The new TouchWiz UI is now official. Of course, it can be tested and used only on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the latest Android M flagship released by the already mentioned OEM. Thus, already popular smartphones such as the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S7 (with their Edge variants) are left aside, at least for now as further updates might bring the Galaxy Note 7 UI to several other Samsung branded devices. However, if you do own a Samsung device that runs on stock / official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS you can choose to manually install the Galaxy Note 7 Launcher on your own handset.
This Launcher is available through the GraceUX UI, the same new TouchWiz that comes pre loaded on the Note 7. This built-in user interface is light and loaded with various features through which you can easily personalize and customize your Samsung branded smartphone. The UI also ensures a stable Marshmallow system and intuitive access towards general settings and apps. Bottom line, GraceUX is there to ease your life and to offer a better Marshmallow experience whether we talk about entry level users or about advanced customers.
Now, as already pointed out, you can choose to manually install the Galaxy Note 7 Launcher on any other Samsung branded device. The only restriction is talking about the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS which must run on your Samsung device – otherwise the GraceUX can’t be flashed on your phone. So, right from the start, this step by step guide is compatible with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4, or the Galaxy Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 7 Launcher can be downloaded in form of a .zip file. This file has been developed by those of xda-developers so we must thank them for this tutorial. Moreover, this zip package represents a ported feature from the Galaxy Note 7 and not an official update that can ensure the GraceUX on your Samsung branded device. Therefore, you shouldn’t associate this step by step guide with your OEM or with Google.
As a result, you can flash the Galaxy Note 7 launcher on your Marshmallow feature smartphone only if you first unlock your handset. Yes, that’s right, you must gain root access before doing anything else – you can use a general one click root method that works on almost all the Samsung branded devices, you can use the KingRoot exploit or you can root your Android device with ease by using this general unlock procedure.
Do note that while gaining root access you will lose your phone’s warranty – because you will perform an unofficial operation, just like the present one. So, starting from now, if you will be facing with problems on your Android based device you won’t be able to reclaim the warranty when taking your phone back to service – so, for saving your money, you should learn how to manually address the most common Android software related issues, such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, screen freeze, signal strength problems, heating issues, total blackouts and so on.
It is unlikely to lose something while using this tutorial for flashing the GraceUX on your Samsung branded device. However, since we are talking about personal data, info, accounts and files the best will be to save everything before doing anything else. In that respect you shouldn’t hesitate from syncing your data with your account, managing built-in cloud storage platforms or from downloading compatible and tested backup and restore tools from Google Play.
By using these backup solutions you can save almost everything: personal files – images, videos, audio files, market apps, contacts, call logs, text messages, or calendar info; built-in settings – internet settings, IMEI / NVRAM data, or the EFS folder; and basically anything else you might have to use afterwards.
Good; now, the Galaxy Note 7 Launcher package must be first downloaded on a computer – make sure you can use such a device. On your smartphone gain Developer Options – go to Menu – > Settings -> About Phone and tap 7 times on Built Number. Next, access “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB Debugging feature. When done, plug in the charger if the power left is lower than 50%; otherwise your device might get turned off while you try to flash the GraceUX system and in that situation your phone might get bricked. Perfect, now let’s detail the actual steps:
How to Install the Galaxy Note 7 GraceUX Launcher on Android 6.0.1 based Samsung branded devices
- On your computer, first of all, download the TouchWiz.zip file – all you have to do is to access the page from here.
- Save the file on desktop if that’s possible.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- Transfer the .zip file on your phone and unplug the USB cord.
- Unzip the download file in order to obtain the .apk file.
- Select the file and transfer it to /system/priv-app/ folder on your phone. You can use any root file manager to do this.
- Tap and keep tapping on the apk file and change the permissions of the file to rw-r-r and press OK.
- At this point you will be asked for root permission. Grant this access.
- When done, reboot your Samsung branded device.
- That should be all; however, if a boot loop is issued, reboot into recovery mode. From there make a hard reset and clear app data cache by choosing “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
There you have it. That’s how you can install the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Launcher on any other Samsung branded smartphone. Do remember that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow must be running on your phone – otherwise this step by step guide won’t help you in any matter. Share your impressions and your first thoughts related with this process with us and with other users by using the comments field from down below.