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Tip: Use LauncherPro and the New Blur App Drawer Together on Your DROIDX

Upgraded to Gingerbread on the DROIDX and love that new app drawer, but can’t part ways with LauncherPro?  We have a solution that’s built right into LP that will get you the best of both worlds.  All you have to do is…

1.  Long press on your app drawer.
2.  Choose Change shortcut>App groups>All apps.
3.  After that, pick an icon and your life with both the GingerBlur drawer and LP are  complete.

All good now?  Any other tips for new GingerBlur that we should let everyone know about?

Cheers Shawn!

  • Anonymous

    HELP!! I got the Gingerbread update without deactivating my launcher
    pro. My phone loads to the home screen, but any time i try to do
    anything (open the app drawer, edit settings, etc) I get the error
    message where I can either wait or force close. My phone is essentially
    useless right now. Who else is having this problem?!

    • lrcasey

      I have this exact problem as well.  Useless phone right now!

      • Anonymous

        if you get anywhere, email me. jason.scott.cooper@gmail.com. send me yours and ill do the same. i have had some ideas pitched at me but nothing has worked yet, and im not ready to commit to wiping the phone just yet.

        • http://twitter.com/TT_7 tender82

          I had this issue too.  I let the phone sit a while then took the battery
          out and turned it on again.  As soon as I saw the app drawer launcher
          button, I opened it and opened my ATK.  I killed EVERYTHING.  I
          uninstalled LP.  I let it go and then it eventually ran perfectly. 
          Later that night I re-installed LP and it was fine.  Hope that helps

  • Jason Scott Cooper

    HELP!! I got the Gingerbread update without deactivating my launcher
    pro. My phone loads to the home screen, but any time i try to do
    anything (open the app drawer, edit settings, etc) I get the error
    message where I can either wait or force close. My phone is essentially
    useless right now. Who else is having this problem?!

    • http://twitter.com/TT_7 tender82

      I had this issue too.  I let the phone sit a while then took the battery out and turned it on again.  As soon as I saw the app drawer launcher button, I opened it and opened my ATK.  I killed EVERYTHING.  I uninstalled LP.  I let it go and then it eventually ran perfectly.  Later that night I re-installed LP and it was fine.  Hope that helps.

    • addicted2myphone

      me.  Verizon is shipping me a new phone “overnight” only it’s taken 2 days so far….

  • Ben

    Any way to integrate the default blur recent apps list to the home button long press?

  • lrcasey

    Hmm, LauncherPro keeps crashing after the OTA update.  I get the error message “Activity LauncherPro (in application LauncherPro) is not responding.”  This happens when I press any button after rebooting the DroidX.  Should I have uninstalled LauncherPro, done the OTA update, and then reinstalled LauncherPro?  Not sure what to do now.

    • http://twitter.com/TT_7 tender82

      I had this issue too.  I let the phone sit a while then took the battery
      out and turned it on again.  As soon as I saw the app drawer launcher
      button, I opened it and opened my ATK.  I killed EVERYTHING.  I
      uninstalled LP.  I let it go and then it eventually ran perfectly. 
      Later that night I re-installed LP and it was fine.  Hope that helps

  • http://twitter.com/edlessard Ed Lessard

    This works on Froyo Droid X2 as well. Great Tip. You cannot add icons to the desktop, traditionally. In Blur, you long press in the app drawer and choose, “add to home screen”. This force closes LP. You need to go to the home screen, long press-shortcut-application and choose what you want. Livable workaround for smooth screen transitions. :-)

  • Arthur2142

    Downloading myself some GingerBlur goodness right now…Stock DroidX

  • B1G PUN

    EVERYBODY CHECK FOR UPDATES. JUTS PULLED MINE MANUALLY 12:20am EST

  • Larickyd

    I just received the update. Its about time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=648160651 Austin Allen

    Idk if someone has pointed this out already, but  I was using this combo for a bit, and what I found annoying was that I couldn’t add an app to a homescreen on launcherpro using this app drawer. only problem

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Lippman/1284279794 Brian Lippman

      yea, i found that out too. choosing “add to homescreen” just crashes LP no matter how many times you try. i wonder, is there a new way to add apps from the drawer in GB that LP doesnt like?

