Android has always been synonymous with personalization, and a good way to personalize your mobile is through themes. They are not on all Android phones, but the ones they are on allow you almost completely change the design of the mobile very easily.
If you are interested in customization, here we will tell you what the themes are, how you can download and install themes on Android mobiles and what you can do to personalize your mobile in case it doesn’t have theme support.
What are the themes
The concept of themes is neither new nor exclusive to mobiles. Basically a theme is a collection of elements to personalize a mobile. In Android, themes can include wallpapers, icons, ringtones, notification tones, colors or styles of the Android interface and anything else that allows you to change the appearance of the system according to the customization layer.
A theme is basically a customization pack that can have wallpapers, icons, ringtones, and styles.
The problem is that there is no unified theme system on Android and not even all mobiles have support for them. For now it is an added function of some customization layers such as Huawei and Honor phones with EMUI, Xiaomi with MIUI, Samsung with One UI and OPPO and Realme with ColorOS.
On mobiles with theme support, the advantage of downloading and installing a theme is that you can change the style of the mobile radically without having to change the wallpaper, icons, tones and styles manually. On mobiles without support for themes, there are still some customization options, such as using an application launcher with support for themes or icon packs, something quite common today.
How themes are installed
As we mentioned before, there is no standard system of themes for Android and, therefore, there is no standard way to install themes. Now, customization layers that include theme support generally allow you to download and install themes easily, from the settings.
The location and exact name of the option may vary, but it will usually be found in a separate app called Themes -or Themes- or in the Android Display settings. These theme apps work like an app storeSo you can search for topics that interest you, download and install them with just a few taps.
Keep in mind, yes, that not all themes are free. Just as in Google Play some applications are free and others are paid, in the theme stores some packages are free and others are not. If you are interested in one of the paid themes, then you must go to the checkout before you can download and install it on your mobile.
What if your mobile doesn’t support themes? Then you can still use applications to change the wallpaper, launchers with support for icon packs, applications to change the volume controls or add new notification and ringtones manually. It will not be as easy as installing a theme and forgetting, although you can customize the system within certain limits.
Where to download themes from
If you want to download themes for your mobile, you have mainly three places to go: the official theme app from your mobile, special applications to download themes and websites that collect. Not all resources are valid for all Android phones.
- With the official application on your mobile:
- Huawei and Honor with EMUI. Application “Themes”, accessible from Settings> Home screen and wallpaper> themes.
- Xiaomi with MIUI. Themes can be changed with MIUI Themes or just Themes.
- Samsung with One UI or Samsung Experience. Themes can be downloaded from Galaxy Themes, accessible from Settings> Wallpapers and themes.
- OPPO and Realme with ColorOS or Realme UI. In this case the themes can be downloaded from the Theme Store of the house.
Themes for Huawei / Honor / EMUI. Unofficial compilation of themes for EMUI.
Theme Galaxy. Application to create themes for Samsung Galaxy (not compatible with Android 10 / One UI 2.0).
Peafowl Theme Maker. Relatively easy to use theme editor for EMUI.
Theme Editor for MIUI. Theme editor for MIUI. It is not compatible with the latest versions.
Zedge. Technically they are not themes, although the main components of the themes are: wallpapers, ringtones and icons.
Tapet. Application that generates wallpapers with different patterns.
Icon Pack Studio. Application to change the appearance of the icons.
MIUI-fy. If you like the aesthetics of MIUI but you do not have a Xiaomi mobile, this app brings you notification panel and quick configuration with MIUI 10 style to your mobile.
Substratum. Theme system compatible with Samsung mobiles with Android 10, but requires root from Magisk.
Android Looks. Themes for different launchers like Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, Hello Launcher, Go Launcher, ADW Launcher and more.
r / androidThemes. Reddit thread where themes and / or screenshots of Android modifications behave.
APUS Theme Store. Themes for APUS Launcher.
Android themes on Deviantart. Users share their themes and what combination of widgets / backgrounds they have created with.
AppRaw. Application store with a section for themes.
MobilesMPK. Themes, icons and other elements for different launchers.
Mobiles24. Another application store with a specific section for themes, with more than 5,000 themes to its credit.