Launchers with Known Issues

Icons disappearing? It’s your launcher, not Hermit

There is a standard Shortcuts API on Android for adding icons to your home screen, and most launchers support it well. However, some launchers have bugs.

The Shortcuts API works like this: Hermit asks your Launcher to create an icon by passing it an image and a title. After that point, there is no interaction between Hermit and your Launcher, and it is the Launcher’s responsibility to maintain those icons at their correct positions, with the correct icons & titles.

Typical Symptoms

We recommend you report these bugs to your launcher developers.

Work Around

Instead of Hermit requesting your launcher to add an icon, you can have your launcher ask Hermit for an icon. To do this

  1. Follow your launcher’s instructions for adding a New Shortcut or Widget
  2. From that list, pick “Hermit — Create a Lite App”
  3. Then pick your Lite App from the list that appears.

There is no guarantee this will work in a buggy launcher, but it is definitely worth trying. So, in addition, please contact your launcher developer and inform them of the bug in their software.

We recommend the excellent free Nova Launcher, which is available for free in the Google Play Store to install on any Android phone.

Launchers with Known Issues

Please reach out to the developers of these launchers to file bugs with them.

See also: Manufacturers with Known Issues.

❌ Xiaomi, RedMi

App takes too long to start up when using the built-in launcher. The problem goes away when using any other launcher.

❌ EMUI Launcher

Apps are blocked from creating home screen shortcuts by default on EMUI. To enable Hermit to work correctly, go to EMUI’s Apps Permission Manager, and unblock Hermit from creating home screen shortcuts.

❌ Z Launcher

Only shows the first icon. All other icons are not shown.

❌ CM Launcher

Icons may disappear any time.

❌ Nano Launcher

Icons may disappear on reboot.

❌ Tap2 Launcher

Icons may disappear on reboot.

❌ SF Launcher

Icons may disappear on reboot.

❌ OnePlus devices with OxygenOS Launcher

Set up works correctly, the icon names are correctly stored and displayed. But as soon as you restart the device, all names are forgotten and only display as “Hermit” for all Lite Apps.