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Jbo

    I use Launcher Pro, and don’t see “APP GROUPS” . what am i missing?

    • http://twitter.com/Dirtball_Rotten Dirtball Rotten

      i dont see APP GROUPS also….. what am i missing and i have Launcher Pro +  the paid version

    • John

      nvm

  • Anonymous

    I found this tweek a few weeks back, got on the apex 2.0 beta and it was no longer possible.

    Found a way around it though. For those of you on custom gingerbread ROMs, all you have to do is copy and paste BlurHome apk and the function comes back. Just an fyi for those that didn’t know. Blur home and launcher pro is the perfect mix in my opinion.

  • Breakingbeef

    This may be a dumb question, but if i can pull the Gingerbread update tomorrow, do i need to backup any or all of my apps?  Particularly the ones i’ve paid for? And how about Launcher Pro?  Thanks…

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  • Anonymous

    Any other tips for new GingerBlur that we should let everyone know about?

    Yeah, show us how to remove this garbage skin. This site used to hate on blur, now its in love with it. Must be paid by Motorola.

    • Oteroa8

      Or perhaps blur got a vast improvement and it’s distinctly better than it was…

      Someones mad…

      • Anonymous

        My bad, just a little joke. Forgot to add :P at the end.

  • George Chahinian

    i think you can use this with any home replacement/launcher, so long as launcherpro is installed, i just did it on go launcher EX

  • Brian Banach

    ADW also has this ability.

  • http://twitter.com/jpbagley Jim Bagley

    Works on ADW too. This is very cool since the one thing I did like about Gingerbread Blur was the app drawer.

  • Derek Ng

    just tried this with launcher pro and when you try to add an app from the blur app drawer to LP, it force closes LP. :)

    But beyond that. awesome tip! I missed LP

    • http://www.facebook.com/jerryhuster Jerry Huster

      I ran into this bug too…

  • Tyler Vallely

    Really? I figured this out when the first leak for 2.3.3 on the Droid X came out.

  • Anonymous

    And tips like these are why I consistently check droid-life throughout the day.

    • Shawn

      You’re welcome :)

  • Firelight

    LP+ has been FC’ing like crazy on this .596 build (for me anyways). Had to uninstall it and sticking with Blur until Apex get re-ported over.

  • Trophynuts

    Kellex if you go to the DroidX forums over on AndroidForums and search one of the members there has made a background image of the stock Blur Dock and put it with his LP dock. Basically it gives you the exact look of the stock (snowy) dock but with 5 icons instead of 4. It looks really good.

    http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid-x/336313-who-wants-droid-x2-wallpapers-their-phone.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrbonser Bob Bonser

    I really liked Launcher Pro, however the dev has never fixed the problem with resizing the QuickContacts widgets and therefore I stopped using it.

    BTW, I am still waiting for my Gingerbread OTA.  Hopefully tomorrow.

    • Anonymous

      In a similar problem, have you been able to update the pictures on your quick contacts (or the contacts in general?)  I know that the FB photos on mine are really old but I don’t want to have to go through and re-link every single contact to update the photos (assuming that would even do the trick).

  • http://twitter.com/coldcc Albert Charles

    ADW EX ftw!! You could do this with that launcher and not having to use blur

  • Bal1985

    There is no way to root the ota yet, so once you pull the ota on your phone you’ll be stuck with stock gb. why would you want to update that way for?

    • Anonymous

      any news on being able to root the OTA?  Personally that’s the route I would like to take (accept OTA then root with Z4 or other apps).  Guess it was wishful thinking that it’d be rooted before it went out to everyone.

  • Jay

    Now only if we could do something like this with sense……..

  • Vincent Mac

    Also works with adw launcher like a charm. Thanks for the idea!

  • Saa

    unfortunately by using the default blur drawer on my DX2, i have to see all of the bloatware. with LPP drawer, i can nicely hide all the crap that vz saw fit to put on my phone.

