Android phones can look similar to Apple’s latest update – iOS 16 – with the “Launcher iOS 16” app available on the Google Play Store. The platform has been downloaded more than 50 million times and includes features native to iPhones on Google mobile phones, such as the app library and Spotlight search. Additionally, the app allows you to modify the icons and service names to match those of iOS. Recently, the tool also added features from the beta version of an Apple update – which, by the way, is due to be launched in the coming months.
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It is worth noting that in order for the service to work it is necessary to grant some permissions that can be considered invasive, such as access to the location and media saved on the cell phone. In addition, if your smartphone is not powerful, using launchers outside the official device can also cause slowdowns. With that in mind, here’s how to use the app that emulates the iOS 16 interface.
Launcher iOS 16: the app allows Android users to get the iOS experience on Google – Photo: Clara Fabro / TechTudo
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How to use iOS 16 Launcher on Android
Step 1. First, go to Google Play Store and download the iOS 16 launcher app. When you open the app for the first time, allow it to access your location, your contacts, photos and media of your smartphone;
Download the app and grant the necessary permissions – Image: Reproduction / Clara Fabro
Step 2. After granting all the required permissions, you can access the home page of the app. There, click on the “Make Default Launcher” tab and select the launcher that simulates the look of iOS 16. Then press “Always” to continue;
Select iOS 16 Launcher as the default app to make Android the same as iPhone – Photo: Reproduction / Clara Fabro
Step 3. When you select the option, the Android theme will change automatically, but you can make more customizations on the home screen. To do this, open the application again and click on “Scheme”. Next, configure some additional settings – like how many apps will take up the screen, for example. It is also possible to choose between light or dark mode and even activate a function that makes Android similar to the iPhone 8. To enable any of the options, simply turn on the switch next to each of them;
Activate the switch next to the options to customize the phone – Photo: Reproduction / Clara Fabro
Step 4. To change the wallpaper and make it the same on iPhone (iOS), tap on “Wallpapers”. Then, click on the desired background and press OK;
Modify the wallpaper to make it look like an iPhone – Photo: Reproduction / Clara Fabro
Step 5. You can still add iPhone-like widgets to your home screen. To do this, click and hold an empty space on the screen and press the “+” symbol. Next, select one of the available UI elements and drag it to the mobile home screen;
Add iPhone-like widgets to your Android home screen – Image: Play / Clara Fabro
Step 6. To modify the app icons, go to “Change Icon”. With this option, it is possible, for example, to make Google Photos look like photos; Chrome equals Safari etc. To do this, simply press on the pencil drawing and select the icon from the available options;
Change the design of app icons to match your iPhone – Photo: Reproduction / Clara Fabro
Step 7. You can also change the names of the apps by clicking on “Rename”. To do this, simply click on the application and enter a new name in the window that will appear on the screen;
It is also possible to change the name of the native Android apps to resemble those on the iPhone (iOS) – Photo: Reproduction / Clara Fabro
Step 8. Under Application Library, the collections of applications available in each category can still be modified. To do this, just click on the application in question and select the desired category;
It is possible to change the categories of applications in the “Application Library” – Photo: clone / Clara Fabro
Step 9. To hide apps from the home page, go to “Hidden apps” and tap on the “+” icon next to the option. That’s it, your Android phone will look like iOS.
You can also hide native Andorid apps for a more faithful user experience to the Apple system – Image: Reproduction / Clara Fabro
with information from MacRummors
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