Themer Beta, a launcher replacement initiative by the team at MyColorScreen.com, has received a lot of attention in the last few weeks. And I mean a lot, as it currently has a waitlist of 280,000+ people strong. That's right, two hundred and eighty thousand.

The invites have so far been released in relatively small batches of a few thousand at a time, leaving the majority of those on the list waiting impatiently and scrambling to find a code or two to satisfy that Themer craving. Our own Ryan Whitwam took the app out for a spin in the first exclusive look on the web and came out relatively impressed.

Today, I have some good news. The MyColorScreen team has heavily upgraded the backend servers powering Themer and are now ready for a swarm of users to hit them all at once. The magical code you need to know is: MSTRCD. It's good for 40,000 uses, but considering the size of that waitlist, I wouldn't wait too long to download the app from the Play Store and punch it in.

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  • Brian Armstrong

    Been on themer for a week. Brilliant. Revolutionary!

    • James Gibbons

      It's a simpler version of Buzz Launcher, not sure I would go as far as "revolutionary". JMHO

      • Grizzly Atoms

        Buzz doesn't work with a lot of widgets and you have to manually install everything. Themer actually SETS UP the theme on my homescreen so I can enjoy it instead of tinkering for god knows how long.

        • James Gibbons

          I think the main difference between the two is the User. I like "tinkering" so for someone like me, Buzz works. But as I dig deeper into Themer, I am finding more of the customization options, so it is starting to appeal to me

          • Grizzly Atoms

            I am a tinker-er as well and I have used Buzz before a good deal of times, but anytime there is a theme with UCCW widgets they never make the cut. For some reason Buzz does not download the UCCW widgets to apply to theme. Lets be honest, UCCW widgets make most of these themes.

            Also, I would really like to be able to use icon packs on Themer. I went back to Apex just because of the icons. I NEED UNIFORM ICONS DAMN IT!

    • Daniel McDermott

      Not as revolutionary as Buzz was, but I do believe the simplicity is good for people who want to theme their homescreen, but don't want lots of complicated settings. I still like Buzz Launcher more as I can customize the themes easier to my liking, and the Koreans and Chinese put out some good themes on Buzz. Buzz could learn how to sort new themes and cut out the :"Backup"'s that clutter their new themes feed from these guys. I think if Themer makes it easier to customize icons to open apps I want to use, and solve the crash issues, I will stick with it. Also, they got a lot of work to do to optimize the app, it uses more battery than Buzz and most other launchers, and slow to load. However, they seem like hard working developers, so I have faith in them.

      • Themer Support

        Themer has a lot of customization options. They're generally hidden, but you can learn more about them in our designer video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJUZM0Vl3Ys

        • Elmir Buljubasic

          Please change the weather app, The weather chanel app is not aviable in Italy.

        • dandmcd

          I do agree there are many customization options hidden in advanced settings. Setting defaults for app icons is broken and could use some changes beyond bug fixing. In the Kitkat Concept theme, I can't set the Messaging icon to actually use the SMS Messaging app. It automatically defaults to Wechat without giving me a choice, and resetting does not solve the problem. When I press and hold the icon, I think you should allow the edit button to not only change the name and icon used, but also which app it opens. Also, I tried to manually add an app to my desktop, and use one of the themed icons, but the icons are nowhere to be found in the gallery of my phone. Downloaded theme icons should be able to be used without using some trickery advanced setting I don't know about.

          All in all, your app is wonderful, and I look forward to every update, I will stick with it if you can solve some of the issues I mentioned previously.

  • Richard Borkovec

    Thanks for this! Been on the waiting list for a while, now I don't have to wait!!

  • Brenden

    Sweet Thank You! Just downloaded it & Installed on my T-Mobile S4.

  • Stephen


  • Juan Camilo Giraldo Chaverra

    Thanks dudesssssss

  • http://www.ygoverdose.com/ Kristopher Perovic

    Now if only the themes didn't look so horrible.

    • PrDawg

      Agree. Now they need some professional themers to make this fly above the kidddie level. lol

  • Mastermind26

    Thank you for this!

  • Tomás Castro

    OHH HELL YEAH :D couldn't wait a second longer! Thanks!

  • ProductFRED

    Been using it for a few days now. It's nice, but not as customizable as Nova Launcher, and crashes while trying to access the themes list occasionally (Galaxy S4). Overall, I love it and the idea of prepackaged themes, but I can't give up all of the options that Nova Launcher offers.

