It’s getting harder and harder to root the more popular Android devices. I personally love rooting my phone and removing whatever crap bloatware the carrier or manufacturer put on their as well as flashing a custom ROM to get a stock version of Android that is way snappier and, frankly, better looking in most cases.
But, since that’s not quite an option for the S8 (and frankly, Samsung has dialed down the S8’s TouchWiz to a point I don’t mind it as much as usual, but you can read about that in my review), we have to resort to methods that don’t require root. Thankfully, Android has one of the most customizable OSes around. Don’t like the messaging app? Change it. Don’t like the camera? Change that. Want a totally different home screen and launcher? Sure, why not.
So for any other Android purists out there that might have grabbed an S8 because of it’s sexy hardware and design, here’s how you can get the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus to look and feel like stock Android, no root required.
First up, let’s start with the thing that will probably make the biggest difference in your day to day use: the launcher.
Now, if we’re going for the launcher that would come on a Pixel, that would be the aptly named Pixel launcher. And while the launcher is available in the Play store, you’ll get a warning saying it’s not compatible with your version of Android (lies). So to install it we need to do the following instead:
Not gonna lie, looks pretty slick on the infinity display.
Next up is the messaging app. This is pretty simple, we’ll just head to the Play Store and Google has their stock messaging app there (which I prefer thanks to it’s ability to archive messages and cleaner look).
And to compliment that new messaging app why not the stock Android keyboard?
So. Much. Better.
So this one is a bit more obvious as Chrome is already installed, but we can make it the default browser to make sure it opens everytime we open a link instead of the “Internet” app Samsung gives us.
The closest thing to the stock dialer and contact app (since the APKs for the real stock ones don’t seem to work) is an app in the Play Store called exDialer.
Next, let’s have it use the stock Google Calendar app instead of Samsung’s, shall we?
For the final touch, how about a Nougat wallpaper?
So there might be more things you can change, but that should get you pretty darn close. Feel free to leave more options for replacements for others in the comments below and let me know what you thought of this tutorial, always love hearing from you guys. Follow me on social and chat with me there. And thanks for reading!