ADW.Launcher 1.3.6 may the trashcan be with you (and the lock)

ADW.Launcher v1.3.6 updated with some minor changes:

  • Option to Lock/Unlock desktop to avoid dragging/moving/removing items (Press menu/more/lock-unlock)
  • Some small fixes


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Hi everyone.

Another “small update” out there.


  • New option to choose the thrash can position (Top/Bottom/Top Shrink/Bottom Shrink/None)
    • If the users choose “none” they can remove desktop items by the quickactions
    • The shrink options also shrink the desktop space when showing the trash can
  • Quick actions for desktop items. Thanks to
  • Added Launcher Actions to main ADD menu
  • New option to choose if the app drawer remains open when longpressing icons while the dockbar is open.
  • Items can now be draged out from the action buttons or edited by the quickactions
  • Fixes and added bugs as usual

Hope you enjoy (or hate) it :-)

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  • Comments (57)
    • koveleski
    • December 22nd, 2010 11:02pm


      • koveleski
      • December 22nd, 2010 11:20pm

      ps – I’m mad those edit screen icons didn’t make it in. You fooled me Ander!

        • AnderWeb
        • December 22nd, 2010 11:51pm


    • inzane
    • December 22nd, 2010 11:04pm
      • koveleski
      • December 22nd, 2010 11:20pm

      thanks! :P

    • leroy
    • December 23rd, 2010 1:46am

    I LOVE THE QUICK ACTION BUTTONS FOR DESKTOP! You just made ahome undoubtably in my opinion the best damn home app available!

    Here is a idea I had: If you could make a version where users can make there own themes by changing dock styles and dock bars, changing the app draw style, and easly upload there own icons etc. Then have an option of saving it as a custom theme and option of loading to android market to share or even a websight for “user made themes” many of us would appreciate that.

    Where does one start on creating their own ADW themes?

    • leroy
    • December 23rd, 2010 1:47am

    Err adw not ahome…. I feel like an ahole for that one lol

    • Frederick
    • December 23rd, 2010 1:57am

    I commented before on this bug, and it’s still around in ADW 1.3.5. When holding down the Search button on the phone, ADW Launcher tries to open up BING Voice Search. I don’t have Bing loaded on my phone so instead it’ll say “Application is not installed on your phone.” and nothing will happen. Even if I run an app to redirect my search button long press, ADW will still try to open up Bing. This only happens in your latest ADW launchers, they do no happen in older versions or if I have any other apps. I have had this confirmed by several other users.

      • AnderWeb
      • December 23rd, 2010 8:25am

      Afaik, Adw has nothing to do with the search button, that’s part of android system.

        • Frederick
        • December 23rd, 2010 10:46pm

        I know it’s wierd, but it only happens in the latest ADW.Launchers. If I switch to 1.20 standalone it does not happen. If I have any other app open, this does not happen, but the moment I return back to ADW and hold down the Search Button, it’ll try to launch Bing, and no button reassigning will fix it. Someone other than myself also mentioned it in the comments of 1.3.3, and I asked other members of XDA to confirm this happens to them too.

        • Frederick
        • December 24th, 2010 12:34am

        Just tried out ADW 1.3.6, I no longer get the “Application is not installed on your phone.” pop up, however nothing happens. I checked logcat and I’m still getting an intent to Bing upon holding down search.

        I/ActivityManager( 2437): Starting activity: Intent { flg=0×10000000 }

          • Jim
          • December 28th, 2010 7:17pm

          Frederick, Ander,

          I get the same thing. A long press on the search button in v. 1.3.3 would give the ‘application not installed on phone error’. In version 1.3.6, I also no longer get this error, but it also doesn’t do anything at all. If I switch to launcher pro or touchwiz as my launcher, a long press on the button brings up google voice search, as it should.
          I hope this bug gets worked out in the next update, as I really use this feature a lot, but I’m putting off switching to a different launcher because I just love the feel of ADW so much!
          Thanks for all of your hard work, Ander!

    • leroy
    • December 23rd, 2010 2:01am

    One last thing, is there a way for the app draw to show the name of the group you are in? Maybe on the bottom next to the arrows that switch between the groups. Also maybe have a desktop icon or another shortcut that brings you directly to a certain group. Was also thinking if possible to change the default group that opens from last used to a specific one. I would love to be able to have mine set to go to the group of apps that has my most used apps in it that I set up.

