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(Guide): How to enable custom launchers on Chinese ROM EMUI

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By jalk44, Member on 19th February 2020, 04:35 AM
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Note: Please don't tell us how easy it is to change launchers in default apps, that has not been possible since EMUI 9 for chinese roms, see > https://forum.xda-developers.com/hua...tions-t3853441
WARNING:RECENT APPS MENU WILL STOP WORKING

All credits to Web1n on Github for figuring out this method.

Here is official guide in chinese
App download on Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....stopapp&hl=zh

Steps:
(Note that this method needs to be repeated every restart)


- Install the custom launcher of your choice and ensure it is the only launcher installed other than Huawei home

- Install and setup adb on your computer

- Enable developer options on your phone

- Turn on adb debugging and adb in charge only mode

- Make sure your device is on usb charge only mode

- Install the app from link above

(note i am using a Samsung for screenshots as I don't want to mess up my main Huawei, but I got it working there through the same steps)

https://imgur.com/a/hYPkSiY
After installing app tap the right arrow until this page, tick the box to agree to TOS

https://imgur.com/a/2e3B2Vp
Tick second box

https://imgur.com/a/dKxEZwm
Tap right and you will be greeted with this home screen, tap the plus arrow

https://imgur.com/a/j1SzlFX
Tap second tab to look for system apps, find the app huawei home

https://imgur.com/a/3GgZfSA
Return to this screen, you will see the Huawei home icon, ensure it is greyed out, tap it if it is not so.

Done! Gesture navigation will no longer work but an app like fluid gestures work well enough, enable 3 button navigation in options and tap home to enjoy your new launcher. Your multotasking button has also just become useless...


Again, all credits goes to the developer
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19th February 2020, 07:19 AM |#2  
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Originally Posted by jalk44

Note: Please don't tell us how easy it is to change launchers in default apps, that has not been possible since EMUI 9 for chinese roms, see > https://forum.xda-developers.com/hua...tions-t3853441

All credits to Web1n on Github for figuring out this method.

Here is official guide in chinese
App download on Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....stopapp&hl=zh

Steps:
(Note that this method needs to be repeated every restart)


- Install the custom launcher of your choice and ensure it is the only launcher installed other than Huawei home

- Install and setup adb on your computer

- Enable developer options on your phone

- Turn on adb debugging and adb in charge only mode

- Make sure your device is on usb charge only mode

- Install the app from link above

(note i am using a Samsung for screenshots as I don't want to mess up my main Huawei, but I got it working there through the same steps)

https://imgur.com/a/hYPkSiY
After installing app tap the right arrow until this page, tick the box to agree to TOS

https://imgur.com/a/2e3B2Vp
Tick second box

https://imgur.com/a/dKxEZwm
Tap right and you will be greeted with this home screen, tap the plus arrow

https://imgur.com/a/j1SzlFX
Tap second tab to look for system apps, find the app huawei home

https://imgur.com/a/3GgZfSA
Return to this screen, you will see the Huawei home icon, ensure it is greyed out, tap it if it is not so.

Done! Gesture navigation will no longer work but an app like fluid gestures work well enough, enable 3 button navigation in options and tap home to enjoy your new launcher.


Again, all credits goes to the developer


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19th February 2020, 02:35 PM |#3  
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Thank you. It works but recent app not work even if with 3 button navigation.
20th February 2020, 11:42 AM |#4  
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Thank you. It works but recent app not work even if with 3 button navigation.

unfortunately yes, huawei even went to the step of removing old vertical overview menu so that the only overview menu in these buklds comes from the launcher
8th March 2020, 07:37 AM |#5  
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Recent apps stopped working for me when I updated to EMUI 10 then downgraded because of this and now it works on EMUI 9. Thanks for this, was going mad for 3 days because I couldn't disable the stock launcher even though my phone is rooted.
9th March 2020, 12:13 PM |#6  
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For those now missing Recents : Swiftly is a circular gesture activated app launcher with its own Recents

I now have "Tap for Recents"

You can place Swiftly with a surface area (over where the middle icon would be on the dock) for activation on the bottom center. You can then tap or tap-hold for recents.

Make sure the middle position there on the dock is empty, so it doesn't have an app icon or folder. Make the rectangle big enough to activate Swiftly, but small enough not to overlap with selecting the input field of WhatsApp, Messenger, ...

In my Nova 5T I also lost swipe up for home (anyone else?) When I uninstalled the default launcher. So I use Fluid Natural Gestures for all of the bottom to swipe up for home.

The two overlay areas of these apps overlap but for me don't interfere with each other. You can also enable "immediate activation" in both for nice swift operation.

(I could choose between Nova and Default Launcher in Emui 10, I'm in Europe. But removed default because regularly it would switch back to Default Launcher)
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Update: has stopped working
Feel free to still try as it seems to be different builds for everybody
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