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HTC Source | January 16, 2018

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How to install the Pixel 2’s Launcher and Live Wallpapers on any Android device

How to install the Pixel 2’s Launcher and Live Wallpapers on any Android device

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are here! While there are plenty of reasons to buy either of the phones, you can give your old phone that new Pixel look without spending a dime. The Pixel 2 launcher is pretty slick, especially when it’s paired with the new Live Wallpapers Google has included which use animated imagery from Google Earth to shows waves crashing on a beach, birds flying over mountain ranges and cars driving on a lonely road.

Fortunately, getting the Pixel Launcher and a modified version of Google Wallpapers installed on your phone is pretty simple! Follow the instructions below and your Android phone or tablet’s home screen will have that fresh new Pixel 2 look in less than 5 minutes.

How to install the Pixel 2 launcher

  1. Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources > Switch to Allow
  2. Download the Pixel 2 Launcher apk from APK Mirror
  3. Open the apk and follow the on-screen instructions to install the app
  4. Once installed, press the home button on your device and set the Pixel 2 Launcher as default

You now have the Pixel 2’s home screen on your Android phone or tablet! If you want to add the Pixel 2’s new Live Wallpapers as well, follow the second set of instructions below.

How to install the Pixel 2 Live Wallpapers

  1. Install Google Wallpapers from the Play Store
  2. Download the modified Pixel 2’s Google Wallpaper apk from APK Mirror
    The modified apk was created by Pranav Pandey since the original apk crashes every time it is launched on any device that’s not the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.
  3. Open the apk and follow the on-screen instructions to install the app. This installation will override the app you installed from the Play Store.
  4. Once installed, open the Google Wallpapers app, scroll to the bottom and select the Live Wallpapers category to pick the animated wallpaper you want to use.

Having the Pixel 2’s launcher and Live Wallpapers on your Android device may not be the same as owning the new Pixel 2, but it should make your older device feel a bit newer – at least for a week or two.

If you’re looking for other ways to spruce up the phone you currently have or add new functionality to it, check out our other How-To articles.


About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.


  1. André Mendes

    Thanks for the tip!
    What about battery life, does it take a significant hit?


    • Nicholas Gray

      not that I’ve seen, but I’ve only been running it for a few days. If you use live wallpapers already, you shouldn’t notice any real difference.

  2. I know Google’s Play Store is by no means perfect, but do you really think its a good idea to be encouraging the average user to install apps from OUTSIDE the Play Store?