How to: Use Google Now launcher or any 3rd party launcher on MIUI 6 (and more)


If you recently updated your smartphone to MIUI 6, you might’ve realized that you’re no longer able to change the default launcher. In earlier versions of MIUI, this was done by going into settings, display and then launcher. MIUI 6, however, lacks any such menu, leaving a lot of users bedazzled.

However with a little playing around we were able to find a way to use any third party launcher like Google Now Launcher, Nova, etc. with MIUI 6. You can also use this guide to change other default apps such as launcher, dialer, etc.

How to change the default launcher on your MIUI 6 phone

  • Go to settings, tap on ‘Installed apps’
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  • Tap on ‘Default app settings’ on the bottom on the page
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  • Select ‘Launcher’ (or any other setting you wish to change)
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  • The next list will display all the compatible apps for the selected setting. In our case, we wished to change the launcher to Google Now Launcher
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  • You’re done!

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It’s as simple as that. MIUI 6 is fast turning into a very usable and flexible ROM, besides being an eye pleaser. If you have any tips/tricks to share, do comment below and let us know!

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10 Comments

  1. bva
    June 29, 2015

    Hi … Have you tried this with letv smartphones….its not recognizing the launcher…please help !

  2. bva
    June 29, 2015

    Hi … Have you tried this with letv smartphones….its not recognizing the launcher…please help !

    • mortenslotthansen
      November 20, 2015

      Same with xiao mi 4c – can’t use Google launcher 🙁

    • Venci
      December 7, 2015
    • Venci
      December 7, 2015

      ->

  3. Jens Schmidt
    February 1, 2017

    Thank you so much! I finally managed to change the launcher of my Meizu MX4 with your instructions. Even though I’m going to replace it with a new phone soon, I’m pretty happy now! 🙂

  4. Jens Schmidt
    February 1, 2017

    Thank you so much! I finally managed to change the launcher of my Meizu MX4 with your instructions. Even though I’m going to replace it with a new phone soon, I’m pretty happy now! 🙂