How to install Android 4.4 KitKat launcher on any Android phone


Android recently unveiled the Android 4.4 Kit-Kat along with its latest flagship the Nexus 5. But as we all know from history and reality that the Android 4.4 updates are still some time to go until they reach other phones because all the OEMs add a customized overlay over the Android version. This delay is so bad that by that time that update reached other phones, a newer version of Android is available Google by then. So just so that the other phones do not miss out on all the fun, we have launchers.
This is a procedure where you can install the Android 4.4 Kit-Kat launcher on your Android device and this works on all the devices. The procedure is very simple and we are providing a step by step method on how to do it. So for all those who want the fun of 4.4 on their Android devices can get this done.

install Android 4.4 KitKat launcher on any Android phone

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Do make sure to remember that this is only a launcher and not an actual version, so all the features of the 4.4 Kit-Kat will not be present here.

Step 1: Download the Files

There are three main files that you will need in order for the launcher to work. They are all standard Android features, just with different names.

PreBuiltGmsCore.apk (Google Play Services 4.0)

Velvet.apk (Google Search)

GoogleHome.apk (Launcher)

You can download the launcher and files here ( the files are zipped for easy download and transfer so you can simple unzip the files on your desktop and then transfer them to your Android device using the USB cable.

Step 2: Enable “Unknown Sources”

Since this stuff is not from Google Play, you’ll need to allow the installation of third party apps on your device. To do that, go to Settings -> Security -> Device Admin and make sure Unknown sources is checked.

Step 3: Install the Kit-Kat Launcher

After downloading the files onto your device, you can now go ahead and install them. When installing, you will receive a pop-up message stating that you will be replacing a system application. Click OK to move on.

Installing the Google Play Services 4.0 might cause your phone to restart, but that is no issue, it is perfectly normal. After your phone starts, you can continue ahead with the rest.

This has been tested to work on most Android version 4.1+ devices. There is always a risk when installing third party apps and changing core system files. So in the process if any untoward thing happens which will not happen most probably, we are not at all responsible for it.

Step 4: Select Your New Launcher

After proper installation, you will then have to select the Google Launcher next time the Home button is pressed. After choosing the Google Launcher, you will be sent to the welcome screen.

And there it is, you are done. Now you can enjoy the feel of 4.4 Kit-Kat on any simple Android device of yours. The best part is, you also get the updated apps like Google Now, Hangouts, etc. which are available only on the Android 4.4 KitKat version. So enjoy with your new launcher and boasts around to your friends and family that you received the Android 4.4 KitKat before they could even get 4.3 JellyBean on their devices. 😉