Turn your Android into an iPhone X with these launcher, icons, and apps


Do you like what you see above? 

You might as well be digging that, we won't judge! Okay, we won't judge, but there are quite probably a lot of Android users that would love to emulate the interface looks of the top-notch iPhone X on their devices. Of course, thanks to the fact that Android is not a walled garden, such an exercise in customization is entirely possible, though it requires a bit of work on your time.

Yes, there are some apps out there that allow you to do that, but almost all of them are low-quality ones that we wouldn't dare touch even with a 10-foot stick. We need none of that on our devices now, do we? Here's what to download and do in order to emulate the iPhone X interface on your Android device.

1. The launcher



First things first, get Nova Launcher Prime. This one is the whole foundation onto which we shall build further down the way. You could technically cope with the free version of Nova Launcher, but it doesn't allow for icon resizing past 100%, and that's almost always a deal-breaker. In our case, we will need to amp up the overall icon size a bit in order to match the looks of iOS, as Nova's default icon setting is probably 30% smaller than the one on iOS.

Download: Nova Launcher Prime 


2. The icons


Next up, we will need a fitting icon pack. Fortunately, there are a ton of iOS-like icon packs on the Play Store, but unfortunately, the really good ones only have a bunch of icons themed as per the iOS guidelines. Due to copyrght, there will never be an iOS-like icon pack that's packing a large tally of items inside. Yet, you have a bunch of options ahead of yourself, so choose your poison:


We'll go with the last icon pack, TrueiOS, just because.

3. Mind the notch


Finally, you will need to download an app that... emulates the notch of the iPhone on your Android device's screen. Unsurprisingly, a number of these have popped up on the Play Store, so you have real goo choice here as well. Here's what you need to get:


4. Floating notifications


In order to emulate the floating home screen notification of iOS, we will need to use the services of a certain app. It's called Floatify and has a built-in preset that mimics iOS' notification behaviour. It even does that on the lock screen, which is a nice touch. Just install it, then open it up, go to Notifications > Themes, and choose iOS 10.

Download Floatify



5. Ah, the wallpapers


You didn't really think you can go for the full iOS look without throwing in an iOS 11 wallpaper, right? I mean, you can't really achieve the same effect without using one of the stock new iOS 11 wallpapers, which we've provided down below. 

Download the full-resolution wallpapers right here



6. Round those corners (if needed)


Of course, you can't really emulate the iPhone X interface without rounding those corners a bit! Of course, if you're using a Galaxy S8 (like we are) or another device that's already featuring rounded corners, you won't have to do anything, but for all the rest, apps like Roundr do wonders as they apply round corner overlays to your screen.

Download Roundr


7. Setting everything up


You can either download our settings backup, which has all the settings and features already pre-set for your convenience. You can download it here.

For all other folks that are reluctant to download random files from the internet and like their tinfoil hats pointy, we're going to provide a general guide of what to change in Nova's settings to achieve the same end.

In the Desktop menu:

- Go for a 6x4 desktop grid and disable subgrid positioning;
- Go for a 150% icon size (you need Nova Launcher Prime for that, it's worth the investment);
- Use normal font for the icon labels;
- Text size will vary depending on your device - initially go for middle and then tone down things a bit;
- Remove icon labels' shadow, use white color and single-line text;
- Disable width padding, but enable medium height padding to make sure icons don't interfere with the signature notch;
- Disable the persistent Google search bar since it's a, well, dead giveaway of your phone's inner self;
- Disable wallpaper scrolling;
- Use 'simple' scroll effect;
- Use a three-dot page indicator in white color;
- Enable the 'Add icon to home screen' feature, which will add any new apps to your home screens right after you install them.

In the Dock menu:

- Use a rectangular dock background colored solid white, but tone down the transparency down to 45-50%;
- Use a single dock page;
- Use 4 dock icons;
- Increase the size of your icons to 150% and disable the labels;
- Don't enable the searchbar in dock;
- Disable width padding, but go for medium height padding;

In the Folders menu:

- Go for grid folder preview;
- Download this image and use it as a folder background;
- Select 'Zoom' as a transition animation and don't use 'Circle';
- In Background, go for white and introduce a 10-15% transparency;
- Use a 150% icon zoom, normal font size, and black icon labels;

In Look & Feel:

- Choose your iOS-like icon pack;
- Disable Adaptive icons;
- Disable normalize icon size;
- Leave  all other settings default;

In Notification badges:
- Choose numeric badges and install TeslaUnread when prompted;
- In numeric badge style, choose medium for size and top right for position;
- Don't use a preset, choose custom, then select the same shade of red for both Border and Badge, text should remain white;
- Finally, adjust corner radius to 8.

Congratulations, you're now using an iPhone FauX.

