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GO Launcher Updated to Version 5, Gives Away Prime ($5.99) for Free to Celebrate

GO Launcher, one of the most popular 3rd party launchers around, received a major UI and UX update to version 5.0 today. As the GO team puts it, the new update makes for a “simple and intelligent new mobile experience.” The UI has been flattened, everything feels much more polished, there are full-screen folders, and something called “GO Panels” have been introduced, which allow for “different functions on screens.”

In even better news, the GO team is giving away the Prime version of GO Launcher for the next two days to celebrate version 5.0. GO Launcher Prime typically runs $5.99, so you may as well follow the steps below to unlock it, just in case you ever feel like giving it some serious run down the road. 

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To get Prime for free, install GO Launcher EX, then head into Preferences>About GO Launcher EX and enter activation code “appsales” or “appszoom.”

  • Joseph De La Cruz

    Changed the ROM on my Moto G, don’t have prime anymore. I’d think this would be connected to my account?

  • Suzannah

    I have asked over and over for help with this but received no response. There is no customer support or even an FAQ or How-to section for Go Launcher. Where is the ability to add system shortcuts?? Is it a bug? Or was this feature moved from the add menu? This is in every other launcher, it is a staple of many programs, including many of Google’s. Many apps have shortcuts that I now cannot use. Where is the ability to add system shortcuts? It blows my mind. How do you have a launcher without the system and app shortcuts available? Widgets, folders, apps, all the other things you can add are there. Shortcuts? nope.

  • ichicolco

    Another reason to stick with my IOS device. When I enter a “free” code, it sticks to the account and remains free. None of this “only on this install in the next 24 hours” crap and “oh so sorry, you reinstalled? well now you have to buy it” crap.

  • ajftl250

    installed.. shampoo….rinse do not repeat so much crap in it isnstall this install that

  • I’m actually a Go user and I don’t see a way to enter an activation code.

  • Kovaxent

    worked for me

  • John

    Wow, my phone looks just like Time Square.

  • Jhan-Michael Lyons

    tried this just for the heck of it and colour me surprised…. its not bad… hasnt been laggy either… but there’s a problem. the damn menu button in the navigation bar on the homescreen…. SMH. one would have thought they’d sort that out by now. considering the direction that android is taking and moving away from physical menu buttons. worst part is…. for all my googling it doesn’t seem that it can be removed at all… 🙁 Funny part is… in their promo video the menu button is nowhere to be found… lol

  • Dương Hoàng Quý

    Stock launcher is the best, simply, light

  • random citizen

    Meh. Nova works fine. BFD.

  • holisk

    Don’t see it on sale anymore. 🙁

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    Why would someone use Launcher?? Pointless!

  • Jason Melling

    It used to be good until they started using that “Get Jar Gold” thing where EVERYTHING costs money. Don’t bother with this people, nothing related to this launcher is free.

  • Wonderboy

    Awesome LAGFEST!

  • Adithya Sairam


  • DJyoSNOW

    It says get go launcher prime. USA Google market says not available in your country… Alrighty then….

  • Lumia Nexus

    who the heck is using this bloated crap, it is enough that my phone comes with 100s of SammyCraps

  • Jason Kahn

    The animations make it look like it’s running really slow and clunky

  • Stone Cold

    Nothing beats free lol

  • James Walker

    Kellen, could you do a review on the launcher? I’m curious to hear your opinion 🙂

  • David Dudovitz

    Two words: Menu button

  • Cesar

    Not even if they paid me.

  • EP_2012

    Nova Launcher FTW! :p

  • joejoe5709

    This is the most bloated and difficult to use launcher I’ve ever seen. Uninstalled.


    i thought this was free for prime? why is it asking for 5.99?

  • SmoovNerd

    Yup, installed….tried it for about an hour….now going to uninstall….TOO MANY ADS = NOT FUN/GOOD!

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    Go launcher was crap.. Don’t waste your time.

  • JasonWhite

    Isn’t the shakey icon thing at 12 seconds in the same exact animation from iOS? Noooooo thank you.

  • droidrazredge

    @kellex:disqus or anyone do you guys know if the activation is localized to the device you download it on or does it link to your PlayStore because I’ve downloaded it on my Moto X and used the code to unlock to Prime but every time I try to download it on my Nexus 7 and use my same PlayStore account I used on my Moto X it ask me every time to either Upgrade to Prime or use the unlock code to get Prime. Does using the activcation code not count the same for your Google account as using the upgrade to prime would ?

  • DanWazz

    Nice launcher, but it’s an ad machine. Very annoying.

  • SplashMTN

    Tried this, but couldn’t use it. I’m using the Google Now Launcher for some reason, which I haven’t used for months

  • Tara

    Codes don’t work.

