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Download: Google Now Launcher Version 1.0.9

Google Now Launcher

Google recently released the Google Now Launcher to Google Play, but it is limited to just Nexus and Google Play Experience devices running stock Android. Thankfully, this is Android, and sideloading applications is extremely easy. 

For anyone running a device that isn’t a Nexus or GPE, you can attempt to sideload the application by downloading it from the link below, and then installing it.

We tested it on the Moto X and it worked like a charm. However, we weren’t so lucky with the Galaxy S4 and G Flex. Although, your results may vary.

Go give it a shot and let us know down below if it worked for you and which device you are running.


  • Chayzz Devyant

    Not working on Verizon note 3 running 4.3 which is sad. The older APK glitches and it’s starting to annoy me. I guess Whenever verizon pushes out 4.4.2 I will be able to install it.

  • Johann JH

    it doesn’t run on my Xperia Z1 (Parsing Error)

  • Brad Ross

    Works on my Dad’s Galaxy S4 (on AT&T) running 4.4.2 KitKat!

  • Brett Smoot

    Works on my S4 running 4.4.2

  • steve watkins

    Downloaded on my s4 from link on this page, opened in file explorer, installed, opened, suggested update Google search, forwarded to Google play store, Google search has no update so clicked open, opened as normal so exited and tried running g+ now launcher from app library, g+ now launcher works perfectly. It worked really well with no hiccups but as for whether it’s any good compared to say go launcher, well, it’s just a bit basic.. Needs customisation options like icon size, features colours and effects, and it desperately needs a scrolling dock. A good attempt and it’s very stable and fast, and the Google now response was awesome. Looking forward to seeing some updates on this in the future but it does have a lonnng way to come before I let go of my current setup. Cheers for the download guys.
    Steve Watkins.

    • My sentiments, exactly, Steve. You read my mind and am glad you posted info about the Google Now Launcher. I keep it on my phone so on days where I find myself needing hands-free information frequently, I will use the Google launcher; otherwise, it’s “GeeWiz” (aka TouchWiz for me. 🙂

  • Arjun Nepal

    Does not install. Error says “There is a problem parsing the package”.
    can any one help?

  • I actually got the “always on” feature to work on Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T) after updating to KitKat today. Only works in “Google Now Launcher” and I spent months getting my “Gee Wiz” launcher just the way I want it, so I will have to forego this nifty feature for now. At least I know it is an option if and when I want to spend time re-creating everything in my Google Now Launcher at a future date (which is a very easy launcher to use and seems to be faster and smoother than “Gee Wiz”).

  • Darth Destroyeis

    Side Loaded on my coworkers T-Mobile GS4 after the 4.4.2 update…. works great. Ok google command works too! No bugs so far that I can see

  • Abdon Phir’athon

    It doesn’t work! I tried it on my LG G Flex and My Motorola Moto X and they both say that there was a problem parsing the file.

  • iTpHo3NiX

    I ised this link (from xda) with the updated search and launcher, when I used the link from here I got a parse error. Stock vzw note 3 mediafire . com / ?997we3pehsraraf

  • Trab Vet

    Didn’t work on my Note 2

  • Alex

    Works with the S4 besides some functions I noticed. Direct call and direct messaging shortcuts don’t work. Everything else seems to be functional. Doesn’t really have lot of options yet.

  • Lathan Card

    Works on the Moto G.

  • dixit patel

    Not working on canvas 2

  • Omer N. Omer

    HTC One X, didnt work 🙁

  • Don

    On first installing the Google now launcher, we have the option to copy icons.
    I accidently selected the wrong option and my icons werent copied.

    I’ve tried unisntalling google now launcher and reinstalling, but that option hasnt appeared again.

    How do I go about copying my icons to the Google Now Launcher?

  • S4User

    Works without issues with AT&T S4 on KitKat 4.4.2

  • I am running the Verizon Moto G 4.4.2 KitKat and it works great.

  • Razma

    is this any different than the apk that was released like a month or so ago? I’ve been running this on my moto x for a while now

  • ddh819

    will it work on a droid razr on 4.1.2?

  • Edison Tan

    The icons and the main screen work but the OK Google thing doesn’t. Phone is Moto G on KitKat.

    • I have the Moto G for VZW, and I can do the “Ok Google” from the main screen without issue. Also on 4.4.2 KitKat. Not rooted.