      • AnderWeb
      • December 23rd, 2010 8:46am

      You can create shortcuts to your catalogs within menu/add/launcher actions

    • JohnM
    • December 23rd, 2010 2:49am

    Love the new update, especially the ability to drag, edit the AB icons! As far as the new QuickAction feature, can this be toggled on and off?
    Thanks for developing such a kicka** alternative to LauncherPro.
    You’ve got that beat like a rented mule…

    • sarreq
    • December 23rd, 2010 6:51am

    (the ridiculously limited comment length in the market really irks me sometimes)

    I’d like 2 sere an option to set the desktop icons and widgets semi-transparent, globally if not on a per object basis.
    there’s a problem with layout on devices with non-standard DPI, namely, the center button of the action buttons sits low and to the right (no double-entendre intended).
    the quickaction popup doesn’t need to new the full length of the screen to holds just 3 buttons, does it?

    • Frederick
    • December 23rd, 2010 7:40am

    Ahh, one more issue I noticed, but didn’t comment on before. When doing Previews of your homescreens, it only looks right when using Sense Style Previews, if you turn this off and opt for the Previews to be lined up at the bottom of the screen, they are pushed to the right rather than centered, making only your left most homescreens accessible by Previews.

    • ynoti
    • December 23rd, 2010 4:06pm

    Since the last update I am finding myself frustrated with the combination of the Hidden Dockbar and the new ability to drag an item for quick actions. What I am finding is when I want to pull up the hidden dockbar I always end up dragging an icon from the main dockbar. When I click the icon I want in the hidden dockbar the program returns, but when I return to the homescreen, the icon that got dragged is now gone, it was deleted. It is usually the middle app launcher button as I usually drag up to bring up the hidden dockbar in the middle. I find it quite annoying and would like the option to turn off the drag quick actions, at least for item in the dockbar(s).

      • DanyW
      • December 23rd, 2010 11:17pm

      I have to agree – with this update flicking up/down to show/hide the hidden dock has become a nightmare. It has to be done just right or you end up flicking the quick action or goodness knows what else.

      • ynoti
      • December 24th, 2010 5:50pm

      The change to be able to lock/unlock fixes this issue I reported. Great job and great app!

    • Andy
    • December 23rd, 2010 11:34pm

    ADW Notifier not working since updating launcher. GMail count keeps disappearing. Was working before. Pity.Also got to agree with the flicking of the dockbar problem.

    • Yasu
    • December 24th, 2010 4:01am

    Thank you for your help.
    After updating to version 33
    The ADW Launcher, Advanced Task Manager to kill it in the Exclude by now.
    Thank you managed to fix.

    • marcelo
    • December 24th, 2010 12:46pm

    Hello. This app is great !!!

    The new lock feature is good but need to be improved.
    The main dock control should also be locked because most times i click on icon, but slide the finger a little bit down, the main dock is hidden …


    • darth urderer
    • December 24th, 2010 1:54pm

    3d version or bust.

    • gorneman
    • December 24th, 2010 2:08pm

    Hi to everybody.
    Someone could post the .apk’s? Or explain me how to compile them? Thanks

    • bobby
    • December 24th, 2010 6:58pm

    “Option to Lock/Unlock desktop to avoid dragging/moving/removing items (Press menu/more/lock-unlock)”
    There’s bug or maybe not but i still add an icons from the app drawer so Desktop is lock or not?

    • kageurufu
    • December 26th, 2010 6:09am

    Awesome launcher, only thing is like is for you not to be able to add Apps to the desktop while locked as well

    • jardonkobe
    • December 27th, 2010 8:27am

    Hi, I like this launcher very much ,but I found the icon would become dim if I change the size bigger,is that a problem? thank you very much for your work!

    • gorneman
    • December 27th, 2010 1:42pm

    I’ve compiled latest version (1.3.6) version of ADW.Launcher.
    Tested on my dream (cm 6.1) and seems to work fine.

    • Joel Z
    • December 30th, 2010 12:28am

    FIrst, great work!

    But I have a question:

    After installing the ADW.Launcher I no longer have access to my GTask Widget.

    Is there a reason just a specific Widget would disappear from the widgets menu?


      • Joel Z
      • December 30th, 2010 12:49am

      Nevermind. Just did some checking. Apparently, if you move this app to the SD card the widget stops functioning. I just did this before installing ADW. Sorry. All is well.


    • Craig
    • January 1st, 2011 6:40am

    Loving your launcher!! However, since flashing a Froyo NAND rom to my HD2 I can no longer select what options to have for the Power Control widget nor can I make it transparent..

    Can you advise solution?

    Many thanks and Happy New Year!!

    • McLuvnIt
    • January 1st, 2011 7:06pm

    thank you adw.launcher standard. it has been my most preferred launcher since i got my EVO in July. I’m also very impressed with EX. its a shame you were unable to maintain a fully opensource project in todays environment.