  • DanSan

    about 1:33 into the video she opens gmail and it requires a swipe pattern, i assume thats a Go Launcher feature? is there anyway of doing that with nova?

    edit: installed it to activate and try out later but it also changed my nova launchers wallpaper. honestly not mad, i like the wallpaper. ill see how the launcher is later but first use it seemed very laggy and slow.

  • Sophia Bennit

    Install this Launcher but not much happy from this Inspire Launcher is best from this launcher

  • beav

    Downloaded it for the sweet wallpaper

  • Andrew Remmers

    I’d love those wallpapers though

  • Praisedeath

    Codes not working for me.

  • m1ghtysauc3

    I’ve never seen so many people b*tch about a free app that’s voluntary to install.

  • daJudge805

    I know the picture above with the three phones is designed to only show the screens with the launcher, but that is exactly what I want my phone to look like. Miniscule bezel all around, and just a gorgeous, big screen. I’ll worry about my fat fingers accidentally touching the screen myself.
    Make it happen cappin! LG, you can probably do it now. I have faith.

  • duke69111

    Does this free code link to the google play store? I’ve done this for Go Launcher in the past on a different phone, but it is not giving me the option to add the code now.

    • droidrazredge

      from what I’m seeing it does not link to the play store. I installed the app on my Moto X and used the code to upgrade it to Prime. I then proceed to download it on my Nexus 7 and it is asking me to upgrade to Prime when I go to preferences and I either have to pay to upgrade or enter the unlock code.

      • duke69111

        Ok. Thanks. I’ve never installed go launcher on my g2 to my knowledge, yet it did not have a place for the code.

  • JeffColorado

    I used to like Go Launcher but they just kept piling too much crap on it. Nova Launcher is sleek and minimalistic while still offering lots of features. And yeah, ad-spamming inside a launcher is a really really bad idea. Especially at a time when several very good alternatives are available.

  • schlanz

    Mmm…. nah, Nova is still where its at. lovin the new beta version.

  • Noper
  • 213ninja

    the phone in the ad with 360 degrees of screen…..looks…….neatasfuuk.

  • PoisonApple31

    After the activation code expires and I have a new device, I’ll have to buy the Prime version?

  • Cole

    Awful!, I feel like it should be called Spam Launcher

  • tomgillotti

    UNINSTALLING! LOL This thing is awful!

  • Kyle

    Go Launcher can’t even get around the HTC…3 dot settings button taking up a whole row across the bottom.

  • DukeTop

    No location to enter the code in that menu.

    • PoisonApple31

      It’s at the bottom of the menu

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        • PoisonApple31

          The activation code is not there once Prime loads. I tried to reinstall it for a screenshot for you, and now my menu looks like yours.

          • PoisonApple31

            I am an idiot. When I reinstall it recognizes that I already entered the code and it gives me Prime functionality.

      • DukeTop
  • S9779

    Makes touch wiz seem amazing

  • GrantVanMeter

    I tried to use both codes and it says “wrong code. Please check and try again.” each time.

  • Matt

    Why did i even install, I should have known better. It’s far to busy and bloated

  • Back to Nova

  • SteveTheMan

    It’s like the whole launcher is a sales pitch to download more apps.

  • Wants me to download go laucher prime to use side dock. I already have prime. Go Laucher fix this.

  • Jimmy James

    Like their Next Launcher promos, if you use the activation code and uninstall Go Launcher or reset your phone later, and then reinstall Go Launcher, you will need to purchase the Premium version, as the code will no longer work.

  • trwb

    Isn’t there privacy issues with Go Launcher?

  • Nowhere in “About GO Launcher EX” is there a place to enter a code. At least not on my phone.

    • BobButtons

      After I entered mine it went away so maybe it’s already activated for you for some reason.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    I spent 15 minutes on it and I am done.. You COULD say that it is a no GO for me. (pun intended)

    • BobButtons

      I see what you did there.

  • Droid Ronin

    I used GO Launcher during the Gingerbread days when I had my MyTouch 4G, but I still prefer the minimalism and quickness of Nova any day.

    • BobButtons

      Especially now that the beta includes the option to hide labels inside the app drawer. That alone kept me on Apex. Don’t know why it took Nova so long to add it.

    • BAM1789

      Bro, do you even LauncherPro on GB?

  • Brian Folks

    I installed it but it won’t play that music.

  • Jimmy James

    I bought this back with version 1 and I am still able to upgrade to every version since.

  • jwildman16

    Never used this before… so how do you get into Preferences?

    • BobButtons

      For me, while at the homescreen I hit the menu button and hit preferences. Not sure what to do if you don’t have one. PS: I know the whole menu/recent apps thing is a big debate but this is one of many examples of why I find a menu button more useful. Holding home still gets me to my recent apps so I haven’t lost any functionality. /rant

      • jwildman16

        Thanks, found it!