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52 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well that's a lot of work - why not just get the iPhone X and be done with it. I understand the beauty of Android being able to emulate the look and feel of any mobile OS but the reason most Android users us it is because it well Android. ( as Apple use to say "if you don't have an iPhone you don't have an iPhone" what could be more obvious than that.Lol)

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4198; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why not just put electrical tape across the top...

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

Lol. The best comment by far!

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well I guess if people want to have the first iPhone X experience in the world, while saving a ton of money. Then buy an Android smartphone, set it up to look like the iPhone X. When you get board of the iPhone X experience, then can easily change it back to a much better Android experience that isn't so restrictive.

30. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

LMAO xD simplest and most accurate emulation.

16. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

You talk about the beauty of Android and then you say that it's a lot of work. Well, if someone wants to utilize that beauty of Android to make it look like iOS then let them be.

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The "alot of works" probably refers to the task of developing these apps that emulate the notch of the IPhone X. But there is no way I'll want such thing on my display.

50. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That is my point-I may not have been clear. But I guess to each their own. Again to me it seems like a waste of time Just get an iPhone X.

35. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

whos the moron that has an android phone and wants to replicate an ipx? id love to meet him in person to pimp slap him.

2. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

TL;DR: Disable everything and make your app drawer the home screen. Violá, you have achieved iOS. How do you emulate Android on iOS? Good luck with that....

31. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

You can try the following to get to stock android: - Wait a few months or more until a jailbreak is available - Jailbreak your device and avoid all future OTA updates or you're screwed until another jailbreak is found - Install jailbreak tweaks to give your iphone the capacity accomplish everything dumb phones were capable of (eg AirBlue Shearing for system wide and universal bluetooth file/media/contact shearing) - Install various other system-enhancing tweaks to gain features into stock android or provided by apps readily available on the play store, hoping they don't take up too much of your iphone's low ram capacity. Otherwise, it just becomes a sluggish crash haven. - Hope nothing requiring a firmware restore goes wrong or elese it's another cat and mouse game with apple, as there's no way to restore to the firmware you like, you either grab the latest or stick with a useless brick... Beyond stock android, your iphone will be a sluggish crash haven by then.

32. truthbetold

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

Don't forget that you lose your jailbreak and everything it brings when you restart your device, so you'll need to do it again. All fine and dandy until the certificate for the JB app expires and you need to repeat the tethered JB process (or keep changing the date to a point when the certificate vas valid). Moreover, there's also the problem of low space on the system partition, meaning you can hit a wall pretty soon if you want to use several bigger tweaks. Not sure if this gets better on higher capacity devices though, but it's a real pain on 16GB models.

34. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

That's with the tethered jailbreaks, untethered jailbreaks are the ones you'll have to be waiting a few months or more for. EDIT Just looked it up, looks like the days of untethered jailbreaks are over; the last untethered jailbreak available was for iOS 9: https://tech.blorge.com/2017/05/16/ios-10-doesnt-untethered-jailbreak/156950 So glad to be out of that pointlessly restricted haven.

3. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Lmao, ugly notch is now a feature :)) only retarded android users would do that :))

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Only retards call people retards for wanting to try something different. Perhaps some people like the notch? I mean, these notch apps are getting hella downloads on GPS right now... might be something to that.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4198; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The reviews are gold with most downloaded to make fun of their iPhone disabled brethren.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That makes sense. Anything related to Apple on GPS gets a lot of flack, not surprised at all. If said reviews are anything like the Apple Music Android app review list, Android sure has a manchild problem on its hands. You people sure do let that company get under your skin.

8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Kiko007 Don't go down that road with them in name calling and bashing as you are well aware of it wont change things. As I said above this is a lot of trouble to go through if they love the look so much then Just get an iPhone. Nothing wrong with that. If they love iOS and Android then get both a iPhone X and Note 8 the best of both worlds ( gonna be hell of an expense, but if the can afford it then go for it ). No body is stupid or retarded for choosing what they like with their money ( but it could be unwise). Anyway this tribalism needs to stop

13. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Let's not be hypocritical here kiko. As we all know you are miles ahead of me in the name calling department ;))

17. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I think the devs are just trolling.

7. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

What's the point in all of this?

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It's a bit like a poverty-tourism, experience the worst and you'll appreciate what you have.

11. libra89

Posts: 2280; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Interesting, I'm going to try this sometime when I'm bored...

12. Whitedot

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That is the most inadequate thing one can to emulate notch. But I appreciate creativeness when it comes to generating content PA. As usually strange universe.

38. peter.k

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

Hey, somebody had to do it!

43. Whitedot

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Its fine when you get paid for what do :) but a little immature for educated reader. What is the target audience you are aiming here on PA?

14. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Thanks but no thanks ... I'm not interested ..

15. Rocket

Posts: 653; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

This article is the joke of the day ;)

49. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I’m sure you did it.

19. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

why would you like to cover part of the useful screen?? doesn't make sense.

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