How to: Install an ADW theme and apply it

So you have ADW.Launcher and you’ve been hearing all this great stuff
about how you can theme it. Here’s a quick how to that can help you
get a theme running on your android device to theme adw.launcher.

Step One: Download ADW.Launcher
You need adw.launcher to be able to use an adw theme.  So the best way
to do this is to search in the android market and install
“adw.launcher”

click here to download it from your phone

Step Two: Download an ADW Theme
In order to theme the adw.launcher, you must download an adw theme
from the android market.  This is easy, search for “adw theme” and
then pick whichever theme you like best. ( some of my favorites are
gala s adw theme, adw ubuntu theme and adw elegant theme )

Step Three: Set the Theme
This is where most people get lost.  If you follow my directions, this
will be really simple.

  1. go into adwlauncher settings (from home
    screen hit menu->adwlauncher or if you’re using a custom rom it could
    be in your settings)
  2. click on theme preferences (if you do not see this, you may have an
    old version of adw.launcher –themes came out in version 1.0)
  3. click on select theme and choose which theme you would like.
  4. click apply theme and you’re done!
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    • Leroy
    • December 8th, 2010

    It works,thanks!! “@NewJerseyTico”

    • Yanko
    • December 14th, 2010

    hi there, i can not find menu->adwlauncher the launcher in my menu !! any idea why ??? i did install it and each time i restart the nexus one i get the option to start with the awd launcher or just the launcher i use the awd one, but still cant install the theme !!??? help please email me??

    • JEREMY
    • December 18th, 2010

    Ryan,

    I installed the ADW Launcher app with no problem. I then installed the ADW Ubuntu Theme and pointed the settings to it.
    Now I have a force close issue with the app. It continuously loops into this issue about the launcher not being the proper install version.
    Help Please!

    • Sasa
    • December 25th, 2010

    I have the same problem too, how to fix this?

  1. Great looking theme! I can’ wait to use it :-), but…

    I have a problem. I installed the Ubuntu Theme, but I can’t find it on my theme selection menu. Three others that I installed all show up, but not Ubuntu 😦 Not sure what to do.

    This is on my Samsung Captivate w/Android 2.2 and ADW.Launcher 1.3.6

  2. Hi,

    Thank you for this. I have just started playing around with awd and this was very helpful. Do you mind if I put a link to your blog on my blog??

    thanks

    Ant

      • ryanolson
      • September 6th, 2012

      Sorry for the (very) late reply, that would be great if you put a link to my blog on yours!

  3. any demo pls ?

    • Eric Lavoie
    • May 23rd, 2011

    Hey Ryan, I need a little help. I have the Tron Legacy Theme for ADW.Launcher but it’s not an APK file, It’s a collection of files and folders in a ZIP file which also contains AndroidManifest.xml. where do I put this so ADW.Launcher can see it and apply the theme? BTW, my HTC EVO is not activated so I’ve been MOD’ing it over USB from my PC.

    • sunny
    • September 29th, 2011

    Hi Ryan, I have installed the adw.launcher from android market successfully with the theme Ububtu. but after applying the theme to the mobile it’s DELL XCD28 – which I have upgraded to ZTE Racer Android 2.2. It was working fine with the upgrade.

    Now it’s showing error – “The application adw.launcher (process android.process.acore) has stopped unexpectedly. please try again.”

    with these buttons:
    Force Close
    Report
    when I click on Force Close button it shwos ubuntu wallpaper & comes again like it goes in a loop.

    Please help me as I am unable to access my phone

    • a
    • October 1st, 2011

    this adw launcher is not in my settings it is in the wallpaper area there is only one wallpaper there.

    • Will
    • October 5th, 2011

    Sonny,

    I just had the same issue. I clicked the search button, changed the search to “apps” then searched for settings. In settings, i uninstalled both the ADW.Launcher and the ADW theme I had downloaded. I then reset the handset and it worked fine.

