Some of your friends have an iPhone and, since they let you try it, you were enthusiastic, to the point of thinking of buying one. Too bad, though, that just recently you got an Android smartphone and, therefore, you would not want to part with it. I guessed? Well, then you do not have to worry, because I have some advice that can help you, in some way, to reach your goal, at least under the “aesthetic” point of view.

In this guide, in fact, I will show you how to turn Android into iPhone through applications that modify the default look of the Google home operating system. Yes, you read correctly! Thanks to customizable launchers, you can achieve results that almost simulate the behavior of the iOS interface on Android. Between Control Center, Notification Center and iPhone-style icons, you’ll really feel like using an Apple-signed phone!
How do you say? Are you looking forward to discovering the solutions I’m talking about? So let’s not lose ourselves in other talks: sit down comfortably, so as to dedicate a few minutes of your time to read this tutorial, and then put into practice the solutions that I propose. Are you ready? Let’s begin!


X Launcher

The first application I want to talk to you about turning your Android smartphone into an iPhone is X Launcher, available for free on the Android Play Store. This app is a launcher that allows you to change the aesthetics of the icons of applications and tools predefined in that typical of iOS; it also has a Control Center identical to the one on the iPhone.

If you want to download X Launcher, reach the link that I have provided, so you can access its dedicated page on the Play Store, and tap the Install button and then click Accept. At the end of the installation, do not start the application, but reach the settings of your Android smartphone, by tapping on the icon with the gear symbol that you find on the home screen.

Scroll down the screen and search for the Home page, to access the smartphone launcher configuration. Then select X Launcher and return to the home screen. However, this procedure may be different on other devices, depending on the Android model you have. If you do not find any changes to the interface of your smartphone, restart it by holding down the On/Off button and pressing on Restart from the window that opens.

The home screen of the Android phone, now, should be completely changed, with a style of icons similar to that of iOS. The features of this launcher, however, are not limited to just changing the icons, but there are also integrated a Notification Center and a Control Center that resemble those on the iPhone.

To access the Notification Center, swipe from left to right to view it, while if you want to access the Control Center, from the center of the smartphone display swipe from bottom to top. Through this last panel, you can manage the activation of some features, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode or flashlight, just to give some examples, or adjust the volume and brightness levels.

If you keep the pressure on the icon of a third-party application, this will start to swing showing a small X on it: this feature only allows you to remove an application icon from the home screen without uninstalling it, as opposed to instead, it happens on the iPhone.

Unfortunately, X Launcher presents banner ads. To remove them, you need to purchase the Prime version of the app at some cost, which also provides additional features, such as the ability to open the Control Center when you are inside an application or the possibility to hide apps to protect your privacy.

OS 11 Launcher

Another application to turn an Android smartphone into an iPhone is OS 11 Launcher, which can be downloaded for free from the Android Play Store. As for the app mentioned in the previous paragraph, this also allows you to change the look of your Android smartphone in one similar to that of iOS. In addition, it offers some features typical of an iPhone, such as the Notification Center and the Control Center.

To use OS 11 Launcher, access the Play Store via the link provided, and tap the Install button and then, at the end of the download and installation, press Open. Start the application, choose one of the proposed wallpaper and then tap the Get Started button. Follow the tutorial that is shown to ensure access to some permissions to the app: then tap OK and, in the panel just opened, move the lever from OFF to ON near the wording OS 11 Launcher, then press on Allow.

Now, you can then tap OK again, in the screen that is shown to you, to be sent back to another Android Settings tab, press the OS 11 Launcher item and move the lever from OFF to ON to allow access to usage data. Returning to the home screen, then tap on the Settings icon (the icon with a gear symbol ) and go to the Home page then choose the OS 11 Launcher item, by checking the box on the side.

The configuration is now finished: all you need is to return to the home screen of your Android smartphone, to immediately see the changes just made, with a graphical interface similar to that of iOS.