    • sivkai

      Same as you. I just hope in time these features will come to Themer.

    • James Gibbons

      It's not even as customizable as Buzz Launcher, which it is most similar to.. but I am hoping that comes with time. It is just a Beta after all

  • Van Nguyen

    Sad that this doesnt support custom densities. All the icons and widgets are zoomed out and misplaced when I change my density, even after a reapply.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Not even that, when I tried it, just adding the permanent Google search bar to the homescreen broke the theme.

      • Van

        I guess its still in Beta so those bugs should be ironed out, soon hopefully.

  • David metzger

    Thanks for the code. I signed up with my email address a few days ago, but there were 180,000 people before me. I was surprised that there were any invites left. Seems like a pretty solid app. Every now and then I like to change up my homescreen, so I will definitely dive deeper into the settings. Thanks again, David

  • Mobile Phones Fan

    Thanks for the code!

    Looks promising...selecting and setting up a new theme is remarkably smooth and trouble-free; much better than in past iterations. I'm easily (and quickly) bored with my phone's desktop, so if Themer can provide a reliable means of on-a-whim switching -- plus a steady stream of cool layouts -- I'd be willing to pay a few bucks for all that convenience.

  • Joe Pas

    I got an invite in the first round of emails, but can't use the app with PIE enabled! So disappointed.

  • tym0

    ha, I don't have any compatible devices...

  • ThePhanein

    Themer just seems like a easier to use Buzz Launcher minus a lot of the customization. Looking forward to using it when it matures, but Buzz Launcher might be a better choice for now.

    • Themer Support

      You can customize all themes to your liking. Check out our designer video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJUZM0Vl3Ys

      • ThePhanein

        Yes, themer has a great deal of customization on the front end of things, but what I'm looking for is an app draw that matches the the beauty of it. I don't like cluttering my launcher with icons. I prefer a widget setup. I would also like to say that I have had a lot of difficulty with how easy it is to just bring up the status bar. I wish I could make it a bit harder so that it wouldn't just pop up while I'm theming

        On the plus side! Brian from Pocketnow, awesome.

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    Wow.... an launcher I actually like.... This is really cool x)

  • Joseph Cascio

    I went from 50k to instant access. Thanks.

    Edit: App is unusable. Running a stock based ROM (Gnex) but with a smaller nav bar and can't browse any themes. Big disappointment.

    • Mastermind26

      GNex owner here. Everything works just fine for me.

    • Egnimatic_Foolishness

      It's based on your stock resolution, so if your nav bar isn't based on stock, then you'll have a problem

  • spydie

    One of the original testers here.... I found it "bleh"

  • Alex Esparza-Sandy

    Sweet, thanks for the code! For sure that waiting list is extremely long.

  • moelsen8

    Thanks AP!

  • Trent Russell

    Thanks for the code. Installed, tried a few themes, uninstalled. Preset themes, while some are pretty creative, defeat the purpose for me. I'm still locked into someone else's vision of homescreen navigation and it's never *quite* right.

    • James Gibbons

      That's what I like about Buzz Launcher. I can find a theme that is close to what I want, and tweak it the rest of the way to what I like.

      • Victor QuyUy

        does that mean themer is not customize-able like Buzz? :( What a shame
        Ok, I've seen the youtube link below, it can be customized...
        And after installing, it said it's not compatible with nexus 4 screen (stock UI) at the moment :), so... see you later :D

        • James Gibbons

          I find Buzz easier to customize, but as I dig deeper into Themer, I am finding more of the customization options and learning their UI..

          • rafaelhbarros

            It's in beta phase, just reiterating here: more features are being implemented every day, and the entire idea behind MyColorScreen and Themer is to get customization on the hands of every user. So if you really want to change the preset theme the way you want, you can. You can even export and keep the changed theme in your phone, there is a lot of potential on Everything Widget and coming soon, zooper widget too.

    • Mr E

      I'd have to agree. Plus, there aren't a whole lot of themes up there right now, so for me it was just cool to use for a day or two. It seems like you can tweak themes, but my changes also got lost when I switched the them or back to my regular launcher.

      • rafaelhbarros

        Remember you can export the theme with your custom changes and those will be kept locally.

