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Have you installed iOS 7 on your Android yet? No? Well, that’s probably for the best, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get your chance to enjoy the iOS 7 look without an iPhone.

iOS 7 brought many new features to the table What's New in iOS 7? What's New in iOS 7? A new generation of iOS is nearly upon us, revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference last week. Guided strongly by (Sir) Jony Ive, iOS 7 marks a clear departure from the skeumorphic UI elements of... Read More , which you might be curious about even if you’re not an Apple user. Alternatively, you may just like the looks of it, but don’t want to give yourself over to the Apple side. No worries, we’ve got you covered.

If you like dressing up your tech, you can now dress up Android, Chrome and even Windows in iOS 7 clothing. It’s an interesting visual experience, and a great way to confuse your friends. Here’s what you need to do.

Android

As you might expect, there are several iOS 7 themes out there, only some of which are definitely worth your time of day. If you’re looking for the best iOS 7 look and feel, combined with the most versatility, you can’t go wrong with Espier Launcher iOS 7. Espier Launcher is a solid iOS launcher I’ve tested in the past, and it’s iOS 7 version is even better than previous ones.

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Espier Launcher tries to strike the perfect balance between Android and iOS. It definitely looks like iOS 7 (as much a it can under the circumstances), and on a device without an ever-present navigation bar like my Nexus 4, you might really be able to fool some less techy people.

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It comes with regular iOS features such as the app switcher built in, and you can enhance it further by downloading additional plugins. This way, you can get the iOS 7 Control Center, the lock screen, the notifications, and more. Most of these plugins are free to download, just like the launcher.

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If for some reason you’re not liking Espier, you can try the iPhone 5s Launcher, which is nicely done but not as accurate as Espier, or GO Launcher’s iOS 7 theme, if you’re already using GO Launcher and want to stick with it.

Chrome

Why would you want Chrome to look like iOS 7? Because it’s fun, of course. And for true iOS 7 lovers, it’s a great way to enjoy the same visuals every time you launch Chrome. Don’t worry, the iOS 7 New Tab Page will change nothing in your everyday browsing experience. It’s just a new tab page that will help you access your favorite websites iOS 7 style.

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The iOS 7 New Tab Page comes built in with numerous icons for many popular websites. It also features the famous Apple tray for your favorite apps (or websites, in this case). Just like iOS, you can click on icons to make them jiggle around, and remove them from the new tab page by clicking the X. You can also drag them around to change their position. Unfortunately, you can’t create folders for your icons.

From the settings, you can control the look and feel of the new tab page by choosing one of the iOS 7-ish wallpapers, and by adding your own websites complete with custom icons. You can export and import your settings and icons and thus use them on several different computers.

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The new tab page comes complete with an “App Store”, through which you can add many more website icons to your start page. This App Store looks much like Apple’s, and includes lots of options to choose from. If you’re wondering about the different games, these lead you to Flash versions of the original games in your browser.

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iOS 7 New Tab Page is not the best or the most customizable new tab page you can get. For that, you’d want to check out these 9 new-tab-page extensions 9 Ways to Customise the New Tab Page in Chrome 9 Ways to Customise the New Tab Page in Chrome Chrome's new tab page is serviceable, but a bit boring. Whether you're looking for a nice background for your new tab page or want to easily create your own visual bookmarks, add custom widgets, and... Read More we’ve reviewed in the past. However, it’s a great way to get the iOS 7 feel into your browser, and it feels pretty genuine. For a theme.

Windows

Before you embark upon dressing Windows up as iOS 7, it’s highly recommended that you create a restore point. Installing themes is not dangerous, but they do change many things in order to achieve the new look. If you change your mind and want to go back, uninstalling the theme may not be enough to revert everything back to normal, and you might find yourself hunting for settings you don’t know how to change back.

If you’re not sure how to create one, make sure you read this article about restore points What You Need To Know About Windows System Restore What You Need To Know About Windows System Restore Imagine the trouble you could find yourself in, if your system failed! The Windows System Restore feature could save your butt. This article explains how to create and use Windows restore points. Read More first. It also includes some useful links you should check out before you start. Ready? Let’s start the adventure!

Installing the iOS 7 skin pack is easy. If you’re on Windows 7, install this iOS 7 skin pack. If you’re on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, install this skin pack.

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As you can see, what this skin pack does is give you some sort of mix between iOS and OS X. The icon tray at the bottom looks a lot like OS X, but the skin pack does try to give you an iOS experience with its sliding desktop and its different widgets.

It’s definitely different from your normal Windows experience, so if you’re on Windows and hate it, miss your old Mac, or just want something different and fresh, it’s a fun theme to try. Don’t expect your computer to turn into something that acts like an iPhone, though.

Bottom Line

Dressing up your tech is fun. And iOS 7 is not the only costume out there. You can even dress your Android phone up Makeover Time! Turn Your Android Into an iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone & Others Makeover Time! Turn Your Android Into an iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone & Others Sometimes I feel as though the world is divided. Some people like iOS, some people like Android. Some prefer Windows Phone, and some use Blackberry. For some reason, the mobile OS we choose sort of... Read More as a Windows Phone, a Blackberry, and even an old iPhone.

Do you like using themes on your devices? What are the best-looking themes you know of? Share below!

  1. Andrew
    December 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Oh thank you so much for you time but im gonna buy an iPhone next week. So no problem!

  2. Andrew Vijay
    December 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Change the title from 'any device' to 'computers/android'. I have a windows phone and its like adding 'salt to injury'. Makes me feel like I don't even own a device.!! lol :P

  3. Lenta
    November 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    How do I get the ios7 on the ipad

  4. Ahmed
    November 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hi, Yaara. I liked your article and out of curiosity, installed the iOS skinpack for Windows 8. Also made a restore point as advised by you. After installation it required a reboot. However, after the reboot it doesn't let me log in. The splash screen repeatedly appears after supplying the password. Tried several times. No luck yet.
    Googling through, I found that I am not alone. Skinpacks are notorious for creating sign-in issues.
    How can I restore the Windows to earlier state? I'll appreciate any help to rescue the situation.

    • Yaara L
      November 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Hi Ahmed,

      So sorry you ran into trouble. Skin packs are notorious for all kinds of weird things, which is why I recommended the restore point. I understand it doesn't help you much since you can't log in.

      To get the best answer possible, and from people who might know more than I do, I recommend that you ask on MakeUseOf Answers. If anyone should know how to solve this, it's our Answers community.

      Good luck and let me know how you fare.

  5. Random
    November 22, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Both the Espier Launcher iOS7 and Hi Launcher seems to have disappeared from the Play Store within the last hour

    • Yaara L
      November 22, 2013 at 6:37 am

      That's really weird. All three seem to have gone missing. I wonder if this has anything to do with Apple?

  6. Jeffrey H
    November 22, 2013 at 2:52 am

    The Espier Launcher for iOS7 sounds pretty cool and would be a lot of fun. However, it seems that the link to the Google Play store doesn't work :( Hopefully downloading the .apk and transferring to my android will suffice.

    • Yaara L
      November 22, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Yes, I've just noticed that too. All three launchers linked in the post are gone! I hope they'll come back, but it seems like someone doesn't want iOS 7 lookalikes out there....

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