    • Aparna
    • October 25th, 2011

    Go to your Home screen and click on the button which brings up tiny menu ( add, edit,settings, etc — usually the bottom right) and click more
    You will fine ADW.Launcher Settings

  4. Nice. Its realy help me.

    • Rob Rosa
    • December 8th, 2011

    I just bought superman theme for, y xoom tablet. Cannot find shortcut to open it. Looked on marketplace for adw launcher. Cannot find it. Do u have link for it?

    • MAK Kassim
    • December 10th, 2011

    I Just install adw.launcher and don’t find it in my phone then am trying to install ADW Ubuntu Theme hope to active but both i couldn’t find except in ” Manage application ” & can’t open it !!!!!

    • manu
    • December 20th, 2011

    i have a Ssamsung galaxy fit s5670, Android 2.3.4 but. i cant spot the adwlauncher settings icon in my app drawer.
    just installedd the latest version from market. please Help.

    • Reyes
    • December 22nd, 2011

    How do I get the clock/weather widget that you have showing on your images in the market? I thought it came preinstalled with the launcher.

      • Reyes
      • December 22nd, 2011

      Scratch launcher, I meant theme.

      • wolfmanx79
      • December 23rd, 2011

      AH! i figured it out, had to load a widget. Thanks for a great launcher!

      • ryanolson
      • September 6th, 2012

      The clock/weather widget I was using when I took that screenshot was “Fancy Widget” prior to it’s UI changes. You can find the apk to it if you search for FancyWidget1.3.apk on google.

  5. This is SO nice!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. (I know I am enthousiastic when it comes to these matters)

    Cheers

    • MaatUNIX
    • December 28th, 2011

    Ur link for adw is dead dear Ryan…

      • ryanolson
      • September 6th, 2012

      Thanks! I haven’t checked this blog in quite a while… I’ll see if I can find a proper link..

    • Guh
    • December 29th, 2011

    how to run the launcher on galaxy s2… I’m stuck…

  6. Hello! I installed this app on my Samsung Galaxy Y but cant find the adw launcher on menu. Please help.

      • wolfmanx79
      • January 15th, 2012

      Hold down the Home button and it should pop up with the option to use your phones default or ADW.

    • Nicole
    • February 4th, 2012

    I installed ADW Launcher a month ago and it worked fine. Last night I forgot to charge my phone and the battery died. After plugging it in and starting it up ADW disappeared and my settings went back to before I had ADW. It shows it’s installed if I look at Market or go to Manage Applications, however there is no option on the menu for “ADW Settings” or any other such way to use the launcher. At this point I’m lost and I can’t figure out how to get it to work again.

    • siddiqui hasan
    • February 10th, 2012

    hi guyz i have fixed ADW as my default setting
    now i want my default home screeen back
    what to do now???
    plz help

    • Marin
    • March 11th, 2012

    Nicole :
    I installed ADW Launcher a month ago and it worked fine. Last night I forgot to charge my phone and the battery died. After plugging it in and starting it up ADW disappeared and my settings went back to before I had ADW. It shows it’s installed if I look at Market or go to Manage Applications, however there is no option on the menu for “ADW Settings” or any other such way to use the launcher. At this point I’m lost and I can’t figure out how to get it to work again.

    same problem here! please help!

    • Jamie
    • April 15th, 2012

    @

  7. works very well ….
    thank mr ryan

    • elie
    • November 16th, 2012

    hey rayn i coudn’t install your program on my android phone.i have already installed the ubunta theme but it needed your program to be installed

    • Andrei
    • January 21st, 2013

    Hi all. I have applied this theme, but the quick launch icon have not changed. Is there anything else I need to do? Many thanks. (Android Gingerbread/ ADW Launcher latest version).

    • angger
    • August 26th, 2013

    i can’t download the launcher

    • mosam
    • September 21st, 2013

    not bad

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