From Android to iPhone...

From Android to iPhone...Today's tutorial is going to deal with turning your coveted Android phone (be it an HTC Desire Z  or a Samsung Galaxy Note), into an iPhone.  We're not talking literally of course, as installing iOS on Android is currently impossible, but we have lined up 11 applications that will make your Android look and feel like the real deal - from Android to iPhone! This isn't a hack per say, as it's just installing a bunch of Android applications from the Market, but with all the time spent finding them, it might as well be a hack.

Why would someone want to do this? Many people enjoy the iPhone's clean, easy to use interface. Some people just hate Android that much. A few might even like Apple, who knows? Sometimes, it's just worth doing it for the bragging rights. In any case, by the end of this tutorial, your Android device will be sparkling with the simplistic dazzle of iOS.

Most tutorials you can find online will only tell you to download one or two applications and expect you to believe that it's convincing enough. Sure your messaging app or even your Android home screens may be like an iPhone, but rest assured all those other applications you use all the time will have you sighing in discontent because, well, they're still Android.

There is no way to make every Android app look like its iPhone equivalent. However, with this tutorial, you can get your launcher (aka home screens), messaging app, keyboard, lock screen, music player and notifications all doing it the iPhone way. Best of all, there is no root required! No, I take that back. Best of all, it's free!

Please note that all links below go to Market Applications. Cheers!

Now, let's get to it! The first thing you're going to need to change is your launcher. Before now, the only way to get a real iPhone looking launcher was to root your phone and install a ROM known as MIUI. However, now there is an alternative that does not require root access or installing closed source (read: untrustworthy) firmware. So instead, I'm going to recommend installing Espier Launcher from the Android Market. This unique launcher looks, feels and acts just like the real deal. If you long press an icon and hit the X that appears, it'll uninstall the app and swiping to the left will get you to a search page just like a real iPhone.

Next, let's do your Android lock screen. First you're going to have to install a free application called Magic Locker Main. This is an application that will change your lock screen without root access. Next, download the iPhone Theme for it. Once that's done, apply it within the Magic Locker app and activate it. Now you've got an iPhone lockscreen.

The next is the messaging application, which is among the easiest steps. Simply download the well known and super popular Handcent application. It has a native iPhone theme built in. Open it up, choose its iPhone theme and you're done.

What is a messaging app when you've still got that Android keyboard hanging around? We'll fix that as well. First, download GO Keyboard from the Market. Once installed, grab its iPhone Theme, also in the Market. Open up GO Keyboard and simply apply the theme. Don't forget to enable it under Settings. It's not perfect, but it's close enough to be believable and really, isn't that all we're going for here?

With text messaging out of the way, let's get some notification goodness in there as well. For that, you're going to download iPhone Notifications Lite. This app actually looks pretty darn close to how the iPhone does it. Open it, activate it and prepare for those transparent blue boxes.

Hang in there, we've only got a few more applications to go. The contacts application will come next. First, you must grab GO Contacts EX and then, if you hadn't guess by now, go pick up its iPhone Theme. Open up GO Contacts EX and apply the iPhone theme and you'll be able to browse through your contacts just like an iPhone user.

Finally, we have come to our last app and, ironically, our first conundrum. The music app. There are two good options for emulating the iPhone music experience. One of them is free and is called Player3D Music Player. The other is a paid application and is called btunes. They're both adequate, but it really depends on if you're spending money on this or not. Personally, I prefer Player3D because it has my favorite feature; it's free.

There you have it. An Android phone that for most intensive purposes will look and act just like a real iPhone and, unlike iPhone owners, you spent very little to no money on it whatsoever. You can now stop your Market downloading marathon, place your phone mildly on the desk and bask in the glory of being able to pretend like you're a barista at Starbucks.

Now, the next time someone with iPhone walks up and tries to give you a hard time for not owning an iPhone, you can show them your near iPhone device and claim you own one. Nine out of 10 iPhone owners will most likely believe you.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:37

Now you just need a Samsung Galaxy Ace ;) And the IP police will arrest you on iSight and send you to Funtanamo Bay ... I need a coffee transfusion now.

Treab  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:42

Now you just need a Samsung Galaxy Ace ;) And the IP police will arrest you on iSight and send you to Funtanamo Bay ... I need a coffee transfusion now.

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JoeHindy  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:42

Lol is it safe to assume that Funtanamo bay is not nearly as fun as the name implies?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:44

Lol is it safe to assume that Funtanamo bay is not nearly as fun as the name implies?

No, it a 50 year internship at Foxconn's iCon factory :p

JoeHindy  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:46

Lol is it safe to assume that Funtanamo bay is not nearly as fun as the name implies?

No, it a 50 year internship at Foxconn's iCon factory :p


Based on recent statistics, I won't make it that long...too soon?

Treab  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:47

Lol is it safe to assume that Funtanamo bay is not nearly as fun as the name implies?

No, it a 50 year internship at Foxconn's iCon factory :p


http://anonymousradioshow.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/foxconn_plant.jpg

just look at there smiles... LOOK AT THEM...

You go in this place and it's a factory but, my gosh, they've got restaurants and movie theatres and hospitals and swimming pools. For a factory, it's pretty nice,' he said.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1283389/Apple-boss-Steve-Jobs-defends-China-Foxconn-factory-conditions-10-suicides.html#ixzz1lcoSFvNT

Treab  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:48

Lol is it safe to assume that Funtanamo bay is not nearly as fun as the name implies?

