we’re excited about it!
Action Launcher is a good place to start if you want to theme your phone. It has basic theming elements that are included. The colors will change based on the colors in your wallpaper. You can also customize it how you want. That includes shortcuts, a quick bar, smart-sized icons, and Google Pixel Launcher elements. This launcher is good for doing fun things like making an Android theme. Another excellent app is Evie Launcher with lots of customization options.
Energy Bar (or Energy Ring) apps
Energy Bar is a series of apps that you can use on your phone to do fun things. The original Energy Bar puts a battery meter on the top of your screen. This goes down as your battery goes down. But the notch and pinhole cameras are complicated, so there are other apps for those obstacles in the house. The apps work on any phone with a flat upper screen, most devices with a pinhole, and about half a dozen devices with a notch. You’ll have to check out the developer’s page to find the one that works best for you, but it’s a neat way to accentuate the top of your phone.
Facer and WatchMaker
Wear OS has an extensive theming system. Facer and WatchMaker are probably the best. Both of them allow you to custom make watch faces for your Android Wear device. You can also find thousands of watch faces from other people. You can upload your designs and contribute to that number as well. Facer also supports Gear S2 and S3 devices. Those with Wear OS can use theming apps like these to make their watches look just as awesome as their phones with a little bit of work.
Gboard and SwiftKey
Gboard and SwiftKey are two popular Android keyboards that both have themes. Gboard has more basic themes, but you can make new ones. SwiftKey has more interesting and different kinds of themes including seasonal ones. There are other keyboards with this functionality. Gboard and SwiftKey are simply the two best ones in terms of actual usability as well as themes. Plus, they’re both free with no in-app purchases or ads. Thank you Google and Microsoft!
KWGT and KLWP
KWGT and KLWP are two of the most popular theming apps. KWGT is a widget maker and KLWP is a themer. You can make your widgets with KWGT and you can customize the theme with KLWP. Both apps have Tasker support, which means that they’re really powerful. KLWP is a live wallpaper maker. It features a WYSIWYG editor that lets you create as you see fit. It also shares many features with KWGT. These are excellent for Android themes. There is also KLCK Kustom Lock Screen if you want to go even further and add a lock screen into the mix.
Nova Launcher is a good app for Android themes. It will make your phone look like you want it to. Nova Launcher has many customization options. You can make it look any way you want, and you can choose icons that show the theme of your phone. Nova Launcher also has many other features that help with how you use your phone There are also Nova Launcher themes in Google Play that add a bit more to the mix. The paid version adds some extra features. You can also get a plug-in that adds notification badges on apps. This is a good place to start.
Reddit is a good website for finding themes. It is not an app that gives you themes, but you can find a lot of ideas in the right subreddits. We recommend starting in AndroidThemes and working your way out. People post their home screen layouts and then (usually) all of the apps they needed to get there. You’ll find icon packs, wallpapers, KWGT and KWLP themes to import, and all kinds of other stuff. Here is an excellent example of what we mean. In any case, Reddit is free to use or you can pay monthly to remove ads and get a few extra features.
There are a lot of apps with wallpaper. Tapet is not one of those apps. This app makes wallpapers with many patterns and colors that you can make yourself. The app works without the internet too! It might be hard to learn at first, but keep trying and you will get it! The controls on this app may not be what you’re used to. You might need to get used to them for a little while. But they are worth it because you can find some very cool things with this one, and for free! This app is better than Minima and Vectorify da Home.
UCCW is a popular app. It has an easy-to-use editor. You can see what your widget looks like as you make it. There are many things that you can add to the widget, including calendar events, weather, battery life, missed calls, notifications, and more. It also has support for Tasker. You can download additional skin packs as apps in Google Play. You can also import widgets made by other people. It has a few bugs here and there. There is also a bit of a learning curve. Aside from that, it’s good.
Walli is a good app that has a lot of wallpapers that you can use on your phone. You can choose from a variety of different images and artwork, including some from different artists. This is like Etsy but for your wallpaper. Walli also does the right thing by giving its artists some of the earnings from the app itself. It rounds out the experience with a usable UI and a neat playlist feature to help you discover new wallpapers. We also like Google Wallpapers, Abstract, and WallPix for wallpapers as well.
Bonus: OEM themes
Android does not have a way to theming. That’s why it can be hard. But some phone brands do have theme engines. You will need to go into your settings or the individual phone brand app store in order to find them. These can change the color and theme of your icons, background, quick settings, settings menu, and other elements that normal theming methods can’t get to normally. They’re not overly diverse and some of them cost money. However, it’s a good place to start, especially if you have Samsung since you have probably had access to Good Lock.
Bonus: Root theming options
Rooted devices have a lot more theming options than non-rooted devices. Those who dare break the warranty and go rogue have a ton of options, including Xposed Framework for various UI tweaks, Substratum, and Synergy for overlay themes, and some custom ROMs allow for various theming elements as well. Rooted devices are good because you can go into the system. You can use Substratum on it too. On a normal device, you cannot get into the system, so this is one of the few good reasons to root.