This application integrates perfectly with the Android system, emulating the features of the iPhone interface very well. In fact, by swiping from bottom to bottom near the bottom edge of the screen, you are shown the Control Center, for the management of some quick features, such as the activation and deactivation of the airplane mode, GPS, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; moreover, you can adjust the volume and brightness levels. Then swipe from left to right, you can access the Notification Center, which also includes a search bar, in a similar way to the one on iPhone.

IOS 11 Control Center

If you do not want to change the theme of your Android smartphone by downloading a launcher, you can install apps that simulate some features of the iPhone. An example is the iOS Control Center 11 which, as its name suggests, emulates the Center of control that you can find on iOS.

If you are interested in having iOS 11 Control Center on your Android smartphone, I suggest you reach the link that I have provided, which refers to its free download from the Play Store. Then tap on the Install button, on Accetto and finally on Open.

Start the application, swipe from right to left to scroll through its presentation and tap the button with an arrow symbol in the lower right corner. On the main screen of the app, you will be shown a screen with the request for access to Android permissions; then tap OK and, in the Settings section, move the lever from OFF to ON to allow the permissions the app needs to work properly.

By launching Control Center iOS 11 through its icon on the home screen, you can also adjust some configuration parameters, such as the size, color or background image to show as background when the Control Center opens.

Now you simply need to swipe from bottom to top, near the bottom edge of the screen, to display a Control Center similar to the one on the iPhone. With this panel, you can turn the airplane mode, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on and off, and you can adjust the volume and brightness of the screen. There are also quick start icons for activating the flashlight, camera, or calculator.

The downside of this application is the presence of fairly invasive advertising that, unfortunately, can not be removed even through in-app purchases.

Other solutions to transform Android into iPhone

In addition to the applications that I have proposed in the previous paragraphs, there are others that can help you turn an Android smartphone into the iPhone. Below I will show you some apps that you can download on your device to achieve your purpose.

    • CRiOS X – is a set of icons that allows you to give a look similar to that of iOS to your smartphone. You can download it for a fee from the Android Play Store for €1.99. This set can only be accessed if you have a custom launcher, such as Nova Launcher, or some owners ( ASUS ZenUI or Xperia Home ). Before making the purchase of this icon set, I suggest you read the description of the app from the Play Store, so as to check if your device has the requirements to display these icons.
    • Lock screen of iPhone X – It is an application that allows you to emulate the Lock Screen of iOS, with the ability to view the control center of the iPhone from the screen lock screen. In this way, you will be able to quickly access some Android features, such as enabling Wi-Fi or adjusting the volume or brightness of the screen. The application is free, downloadable directly from the Android Play Store, and you can upgrade to the Premium version at a cost of $ 2.59 to get benefits, such as the removal of advertising or access to a wide assortment of wallpaper.
  • iLauncher – this application allows you to completely change the look of an Android smartphone in one similar to iPhone. Not only does it change the application icons, it also adds extra features, such as the Control Center and the iOS Notification Center. You can download iLauncher from the Android Play Store for free, but by purchasing the Pro version for $1.99 you can remove the advertising inside.

Restore the default look of Android

If you want to restore the default look of Android, you can perform two operations: uninstalling the third-party launcher or deactivating it.

In the first case, access the Android settings by pressing the gear icon on the home screen, go to the App, select the launcher and presses the Uninstall button. Alternatively, start the Android Play Store, tap on the menu icon and choose the item My apps and games.

From the list of applications on the Installed tab, look for the launcher that you have previously downloaded, tap on it and then press on Uninstall, so as to directly remove the application from your Android smartphone.

To turn it off instead, as some launchers interpose their configuration panel before accessing Android Settings, swipe from top to bottom near the top edge of your smartphone screen and tap the icon with the symbol of a gear, located in the upper right corner. This way you will have immediate and direct access to the settings of your device.

From now on, the procedure may be different depending on the model of the Android phone in your possession. Scroll through the entries until you identify the one called Home page and tap on it.

You can then view, in this section, all the launchers on your smartphone; Then tap the box next to the default theme of Android and return to the home screen, using the button with the symbol of a circle at the bottom of the screen of the phone. Easy, right?


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