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Thebear j koss

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I have updated my xiaomi mi 11 5g NE to miui 14.0.6 and the option to lock apps by holding the app in the recents window has disappeared. If I revert back to the system launcher it is possible to lock apps in the normal way as above.

Will Nova prime be updated so that it will be possible to lock apps by holding the app in the recents window?
Probably not. But you will not get an answer here. Nova devs abandoned this forum over 10 years ago. Nova devs can be contacted within app settings.
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Thebear j koss

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Is true the Nova devs left xda. But you can easily contact them by using their discord channel.
I also think that Xiaomi try hard to make you use their native launcher.
That's what I meant when I said in app. It's against XDA protocol to tell users to go to a different platform. Like you wouldn't tell a customer to go to adidas if you worked for Nike. 😎


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Jun 30, 2009
Recently bought the Pixel 7 Pro and of course installed Nova (8.0.3) again. However, few issues/questions:

* Double tap to turn off screen doesn't work (can't turn on the accessibility option).

* Can't enable notification badges because unable to set notification access.

Am I missing something somewhere? :)

Thebear j koss

Senior Member
Recently bought the Pixel 7 Pro and of course installed Nova (8.0.3) again. However, few issues/questions:

* Double tap to turn off screen doesn't work (can't turn on the accessibility option).

* Can't enable notification badges because unable to set notification access.

Am I missing something somewhere? :)
Why can't you turn on accessibility access?


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Jun 30, 2009
Why can't you turn on accessibility access?

Yes, that indeed is the question 😉 Nova is greyed out.


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Aug 6, 2016
This must be a device-specific or OS-specific setting.

On my Pixel 5 running Android 11, I don't have any 3-dot item at the top (nor anywhere on the page) when I select Settings=>Apps=>Nova Launcher.
Yes, where this feature is placed on the UI varies from a device to another, also can be launched through an app like Activity Launcher.
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    Below is an illustrated step-by-step example making use of the Nova homescreen backup function in a well-honed almost perfectly designed reproducible use model.... (if I do say so myself)...

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    Nova Launcher is a highly customizable launcher replacement based on the stock Android 4.x Launcher.


    Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4+
    Features include:
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    Configure the rows and columns to fit all your app and widget needs.
    Scrollable Dock
    Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
    Scroll Effects
    Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.
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    You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.
    Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.
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    Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.
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    Vote for features at the Nova Launcher User Voice. Search before posting a new feature request!

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    You can access Nova Settings by App Drawer > Menu > Nova Settings or long-press in empty space and tap the wrench.

    INTERNET/ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE/ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Optional & Anonymous error/usage reporting.
    CALL_PHONE: Only used if you place a direct-dial shortcut on the homescreen.
    Wallpaper/Vibrate/Status Bar : Standard Launcher functions
    BIND_APPWIDGET: Only if installed as a system app or root. Required for adding widgets from app drawer.
    WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Backup/restore and beta updates

    Download links:

    If interested in beta testing please join the beta community at

    then opt-in at and you will receive beta updates through the Play Store.

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    Alternatively you may manually download the latest APKs
    Release APK:
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    Check out the example theme at . Also consider adding "#Nova.Theme" to your Play Store description.
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    • Kitkat font (Settings > Look and Feel > Icon Font > Condensed, requires Android 4.1+)
    • Kitkat app drawer (on by default, get the old style by long-press > Edit > tap the icon > Built-in)
    • Transparent system bars on Kitkat (Settings > Look and feel > Transparent Notification Bar)
    • Transparent nav bar on Moto X (Settings > Look and feel > Transparent Navigation Bar)
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    • Drawer scroll indicator is relative to current tab
    • Scroll indicators animate properly for infinite scroll
    • Backup/Restore from external sdcard (on devices with sdcards)
    • Fast scroll for vertical app drawer
    • Fixes and optimizations

    Join the Nova Launcher Beta G+ community, then opt-in .

    Or Settings > Check for updates > Menu > Beta or Download the Beta APK

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    With the recent Android 4.4 (KitKat) update there have been lots of questions about what this means for Nova Launcher. I still need to do a lot more research and work before I have definitive answers for all the questions. However I can give a brief summary of what to expect.

    Nova will be updated to include, as options, much of the Nexus 5 launcher's look and feel. I've included a screenshot of an unstable development version of Nova Launcher. You can see KitKat style light folders icons and background, circular page indicator, and transparent system bars (on the Nexus 5). These will be optional so if you prefer the darker Jellybean style you can keep it.

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