How to Make the Android Interface Look Like iOS
- Step 1: Desktop
- Step 2: Lock screen
- Step 3: Control center
- Step 4: Status Bar and Notification Bar
- Step 5: Appearance of OS Settings
- Step 6: Apps
- Extras. Boot Animations
The debate about what is visually better and more convenient, controlling the iPhone iOS operating system from Apple or Android, the leading mobile platform in terms of prevalence, can be carried on endlessly. Meanwhile, if you are the owner of an Android device, but you find the interface iOS more preferable, by performing a series of manipulations, you can easily bring the image displayed on the screen of the “green robot” in the “apple” form. The practical implementation of such a conversion will be discussed in this article.
The following procedure of “remaking” Android interface into the one that looks as close to iOS as possible consists of installing and configuring a number of applications step by step, therefore it can be called relatively safe and reversible, as well as easy to implement. To effectively implement all the instructions in this article, except the last additional one, you will only need the ability to install software adapted to work in a “green robot” environment using different methods.
Step 1: The desktop
The first step to get an iPhone-like interface on your Android device is to “replace” the system tray screen with a visually similar one to iOS, which is possible by installing an app-launcher. There are many of those for Android in the Apple style in the Google Play Store – just enter as a search query on the Store something similar to the phrase “iOS Launcher”, and you will open a choice of a number of proposals.
We will consider the installation procedure and application capabilities of the specified interface “converters” on the example of Launcher iOS 13 by LuuTinh Developer – this solution among other similar ones has received the largest number of positive feedback from users at the time of writing the article.
Install Launcher iOS 13 from your smartphone by following the link above or by using the Google app store search. Launch the Launcher.
Grant all required permissions to the tool by tapping “ENABLE” under the system prompts that appear.
Granting permissions to the Launcher iOS 13 for Android app
Now exit the application, or rather make such an attempt. As a result, the smartphone screen will prompt you to select the main system screen – tap here “iOS Launcher” and then tap “ALWAYS”.
Actually, you can already assess the first result of the operation carried out – the appearance of the application icons and their location will immediately change after the previous point of the instruction.
To make the smartphone desktop look more like the iPhone desktop, set the wallpaper from the ones Apple offers (the set of images is supplied with the Launcher):
A long tap on the icon-free area of the Desktop puts it in configuration mode. Tap “Wallpaper” at the bottom of the screen.
Next, by scrolling through the list of available wallpapers, select the appropriate ones, tap their preview and tap “OK” on the preview image screen.
Another OS desktop-related setting for the Launcher is to change the size of the icons, as well as choosing the grid according to which they are arranged:
- Call up the iOS 13 Launcher settings by long-pressing the icon-free area of the Desktop and then tapping “Settings” at the bottom right. Tap “Utilities” in the list of options that appears.
- Slide the slider in the “ICON SIZE” area to adjust the size of the icons.
- Choose one of the options for the location of application icons on the Home screen – “5×4” or “6×4” by tapping its designation.
Regarding the “new” Desktop of your smartphone, there is only one operation left – to arrange the application shortcuts and system tools in their places. After installing the iOS-style launcher, this is done in a somewhat unfamiliar method for the Android user, so perhaps requires an explanation:
To move an icon, click on it and don’t stop acting until all the icons on the Home screen begin to “shake” (the action menu appears first). Next, move the item to where it should be, then do the same with the other icons.
Once you’ve finished arranging the icons, press the back touch button.
Form the folders. To do this, drag and drop the shortcuts one on top of the other and then enter the name of the resulting container.
Another option worth noting from those available in Launcher iOS 13 is the ability to hide app icons from your smartphone’s Home screen. Tap on one icon or another before the menu is displayed and then select “Hidden apps” in it.
Step 2: Lock Screen
The next step in solving our problem is to install a lock screen with iOS-style notifications. Not a bad solution to this issue is offered by the developer of the installed louncer in the step above.
Install the iOS 13 Lock Screen and Notifications app from Google Play Market and launch it.
From the list of options on the main locker screen, click “Disable System Lock”. Next, deactivate Android’s current protection against unauthorized unlocking of the device and return to the app.
Slide the switch at the top of the screen to the “On” position, then confirm your request from the app by tapping “OK.”
Another permission that needs to be granted is to show data from the app on top of other windows – do this when prompted by the system.
After completing the above, it is recommended to restart the smartphone, after which you can proceed to evaluate the result obtained.
To adjust the settings of the installed and working screen locker, tap on its icon on the Desktop of your smartphone.
Then, configure the application by going to the settings sections of the second-to-last category on the screen that opens:
- “Passcode” to set the password that will be required to unlock the smartphone.
- “Wallpaper” – the ability to set a background image of the locker from the app’s collection or device storage.
- “Notifications” – here by activating the switches you can disable the display of notifications from individual apps on the locked screen.
- Now a very similar screen locker to the integrated iPhone solution is set up and ready to go.
Step 3: Control Center
To get this module on your Android device, just as in the case of the launcher and lock screen, you can use the solution from LuuTinh Developer as demonstrated in the following instructions, or experiment by installing variants of the “iOS Control Center” from the Google app store.
