Microsoft Launcher

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About this app

Microsoft Launcher provides a new home screen experience that empowers you to be more productive on your Android device. Microsoft Launcher is highly customizable, allowing you to organize everything on your phone. Your personalized feed makes it easy to view your calendar, to do lists, and more. Sticky Notes on the go. When you set up Microsoft Launcher as your new home screen, you can either start fresh with your favorite apps or import your current home screen layout. Need to switch back to your previous home screen? You can do that, too!

This version of Microsoft Launcher has been rebuilt on a new codebase to make new features possible, including dark mode, and personalized news.

Customizable icons:
· Give your phone a consistent look and feel with custom icon packs and adaptive icons.

Beautiful wallpapers:
· Enjoy a fresh new image from Bing every day or choose your own photos.

Dark theme:
· Comfortably use your phone at night or in low light environments with Microsoft Launcher’s new dark theme. This feature is compatible with Android’s dark mode settings.

Backup and Restore:
· Easily move between your phones or try Home Screen setups through Microsoft Launcher’s Backup and Restore feature. Backups can be stored locally or saved to the cloud for easy transfers.

· Swipe, pinch, double tap, and more on the home screen to easily navigate on the Microsoft Launcher surface.
This app uses Accessibility Service Permission for optional gesture of screen lock and recent apps view.

Microsoft Launcher asks for the following optional permissions:

· Microphone: Used for speech-to-text functionality for Launcher features, such as Bing Search, Bing Chat, To Do, and Sticky Notes.

· Photo and video: Used for getting features, such as your wallpaper, Blur Effect, and Bing Chat Visual Search, and to show recent activities and backups. On Android 13 and higher, these permissions are replaced with the ‘All file’ access permissions.

· Notifications: Needed to notify you of any update or app activity.

· Contacts: Used for searching contacts on Bing Search.

· Location: Used for the Weather widget.

· Phone: Allows you to call your contacts with a swipe in Launcher.

· Camera: Used to create image notes for the Sticky Notes card and to search for images in Bing Search.

· Calendar: Used to show calendar info for the Calendar card in your Launcher feed.

You can still use Microsoft Launcher even if you do not consent to these permissions, but some functions may be restricted.

By installing this app, you agree to the Terms of Use ( and Privacy Policy (

Downloading Microsoft Launcher gives the option to replace the default launcher or to toggle between device launchers. Microsoft Launcher does not replicate the user’s PC home screen on the Android phone. Users must still purchase and/or download any new apps from Google Play. Requires Android 7.0+.
Updated on
Feb 1, 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
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This app may collect these data types
Personal info, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
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Ratings and reviews

1.54M reviews
Brandon Gunn
February 20, 2024
I really love how this launcher integrates with Sticky Notes and I've continued using it for that reason alone. However, I am experiencing an issue where it constantly freezes. I don't think it's actually freezing, it seems to just not be visually updating. I say this because I have a lot of folders full of apps on my home screen and, if I click to open a folder it does not visually show the folder as being opened, but when I try clicking again it opens up one of the apps in the folder.
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Microsoft Corporation
February 22, 2024
Thanks for your feedback! Could you please send us a performance report through the following steps: Launcher settings-Help and feedback-Troubleshoot-Laggy and unresponsive-Run test? We would try to improve compatibility with Android 14 in the new version.
luis sanchez
February 13, 2024
I love this app, but the bugs happen too often now and are getting annoying. I have the S24 plus. The home screen would freeze, and sometimes, it would be cut off as if it was moving to the next side but gets stock. To fix it, I would have to lock and unlock the screen. Not only that, but some apps after locking the screen while using them, and then after while reopening the app, they would just not work. They would freeze until I close the app and reopen it. I can't use it until that is fixed.
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Nick Shelton
February 12, 2024
Have had no issues with Microsoft Launcher on Android for over 5 years until the last few weeks. The launcher constantly freezes on the home screen and like others have mentioned, the only resolution is to sleep/start the phone over and over until movement happens OR restart the phone. And this issue has the chance to happen every time you go to the home screen. I'll give it a few more weeks, and then I'm back to Google.
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Microsoft Corporation
February 20, 2024
Thanks for your feedback. Could you please send us a crash report and performance report if it freezes again through the following steps: Launcher settings - Help and feedback - Troubleshoot - Crash/Laggy and unresponsive - Run test? We would try to improve compatibility with Android 14 in the new version, please stay tuned.

What's new

Known bugs were fixed and performance improvements were made.