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.

The Before Launcher app, with your consent, uses Android's Accessibility Service API to enable the double-tap gesture to quickly turn off your device’s screen. Your use of this feature is optional. The accessibility service in Before Launcher is disabled by default. Your consent is required to allow the accessibility service to be used by the Before Launcher and when consent is granted it is only used for the double-tap feature. You can revoke your consent at any time. The feature and the service do not collect or share any data.

NOTE: We would love to hear from you. Our roadmap includes future support for gestures, custom fonts, and more.
Updated on
12 Feb 2024

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

8.38K reviews
Niko Artley
17 February 2024
I like it a lot. It can list only text for my apps, no icons! And with a cheap one time purchase, I can customize the text (+ do lots more!!) Lots of options and great ability to customize. Sometimes when you set your own wallpaper it gets aesthetically wonky for a little bit, but it clears itself up pretty fast (turn your device off + on again a couple times). Very helpful for the ADHD brain that likes to look at the shiny colorful of the default launchers. Less mindless scrolling for me!
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Chase Stewart
21 February 2024
If you're looking for a good minimal launcher, stop. Get this one. It has everyhing you're looking for, from different profiles (have a work mode or a relax mode) to theme and icon customization. And if you purchase Pro you can label, hide, and pin apps or make folders for them, as well as changing their text size and/or font. Downsides: It needs more widgets. It needs smoother/faster loading for crappier devices because everything is slow. Gestures are also buggy.
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Drew Ames
17 February 2024
I first tried this launcher almost a year ago, and I wasn't satisfied with the privacy aspects. The app seemed to be sending a lot of info to third party trackers. I randomly decided to download it again today, and I was very happy to find that the trackers were no longer present! I appreciate the changes, it seems like the devs really care about privacy. This launcher is perfect for my needs and dead simple to use, so I'm looking forward to using it again.
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⎋ Before Labs
31 March 2023
Hi Drew. We'll look at making the "off" option easier to find, thanks for pointing that out. We're always looking at privacy but we never have collected personal data -- we're absolutely not in that business (BTW: zero ads and no required permission grants). Thanks for giving the launcher a trial and taking the time to rate/review.

What's new

🚀 7.3.0
❤️ Select any app to launch from a widget
🐞 Bug fixes and performance improvements