EMUI 9 Update Removes the Ability to Use Third-Party Launchers From Honor, Huawei Phones

EMUI 9 update based on Android 9 Pie has already started rolling out to some Honor as well as Huawei smartphones. With the update, the company is looking to enhance the overall user experience. Huawei has witnessed several users complaining about the performance of some third-party app launchers, which isn’t in the hands of Huawei. This is the reason why the Chinese smartphone maker has decided to remove the ability to use third-party launchers from EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie.


The EMUI 9 is rolling out to users in China, and as of now, Huawei hasn’t officially come out with details regarding if it plans to bring back the third party launcher support to Honor or Huawei phones or not. Most users love using third party launcher apps in this phones, but there are some such apps that come with malware, which instead of improving the user experience, comprises on it. As noted, several users have previously complained about the performance of some third-party launchers, which sometimes come with malware and leaves the device impaired.

Huawei Disables Use of Third-Party Launchers in EMUI 9

Huawei has reportedly been getting several service complaints from users and hence the company has decided to take the measure of removing the third party launcher support from EMUI 9. It all started when a Reddit user contributed to the discussion by explaining the new development and how the company is planning to mitigate the many service complaints about malware from Huawei and Honor phone users.

After receiving several service complaints, Huawei believes that the core reason behind these issues is third-party launchers. These third-party launchers, as Huawei believes, are full of malware. In fact, some launchers don’t allow users to remove them once installed as default launcher on the phone. Additionally, some launchers come packed with malware as well as adware. In such instances, the EMUI-based Honor or Huawei phone users will have no option other than taking the device to the service centre.

In fact, Huawei has reportedly told a Reddit user that the company is getting flooded with such service complaints, and has hence has decided to remove the third party launcher support from EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie. With this decision, Huawei is basically aiming to ensure the Honor or Huawei phone users are safe from any kind of frauds and malware.

Huawei, Honor Users Complain

Several Honor and Huawei users have taken to Reddit to complain about the removal of the ability use a third party launcher. The users say that the solution provided to combat the service complaint issue is “unfair”. The users say this because not all third-party launchers are unsafe. There are apps like Nova launcher and Action launcher that is safe to be used any anyone and are also very popular among the Android phone users. The users believe that these kinds of safe launchers should be allowed to be used and can be used as default.

According to discussions on Reddit, Huawei has promised to bring back the “third party launcher removal” option in the next EMUI beta update.

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5 Comments on "EMUI 9 Update Removes the Ability to Use Third-Party Launchers From Honor, Huawei Phones"


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Kaushik IMA
November 13, 2018 5:59 pm 5:59 PM

Great, so now Huawei is becoming a direct competitor to Oppo in the bloat-the-OS-and-skin-it-high race.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 13, 2018 8:08 pm 8:08 PM

If Redmi quickly reduces their prices for RN5 Pro,Honor 8X sales will be eaten up by three phones. RN5 Pro/Moto One Power/Realme 2 Pro.

November 13, 2018 1:07 pm 1:07 PM

When in india

November 13, 2018 10:11 am 10:11 AM

First, denying permissions to unlock bootloader and now denying the use of 3rd party launchers. Then what’s next? Maybe removal of playstore as users tend to install malicious apps from there? Huawei and Honor smartphones are “the most developer friendly devices” in the world.