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.✶
✶Feature-packed free version.✶

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)

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).

Go longer between charges
Use our true black background to preserve your battery (if your phone has an AMOLED screen).

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 (beta feature)

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 widgets, custom fonts, Work Profile and more.
Updated on
Jul 15, 2022

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
You can request that data be deleted
6.77K reviews
Peter Malone
June 16, 2022
Tbh, early days still but it appears to do exactly what I hoped it would do with the paid version. I adore the notification screen. I wanted the ability to have folders while still having a minimalist homepage. I got that with the paid version. If I had one wish, it would be a built in ToDo list to help add tasks quickly. Otherwise it was exactly what I'm looking for in a minimalist launcher
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Slothy Shane
July 26, 2022
Update: the developer responded to my initial concern fairly quickly! After using it for several days, I can say this is actually the best launcher. Simple but effective! Also in the world of "everything subscription", this app is fairly priced and only requires one time fee. Love the app! -------- One of the best! One problem is that the message filter doesn't work.
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⎋ Before Labs
July 26, 2022
Hi Shane....thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think. Sometimes the terms used for filtering can get in the way of set-up/configuration. Can you look at this FAQ video? It might help... Need more help? Email us at -- I'm sure we can get this working for you. Again, thanks.
Space Cadet
July 19, 2022
Version 4.2.0 forces appearance of status bar. Oops. Used for years on multiple devices. Smooth fantastic launcher! Memory light & minimalistic with hidden utilities. Deferred notifications can be assigned individually to each app or not. Smooth scrolling app drawer sorts in useful ways. Rename apps & quick search them. Place/Sort apps in your named folders. Sort the folders. Hide apps too. Supports icon packs. Supports all screen orientations. Love it. Get it today and get your sanity back.
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⎋ Before Labs
July 19, 2022
Hey there Space Cadet! We appreciate the updated review - we will look into the status bar issue and try to get that into the next release. Sorry about that!

What's new

🏠Swipe down gesture for system notifications panel
🔥Added Pixel Black, BeeLine icon pack
🐞Fixes disappearing recent apps & other minor bugs
🧪New screen orientation setting (alpha)