Facebook announced “Home” a new Android launcher that lets you “connect” with your friends by putting them in the heart of your phone. Connecting with friends is good, but staying connected 24/7 is something that I don’t want.
Facebook Home was rolled out on Google Play Store yesterday and just like every other curious user, I installed it on my Galaxy S3. It brought everything including photos, status updates, messages and services at the foreground of my phone’s screen.
At first it looked good, but as I started using it for a few hours, it got really annoying because every time I turned on my phone’s screen I only had to see Facebook updates. And that’s the main reason why I uninstalled it and switched back to normal ‘life.’
Other than that, I honestly missed all the widgets and folders that I had setup in the previous launcher — checking my calendar for events, being updated with the latest cricket scores, Google Play, and so on. Also, I missed the dock icons at the bottom of the screen where I could easily access my phone’s dialer, messages, camera and browser. With Facebook Home installed, all of these features were gone.
Sorry Facebook, I really don’t want to see you popping on my phone’s screen every time I unlock my phone.
Personally, Facebook Home is a waste of time and I would not recommend any normal user to install it. However, if you’re a Facebook addict and you can’t seem to live your day without checking Facebook very occasionally, this is app is perfectly designed for you. It allows you to access all Facebook’s features without actually opening the app or the site on the browser.
Having said that, I think I’m not the only one who is annoyed with Facebook Home. A majority number of people who have installed Facebook Home have felt the same. The app has been negatively reviewed and majorly rated with one star on Google Play Store.
With Facebook Home, your Android device is no more a smartphone; it’s simply a “friendphone” without any smartness.
Here’s how you can change the default launcher or uninstall Facebook Home and return back to normal:
- Open Settings and scroll down to the “Device” category, then select “Apps.”
- This will bring up list of all of your installed apps. Scroll down and find Facebook Home.
- Tap on the name, then scroll down to the bottom and select “Clear defaults.”
- Hit the Home button again, which will again give you the option to pick your launcher; pick Launcher, and choose “Always” to make it the default.
Otherwise, you can simply uninstall Facebook Home app by tapping on the “uninstall” button.