How To: Get The Look of Android 4.4 KitKat On Any Android Device

Last updated: July 1, 2020.

Android 4.4 KitKat On Any Android Device

Phone manufacturers put their own UI’s on their Android smartphones.  Some manufacturers add their own features to the UI’s such as HTCV with their Sense and Samsung with TouchWiz.  At times, the UI is really the only thing that really differentiates the devices from one manufacturer to the other.

While most people are happy enough to initially use the UI that their manufacturer provided, some get a bit bored or feel like another UI might suit them better.  Because of the open source nature of Android, users can change their default UI’s by installing custom ROMs.  These custom ROMs can install different UI’s on different devices.

In this post, we are going to show you how you can make the UI of any Android device look like Android 4.4 KitKat.  This is a stock android launcher/interface from Google that they released in their Nexus 5.  This is a simple method that does not require you to have root access, though you may need to install some apps via the Google Play store or through apk files.


Follow along and get an update to Android 4.4 KitKat for your device.

  1. Replace your launcher

We suggest using either Apex Launcher or the Google Experience Launcher

  1. With Apex Launcher

  • Go to the Google Play Store and look for Apex Launcher.
  • Install Apex Launcher.
  • Select this launcher as default.
    1. Google Experience Launcher

  • Download the launcher
  • Download Google Play Services apk file
  • Finally Download Google Velvet apk file
  • Place all downloaded files on phone.
  • Install the files.
  • Go to the app drawer and open launcher from there. Press the home key then select Launcher as your default.
  • You may also clear defaults by going to your device’s Settings>Applications>Launcher>Clear Data.

Troubleshooting: if you get a “Google Play Services Force Close” error, long press on the home scree then go to Settings>Voice> Language or Open Google Now>Settings>Voice>Language.  Set your language from default to something else.

  1. Change lock screen to Holo Locker

  • Go to the Google Play Store
  • Search for Holo Locker
  • Install
  • You can also download an apk file HERE
  1. Get the latest Google Keyboard

  • Download
  • Install
  • Go to your Language and Input settings. Choose Google Keyboard.
  1. Install Google Hangouts-Supports Messaging

  • Download
  • Install
  • Open app or else pull down the notification bar. Enable messaging in Hangouts.
  1. Install the Google alike calculator

  • Go to the Google Play store.
  • Look for CyanogenMod calculator or click here to download.
  • Install
  1. Install latest Camera app

  • Downloadthe latest Camera app


  1. Install Google’s Gallery

  • Download  latest Gallery app
  • Place Gallery app apk file on device and install
  • Set as default then find the icon in app drawer.


  1. Install latest Calendar

  • Download
  • Place downloadedapp’s apk file on device and


  1. Install latest Desk Clock app

  • Download  latest Desk Clock App HERE.
  • Place downloadedapp’s apk file on device and

10.Replace Email app

  • Place downloadedapp’s apk file on device and

11, Install Google Talks

  • Download HERE
  • Place downloadedapp’s apk file on device and


  1. Install Google Keep

  • Download
  • Place downloadedapp’s apk file on device and




Do you now have the look and feel of Android KitKat on your device?

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