How To: Get The Look And Feel Of The Google Nexus On A Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Last updated: July 1, 2020.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung released their Galaxy Note 5 in August of 2015.  While it is a great device, it still uses the TouchWiz UI.  The TouchWiz isn’t well liked by most users as there is a lot of pre-installed bloatware that makes the UI prone to lagging.

One was to fix the lagging problems with a TouchWiz UI is to remove or disable the bloatware.  But another way to fix it would be to nexify your Galaxy Note 5.  Replicate the features of Google’s Nexus on the Galaxy Note 5.

In this post, were going to show you how you can make a Galaxy Note 5 look and feel like a Google Nexus.  This way you will get a few of Google’s apps, their home launcher and some other features that will give your device the look and feel of a Google Nexus device.


  1. Get a materials design theme
  • Go to settings and then the personal tab. Find Themes.
  • In Themes, tap on Theme Store.
  • Search for Material Design.
  • When you find the free theme named Material Design, tap on it to download.
  • Apply the Materials Design Theme.
  1. Get Google Apps

Download and install the following apps one by one onto your Galaxy Note 5.  You can find them all on the Google Play Store.


  1. Disable the Samsung Apps that your replaced

After installing the Google Apps above, you need to disable or hide the Samsung Apps that they replaced.  Do so by taking the following steps:

  • Get the Hide App-Hide Application Iconapp from the Google Play Store.  Install it.
  • Go to your app drawer and open the app.
  • Grant the app root rights.
  • Select the Samsung Stock apps that you are replacing and choose to disable or hide them.


  1. Disable the Samsung bloatware apps.
    • Open your app drawer
    • Tap the edit option found on the top right corner.
    • Tap the “-“ icon next to the apps to disable.


  1. Get a Google Now Launcher
    • Go to the Google Play Store and look for for “Google Now Launcher“.
    • Install the launcher.
    • When the launcher is installed, press the home button. You will now be asked to choose a launcher, choose the Google Now Launcher.



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