The Pixel 2 has finally arrived. Google unveiled their newest flagship phones on October 4th, and there’s quite a few changes in store. For one thing, most of Google’s official renders have already showed us something new: The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have a Google Search bar at the bottom of their home screens.
With the search bar now integrated into the dock, you won’t have to reach to the top of the Pixel 2 XL’s rumored 18:9 aspect ratio screen when you want to search for something. Having it tucked neatly between your dock icons and the navigation buttons will make it a lot easier to access information.
The new Pixel Launcher hasn’t leaked yet, but in the meantime, you can recreate its look and functionality using Nova Launcher. You’ll have to reorganize a few things, and it’s not a perfect replica, but I’ll show you how it works below.
Step 1Enable the Swipe-to-Open App Drawer Gesture
First, since the Pixel’s new home screen doesn’t have room for an “All Apps” button, you’ll need another way to open your app drawer. The way the Pixel handles it is by swiping up from the dock, which is a really natural-feeling gesture. Nova actually has an option that lets you do just that.
So long-press any empty space on your home screen, then tap the settings cog to head to Nova’s main settings menu. From there, select “App & widget drawers,” then scroll down and enable the switch next to “Swipe to open.” While you’re here, you’ll probably want to disable the “Swipe indicator” option, too, since that would otherwise clutter the look of your revamped home screen.
Remove Icons from Your Dock & Delete Their Names
Next up, you’ll need to remove all of the icons from your dock. So long-press each icon, then drag them all out one-by-one. When you’re done there, long-press each icon again, but this time, choose “Icon Options” from the pop-up menu. From there, tap “Edit,” then delete the name in the App label field.
Step 3Remove the All Apps Button
When you’re done removing icons from your dock, you’ll also need to get rid of the “All Apps” button. This one is slightly different from the rest — for some reason, you have to long-press the icon for a full three seconds before you see the pop-up menu. When you do, however, just press “Remove” to get rid of it.