Before Launcher | Go Minimal

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About this app

⚡️Stay focused using the minimal launcher with style and functionality.
✶Open your phone 40% less.✶
✶Reduce distractions with our notification filter. 80% of all notifications don’t warrant interruption.✶
✶Focus on what matters.✶

❌ Zero ads, never a subscription
✶No ads, EVER✶
✶No subscriptions, EVER✶
✶Lifetime purchase for ALL of your devices✶

Before Launcher gets your time back, by giving your phone a minimal look. This minimalist launcher provides many useful features including:

Minimal homescreen
Quick launch of your most important apps. It’s configurable, too!

Customize the look, make your own clean style
Choose from our large list of photo, gradient and solid themes or create your own.

Fast access to your favorites and everything else
Fast access to all your apps in a scrollable, sortable & searchable list.

Favorite, folder and hide your apps
Group apps into folders. Pin apps to the top of your apps list. Hide unwanted and distracting bloatware (available in pro version)

Hide less important notifications
Our filtered notification drawer is unique. Less important notifications don't interrupt you with vibrations or noise. They won't clutter up your notification bar. But you still receive them and they are accessible with a quick swipe.

Notified but not distracted
Focus on what is essential. Important notifications still notify you, so you don’t miss anything.

Built to be private
We are not in the business of capturing or selling your data. We don't track any data that identifies you. We even allow you to turn off our anonymous analytics.

No required permissions = more privacy/security
Many other launchers want 10 or more device permissions. (the notification filter asks for one access but you can turn it off that feature).

Take control of your phone
Before Launcher sorts apps by their size, their installed date and the last time you used them. Uninstall the ones that take up too much space, or you never use.

Style your app icons
Add our own styles and also add 3rd party icon packs

Easy set up
Our guided process helps you get Before Launcher set up in no time.

Selected as one of Fast Company's best new apps of the year in 2019.

The minimalism movement inspired our work! This includes books like Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price and Indistractable by Nir Ayal. (2) Products like the Lightphone.

NOTE: We would love to hear from you. Our roadmap includes future support for gestures, custom fonts, and more.
Updated on
Sep 30, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit

Ratings and reviews

7.68K reviews
Jonathan Holt
September 25, 2023
This launcher is awesome! I've been wanting to reduce screen time, and the first day I installed it my screen time dropped a ton. I've got notifications turned off except emails and texts, all apps I don't need to use frequently hidden (pro version), and app icons off. Apps that usually grab my attention fade to the back of my mind until I actually need to use them, no more mindless scrolling and wasting time in apps. Only con is I am having the double notification on text messages like others
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⎋ Before Labs
September 26, 2023
Many thank for the kind words! On the double-notifications, those are legit generated by certain apps and we've been hesitant to just toss one into the bit bucket...but we've worked out an approach and will get it released in the not-distant future; will keep you posted and alert as it gets closer to beta. Again, thanks.
Riley Mills
August 22, 2023
The balance they find between the free and pro versions are generous, especially considering there're no ads in the free version whatsoever. The only things locked behind pro is simply extra customization, (not to say that the free version doesnt have any, it does.) So honestly, I'm impressed. There are some kinks to work out of course. For example, every text I recieve will alert me twice. Maybe it's a setting, but if so I havent found it. Overall, great app, definitely give it a try!
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⎋ Before Labs
August 23, 2023
Good to hear your thoughts on free v. Pro -- we've added many features over the course and about 95% of additions have been put in the free version. The dual alerts is a puzzle -- could you try Settings->Notification Filter and change the minimal alerts toggle. If that doesn't help...happy to help via email ( ). Thanks!
August 17, 2023
Cool launcher. Used as a free alternative to minimalist launcher. It does the job. Shows certain apps and then you can swipe to access all of the apps. I also love the notification filter. It really helps prevent distractions. There is one bug, however, involved with overlapping UIs on the left and right screen. Doesn't get in the way, though. One feature I'd love to see is custom backgrounds. Overall, it's my preferred launcher and I like using it.
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⎋ Before Labs
August 18, 2023
Thanks for taking the time to rate, review and the kind words. You can customize the background and many other aspects of the appearance -- have a look at Before Launcher Settings -> Styles and Themes. We'd like to hear more on the UIs overlapping...for that and any other help, comments email us: Again, thank you.

What's new

⚡️ New gesture: double-tap to lock
⚡️ Auto-detect icon packs
🔥 Customize notification filter for system apps
🐞 Bug fixes and performance improvements