Themer app review: Easy-to-use one-click Themes for your smartphone

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The internet is full of countless screenshot galleries with unique and unusual home screens. Recreating the various looks yourself is often pointless and complicated, especially for normal users. Or perhaps you simply just lack the time to implement a smart screen onto your own smartphone. Well, that is all about to change with the Themer app: this one-click solution promises fast and easy switching between many different designs. I gave it whirl myself!

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One smartphone, three completely different looks. / © Sony Mobile/AndroidPIT

Themer comes from the makers of the website 5 other top Android launchers).

Easy to set up

When you first start the app, you'll need to enter the unlock code that you received by email. On the other hand, this will only be required for the beta version. When and if the app is available for all later on, this step will be omitted. The next step has you sign up with your Google or Facebook account. Once done, you can get cracking and browse through the numerous themes. There are three categories: popular, recommended and latest themes, though you are of course able to use the search function by entering a specific theme or search term.

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Theme browser und preview: Breaking Bad theme. / © NextPit

Once you've found a design to your liking, simply click on "Apply" in the bottom right corner. The theme will then automatically download and be applied to your home screen.

Change themes and settings

After a new theme has been activated, you land back on the home screen to take a first look at the new design. To go back to Themer, simply open the App Drawer and press the Themer icon found on the top right.

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TheThemer symbol will bring you back to the app. © NextPit

The Themer developers also thought of power users in the creation of their app. These users are able to further fine-tune the settings under "Advanced". These customizations range from simple options such as auto-hide of the notification bar to setting the desktop margins. If you have created your own theme, it can be simply exported right from the settings. For more tips on fine-tuning, the developers regularly publish related posts on the blog of the Themer website dedicated for this purpose.

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Here are the advanced settings and desktop options. / © NextPit

Tips & Tricks

Although Themer is very easy to use, you might find yourself stuck. Here are some tips and tricks to get past common problems.

There are no themes displayed

Ensure that you haven't made ​​any changes to the display resolution or presentation of your smartphone by installing custom ROMs or other modifications.

Themer isn't working at all!

To use Themer, you need a smartphone that is running on Android 4.1 or later. Also, tablets are not supported for the moment. Themer doesn't work with the following smartphones: LG Optimus G, Xperia J, Galaxy Note 1, Ascend Mate.

Supported Resolutions

Themer is compatible with smartphones which have any of the following screen resolutions: 1920x 1080, 1776x1080, 1280x720, 1184x768, 1184x720, 960x540, 888x540 and 800x480.

Bottom Line

Themer is extremely easy to use and with this alternative launcher you can easily change the look of your smartphone. Looking through all the themes is pretty cool and you can activate one with just one click. This app is therefore not only interesting for super users but also for casual designers who are interested in themes and personalization options but have no time or desire to intensively deal with the matter.

Although the app is currently still in its beta phase, it runs very well, and I didn't notice any errors or crashes. I tested Themer on the Sony Xperia Z with Android 4.2.2.

Download the Themer app here.

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  • mo non ur business Oct 11, 2013 Link to comment

    Here's a code: MSTRCD, you're welcome.

  • Andy Millett Oct 9, 2013 Link to comment

    Almost there. 21000 people ahead of me and looking forward to trying it.

  • tekf33k3n Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    Nico, you might want to edit the article to indicate that this is a closed beta. A lot of complaints on the Play Store about people not having a code to put in yet. MyColorScreen responds to them but it's resulting in an artificially lower rating.

    Post beta, it would be nice to see some additional customization options. I also noticed that on my Note 2, there is an unusually high battery draw that started after installing Themer but I haven't been able to pin it down yet. The latest update yesterday started to cause the app to crash a lot when I didn't have that problem before. I'm sure it's just a beta thing and it will get worked out though.

  • Amy R. Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    I clicked link and red bar (app center) stated it will reroute me 2 play store..............never mind, not interested

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