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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, 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.
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 is a solid iOS launcher I’ve tested in the past, and it’s iOS 7 version is even better than previous ones.
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.
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.
If for some reason you’re not liking Espier, you can try the, which is nicely done but not as accurate as Espier, or , if you’re already using GO Launcher and want to stick with it.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 .
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.
Dressing up your tech is fun. And iOS 7 is not the only costume out there. You can even dress your Android phone up 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!