You might be one of the many who want to make their Android phone’s interface look like an iPhone’s iOS. With Android’s flexibility in customization, you can use launchers with gesture support to take your experience to a deeper level. On top of that, you can get some good apps from the Google Play Store to personalize the home screen and make it look more like iOS.
There are several ways to do this. You can use a launcher which will change different aspects of your homescreen and the way you interact with the user interface on the fly. Then there are icons and theme packs that you can install and apply separately. Together, this will help you achieve the coveted iOS look you are looking for.
1. iOS 14 Launcher
iOS 14 brings a lot of new features and the privacy-focused ones are quite significant. To enjoy a similar experience, you can get the iOS 14 Launcher to brighten up your Android phone’s home screen. By default, the dock can support 4 app icons and most of the system icons will look like iOS apps. You also get the full shake effect with a menu when you long press it.
In fact, swiping right will reveal the widget area where you can add / remove widgets again. If you want to create custom ones, check out our guide on creating custom widgets using KWGT.
The developer has done an amazing job with the launcher, and you will be blown away by how it looks on an iPhone screen. Swiping from the bottom will reveal the Control Center which is functional and fluid.
All the icons are now laid out on the home screen and upon tapping on a folder the familiar fuzzy pop-up will appear. It is a very effective app to redesign your home screen and make it work like iOS.
The app is ad supported and they blink every time you tap a setting which is annoying. This is the only sad part of this app, and there is no way to remove them with an in-app purchase. So while this app offers the closest iOS real-life feel, the ads kill the joy.
2. iOS 14 Control Center
I didn’t say much about the Control Center in the last app as it’s pretty limiting, and there’s no way to toggle the options like in iOS 14. This app changes that and gives you a lot more control over the Control Center. It looks and works just like iOS (well, almost), and you can quickly turn features on / off.
Note that you will need to disable the navigation menu buttons at the bottom of the screen as they will conflict with the newly added Control Center. If you choose to have both, it will take a lot of practice before you get used to it. It takes time when you want something done in a jiffy.
The developer of the iOS 14 launcher created the iOS 14 Control Center and it suffers from the same problem – too many ads with no way to remove them. Both apps keep their promises and will completely transform the look and function of your home screen.
For now, we can only hope that the developer offers an option to remove the ads.
3. iOS 11 style
Maybe you don’t need or want the whole shebang. You like how your home screen works, but you want to change the way it looks. You should check out icon packs, and the first one is iOS 11 style. The advantage of using an icon pack is that you can change the app icons while using your favorite launcher. Just install the icon pack and you should be good to go.
It supports a lot of launchers by default, but not Microsoft Launcher, which I use. If that’s the case with you, open your launcher settings and select the iOS 11 Style icon pack from the Appearance menu (usually). All system icons will now look like iOS 14.
The app is ad-supported, but you can remove it with an in-app purchase. It is mentioned on the Play Store. However, I did not find any upgrade option in the app.
4. Lock screen and notifications
The last part of the equation is the lock screen and how it displays notifications on your screen. Again, iOS works differently, but this little app will help bring all of those UI elements to your Android phone.
You get the familiar torch and camera icons which are optional and can be removed. Then there are the notifications grouped accordingly, and you can swipe left to view or ignore them. The look and feel is that of the iOS interface, even for widgets like the music app.
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While not something I would personally try, each has their own. There are many other apps on the Play Store, some from the same developers who developed them, which you can use to customize the look of your Android phone. Additionally, you can get icon packs and fringe apps to mimic iOS-specific behavior. We’ve covered the lock screen and notifications area, the home screen, and even the control center. And when you’ve satisfied your itch, uninstall the apps and try something else.
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Last updated on Dec 28, 2020
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