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How to Install Android 4.4 Kitkat launcher on your Android Smartphone / Tablet :

Android Kitkat v4.4 is the latest Android Operating system that has been unleashed after the recent arrival of one of the most sophisticated feature packed Smartphone Google Nexus 5 and is yet to be rolled out for all the other android Smartphone’s or tablets..There’s no doubt in saying that you are going crazy to have Android 4.4 Kitkat launcher on your android device and that’s why i am here to tell you the whole procedure on How to Install Android 4.4 Kitkat Launcher on your Smartphone or tablet but before you install android 4.4 Kitkat launcher I strongly recommend you to read the below given requirements and disclaimer. The most interesting part of using Android Kitkat 4.4 is that you don’t need to go through the rooting process or installing custom ROM Builds thanks to XDA Developers that have extracted the Android Kitkat launcher from Goolge Nexus 5 and converted it to a simple APK Installation file.

Note – If you are having Google Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 then there’s a good news for you that you are soon going to have the official Android Kitkat 4.4 Update for your Smartphone but no worries you can still try the below listed method if your are dying to try and experiment Android Kitkat 4.4 launcher on your device.

Disclaimer – We are not responsible for any harm that comes to your Smartphone or tablet after trying the below given procedure though the chances of damage occurrences are very rare but still TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK


Requirements :

  • Device with Android OS 4.1 Jelly bean or Above

How to Install Android 4.4 Kitkat launcher on your Smartphone – Steps to Follow

Before you follow the procedure please go through the above mentioned disclaimer and requirements and then after proceed with the given steps.

  • First of all download the Android Kitkat Launcher from the above given link.
  • Open the downloaded file and extract it using Winrar or Winzip.
  • You will get 3 APK Files after extracting the Zipped launcher which are mentioned below –




  • Simply move all these apk files to your phone in a folder.
  • Install these APK files from your phone by browsing them using any file manager and Install in the below given ORDER :

PrebuiltGmsCore.apk -> Velvet.apk -> GoogleHome.apk

Note – It is important that you follow the same installation order as mentioned above for ensuring proper working of the launcher and Google Now.

  • That’s all now you can select the Android Kitkat Launcher by pressing and holding the ‘Home’ button.

Note – Here below i have mentioned some common issues faced by users while installing this Android Kitkat Launcher on their smartphones with proper solutions.

Common Issues faced and their fix :

  • Can’t Install ‘PrebuiltGmsCore.apk’ File

If you are unable to install this apk file don’t worry go to your Installed Apps and Uninstall the updates to ‘Google Play Services’ and now you can install this apk file without any issue.

Note – You have to manually enable Google Now and to enable it just search anything from the search bar on the Home screen and Scroll down to settings -> Enable Google Now


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