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Menu, then hit preferences. It took me a sec too

  • BobButtons

    I hope they’ve improved drastically. Last time I tried GO Launcher it was bloated beyond belief. It tried to take over every aspect of my phone with its own manager for everything. Stick to being a launcher.

    • BobButtons

      Just installed it. The interface is slicker but it seems weighed down after the quickness of Nova/Apex. Even after changing the transition speed it still seems slow (VZW G2). I think it’s to make it seem more smooth. I’m all for eye candy but it seems like they’re going way above and beyond. I don’t need the icons to bounce around when I bring up the settings menu. Sorry GO. You’re still trying too hard. Also, they still include their gaudy bloatware: http://i.imgur.com/CfBOc90.png

  • morgan boyle

    install, get prime, uninstall.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      This guy gets it

    • Scott

      Exactly what I did.

    • Chuggowitz

      Bingo. It reminds me far too much of the new touch wiz. This is not a good thing.

    • WitnessG

      I was going to do this but I realized that I was never going to use go launcher ever.

    • My question is who actually uses this?

      • EP_2012

        apparently over 200,000,000 users! I find that highly suspect…

        • You and me both, brudda

        • Stone Cold

          Some love it

          • EP_2012

            I’m sure some do, but are there over 200,000,000 active users? I really don’t think so.

          • Stone Cold

            The fact that Google doesn’t count uninstalls it may be that many. But that does seem high.

          • michael arazan

            Google counts it, but only the developer can see how many are using it and how many uninstalled it.

          • Chris Martinelli

            I would use it except for one thing… You can only put 5 icons on the dock. Noce and others you can have more. Come on Go, we arent using 4 inch 800×480 screens anymore. We need more icons.

    • LG71

      I don’t think it actually gets you prime licence.

      • Stone Cold

        Worked for me

        • LG71

          It’s not true prime licence. Try to install it on other device without promo code.

        • Chris

          How did you download it?

          • Stone Cold

            Downloaded yesterday but the code does not work anymore.

          • Chris

            its not working for me

          • Stone Cold

            I think it was only a 24 hour deal.

  • JSo

    I’ll try it out, I guess

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Woah… wait. This supports status-bar knock-off outta the box. That’s super helpful on the G2.

    Also, this looks much sweeter than what I used some year and a half ago on my G-Nex. Will give it a shot.

    • Stephen

      The new Nova Launcher Beta also supports this. I’ve been using it for a couple of days now on my G2.

      • OneForTheGoodDays

        Cool didn’t know. There’s some reason I can’t recall why using a launcher on the G2 is annoying to begin with.

  • Jason Downing

    What they don’t show you in the video is that they fill your home screen with shortcuts to apps you DON’T have so they can try and force them upon you…

    • Wolfpack93

      Couldn’t remember why I got rid of this launcher … until I installed it again. One of the worst IAP apps of all time.

      • BobButtons

        Agreed. Their insistence on having their own app/game/wallpaper/widget/theme/store garbage is what prevents me from even considering it.

        • michael arazan

          Jeez, I remember trying all the different walls and icon packs, would use it for a day and get another free, they all got annoying and then just got boring and helped me appreciate the regular android ui more.

          Feels like a waste of time installing and uninstalling packs

      • Jason Downing

        They were good back in the froyo days when Android was a little boring and they hadn’t built their abomination of an app store. Sad story.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      I never gave it a go until now, and it you’re right it has to much going on. Got primed and then uninstalled it 🙂

    • Jeff

      Seriously… This is absolutely horrible. So many icons to apps I have no desire to install. Why DL? Why would you even tell me about this.

      • Sam

        Why not just delete the icons?

    • Suzannah

      but don’t give you the ability, as in EVERY OTHER launcher, to add system shortcuts to the home screen. Bizarro.

  • BAM1789

    Verizon Launcher.. I can only shutter at the thought of a giant VZ and 4G LTE Logo across your entire screen…

    • Rick Ramey

      Shudder, even.

      • BAM1789

        I’ll shut the shutter on myself now… Oh and blame autocorrect;)

  • John Clausen

    Hmm, I might try this for a little while. I’ve been using Nova for so long

  • jeff manning

    Version 5?

  • Collin Chapin

    Is it bad that after seeing Verizon in the title I was instantly scared to download this because it would be terrible until I realized you meant version…

  • Steve A. Reno

    Verizon 5 ???

    • Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth

      That dang autocorrection

    • Jason Downing

      yeahhh.. that had me a bit confused. Wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon bought them out and forced you to use something else you don’t want to.

    • tylerc23

      It says Version now and I still read it as Verizon lol

      • Still Verizon on facebook lol

      • schlanz

        it definitely said verizon

  • jscofi

    Was the title intentional??

    • Ray

      I think he meant “version”

    • Ryan Powell

      Definitely a typo. Should say Verizon 4G LTE. And much larger, too. 😉