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Nova Launcher vs. Nova Launcher Prime

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Nova Launcher free is useful and, of course, one of the leading launchers for Android. The launcher is fast and easy, but how does it compare with Nova Launcher Prime? The blog post explores both and covers Nova Launcher vs. Prime.


Screenshot Showing Gestures in Nova Launcher Prime
Gestures in Nova Launcher Prime

The first thing to care about is gestures. Gestures are like shortcuts, where you can do many things from the home screen just by tapping or swiping.

Launcher apps such as Microsoft Launcher offer gestures for free, but Nova does not. Nova free only comes with one gesture which is what to do when you press the home button. Nove Prime contrarily offers:

Available featuresWhat can we do
Home button
Swipe up
Swipe down
Double-tap + swipe up
Double-tap + swipe down
Pinch in
Pinch out
Two-finger rotation counterclockwise
Two-finger rotation clockwise
Open app drawer
Expand notifications
Expand quick settings
Open recent apps
Screen lock
Search app
Google discover
Search on Google
Voice search
Toggle notification bar
Toggle dock
Open default page
Jump to a page
Show previews
Open Evie settings
Open an app
Shortcuts for apps, including contacts and messages
Available gestures in Nova Launcher Prime

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Transition effects

Transition effects in Nova Prime

The next section in Nova Launcher vs. Prime is transition effects. The effect/animation is called the transition effect when you swipe left or right on the home screen; the effect/animation is called the transition effect.

Nova’s free version comes with three effects (simple, cube, and card stack), while the Nova Prime comes with 13 scroll effects, including flip, in and out, wipe, and more.

Notification badges

Nova free does not offer notification badges, but the premium version has extended features, which we don’t find by default. The app comes with dynamic, dots, and numeric notification badges. Let’s check each one now.

Dynamic badges

Screenshot of Dynamic Notification Badges in Nova Launcher Prime
Dynamic Notification Badges – Nova Launcher Prime

The notification badge is entirely relevant to the notification. For example, if you get a message, the notification badge will be the person’s image. If no contract image is found, the initials are used.

Furthermore, if you receive a sports update, you will find the sports icon above the Google icon. Other elements to consider are the notification size and position.

You can choose between small, medium, and large sizes and top-right, top-left, bottom-right, and bottom-left as the badges’ positions.


Dots are simple dotted notifications released with Android O. The app offers extra features, including the badge position and size.

Numeric dots

Numeric dots are simple badges with the count of the total notifications. Besides the position and size features, we have the style of the badges.

There are a few styles and an option to create custom styles. You can also adjust the corner radius to make badges square or circle shaped.

Note: For the best results, you will have to allow Nova to be an admin app

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Hiding of apps

Hiding of app is a part of Nova Launcher vs. Nova Launcher Prime because the free one does not offer this feature. The feature allows you to hide apps from the app drawer.

The incomplete tool offers basic options because the hidden apps are invisible in the app drawer, but anyone can search for those apps.

Furthermore, there isn’t a password feature to protect the hidden apps. This element of Nova Launcher needs improvements to compete with other launchers.

App drawer group/folder first

Screenshot of App Drawer Group in Nova Launcher Prime
App Drawer Group – Nova Launcher Prime

Nova Launcher Prime’s cool features are app drawer groups, folders, and showing folders at the top of the app drawer menu. Drawer groups/tabs allow you to create folders and tabs in the app drawer.

The tabs are categorized app drawers that you can use to separate work, entertainment, home, games, etc. Moreover, you can also choose to show the folders on the top of the drawer.

Is it worth the money?

The same question is on Reddit, and almost every answer is yes. But, it does not mean that you buy Nova Launcher Prime straight away.

The features explained in this comparison are what you get, but you should understand whether you need all those features or if the free version is enough. You can also give other launcher apps a try and see if they fit.

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I hope the article Nova Launcher vs. Prime helped. Nova is a premium tool, but the price changes many things. Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any comments and feedback below to discuss more.