Frequently asked questions

It's our mission to make sure this product is as simple and easy to use as possible. Below are a few of the main questions people have, if we're missing something - please do let us know!

What is a launcher?

Another name for an Android launcher is "Home App" and if you use an Android smartphone you are already using a launcher... it’s the Home screen and the app drawer. Most people are just using the standard launcher supplied by the phone manufacturer.

How does it work?

There are plenty of other launchers. But, we are different. Our core mission is to preserve our customer's attention & focus. Our product transforms your smartphone, making it less distracting and less addictive, without crippling it, or making the phone less usable. Our launcher has a notification filter, which keeps notifications from your less important apps from distracting you. Users of the Before Phone Launcher tell us their screen time is now more focused and overall interruptions are dramatically reduced.

What is Before Launcher Pro?

Before Launcher Pro is an in App Purchase that offers additional productivity and customization features like the ability to group apps into Folders, Pin apps to the top of your apps list, hide bloatware and much more. It is a one time purchase that costs less than many monthly subscriptions. Watch this video to learn more about Pro.

Will it work on my phone?

Yes -- if your phone is Android version 7 or later.
Just download and install from the Play Store.

If you don’t know the version of your Android phone go to your smartphone’s “Settings” app and use the search there using these terms: Android version or About Phone

If your phone has an Android version less than 7 you can try manually updating. We found this wikihow link helpful

This doesn't work on an iPhone. Apple iOS doesn't support these kinds of products, so it is unlikely we will offer a similar iOS product.

What doesn't it support?

Yes. There are a few things:

  • Changing the notification tone
  • System widgets

We are looking to support these features in future releases. Sign up for our beta program if you are interested in better informing our upcoming feature releases.

What about refunds?
See our Terms & Conditions for more information. Beyond Google Play and other application store refund policies, please email us at
I need a little post install help...

Are you still seeing your old Home screen? Try the fix in this short video.

Would you like to customize the app list on your Home screen? Learn how to add, remove and reorder with this video.

If all notifications are still bothering you, then try one or both of following:

  1. Go to your device system settings and make sure the Before Launcher has access to your notifications (under Settings just search for "Notification Access" or "Special App Access").
  2. Go to the Before Launcher notification screen (swipe right from the Home screen) and make sure the mode is set to "Filtered Notifications - On".

Do you want to adjust the amount and type of notifications you're seeing? Watch this to learn about filter settings.