  • BenjaminPratt

    I'm in! Haha awesome

  • Phillip Huynh

    Still waiting for support for the Nexus 7... :C

  • remister

    110010101001595398th Thank you for the code.
    You have brought back my Galaxy Nexus GSM, no Verizon BS here :P

  • AllPurposeRadio

    It's nice and all especially the way many of the themes integrate an RSS reader but unless I'm doing something wrong I have to sign into Feely every time I change themes which will drive me nuts quickly. Plus it doesn't recognize Greater for my news app and I can't find any way to configure it. Definitely interested in seeing where it goes but don't think I'm ready to use it full time.

  • xenolyse

    Thanks for the code!

    The app obviously still have a long way to go before it can compete with the most popular launchers of today. I would like to see some form of animations and a much better app drawer. Until then i stick with Nova Prime.

  • arturodelac

    Not working

  • SxperiaS

    Thank you for the code AndroidPolice, always spoiling the readers.
    Just one of the many things which makes me like AP so much!


  • John Doez

    Hate it

  • Ghost_Of_Sparta

    Thanks for the code, it works like a charm. I had been waiting for it for ages. Awesome app,by the way, congrats to the developers for such an amazing app.

  • Brenden Keene


  • blahblahblah

    Why does everyone that makes themes for this, assume no one uses the statusbar? Just about every theme hides the statusbar, deal breaker for me. At least with Buzz Launcher I can turn the statusbar back on.

    • Demacish

      Just pull it down, it isn't so hard

      • Mr E

        Sometimes it doesn't respond that well, but anyway, part of the point of the status bar is to easily see notifications etc, w/o needing to always remember to swipe down every time you turn the screen on. This is a case of the interface getting in the way.

        • Themer Support

          We'll be adding themes with notification bar built in. :)

          • Lalit Mali

            That'll be great.
            -Plus, need theme customizations backed up. A theme resets to default when u try another theme and come back.
            -And the search for themes feels wrong. Tap on search-type something - tap search again and it actually erases the search box instead of searching.
            -And if feasible, organize the themes into categories or something. Perhaps, when ur themes database grows to a bigger number.

  • Jason Lee

    Thanks for letting us know AP!

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Got the code! Giving it a try.

  • FknTwizted


  • Hamza Javed

    Thanks for the code!!

  • ibannieto

    Thx for the code!

  • Idan Yael


  • Boris Shobat

    Thanks code accepted!

  • Sam Lee

    The code works! Thanks AP! :)

  • kelvin

    I really don't get it. This app is for modding lovers, but it can't take devices with modded nav bar. I wont re-stock my phone just to try a app... seems promising though

  • Scott Hendry

    i skipped over 100,000 people lol thanks AP!

  • ram

    I feel Themer is good...but not great...It is extremely simple to apply ur themes with the help of Themer...just 1 click...great themes..

    But I faced with the following problem when using the Themer...
    1.) It keeps on refreshing when i press the home button...which i believe is it's syncing with the data every time...thus it's little high in draining away the battery...

    2.) only limited themes are available as of now..but i believe soon many of the themes in mycolourscreen will be included in themer.

    3.) I believe customization of themer is not easy...little uncomfortable...

    Overall I believe themer is a great app which needs to improve some more.... I'm just a normal Android user...So not a pro to comment...but i would rate Themer 3.5 stars /5 ...good..:)

  • Adriano Corte Real

    Been testing it for over a week: works terribly if you have a custom DPI.

  • RaptorOO7

    By the time I get this added to my GN3 tonight when I get it I suspect the codes will be gone :(

  • Cherokee4life

    Thanks for the heads up but not really my cup of tea. I prefer stock Android.

  • rabidhunter

    Thanks much for the code, I installed. I can't wait to play around with it more. I'm at work so I can't do a whole lot of theming. But when I get home, I'll have to play around with it.

  • Ben

    Let me catagorise my app draw and apply global custom icon to them and maybe I will stick with themer..

  • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

    thanks for the code. I had to wait like 2 weeks, just installed it on the wife's S4.

  • challenge_accepted

    oh both my phones it says failed to apply theme. anyone else?

  • Trent Fox

    Love you forever

  • Craig Reville

    Thanks for the code!! Kudos!

  • Tucker Mulcahy

    Still working as of the 15th

  • leenephi

    Awesome! Code works still! Thanks :D

  • http://www.hacktabs.com/ Anoop Sudhakaran

    The app is so awesome, One problem I face on HTC Sense is with the Status Bar. If it slides down once, It never hides again.

  • Maldo

    thank you for this code! i love themer!