How to make Android look like Windows Phone 8

How to make Android look like Windows Phone 8
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users (beginners).

One of the greatest things about Android is that it allows you to thoroughly customize its appearance - even if this means that your device ends up looking like one that runs a totally different (read: competing) OS.

Today, we’ll show you how to make an Android handset look like a Windows Phone 8 one (only when it comes to software, of course). Why would anyone want to do that? Well, maybe because they’re bored of the way their Android UI looks. Or perhaps they like Windows Phone, but not enough to go and buy a handset based on it. Anyway, if you can make Android look like iOS, or like Ubuntu Touch, why not give it a Windows Phone makeover, too?

Of course, Android can’t make itself look like Windows Phone, and you’ll need the help of third-party apps to accomplish that. More exactly, you have to download third-party launchers that you’ll use to replace your default launcher. Just go to Google Play Store and search for “Windows Phone launcher”. You can’t go wrong with any of the launchers that appear among the first search results - see the source link at the end of this article.

After you install and open a Windows Phone launcher on your Android device, this will probably ask you if you want to use it “Always”, or “Just once.” If you select the second option, you’ll only see the new launcher once, and, next time you hit the home button, your old Android home screen will reappear. If you select “Always”, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to change the new launcher afterwards. To change it at any time, go to Settings -> Home, and just choose which of the installed launchers you want to use. Once you’re there, you can also delete any third-party launcher that you may have installed.


When you're using a Windows Phone launcher, the Android software keys won’t disappear. Even so, you could fool some people into thinking that you have a Microsoft-powered device. Mind you, most Windows Phone launchers don’t change your lock screen, so this will still look like before. However, the launcher called “Launcher 8 free (fake wp8)” does replace the lock screen.

Is anyone here using (and perhaps enjoying) a WP launcher on their Android device? Let us know in the comments! 


source: Google Play

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100 Comments

1. wilsong17 unregistered

Try it looks boring

22. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Why the hell should I do this? Material design > everything else.

25. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

We should try this to feel how backward wp really is and how much better and sensible Android L is.

41. chromoid

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

you say it like you already have material design.

57. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Some of us do.

70. chromoid

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

You only have it in Google apps(not all yet and most in beta) and that's if you have the L preview installed on a nexus. Otherwise developers have to implement it in their apps. And most popular apps use heavily customize GUI like Facebook, skypea and twitter. So no you don't have material design just yet

71. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm Nexus fan. Nuff said.

94. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I'm a CM11 fan.

42. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Material design is a copy of Metro UI inspired.

43. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And Windows was a copy of Apple's OS, Zune was a copy of iPod, Surface was a copy of iPad, X-Box was a copy of PS2, Bing was a copy of Google, Cortana was a copy of Siri, Bing Maps was a copy of Google Maps. Microsoft has a bad case of "Monkey see, monkey do".

47. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think you are wrong on some Points 1= no Ipad ever made had a built in kickstand. 2= Ipads never used a Modern Ui / AKA metro tile interface. 3= The Surface Pro OS is a full PC desktop compatible OS it is an ultra book shaped like a tablet. The original Surface touch screen Table top computer back in 2007 did everything an Ipad does and some things an Ipad cannot do today . check it out on You tube. the trouble with Microsoft was they decided to cater to making a big touch screen device for big business rather than a small touch screen device for consumers. A DAMN BIG MISTAKE!

48. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

How was Windows a copy of Apple,l?, makes no sense. How was Zune a copy of Ipod?, again makes no sense. How was Bing a copy of Google?, makes no sense, how is a copy of Siri especially when Microsoft tell me was around before Siri. Microsoft doesn't have a bad case of Monkey see Monkey do, smart watches, tablets, Metro aka modern UI which have replaced Skeuomorphism are all things etc that MS did before that are popular today, you suffer from a bad case of stupidity.

72. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You make no sense. Enough said.

95. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He's being indenial more like....

55. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Google's the bigger copycat, TBH.

58. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You forgot to add, IMO.

61. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I was using his concept of "copy".

100. Capt-Obvious

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2016

You need to do some research before making silly statements like that, most of it is common knowledge as well. Microsoft do have a history of copying other people's idea's and making them better, but the original WIMP GUI was made by Xerox and ripped off by Apple and then Microsoft. Microsoft make a tablet before Apple, and also Surface existed before IPAD just not as a tablet.

23. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Yeah... looks weird.

52. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

looks can be copied but performance meh no way

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I was just using it!

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

.......I would use espier 7 over this.

4. edisonbono

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Almost got it right with the animation and app list. They need to improve the icons though. It still looks awkward.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Can you use the launcher with an icon pack?

13. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

" It still looks awkward." Well, the idea, with these launchers, is to imitate WP.

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Why the fk would you do this?!

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Agreed. Nothing appealing about the Windows Phone UI... at least not to me.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Same here, I try to look it in a good way but I just can't like its hideous UI.

44. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Windows Phone UI is appealing to Android how could you miss just how Flat, clean, minimalistic Material design has gone. How could you the very thing that you love copied?, you must live on hypocrisy blvd, you and the others who come to bash WP.

45. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Lets make this perfectly clear, the Material UI of the next Android in no way shape or form resembles anything Microsoft has already done with their platform. Android L looks just like Kit-kat but with a more mature edge. And it's easy to not love an OS that's failing as hard as Windows Phone. 18,000 jobs lost isn't enough of a wakeup call for you buddy? Internet Explorer is the worst browser available, the federal government even warns people not to use it. Bing sucks so bad, Microsoft now has to remove Google as an option as a default search engine on their devices just so people will use it. No map application can even compare to Google Maps. I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you, but Windows phone is on the fast track to matching the Zune in terms of market relevancy.

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