    I do have an issue however. on my default homescreen, there is only the wallpaper and a clock visible most of the time. i have 2 transparent icons in use. i use swipe to hide the notification bar and the bottom secondary dockbar is blank…so i swipe it up to get a no bars visible look.
    the issue, is since we are now able to replace the center button at will, is that it has become ‘unsticky’. thus when i try to swipe up the bottom dock bar the ‘show app drawer’ icon pops off the main bar and ends up on the secondary dock bar. so i have delete it, pull the other bar back and replace it. its ez to fix. but would it be possible to allow for a “Lock Bottom Bars” setting in addition to “lock all” setting? i’m trying to get better about how i swipe, but my thumb seems dumb.

      • McLuvnIt
      • January 1st, 2011 7:13pm

      by the way, i have thus far been unable to intentionally replicate this. it either works perfectly 100 times in a row…or if i move slowly i can pull the icon onto the desktop. i do not know how the heck i’m getting the icon directly onto the second bar.

    • jettrue
    • January 4th, 2011 4:54am

    I seem to have issues long pressing and getting the dialog with “edit” to show up, Is there a trick to get it to work consistently. I press and press sometimes and I can’t get the dialog to pop up at all.

    • dimes
    • January 7th, 2011 6:17pm

    Really like ADW, but got a Nexus S a couple weeks ago and it is just out of control FC. I imagine its just because you haven’t had time/resources to debug against 2.3. Hope you do soon as I would really like to get back to it. Heck, I would like to pick up ADW Ex, but until I know its working better on 2.3 I am waiting and using stock.

    Again, great great app, but please find time soon to get it working more stable on 2.3 =)

    • Lk2
    • January 7th, 2011 7:42pm

    Hi Ander!

    I visited the ADWLauncher Google Code project page and I can’t find the source code.

    I’m sure that I’ve read that ADWLauncher free is licensed as open source (and, in your Google Code project page, it’s announced as Apache 2.0 license), but it can be outdated…

    Can you tell me if is there a way to get the source code? If you want, we can talk by e-mail or Twitter (@_Lk2) and I’ll explain you the reason I want to see the code, if it’s available.

    Nice work with both ADWLauncher and EX!!!

    • Xperia adroid 2.1
    • January 11th, 2011 4:13am

    guys, adw don have any pop up for miss call,and msg how do i get it? pls hard la if don have pop up… some 1 help me

    • JP
    • January 13th, 2011 8:44pm

    Love your launcher application. One major issue I have is that I usually use 1 to 2 homescreens. I would like to have the option to disable the homescreen preview completely. (ex. pinch gesture on a homescreen) It gets annoying that I accidentally tap two fingers on a homescreen and the previews shows up on ONE screen, which is not necessary at all.

    • steve
    • January 17th, 2011 10:05am

    Hi Ander!

    I visited the ADWLauncher Google Code project page and I can’t find the source code .Can you tell me if is there a way to get the source code?

    • Kasandra
    • January 19th, 2011 4:59pm

    I’ve been using ADW as my launcher and have taken a look at a few others, but still keep coming back. Going to look into the pay version on your site so I can pay via paypal, rather than on my cc. The only issue that I have come across in this update is my notification bar sometimes disappears. This isn’t all the time, and I haven’t been able to figure out what combination of gestures or “keystrokes” make this happen. I can often get it back and have it stay by restarting the launcher, but sometimes is goes away right away, sometimes not. I’m running stock 2.1 on a samsung captivate. I personally love the supported themeing of ADW.

    • Richard parker
    • January 21st, 2011 5:34am

    Is there any other way to purchase you lanchbar, here in the states for security reason, my bank does not take over seas orders, tried 3 credit cards. No good, they were not validated because they are not from us. Not my rule, if you can give me some advice on other ways I would be grateful.


    • Marcio
    • January 23rd, 2011 3:34am

    Can’t find it on Market, I have a HTC Magic with Android 1.5

    • Emiliano
    • January 23rd, 2011 11:00am

    Hi Ander,

    I’m loving your launcher!!!!!!!!
    I’ve been playing with it for hours and trying stuff
    I just notices that whenever i move from one screen to the other on the desktop it puts all widgets in low resolution while doing it… I’m on an HTC DHD unrooted, checked if the Sense was going the same but it doesn’t…..

    any idea what can it be?? is it someone having the same problem?


    • bvjens31
    • January 26th, 2011 1:30am

    First of all, great work on ADW Launcher, I love it. The only thing I’m having an issue with on my new Droid 2 Global is that when the phone turns on, it defaults to the very right-most home screen. In my case, this is the 3rd screen, because I only have 3 enabled as that suits my needs thanks to allowing us to get more than a 4×4 homescreen. Can’t find anything in the settings about it.

