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Best Android themes: our top 5 picks to make your smartphone look incredible

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 6 months ago

There are so many ways in which you can make your Android look and feel awesome, but one of the easiest is by downloading an Android theme. Below I’ve assembled what I currently believe to be the best Android themes for five different launchers which are all free to install and use. Here’s my list.  

Black Mechanic Atom Theme for Atom Launcher

Anybody who’s ever checked out Android themes in the Play Store should be immediately familiar this one. Garish for sure, this theme combines a live cyber-punk style wallpaper with some well-designed neon buttons to give your handset a futuristic feel.

It largely consists of blue and black tones, which makes some of the widgets in its ‘Atom All in One Widgets’ look a little out of place, but the initial theme has a strong continuity between all of the elements, even down to the font choice and the time/date/battery display. Combine it with the Mechanism Atom Icon Pack for an even more impressive look.

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Black Mechanic is a futuristic-looking app. / © ANDROIDPIT
Black mechanic Atom Theme Install on Google Play

Jellyfish 3D for Hola Launcher

Jellyfish theme for Hola Launcher is incredibly simple in principle: it creates a ripple effect when you tap on display, on an app, or swipe between homescreens. This is slapped onto a background of an underwater scene with a couple of jellyfish pictures.

But the result is so effective and pleasing to watch that it completely belies the concept. The background colors and designed are carefully matched to the soft and bright tones of Hola Launchers icons, and it’s always responsive. It's simple, effective and features a nice clock icon too.

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You have to see Jellyfish 3D live to fully appreciate it. / © ANDROIDPIT
Jellyfish Hola 3D Theme Install on Google Play

Pinko for APUS Launcher

Pinko has been an Android favorite for along time thanks to minimalist icons with high attention to detail. Pinko turns all your apps into circles which have all been colored and designed with care. The dialer app looks like the mouthpiece of an old-fashioned telephone, and the messaging and all apps icons are just groups of circles.

It doesn’t make the interface look a whole lot different, and it doesn’t use any fancy animations, it just creates an almost retro style which looks neater and more sophisticated than many other competing themes.

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Pinko is understated and effective. / © ANDROIDPIT
Pinko theme for APUS Launcher Install on Google Play

Music Life for Go Launcher

Music Life is an unashamedly colorful theme inspired by graffiti art. There are a number of icons with custom street-art style designs, and even the ones which haven't been created from the ground up don’t look too out of place thanks to the clever paint splash drop shadows on them.

The stock white Android Clock icon doesn’t is a fraction unclear against the white background, and be warned that Go Launcher throws a lot of ads at you and tries to make you download a whole bunch of stuff. If you're okay with that, make sure you give it a go.

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It's brash, but the Music Life theme is undeniably exciting. / © ANDROIDPIT

Download Music Life from the Play Store here

Album for Go Locker

One of the best lockscreen themes right now is Album. It works with Go Locker, and transforms your lockscreen into a map of tiles. Not only do these look good from an aesthetic standpoint, but these tiles are functional too.

Several of the squares house an icon which leads to a particular app. Swipe the tile with the message symbol and you will see a 3D effect before it launches your messaging app, for example.

It’s quirky, and the disorganized look of the colors and squares somehow combines to create something unique and interesting.

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Album is one of the best lockscreen themes around right now. / © ANDROIDPIT
(FREE)Album GO Locker Theme Install on Google Play

What do you think is the best Android theme? Let us know in the comments below. 

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • An Droid 5 months ago Link to comment

    Have been using Atom for a few weeks now, and it has extended the battery life of my phone by at least 20%. It's a very light launcher and I suspect that the dark colours also play there part. Not going back to TW soon.

  • layla ng 6 months ago Link to comment

    Has anyone tried Vire launcher with different theme included in it?

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