How to Make Android Look Like an iPhone
Do you want the features of the Android operating system combined with the look and feel of an iPhone? It is possible to make Android look like iOS by using a combination of apps, launchers, and other tips and tricks.
So whether you wish you had an iPhone, or you just want to make full use of Android’s customizability, keep reading to find out how to make an Android look like an iPhone or iPad.
Change Your Launcher
One of the best ways to instantly transform the way you phone looks is to install a third-party launcher.
In case you’re not aware, a launcher is responsible for the way your device’s home screen looks, how apps start, how you make phone calls, and the way you interact with the underlying Android operating system.
There’s a launcher to suit every taste. Some focus on better design; others prioritize improved functionality.
Some of the best launchers that make your phone look like iOS include:
Phone X Launcher
Modeled on iOS 12, Phone X Launcher aims to replicate the latest generation of iPhone models on your Android device. That means you’ll find a notch at the top of the screen, regardless of whether your phone model actually has one.
The launcher closely mimics the iOS experience. It includes a swipe-down search bar, an iOS-style lock screen, a custom version of the iPhone’s Control Center, smart toggles for Wi-Fi and the flashlight, and a selection of the best iOS wallpapers.
There’s an in-app purchase in case you want to remove the ads.
Download: Phone X Launcher (Free)
iLauncher is designed to look like iOS 9.
It removes the app tray, thus placing all your apps on your home screen like iOS. iLauncher also replaces the default icons of some of the main system apps like Phone, Messages, Camera, and Settings to make them appear like their iPhone counterparts.
Unfortunately, the icons used aren’t live. The clock app won’t display the actual time, and the calendar app doesn’t show the right date in the icon thumbnail.
Download: iLauncher (Free)
iOS Icon Packs for Android
Another way to give your Android phone an iPhone flavor is to use an icon pack.
To use an icon pack, you need to use a launcher that supports the feature. You do not, however, have to pick one of the launchers we discussed above. You could install any launcher you like customize it in your own way. Check out our list of the best Android launchers to learn more.
iOS 11: Icon Pack
Arguably the best iOS icon pack for Android is iOS 11—Icon Pack.
This icon pack offers the largest number of iOS icons for Android. That includes Gallery, Settings, Weather, Calendar, Calculator, Camera, Google Pay, and a whole lot more.
All the icons have a resolution of 192×192. They’re designed to work at 110 percent size on a 7×5 grid using the popular Nova Launcher.
Download: iOS 11—Icon Pack (Free)
iUX 12 uses the same design for apps as seen in iOS 12.
Although the design of the apps is therefore slightly fresher than the previous option, we’d still recommend the iOS 11 icon pack because it has far more icons available. If you want a consistent look across your phone, that’s important.
Additionally, the design differences between iOS 11 and iOS 12 are relatively minor—check it out for yourself. Nonetheless, if having the latest tweaks is important to you, iUX 12 is still a solid choice.
Download: iUX 12 (Free)
Android Versions of iPhone Apps
You can pair the above icon packs and launchers with apps that look like their iPhone equivalents. It’s the way to get the most seamless experience. If not, it can be jarring to bounce between iOS icons and launchers and Material Design Android apps.
Of course, you can never replace all the apps on your Android with iOS versions, but here are some you should check out:
IOS12 Lock Screen
As the name suggests, IOS12 Lock Screen makes your Android lock screen look like the latest version of the iPhone lock screen. It offers iOS-style notifications, music player controls that look like iOS, and iPhone-themed screen unlock options.
Download: IOS12 Lock Screen (Free)
For something that resembles the iPhone calendar on Android, check out iCalendar iOS 13. It’s compatible with Google Calendar, offers custom color coding for events, supports map view, and has an integrated task manager.
Read our list of the best calendar apps for Android for more options.
Download: iCalendar iOS 13 (Free)
In terms of design, iMusic is the closest app you’ll find to the iOS Apple Music app. The app is a full-featured MP3 player that supports tag editing, gapless playback, and smart playlists. There’s also a sleep timer, a ringtone picker, and an equalizer.
Download: iMusic (Free)
iCalculator brings the iOS calculator to Android, including the rounded number buttons and color scheme.
In addition to the basics, the iCalculator can log your equation history, provide graphing features, perform conversions, and has memory functions like M+, M, MR, and MC.
Download: iCalculator (Free)
Notification Center iOS 12
Finally, have a look at Notification Center iOS 12. It places the iOS notification screen on your Android’s home screen. As such, you get quick access to volume controls, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a flashlight, airplane mode, music controls, and more.
The app also has some customization options. You can choose where on the notification screen the tools appear and hide ones you don’t need.
Download: Notification Center iOS 12 (Free)
Even More Android Customization Options
We wouldn’t necessarily recommend any of these launchers, icon packs, or apps if you wanted a countdown of the best in each category. If quality and features are your number one priorities, there are better options available across the board.
However, if you’re going into this project with the sole aim of making your Android device resemble iOS as closely as possible, the choices we’ve recommended are the best available.
If you would like to learn more, check out how to install custom ringtones on Android and our list of reasons to consider installing a custom Android ROM.
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