Open the app. The first time you launch it, you’ll come to the “Show on top of other windows” screen of Android settings – activate the “Allow …” switch located here.
Allow the iOS 13 Control Center app to change system settings – tap “OK” in the system prompt box and then toggle the appropriate switch to the “Enable” position.
This completes the initial setup of the Control Center – swipe away from the bottom edge of your device’s screen to bring it up.
Step 4: The Status Bar and Notification Bar
Bringing the appearance of the status bar of an Android smartphone to resemble that of an iPhone, as well as the accompanying replacement of the notification curtain is a task that can cause some difficulty. Of the mass of proposals with such (declared by the developers) functionality in Google Play Market smoothly operate not many. When creating this material, we settled on iNoty OS 11, but you can also experiment with other products, perhaps they seem more suitable.
Install the iNoty OS 11 application and run it.
In the “Notify Settings” list on the screen that opens, tap on the first item – “Turn On/Off Notify”.
Next, give the tool “Notification Access”. To do this, activate the switch next to the name “iNoty” on the screen that opens, confirm your intentions by tapping “ENABLE” under the notification prompt, and then return to the app.
As a result, iNoty OS 11 will immediately start doing its job, you can start evaluating the quality and convenience of the changes brought to the interface of the “green robot”.
In addition, by going to the “Notify Settings” parameter sections, you can adjust some settings of the status bar and the notification curtain. Thus, it is available here:
- Change the color of the status bar – “Color Statusbar”.
- Setting the background image for the notification bar – “Change Background Notify”.
Step 5: Appearance of OS Settings
Another manipulation that will make the Android interface look closer to iOS is replacing the screen from which you go to adjust various system settings. Such a transformation is possible with the help of distributed in the form of apk-files custom mods, one of which you can install according to the instructions below.
Download the apk file available at the link below into your phone’s memory and then open it with any Android file manager.
Click “Install”, if necessary, confirm the need to install the software from an unknown source, that is, activate this option in the settings of the mobile OS.
After completing the installation of the mod, run the resulting application to evaluate its appearance and functionality.
Step 6: Apps
The final step in the transition to the iOS-like interface on the Android device can be considered the installation of iPhone-style apps for various tasks that accompany the normal use of the smartphone. The list of this kind of software available on Google Play Market is quite wide and below is a small selection of links to download what users consider to be successful products. If you need software tools not included in the following list and similar to the “apple” ones, look for them in the Software Store and/or on the Internet.
Phone and Contacts – OS13 Dialer.
Messages – Al Message OS13.
Camera – OS13 Camera.
Gallery – iGallery OS 12.
Extras. Loading animations
If you’re a pretty experienced user and you have Super User privileges activated on your Android smartphone, you can make your device look even closer to iPhone by replacing the image shown on the screen during OS startup with the image with the Apple logo. To do that you will need a file manager for Android with root access (we will use ES File Explorer).
Download and place in the vault of the smartphone boot animation file, which will be integrated in the device. Solutions to this issue are distributed in .zip format and presented in abundance on the web, choose the file corresponding to the resolution of the display of your device. Boot images “Apple” of two types – dark and light in 1080 1920 and 1080 * 2280 resolution can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:
- Launch ES File Explorer. Tap the three dashes at the top right to bring up the application’s main menu, expand the “Tools” category in it.
- Activate the “Root Explorer” option, give the file manager root rights.
- Navigate to the location of the boot-animation downloaded to the smartphone memory. With a long press on the file name, select it, and then in the toolbar that appears at the bottom, tap “Copy”.
- Now go to the root folder of the device memory, open the directory “system”,
- ES Explorer for Android – go to the root folder of your device – folder “system and then – “media”.ES Explorer for Android – navigate to the path system – media to install your boot animation on the smartphone
- Tap “Insert” at the bottom of the screen, allow Explorer to use Super User Privileges.
- ES Explorer for Android place the bootanimation zip file in the path system – media in the memory of the device
- Rename file placed in system/media path to bootanimation.zip. To do this, long press on it, select “Rename” at the bottom, enter a new name in the window that appears and tap “OK”.
- Next, you need to change the file’s permissions: Highlight the boot animation again, tap “More” in the lower right corner, select “Properties” in the menu that appears.
Click on the “CHANGE” button to the left of “Permissions” in the window that opens. Then place checkboxes as depicted in the screenshot below (3), i.e. set permissions for the file according to the rw-r–r– (0644) scheme.
After completing the above steps, click “OK” in the permissions setting box and “Cancel” under the file properties list.
This completes the operation for installing an iPhone-style animated boot image on the Android smartphone. Switch your mobile device off and on – at the operating system startup you will be able to evaluate the effect obtained.
Almost all of the steps passed in the course of the article to transform the Android interface in order to make it as similar to iOS as possible are not difficult in their implementation. If you like the design of software solutions from Apple, but you’re a user of the “green robot” – experiment, due to the openness of the latter is quite possible to bring its appearance in accordance with your preferences.
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