7 ways to Android-ify your iPhone

Switching from Android to iOS may be a shock, but it doesn’t have to be.

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You have made a huge leap from Android to iPhone. Maybe iPhone 13 She finally won you, or you may have pre-ordered 2022 iPhone SE. No matter what Apple device you’re carrying now, it’s definitely an iOS navigation mod after you’ve gotten used to Android. On the one hand, it’s exciting: you are now part of blue bubble cluband you can explore All the useful features in the newly released iOS 15.4.

But you also have to learn a new operating system that shares some similarities with Android, but also feels very different. For example, you cannot install applications from anywhere. You’ll only need to get it from the Apple App Store and the App Store. Or how about the fact that you’re still forced to use a strict app grid, and can’t put apps wherever you want? You also can’t see information like time and notifications even when the screen is off like you can with many Android phones. Annoying.

If all of this sounds familiar, you might be happy to know that there are ways to make your iPhone feel like home – or at least look like your old Android phone. For example, did I know you maybe Adding widgets, creating custom app icons, or using an external keyboard that looks a lot like what you’re used to? I’ll walk you through several changes that could make your new iPhone look like Android in just the ways you want them to.

Create a custom home screen with widgets and Smart Stack

Widgets, and in this respect a dedicated home screen, are a convenient way to keep information at your fingertips, but perhaps most importantly, you’ll get a fully customized experience.

good news. is yours iPhone supports widgets On the home screen too, which is pretty cool. You can add a single widget, or create a so-called Smart Stack that will rotate through a series of widgets based on the widgets you interact with and the time of day.

Place a widget on the iPhone screen by long pressing in an empty space. I usually do this on top of the apps in the dock (there is a row of dots for each home screen). Tap the plus sign in the top left corner, then drag and drop widgets onto your screen.

Create a Smart Stack your own by dragging tools of the same size on top of each other.

Just keep stacking the tools until you’re happy.

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You can’t install themes or launchers, but you can still customize the look of your iPhone

If you are familiar with creating custom app icons, you will be glad to know Your iPhone can support custom icons, is very. You’ll need to use the Shortcuts app to achieve the custom look, and be prepared to invest some time in each new creation – you’ll have to do this on an app-by-app basis. So instead of having the icons for the Mail, Safari, or Messages apps, you can instead use the AOL Mail icon, or any image you like, to replace the default icons.

Hopefully Apple will add support for themes or icon packs in the future, but as of now, The steps outlined in this post are as good as they are.

Use FaceTime to chat with your friends on Android

Yes, you read correctly. In iOS 15, you can FaceTime with friends and family that does not contain an Apple device. It may not make your iPhone look like your old Android phone in the same way as the other tips in this list. But it can help with the transition as it provides a way to easily video chat with your friends on Android without having to install a new app.

FaceTime calls work a little differently when you’re communicating with users of non-Apple devices. You need to create a link that they can click or tap to join the call from a web browser. Simply open the FaceTime app and click the Create Link button to get started. From there, you can simply copy the link or click on an app like Messages or Mail to share the invitation with your friend or family member.

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Miss Google keyboard? You can download our favorite, and also learn some tips for iPhone keyboard

The little things can be what we miss the most about our old devices. Take the keyboard as an example. Google’s keyboard, Gboard, is loved by many Android users. But don’t worry, you can install third-party keyboards on iPhone, although you may find that they are not as feature-packed as their Android counterparts. Gboard for Android is available on iPhone if you want to shoot it.

However, if you find that third-party keyboards just don’t cut it, here are some personal tricks to get the most out of your iPhone keyboard.

  • Move the cursor by long-pressing the spacebar until the keys are gone, turning it into a trackpad of some sort. here Post with a cool gif This shows you how it works.
  • Create custom shortcuts to replace text by going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. This makes it easy to type curse words (sorry I’m not sorry mom), or quickly enter information like your email address.
  • You can swipe up to type on the iPhone keyboard, just like on almost every Android keyboard. If it doesn’t work, make sure to turn it on by going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Slide to Type And make sure that the key is in On to put.

psst. Google Keyboard is available on iPhone.

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You are not locked into the default Apple apps. Use Google apps instead

You are lucky. Google does a good job of keeping the same apps you know and love on Android up to date on your iPhone. Instead of linking you to every Google app, I’ll instead direct you to the Google developer page in the App Store where you can find all the apps available for your iPhone (or iPad).

You might be surprised at the number of apps that Google has created for the iPhone. Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome Browser, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Keep are just to name a few. See the next section for a more popular Google app.

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You can use Google Assistant instead of Siri for your search needs.

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Don’t you like Siri? Use the Google Assistant

One of the apps made available by Google on the iPhone that is worth mentioning is the Google Assistant. I know Siri has a bad reputation in some ways, and I won’t go into that discussion here, but for those of you who want to use the default Google Assistant on Apple, you can download and install the dedicated app.

But that doesn’t solve the problem of not being able to say “Hey, Google” and making your iPhone respond. To do this, you will need to create a shortcut in the Shortcuts app that will use Siri to launch the Google Assistant.

After installing the Google Assistant on your phone, open the Shortcuts app and tap the plus sign to create a new shortcut. handle Add an action > apps > Assistant > ask google and off appear when running. Name the shortcut either “Hey, Google” or “OK, Google.”

The next time you want to talk to the Google Assistant, activate Siri (hold the side button or say, “Hey, Siri”) and then use your shortcut name.

For example, you could say “Hey Siri, OK Google, what’s the weather like?” Siri will transfer your request to the Google Assistant app.

It’s antique and imperfect, but if I were you truly Don’t like Siri, it will get the job done.

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Face ID is not perfect. Here’s how to improve it

If you’re switching from an Android phone with fingerprint unlocking, you might be frustrated if Face ID doesn’t always recognize your face (as if your head is half buried in a pillow) and unlock your iPhone in an appropriate amount of time. Here’s what I suggest: add an alternate theme, which is just like scanning your face a second time (this is equivalent to scanning four fingerprints in your old Android phone, instead of just scanning one).

But instead of wearing sunglasses or some other accessory to change up your look, go through the registration process with the “typical” look that’s causing you the most trouble. If this is just out of bed and shaggy hair and bags under your eyes, so be it. This type of data is only stored on your phone, and this is face unlock, not a beauty contest.

To check your face again, open Settings > Face ID & Passcode and press Create an alternate look.

Now that your iPhone looks and feels like your old phone, take some time to get to know iOS a little better. paying off These are the settings that you need to changebe sure to keep up Latest iOS 15 Features. Oh, and there The hidden features you should know too..