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How-To Switch To The Stock Android Interface On your Phone

Run default android UI (user interface

Android interfaces come in many different shapes and colors depending which manufacturer designed the phone.  If you want to remove the custom manufacturer  interface such as HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, etc… This groovy guide will show you what to do.

This guide won’t cover the complete uninstallation/deletion of custom user interfaces, and some of the features may still linger on even after switching to the stock home screen.

This how-to was created using screenshots taken on a Samsung Galaxy S (Epic 4g), the actual menus and options may slightly vary on other devices.

How-To Stop Running Custom Android Interfaces

Step 1

Launch Settings.

This can be done by Tapping the Settings button from the App Drawer.  Additionally, on most phones there is an external Menu button that you can hit from the Home screen to open a menu that will let you access Settings.

Android Settings external menu button

Step 2

Tap Applications.*

*On HTC phones Applications will read Programs.

Settings > Applications on android

Step 3

Tap Manage applications.

Manage Android Applications

Step 4

Press the Menu button and then Tap Filter.

Filter manage applications android

Step 5

Tap All.

filter all android applications management

Step 6

This step will vary depending on what brand of phone you are using.

  • For Samsung, Tap TwLauncher.
  • For HTC, Tap HTC Sense.
  • For Motorola, Tap (Motoblur?)

If your phone isn’t listed leave a comment, or see the bottom of this article.

open twlauncher settingsopen htc sense settings

Step 7

Tap Clear defaults.

clear android interface defaults home screen

Step 8

Press the Home button and then Tap Use by default for this action. Then Select which interface you would like to use from now on, in this case I Tapped Home.

press home button and set home as default action


Now your phone is using the stock android interface.  The application that launches the custom interface will never run, but there are still a few remnants of it remaining.  Exactly what is left of the custom interface will vary depending on your phone, but it usually doesn’t hurt anything.

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stock android interface UI

How-To Go Back To A Custom Interface

If at some point you want to go back to the custom interface you had before, just follow the how-to up above.  Except this time at Step 6, Tap the Home application and reset it’s defaults.  Then Press the home button and Tap to Check the Use default… button and select the custom interface.

Manage home ui settings android

Did the steps in this How-To not work on your particular phone?

Some phones will not list their custom interface in the Manage Applications list.  For these phones there are a three different options to change the interface.

Option 1: Download the Home Switcher App

The Home Switcher app will give you a menu much like the one in Step 8 of this article, but all you have to do to make it appear is launch the app itself.  Once launched you can easily choose which of your installed interfaces you would like to use.

home switcher android app

Option 2: Download a Custom Interface App

In the Android Market there are multiple interface apps available.  These apps will usually automatically replace whatever interface you are running.  However, like mentioned above some of the custom interfaces’ remnants may linger on.  If you are looking for a good custom interface, LauncherPro is pretty groovy.

launcherpro interface screenshot

Option 3: Root your phone and install a custom Rom

Rooting your phone can be both complicated and dangerous.  When you root a phone you are messing with the firmware and operating system, mistakes can turn your phone into a lifeless brick.  There are many guides on the internet available for nearly every Android model that can help lessen the risk, so do your homework and feel free to ask for help if you choose to take this route.

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9 Responses to How-To Switch To The Stock Android Interface On your Phone

  1. Abeus October 14, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    I’ve been wondering how to do this for a while, thanks. That background in the last picture is awesome, btw.

  2. Connor October 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    I have a HTC desire (Europe model) and it does have the default Android UI. I have followed the steps correctly and all my phone has is HTC sense. Where can I download the default Android ui?

  3. rohit January 25, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    What for Sony Ericsson?

  4. ZAB July 6, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    What is the procedure for Sony Xperia neo v.can stock ui be used on my phone.please reply soon..Thankyou

  5. ismaila jamilu November 11, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    Pls can u guys help me I deleted my custom ui by mistake and my notification bar vanished and my fone stopped minimizing pls help me am using a huawei ascend y320-u30

  6. kevin March 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    hey i use the LG G3 beat what do i do for that
    PLZ help itll mean soo much thanks

  7. shay August 27, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    I have a lenovo vibe x2, not sold in the us (bought it off eBay), what do I do

  8. Robert Jordan September 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    I have a Huawei P8 lite. I somehow managed to activate the Android interface. I want to go back to the Huawei interface but don’t know how to do it (can not identify the program or app to activate). Can you help?

    • Robert Jordan September 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

      Never mind, I found the correct app and menu by selecting “running” instead of “all” as indicated above. I was able to find the right app and select Huawei instead of the default Android sytem.

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