No, it a 50 year internship at Foxconn's iCon factory :p


Based on recent statistics, I won't make it that long...too soon?


depends if you want me to make some al qaeda jokes...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:50

OMG, that quote angers me beyond belief. Few people know this, but the Buchenwald concentration camp had a pool, soccer pitch and inmate shop and post office, too. His comparison is an offence; even though Chinese labour activists actually suggest that Apple's practices are indeed better than most. And that Foxconn customers Dell and HP are much bigger offenders. Still...

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 19:08

Dell and HP didn't describe the place as a holiday camp...at least they're (silently), shameful of their practices.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 19:17

Dell and HP didn't describe the place as a holiday camp...at least they're (silently), shameful of their practices.
True - which is why Jobs' totally OTT comment annoyed me so very much.

JoeHindy  Feb. 6, 2012 at 20:26

Roll a pile of poo in powered sugar doesn't make it a donut, right?

depends if you want me to make some al qaeda jokes...
Their leader is dead and they just laid off 5000 people. You can't possibly deprecate them anymore than that lol.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 21:04

http://www.forumspile.com/Offtopic-On_topic_please.jpg

...says I ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 22:19

On topic, why would you buy an Android phone just for the software to resemble an iPhone :|? It's not like anyone's going to be fooled into thinking your "cool", the outside of your phone will still look like an HTC or Samsung etc.

JoeHindy  Feb. 7, 2012 at 05:44

On topic, why would you buy an Android phone just for the software to resemble an iPhone :|? It's not like anyone's going to be fooled into thinking your "cool", the outside of your phone will still look like an HTC or Samsung etc.

Personally, I do it for the "this is why it's better" argument. My iPhone toting friends ask me "what can your phone do that mine cannot"...I install those apps and say "my phone can turn into your phone, your phone cannot turn into mine" :)

Plus, to a lesser extent, for the same reason modders and tweakers do anything...because we can!

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 08:07

From my experience, nothing shall silence the most dedicated iSheep's whining ;), no matter what your phone looks like.

I have to say I do rather like Espier Launcher, it has a permanent place on my S2 for the days I'm just not feeling LauncherPro+. It works in an amazingly similar manner to the actual iOS launcher (I'm not sure if it's called a launcher on iOS, but you know what I mean).

angamb  Feb. 7, 2012 at 12:58

Why oh why would I want my beautiful sexy Samsung Galaxy Note to look like the inferior iphone? Why would I want any phone to look the same as everyone else's? Android means individuality and personalisation. This article is a joke right??

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 13:07

Why oh why would I want my beautiful sexy Samsung Galaxy Note to look like the inferior iphone? Why would I want any phone to look the same as everyone else's? Android means individuality and personalisation. This article is a joke right??
If you want ;)

Admin  Feb. 7, 2012 at 15:19

@JoeHIndy - I was hoping there would be some tips for an email and calendar client. These are both absolute crap on Android and if I could find a good replacement that would be my first tip to anyone moving to Android. Currently I use k9 mail but it's still nothing compared to iPhone Mail. The biggest problem is that afaik there is still NO android email app that can search your whole inbox (including messages on server).

JoeHindy  Feb. 7, 2012 at 19:48

Why oh why would I want my beautiful sexy Samsung Galaxy Note to look like the inferior iphone? Why would I want any phone to look the same as everyone else's? Android means individuality and personalisation. This article is a joke right??

Lol, the attitude in this article isn't a "why you should do it", it's more of a "why not do it?" Like you said, Android is all about individualism. Some people might like their phone to lack that quality ;)

JoeHindy  Feb. 7, 2012 at 20:00

@JoeHIndy - I was hoping there would be some tips for an email and calendar client. These are both absolute crap on Android and if I could find a good replacement that would be my first tip to anyone moving to Android. Currently I use k9 mail but it's still nothing compared to iPhone Mail. The biggest problem is that afaik there is still NO android email app that can search your whole inbox (including messages on server).

hello Admin,

I spent hours searching for any other (good) iPhone apps that I could include with this article, but I was unable to find any.

The best email apps I know of are Touchdown, Maildroid and Moxier Mail. They're all rather expensive but at least Touchdown has a trial version and Maildroid has a free, ad-supported version if you would like to try them out.

Calendar apps are almost all garbage, I still haven't found one I liked.

evejam  Feb. 7, 2012 at 20:01

Good tutorial. Can you do the same for android tablets? ie make them look like a iPad 2

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 20:04

Good tutorial. Can you do the same for android tablets? ie make them look like a iPad 2
Not as convincingly, especially not on tablets running HC or ICS.

JoeHindy  Feb. 8, 2012 at 01:31

Good tutorial. Can you do the same for android tablets? ie make them look like a iPad 2
Not as convincingly, especially not on tablets running HC or ICS.

Matt is right, I'd be very surprised if even half of these apps were tablet optimized...but where there's a will there's a way and where there's a way there's someone who wants to do it so you never know :)

Thank you for reading!

Admin  Feb. 17, 2012 at 12:01

Would love to see a Calendar app shoot-out (look at features like sharing, webdav, iOS calendar, visual style) and a Mail app shoot-out (battery drain, imap idle, push, visual style, ability to search full inbox, etc).

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