Download & Install Samsung Galaxy S4 TouchWiz 5 Launcher on Any Android 4.1+ Device

The TouchWiz UI from Samsung is not that intuitive and attractive but the interface in the Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered by the TouchWiz 5 UI which is a little different and better than the earlier versions, and the interface in other Galaxy devices from Samsung. If you are a fan of the TouchWiz interface and wanted to have that into your device, you just need to ensure that the device has to have the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or 4.2 version installed and it has to be rooted. There is a launcher made by XDA-Developers Senior Member emwno who made quite a lot of changes and included widgets in the launcher to bring you a good experience of the TouchWiz UI seen in the Galaxy S4.

The features of the launcher include the retaining of the TouchWiz home screen transitions, along with the app drawer transitions which too are quite standard. The AOSP launcher which was seen in the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version had the splitting of the app drawer into Apps and Widgets section, and that is what you get to see in this launcher too. In this launcher, the user would get to check the downloaded or installed apps by filtering out the system apps.

Galaxy S4 Launcher Android

The launcher supports a total of 7 home screens, just like in the Galaxy S4 and the pinching would bring the home screen edit options with all the home screens at a place to shift them around. The launcher doesn’t limit itself to just these, but you can even create folders through the app drawer, and can also uninstall and hide apps, new drawer page creation and sorting of the apps in either the alphabetical order in either grid or list view, or arranging in a customized order.

You shouldn’t be expecting the same Accuweather widget that is present in the Galaxy S4 but still it looks decent and it does what you expect from it, with the six day forecast overview in the weather page. To install the launcher, you would have to be ready with the following requirements:

  • Galaxy S4 TouchWiz 5 Launcher: XHDPI | HDPI
  • A rooted Android phone with the Android 4.1 or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • A custom recovery installed in the device

Now, to install the launcher you need to do the following steps:

  • Based on the device’s resolution, download the launcher from the above links and then copy the downloaded file to the root of the device’s storage
  • Now, reboot the device but in a recovery mode. Then in the recovery mode, the first step to perform is to take a Nandroid backup to keep the data safe if at all any issues happen
  • Install the zip file by browsing the file system
  • Wipe cache and dalvik cache, and remember not to do a factory reset
  • Reboot

On which ROMs would this Galaxy S4 launcher work?

It’s working on mostly all the ROMs, including the Stock ROM, Stock AOSP, the Custom AOSP by CyanogenMod, AOKP, Paranoid Android, TouchWiz UI, Sony or LG’s device UI. Following are the devices where the developer has already tested the launcher and it worked well:

  • Samsung: Galaxy Note II / LTE, Galaxy S III / LTE, Galaxy S II / Skyrocket, Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy W
  • Sony: Xperia Arc / S, Xperia Pro, Xperia Neo / V, Galaxy S Advance, Xperia Play, Xperia P, Xperia S, Xperia Z, Xperia T, Xperia Ray, Xperia Mini / Pro
  • LG: Optimus G, Optimus 4X HD, Nexus 4, Optimus Black, Optimus LTE, Optimus II,
  • HTC: One X, One X+, One V, One S

 

11 Comments
  1. Reply Sahit January 20, 2014 at 9:05 am

    How do i get widgets to add?

  2. Reply Mac September 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I’ve installed it as explained above on a CM 10.2 ROM. Simply love it.

    However, I find that every time I update to a new nightly I lose the S4 launcher. I’d have to go back to recovery and install it again.

    Is there a way that an update to my ROM won’t erase this like it doesn’t erase my other apps?

  3. Reply prince sunny September 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    IT is very nice lancher

  4. Reply dawn September 17, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I got this Touchwiz on my galaxy s4 & want it un-installed, but don’t know how to remove it!! Its a pain having to keep clicking on it every time I want to navigate away onto another page! Any suggestions please?! Thanks Dawn

    • Reply Amit Bhawani September 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      That won’t be possible unless you install the play version on it.

  5. Reply hhh September 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    http://d-h.st/hpw
    Copy link XHDPI

  6. Reply Saran September 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Where is the link bro?

  7. Reply Foqaan Shaikh September 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Still the Sense from HTC is better then the CRAPPY TouchWIZ …. hate it simply ..!

  8. Reply rastamonAK September 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Heck no. What a waste of time. This would only make sense on Bizzaro world. I couldn’t even get through 3 his of TW. Hate it! I don’t root, so glad I found an app called Nova Launcher. If not for it, I’d have returned my S4.

  9. Reply Marcel September 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Cant seem to find the download link..

  10. Reply Nahid Anwar Khan September 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Where is the download link?

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