How to make the interface of your Android Lollipop device look like iOS 8, iOS 9 beta

The beauty of Android, i.e. its ability to be customized to the fullest, is one of the biggest highlights. It's so good that it can imitate other mobile operating systems almost to the fullest. 

Dig Windows Phone? Well, making your good ol' Android look like it's running Microsoft's OS is as easy as abc. Firefox OS? No problem? Ubuntu? You got yourself covered.

What about iOS? It doesn't stray away from the pack either, as its looks can be somewhat emulated by each and every Android device. Yes, there exists a certain set of apps that bring the iOS looks straight to your Android device. 

We will now show you how to make your Android device look like it's running a fairly new version of iOS, be it iOS 8 or iOS 9.

But why? Well, because we can!

The lock screen

Let's start with one of the first things you see after you wake an iOS device up — its lock screen. Follow the instructions right below so as to employ an iOS-styled lock screen on your Android phone.

The home screen

The iOS home screen characterizes itself with the lack of an app drawer. Well, the latter is a fundamental feature of Android, so we need to get rid of it, don't we? So, we will be aiming for a iOS-like launcher. Fortunately, the Play Store has a lot to offer in this regard.

The keyboard

Android supports custom keyboards, so there's no reason not to get an iOS-like one. 

The wallpaper

Finally, we will need an iOS wallpaper. You have a handful of choices here - you can either get the wallpaper that arrived with the iOS 9 beta, or put your faith in any of the iOS 8 ones. 



1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

No thanks :) Just a waste of the power of Android.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Or you know - the beauty of Android knowing you can change it to basically anything you want.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I thought the beauty of android is no one makes money with it?

5. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Yes, no one makes enough money with Android because customers get better value for their money. Apple is better for the shareholders and Android is better for the customer. The only apple device that I like is the iPad...the apps are just better. But tablet market is stagnating.

7. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

He was mocking JakeLee or whatever his name is now.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013


35. MattPerkins

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Android is only better for the customer if you care more about cost than about privacy, security or being on the newest OS. Then again if you go by cost ... you don't have a flagship Android phone either. In which case you really suffer as budget Android phones offer terrible benchmark performance, almost no trade in value and you have to upgrade YEARLY to stick with the newest version of Android. Also in the end you pay more for budget phones because they need upgraded yearly to be useful, while an iPhone or flagship android phone you can get 2 years out of them with very little slowdown, and far better trade in value.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If no one made money from Android then no one would be making any Android devices at all. Yet last quarter Apple sold 47 million iPhones, out of the 337.2 million smart phones that sold. Android sold 275 million smart phones in the same 3 months as the iPhone. So Apple sold 14% to Androids 81.5% of the market share. Yet Ordinary you always bring up the money factor. What about bringing up that people will actually get more bang for their bucks with Android, then they do with iOS. This is 100% a fact.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's been repeated enough..right?

28. zhiae unregistered

MIUI6 ???

4. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

well ifolks may start barking now lol android is so cheap it imitates other os and a lot of hell like that but the thing they can never understand is android is omniscient in mobile kingdom can any of ios users atleast point out 10 things iphone can do which an android phone cant well i would like to hear em if they exist

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I own both and I could, just like I can't point out 10 things android can do that iOS can't. What's the point though.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Ok back to you: what 10 things can an android phone do that iPhone can't?

13. AlikMalix unregistered


14. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

1.change launcher 2.change icons 3.send files via nfc any type of music files and play them 5.wireless charge 6.power saving mode apps within app ie floating window, dual window etc 8.swipe down to access many settings/notifications/settings menu all in one place 9.install a wider variety of apps no allowed on app store ANd sideload apps(ie new mario knock off games) 10.widgets on home screen 11.gestures 12.A whole ton of things that are device specific Samsung pay, knock on, google now from any screen even off

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

To add some more: 1. Display invertion 2. Display simulation 3. CPU stats on status bar 4. GPU stats on status bar 5. Force GPU 2D rendering 6. Spoof location 7. MSAA enable 8. Do not keep activites 9. Limit background processes 10. Bug reports send to your email 11. Process stats 12. Show touches 13. Custom shortcuts on lockscreen 14. Unlock effects 15. Display mode 16. Homescreen mode 17. Handsfree mode 18. Safety assistance 19. Screen mirroring 20. VPN 21. Mobile/Wifi data usage graph 22. Adapt sound 23. Changeable native music player in dev options

22. AlikMalix unregistered

You guys are listing mostly geeky stuff that I can't even think of reasons to use for. Real world use is what I need a smartphone for - you know, doing everyday tasks to complete the day - all the stuff you guys listed is to manage your phone and the OS. Do you guys even use your phone for anything other than tweaking it? Most of the stuff you listed iOS does automatically leaving the user to enjoy their phone and not "fix it" consistently. Look at your list - you make android sound so damn boring!

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well those are some of the features android has. You can enable or disable them its your choice, nobody is forcing you. That is the point of android, you can make it whatever you want it to be-customization. Uhm what stuff does iOS do automatically? Those arent fixes but features that Android has, to some it is boring but your question was: "what 10 things can an android phone do that iPhone can't?"

27. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Then get a flip phone. And a bike. And a single burner stove. And a 19" tube tv. And an outhouse.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

These are just the things I really like in iOS among hundreds of details I've yet to see on android. 1. Real people to assist you at any Apple Store 2. Find my friends - track my family. 3. Siri and Integration of everything on my phone. A voice assistant that actually has a personality. I can do about 85% of all android and iOS functions from lock screen while the screen is off. Siri works perfectly with my native language - across the entire system including dictating and ALL commands. 4. Full App permissions, on an OS level - this one is really important. 5. All google services and Apple services and windows services on one platform. 6. Battery does not die overnight while on standby in iOS. Apps that you don't need in background don't eat up your resources. 7. Exclusive, first, and best designed for apps and games. 8. Game Center equivalent 9. FaceTime. Oh you poor people that have to deal with "invites" on hangouts or w/e. I tried calling using a note 4 to another android using hangouts - the other person didn't know what it was or what to do - told me that he thought it was another app doing something without his permission. 10. iMessage and its features - just knowing if the other person is on iOS or android is HUGE! Among other iMessage features like ability to see where the person is that you're texting with or share your own location. 11. One of most important to me is how my iPhone and iPad and on PC/Mac are synced real time instantaneously that allows me to pick up one or the other at any time and the files, texts, photos, any work done is identical at all times. 12. AirDrop is so much better then bumping phones and allows anyone around to get file you're sharing simultaneously. 12. And not to mention iOS exclusives until android manufacturers caught up like: a touchscreen phone, duh! App Store, remote lock, multitouch gestures, Touch ID, 64bit, iCloud integration that allows you to pick up any device and make it yours instantly. CarPlay. And so on. All this on one phone - not hand picked from different android phones and manufacturers - no one carries 3-5 smartphones. You want updates get nexus, but you get sucky battery and camera, you want great camera - get note 4, but you get bloat and late updates. You want light UI get HTC but if you want a good fingerprint sensor - get Samsung s6. And so on - too many trade offs. I'm not saying android is worse, I just don't understand the sentiment that android does more than iOS - when android clearly adding new features that iOS had for years with every new version. If anything android and iOS are identically capable with the same amount of features that the other doesn't have. People just choose what features are more important than other and choose based on that platform.

25. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

R u blabbering that you are RICH? ? ?

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Where the hell did you pull that $#*T from?

29. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

1. Its not a feature. 2. Google Latitude now integrated in Google+ 3. Google now does the same and even better. I agree that Siri has a personality but if you need to talk with your phone like a person I dont see a need for that. You only need it for personal assistance. 4. That was already in 4.3 (removed for now). 5. We have Google exclusive apps for Android, we have Windows also. We dont have Apple´s but we will its Apple job not Googles. 6. On Android you will still have more SoT than any iPhone which actually matters more than standby time. Even on Android you wont lose much especially if you enable to limit background processes. 7. I agree but its much harder to make apps and games on Android than on iOS. 8. 9. Not even a lot of people use it but it still have cross platform level which is great. 10. Same like 9 11. I can do the same on Chrome browser or Chromium OS or PC/MAC. But now with Arc I can even play games that are on my phone on Chrome. 12. 13. iOS exclusive is definitely not a first touchscreen phone since there were tons of phones with touchscreen before apple (lg prada), GetJar, nope Android had that since 2.2 in 2010, iCloud came in 2011 and remove wipe before Apple, again it was 2.2 that brought multi-touch gestures vs ios5 on apple, yep they did that, 64 bit a7 made from samsung, cloud was on android before 2011, ford sync, mirror link and htc car way before carplay.

31. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

12. Wi-Fi direct feature found in Galaxy S from 2010 even before Aidrop was released on OSX and in 2013 iOS7

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

1.Multi-window 2. Default Apps 3. Full-Multi-tasking 4. Transfer any file type over BT/WIFI/NFC 5. can't see 100% of the screen in one-handed mode 6. wireless charging 7. can't change UI elements 8. can't download and play any media type 9. can't make flash work 10. can't sideload apps

10. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

The Best of Both Worlds - there are people who ACTUALLY would want a very simplistic interface (iOS) and the customisability, extensibility, and functionality that only an Android phone can deliver, I guess,...

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Screw that, wouldn't want that lazy-fugly-flat Johny Ive UI on my OnePlus One, it's one if the reasons I never installed iOS 7+ on my jailbroken 4s. Just made iOS look as fugly and repelling as Windows phone, and offered nothing major over my jailbroken 4s on iOS 6.

12. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I wish there was a way to do it the other way around, make iOS look Material. I wouldn't mind getting an iPhone, but the UX is so damn ugly in my eyes, I couldn't imagine seeing it everytime I use my phone. But afaik there isn't even a possibility to change icons without jailbreak? This kind of reminds me of Cinderella's sisters, all cutting up their feet to fit into that same shoe.

15. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It is a complete waste of time and effort to make an Android device look like Windows Phone. Android will still not be as secure as Windows Phone and it will still lag over time, unlike Windows Phone. I doubt it would look as smooth and fast as Windows Phone either.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

My question would be, why would you want too. If you like the iPhone UI, bets to get it with an iPhone. I wouldn't want to molest my Android phone with anything related to Apple, and if I had an iPhone I wouldn't want it to look like Android. I have done it in the past, but maybe it was the placebo effect, because it just didnt feel right. For me its like running Windows on a Mac or OS X on a PC. It just doesn't look or feel right at all.

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