    Still the best launcher out there imho.

    FYI I am rooted but no custom ROM installed. Renamed all bloatware with ADB to achieve a pretty vanilla stock ROM.

    • Tet
    • January 29th, 2011 12:54pm


    First of all great work for both project!!!!

    I remarq in the preferences of ADWLauncher, I don’t have the option to choose the number of screen, it isn’t in “screen preference” as it’s written.

    Someone can tell me where I can select the number of screen?

    I just want 4 screens, not 5 by default.

    Motorola Milestone 2.1update

    • fugo
    • January 29th, 2011 10:50pm

    I can’t find this in google market? I used to have it on 2.1 and loved it, just installed 2.2 and went to get it and its not there.. i tried using appbrain to grab it and it can’t find it either!

    • Stephan
    • February 1st, 2011 12:55pm

    i get the error message

    “Error backing up ADW settings!”

    when trying
    ADWSettings > Backup and restore > Backup ADW settings

    there is a zero byte long file created on

    what can i do to resolve this issue?

    thanks, brgds, Stephan

    • Stephan
    • February 1st, 2011 12:57pm

    Stephan :
    i get the error message
    “Error backing up ADW settings!”
    when trying
    ADWSettings > Backup and restore > Backup ADW settings
    there is a zero byte long file created on
    what can i do to resolve this issue?
    thanks, brgds, Stephan

    Samsung Galaxy S, ROM XXJPY, Frojo 2.2.1

      • MJMcMahon
      • February 12th, 2011 12:59am

      Identical issue on Samsung Fascinate running SuperClean 2.1 (EB01) Voodoo. Based upon the fact that this is occurring on two Froyo kernels on Samsung devices, it sounds like an issue with Froyo, at least with the Samsung implementation. :(

    • Nnyan
    • February 4th, 2011 11:20pm

    First, love your launcher! I only have two minor issues on my EVO 4G.

    1. Even though I uncheck “Wallpaper Scrolling” whenever I add a picture as my wallpaper it still crops the right/left side of the picture (in other words it stretches the picture across 3 desktops even though the wallpaper will NOT actually scroll when you move from desktop screen to screen.

    • Jacco
    • February 10th, 2011 5:01pm

    Sorry to see that it’s not available to Archos users? I cannot find it in the market, nor in the appslib? Maybe it’s a good idea to put the APK on your site too?

    • Raiden
    • February 10th, 2011 9:59pm

    I love the launcher, keep the good work.
    If i can make just a tiny suggestion it would be great if i could set the desktops so that they loop around.
    For example if i have 3 desktop (a, b,and c) and if i try to move to the right of “c” ill end up on “a” and to the right of “a” would be “b” and then “c”; and then “a” again.

    I hope this make any sense.
    Thanks again for the great app.

  1. I use CyanogemMod. when running nightlys with adwlauncher I cannot get the “restore desktop configuration to work. I get all my icons on the scren. bac The number of screens is restored Maybe this is the way it is suppose to work.
    Adlerkup with ADWlauncher both desktop configuration and Adw settings. I then download the nightly. do a wipe and when the Droid 1 comes up and restores apps i do a restore desktop configuration in ADWlauncher. Nothing happens. The desktop Icons do not get restored.

  2. Sorry about the previous post. Please ignore the grbled wording!!!
    I use CyanogemMod. When running nightlys with adwlauncher, I cannot get the “restore desktop configuration to work. I get all my icons on the scren, backup with ADWlauncher both desktop configuration and Adw settings. I then download the nightly. do a wipe and when the Droid 1 comes up and restores apps I do a restore desktop configuration in ADWlauncher. Nothing happens. The desktop Icons do not get restored. The number of screens is restored Maybe this is the way it is suppose to work.

    • Dhruv Chawla
    • February 12th, 2011 5:04am

    Hello everyone,

    I used many launchers and found adw to be the best. No other launcher in my opinion gives that many options to choose from. But there are a few things that I would like the developer to take care of if he could. Is there a way to permanently hide the main dock when I open the app drawer? In lpp, the dock doesn’t remain open when I open the drawer. I do see a home button, but there’s an option for turning that off. I know about the swipe option to bring up the dockbar, but I don’t want to have to do that every single time. Secondly, is there a way to make the dockbar the main dock, as it resembles the zeam dock which I love? Finally, can I have 7 home screens instead of 5? Should I buy the ex version?

    Thank You.

    • samuaz
    • February 16th, 2011 9:26am

    wapo!! genial como siempre, pero tengo una peticion xDD podrías acelerar o optimizar la rotación o el “redraw” del escritorio al rotarlo tarda algunas veces 3-5 segundos :S por lo demás genial!! saludos

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