      • Edison Tan

        Got mine from HongKong so the update on the Google search might not be complete

  • Diego Aguirre

    Working great with the Moto g! My favorite launcher by far

  • Liking the throwback picture for this article. N4 with Jellybean 😛

  • Anantha Bhaktha

    works on Moto G .. smooth as yet .. how do i reduce the icons size ..

  • Sumit

    Works on a Galaxy Mega 6.3 and a Galaxy Nexus gor me.

  • NexusMan

    Is there any difference between this and the previously sideloaded version, we’ve been rocking for months?

  • Isaiah

    It isn’t working on my moto x. Do you have to be updated to 4.4 or higher?

  • Graham Green

    File fails to open on my phone.
    Yes I downloaded the correct apk
    Anyone else having a problem?
    VZW G S4 (rooted) stock ROM

    • ravin

      Problem parsing the file…here we go…same error here

  • valapsp

    The crash problem still occurs when u press the call button on headset.

  • Carl Conlon

    Works a treat on galaxy s4 been using now for over a month, would like more cards though ?

  • Carl Conlon

    Works a treat & been using it for over a month now on galaxy s4, would like more cards though ?

  • Danny Brown

    Working perfect on VZW GNote2, AOKP 4.4.2

  • matti861

    I get a error message that there’s a problem parasing the package. Any help?

    • David Dudovitz

      It requires KitKat.

  • steve

    Annoying as FACK! Trying to download the APK with Chrome on Android will only download the mobigenie apk. However, doing it ass-backwards by downloading from a desktop seems to work just fine. Curses to whoever thought that was a brilliant arrangement!

    • SplashMTN

      I was having the same issue regardless of which download I clicked – even the correct one. I’m not sure how I eventually got it, but it finally worked.

  • Mark Mann

    Problem parsing file on xz

  • Dominick White

    If you already had the previous version install, just go to the play store and get the update

  • Sean Walton

    I keep getting “can’t open file” after downloading to my Moto X. Any ideas?

  • Jucef Martinez

    Works just fine on my G2 (AT&T). I can still use all the features that originally came with the G2. Knock on & off work exactly the same as before!

    • Mark Schiller

      Are you running KitKat or JB?

      • Jucef Martinez

        I’m running KitKat. AT&T pushed it out a few days ago and everything works flawlessly! What are you running?

        • Mark Schiller

          I have the Verizon G2, so still on JB. Sounds like this needs KitKat, so I haven’t tried it yet.

  • michael hill

    I haven’t ran into any issues on my Droid Maxx.

  • beng8686

    Anybody see any adverse effects on Moto Touchless control?

  • Tristan the Marine

    I feel like I’m looking at a toy phone now. It looks like it’s designed specifically for old people with rheumy eyes.

    • beng8686

      Or exactly like an iPhone…

  • Grant Currie

    It didn’t work on my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 on stock 4.3.. Maybe it is a 4.4 only application?

    • Adrynalyne


  • Pam Oakea

    Not upgrading to this version as this newer apk seems to only work on phones running 4.4 and VZ S4 is still on 4.3… Unfortunately. I wish they would offer Google icon pack so I could get rid of my fugly Samsung ones. Then it would be perfect.

  • Kane Desousa

    Love it , but it’s not promoting to take my launcher icon layout and I’m too lazy to do it again lol

  • Patmw123

    I’ll stick with Nova for icon packs.

  • jimmyf101

    I just installed this on my Moto X with 4.4.2 and changed up the wallpaper and the screen just seems bigger with the bigger and more dimensional icons!! I just wish it had 5 pages instead of 3.

    • Adrynalyne

      It does. Just drag content to a new page. I have 6.

      • jimmyf101

        Ahhh!! You’re smart. Now, how do I set the Home screen as the center screen?

        • Adrynalyne

          Nah just ran across it one day 😉

        • Adrynalyne

          That I don’t know. The way it works now is the first page is the home page. Google Now is always to the left of the home page.

          • jimmyf101

            Thanks. I actually like it the way it is after messing with it.

      • jimmyf101

        Judging by that screenshot..you must really be a Dummy. Kidding Ha ha!

        • Adrynalyne

          Believe it or not, they make some great books :p

          I used them when first starting, but have since moved on to mostly Apress books.

  • terry12s

    Works great on my Droid Maxx. Been using it for a couple months now.

  • Pam Oakea

    I’ve been using it on my VZ S4 for a good while now with no problems. Very smooth. I love it!