    • Anonymous

      Make a group without the bloat

      • Saa

        thats a good idea, but id have to update that group each time i download a new app, so this isnt idiot proof.

        i dont really see much of a diff between blueblur and LPP drawer, other than being able to make groups, which i just do on the “desktop” using folders of commonly used apps

        • Rich Floresjr

          Why don’t you freeze the bloat?

          • Anonymous

            Might not be rooted so can’t use Titanium Backup.

          • Anonymous

            Might not be rooted so can’t use Titanium Backup.

          • Anonymous

            Personally, I usually just hide the apps so I won’t have to remember to unfreeze it later.  I know it still runs in the background from time to time, but with the supposed built-in task managment in 2.2, theoretically that shouldn’t be a problem.

        • Rich Floresjr

          Why don’t you freeze the bloat?

  • Dman27

    battery running a bit llowww? hahah

  • Anonymous

    been doing something similar on my Droid 2 for a while now on 2.3.3 roms, but I use wave launcher for various app groups i made with blur, run that along with LPP no drama

  • DroidzFX

    Edit

  • @mandroid89

    Looks nice but can’t add apps to the homepage through the launcher.

    • Malonzo85

      Agreed, anyone find a work around?

      • Anonymous

        this is my number one gripe about using LPP :s

        • tjhrulz

          You can do this is LPP normally, you just can not with the blur dock (It is do part of LPP no other home launcher can do this and there really is no work around)

    • napes22

      Long press on your home screen and add apps via shortcuts.  You can change the icons and names using this route as well.

  • event121

    /facepalm
    GENIUS!
    I’ve been wondering how to do this with ADW EX on my D2 running GB. 
    Thanks for the tip :)

  • DroidzFX

    What bugs do you speak of? I never seem to find them.

  • newmster

    Nice!  Thanks for the tip.  Works like a charm.

  • Arthur2142

    Thank you for this! My wife just got the Droid X2 and I love the new Blur drawer, but I can’t live without my LPP widgets on my Droid X. Now I just have to sit back and wait for Big Red to post the Gingerbread update so I can pull it!

  • DroidzFX

    LauncherPro and Blur working harmoniously

  • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

    That would be awesome to try… if I received the update.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevenmaloney5689 Steven Maloney

    Excellent! Not working for me, there is no option for app group?

    edit: found the problem (froze home 2.3.3)

  • Ray

    MUST be nice, since I haven’t even received the OTA update yet! 

    • http://twitter.com/ajkowal Allen Kowal

      OTA was only pushed out to members of the soak test. There update file itself however was released by TBH over at mydroidworld. The only thing thats keeping me from waiting till tomorrow (we can manually pull starting tomorrow) is the fact that a lot of people seem to be finding a ton of bugs on that release as well as the fact that I’m not sure if I use that file and don’t accept the OTA, will i get some sort of flag or something from Verizon. Either way, I’m personally waiting till tomorrow when I can pull.

      • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

        We have 14 Droid X’s here (@ work) and one of them received the update this weekend and he signed up as part of the soak test.  We are now waiting for the other 13 to get it.

      • John

        Agree. I don’t want to go through reinstalling all my apps that the Market misses ,when they auto install, after installing OTA manually via MDW

      • Bigsike

        Bugs that are so obvious too! still leads me to believe the one posted may not be official but we will see.

    • Chris

      My phone has rebooted 3 times in 3 days on its own. Sometimes the camera won’t launch unless I pull the battery. And I’m getting more force closes, lag, and freezes. So far gingerbread is awesome.

      • http://twitter.com/xenspidey Brian Calendine

        I’ve been on every version of the leak and never had 1 reboot, you may want to do a factory reset. you shouldn’t be having those issues.

    • Chris

      My phone has rebooted 3 times in 3 days on its own. Sometimes the camera won’t launch unless I pull the battery. And I’m getting more force closes, lag, and freezes. So far gingerbread is awesome.

    • B1G PUN

      JUST PULLED THE OTA UPDATE – NOT ROOTED