If you’re mostly happy with yours Android phone but want a more iPhone-like software interface, there’s an app for that. These are called launchers and can change the look and feel of your phone’s operating system. Some of them specialize in iOS aesthetics and can transform your Android device to look almost identical to Apple.
As exciting as this sounds, you have to keep in mind that these are only superficial changes, so you won’t suddenly get FaceTime or iMessage on your Samsung. Your apps and system settings will remain the same, and data such as contacts and text messages will remain unchanged.
Once you install and configure it, the launcher will wrap everything into a different interface, allowing you to enjoy the sleek design of iOS without having to pay for your own iPhone or subscribe to any Apple services.
And if you change your mind down the road and want to go back to your Android, know that it’s easy to reverse the process.
How launchers work
Android is well known for being more customizable than iOS, and launchers are a good example. Essentially, they take control every time you boot up your phone or go back to your home screen, and control the layout of your apps, what your notifications and lock screen look like, and even how you navigate through screens and menus.
But all these changes happen on top of Android, so think of launchers as new coats of paint for your phone’s interface. You’ll still have the same apps at the bottom, and your settings (like Do Not Disturb modes) will work the same way.
You can easily switch between launchers, but this option won’t appear until you install a third-party app. In settings, select Programs, Default programslater The main program to make your choice. If you no longer want to use a particular launcher, you can simply remove it: tap and hold the icon in the app drawer, then drag it to Delete button at the top.
Launcher ios 16
As the name suggests, Launcher ios 16 updated with the latest look of iOS 16, but it doesn’t have all the features yet, so for example you won’t see the lock screen changes in this launcher. You get iOS-like icons, widgets, and app folders.
When you install the launcher, you get a long list of customization options that you can tweak, from the size of app icons on the home screen to how the launcher mimics the app library feature of iOS. It can even make your default Google app icons look like Apple’s default app icons, making the Google Meet icon look like it’s FaceTime, for example.
In the launcher, you can click Control center to change how the iOS-style settings panel is called and the options that appear on it. It will take you some time to work through all the available configurations, but the program will give you complete control over how the software interface looks.
Launcher iOS 16 is free to use, but you’ll have to watch quite a few ads.
Phone 13 launcher
Another iOS launcher has a rather confusing name Phone 13 launcher. It’s another comprehensive iOS-style launcher that gives you a grid of apps, wallpapers, lock screen options, and search options designed to emulate what Apple has done on its smartphones.
Start by choosing a wallpaper, and then you can focus on placing your apps the way you want them on your home screen. The launcher can replace Android icons with their iOS equivalents — such as for the main Settings app — and comes with a very authentic-looking Control Center that can be called up with a swipe.
There are even options like Scroll effect and Font style to really dig into the details of your iOS-looking interface, and you’ll even get Apple-style notification icons on your app icons if you want.
Phone 13 Launcher is also free to use, but like the previous entry on our list, it comes with a small amount of ads.
The app is particularly good at allowing you to place widgets on your home screen that look just like the ones you get on the iPhone, such as weather and battery life. The iOS 15 Launcher can also update stock Android app icons to look like their iOS equivalents, it comes with its own versions of Control Center and App Library, and you can also switch between dark and light modes.
Even the main settings bar for the app looks like iOS: it covers everything from the size of the navigation bar (via Work table) to the folder management system for programs (via Application library).
Like the other options on our list, the app is free and ad-supported.