Just about the only thing we didn’t like about the Honor 6+ was Huawei’s Emotion UI. The iPhone looking skin did provide some useful tools here and there, but we found it was too congested, full of bloatware and didn’t even make use of some of our most loved Android features. Matters got even worse when you saw how difficult Honor made it to change the 6 and 6+’s launchers.
If you’re an Honor 6/6+ owner and have had just about enough of the phone’s Android skin, follow these steps to switch your launcher to the Google Now launcher. It’s important to remember the switch will give you the Android Lollipop look and app drawer but the device will still be running KitKat 4.4.2.
1. Get yourself over to the Google Play Store and download the Google Search app.
2. Once installed enter the app and follow the steps to set up Google Now.
3. After this, go back to the Google Play Store and download the Google Now Launcher but don’t open it just yet.
4. Next, reboot your phone to complete installation.
5. When your phone is back up and running, bring up system settings. You can do this by clicking settings from your home screen or pulling down the notification bar from the top of the screen, swiping over to shortcuts and clicking the settings gear.
6. Once you’re there, click ‘Default app settings’ which sits at the bottom of the screen.
7. Click ‘Launcher’ at the top of the screen and select the ‘Google App’ from the list. You can also select other apps launchers from this list by following the same steps.
There you have it, when you go back to your home screen you’ll be using the Google Now launcher in (almost) all its material goodness.
Read our review of the Honor 6+