But sometimes, the phone may look boring. You may want to make your phone look different.
Luckily, in Android, you can use any third-party launchers if you do not like the default launcher.
Some third-party launchers may also allow you to customize some visual elements and features in the launcher.
Samsung now gives you the similar option to customize the visual elements of your Galaxy Note 5 through Galaxy Note 5 themes.
What is Galaxy Note 5 themes?
Samsung first introduced themes in Galaxy S6 early this year.
It is one of the most welcomed features in Galaxy S6 because many owners can get desired look of the phone.
In Galaxy Note 5, Samsung continues to support themes in their TouchWiz skin.
Galaxy Note 5 themes allow you to customize the look of the phone interface through a template.
In previous Galaxy Note devices, you can only change the wallpapers for the lock screen and home screen if you are using the default launcher.
This is considered as limited customization which is available in all Android devices.
Galaxy Note 5 themes allows you to do more. You can change the visual elements of the Galaxy Note 5 home screen, apps screen, lock screen, app icons, notification panel, phone app, contacts app and message app.
Please note there are 3 limitations for Galaxy Note 5 themes:
- Galaxy Note 5 themes will not add any new features. Only visual elements can be changed through Galaxy Note 5 themes.
- Galaxy Note 5 themes can only alter the look of apps from Samsung. For example, if you are using your carrier’s messaging app, Galaxy Note 5 themes will not change anything for that app.
- Galaxy Note 5 themes can only replace the app icons for apps that are from Samsung, Other app icons can only be decorated, not replaced.
The customization is through packages (templates) called themes.
Any developer can design and release their themes to Samsung theme store. Currently, all themes are free.
After applying new Galaxy Note 5 themes, you can still further customize the wallpapers for home screen and lock screen.
How to use Galaxy Note 5 themes?
To use Galaxy Note 5 themes, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Return to Galaxy Note 5 home screen
Step 2: Enter edit mode of Galaxy Note 5 home screen
Tap and hold any blank area in home screen.
This will change your Galaxy Note 5 home screen to edit mode as shown below.
Step 3: tap Themes
Tap Themes as shown above.
Step 4: Choose themes
In the Themes page, you can find the 3 pre-installed themes: default, Pink theme and Space theme. This may be different in some regions.
If you want to use Pink theme or Space theme for your Galaxy Note 5, you can select them here. Both of these two Galaxy Note 5 themes are made by Samsung.
If you want to choose other themes, tap Theme store as shown above.
As shown below, there are many themes for Galaxy Note 5.
The major problem of Samsung theme store is that you have to scroll to browse all themes. No search function, no real categories. Samsung probably will add these features in the future.
Anyway, currently, you have to scroll down to load more themes.
In the theme store, you can add a theme store shortcut in your Galaxy Note 5 home screen so that you can access it directly from home screen.
Once you find an interesting theme for your Galaxy Note 5, you can scroll left or right to check the screenshots to see how it looks for lock screen, home screen,app screen, phone app, message app and the icons as shown below.
Step 5: Download and apply Galaxy Note 5 themes
Once you decide to use the theme, tap Download as shown above.
You can check the progress of the download as shown below.
Once the new theme (space them in this case) is downloaded, you will be shown a warning messages as shown below.
Applying this theme will close all apps and unsaved data will be lost.
This theme includes sounds. Applying this theme will change the following sound settings.
- Touch sound
- Dialing keypad tone
- Keyboard sound
- The backspace button
As Space theme includes customization of sounds, you will see the warning about sound settings.
For other themes that don’t include sounds, the warning message will be slightly different.
Tap Apply as shown below to proceed.
It may take a few mins to apply the new theme. Be patient.
Once the new theme is applied, you can immediately see the difference as shown above.
As mentioned, some app icons were changed as shown above. Some non-Samsung app icons get some decoration.
Alternative way to access Galaxy Note 5 themes settings
You can also access Galaxy Note 5 theme settings in Settings—Themes.
FAQs on Galaxy Note 5 themes
1. How to add the theme store shortcut to Galaxy Note 5 home screen?
You can access the theme store using one of the two methods mentioned above.
Once you are in the Theme store, you can tap the link indicated above to add a shortcut for theme store to your Galaxy Note 5 home screen.
2. I remember there is a XYZ theme, but now I cannot find it. What can I do?
Some themes may be removed from theme store for various reasons.
But if you downloaded it before, the theme should appear under My Themes in the Theme store.
If you did not download that theme before, then you cannot get it now if it is removed from the theme store.
3. The new theme applied does not change my Messages app?
You can try to reboot your Galaxy Note 5 to see whether it helps.
If the Messages app is customized by your carrier, or if it is your carrier’s messaging app, then the new theme will NOT change its look. In both cases, you cannot change the look through Galaxy Note 5 themes.
4. Can I use my own wallpapers for the new Galaxy Note 5 themes?
You can also use any other customization just like for the default theme.
5. Are Galaxy Note 5 themes really free? Are there any hidden costs?
All Galaxy Note 5 themes in the theme store are free, at least currently. There are no hidden costs to use them.
6. Can I sideload my own Galaxy Note 5 themes?
No, Samsung does not allow you to sideload Galaxy Note 5 themes.
Of course, if you rooted your Galaxy Note 5, you can bypass the limitation.
We do NOT discuss or teach rooting Galaxy Note devices.
Can you use Galaxy Note 5 themes to customize your Galaxy Note 5 now?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on using Galaxy Note 5 themes, please leave a comment in the comment box below.
The community will try to help you.
For other Galaxy Note 5 features and detailed Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides, please check Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides page.
You may also download and read the official Samsung Galaxy Note 5 user manual here.