Nova Launcher 6.0 adds settings search, folder customization, and more

Nova Launcher, one of the most popular Android launchers on the Google Play Store, is getting a boatload of new features today as part of the stable Nova Launcher 6.0 update. After six months on the beta channel, the update is rolling out to all users.

v6.0 adds a search bar for your Nova Settings so that you can find a specific setting or toggle much faster than before. On a related note, your home screen search bar can now be configured to search Google or Nova Settings.

Nova's also added a ton of new customization tools for your folders. Users can now configure folders to open in a windowed or immersive mode, match their shape to the adaptive icon style that's being used, and add vertical or horizontal scrolling to them.

Other goodies include more shapes for adaptive icons — including custom adaptive shapes — no longer needing Nova Prime to resize icons, and an option to automatically match the folder and app drawer icon size to the one being used on your desktop / home screen.

The update should be rolling out right now to stable users. Beta users that have been using this for months: which features are you enjoying the most?

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Updated March 2019: The update is pushing out to the stable channel.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Old news, got it early morning! :)
  • I just checked my version and already at 6.0
  • The app icon labels on my desktop are back and there doesn't seem to be a way to turn them off anymore... Anyone else?
  • I had a similar issue with folder labels. They are removable though.
    After ensuring your icon labels are off in desktop, folders, app drawer etc, in the icon layout options in each area, I still had labels that were showing up. Turns out if you edit a folder from the desktop and name the folder in this location, it will override your no labels option. I had to clear out a folder label to clean it up.
  • Thanks for the help, fixed!
  • Thanks in advance.
  • Go in Desktop Settings, Icon Layout to turn off. Happened to me in the dock and folders as well.
  • Turns out I'd missed the toggle with it being red on black, thanks for the assistance! You'd think it'd show in the new search feature though...
  • Does this play nice with Android Pie? Tried Nova with DP4 and DP5 and swiping up didn't work properly and didn't show the icons on the bottom of the switcher.
  • Been on Pie since the Pixel 2 got it, Have not used anything but NL since I got the Pixel 2 new. All working as it should, or as I set it to.
  • Not really impressed, not seeing anything in this that justifies a major version upgrade, seems to be more minor incremental. Some things not quite a nice as prior version, such app icon display in pop-up folders. Meh!
  • They got rid of the frame border for the square folder background (and I didn't like the result) so I tried a few new things and am quite pleased with the new look. I'm not sure if any of the credit is down to version 6.0, but it doesn't seem to hurt, so far.
  • I'm a beta tester have been using these features for months. My favorite of all is being able to search the settings. Adding that search functionality really made it easier to test different scenarios.
  • I'm on the Beta as well. The background colours of the folders isn't working. No matter what colour I select, the folder background is always black. The search feature is great, there is so much in Nova Prime that it's definitely needed.
  • I've been using the stock launcher on my Galaxy S9+. I really haven't seen a need to use Nova any longer.
  • I have the update but noticed that the size of my folders has decreased. Before the size of the folders used to be the same size as a single app icon. It's kind of annoying because folders don't look uniform to other single apps on my desktop. Anyone else have this issue? Is there a way to resize the folder?