How To Make Your iPhone (Or Other iOS Device) More Like Android

How To Make Your iPhone (Or Other iOS Device) More Like Android

If you own an iPhone, chances are you genuinely prefer the feature set of iOS to Android, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t appreciate having access to some of Android’s best features. This guide walks through setting up the best of both worlds.

If you don’t want to go all the way and install Android on your iOS device, you still have plenty of ways to bring the best features of Android to iOS. Jailbreaking will really let you go all the way, but it’s definitely not required. Whatever your situation, here are the many ways of making your iOS device look and act more like Android.

Note: If you haven’t jailbroken your phone but you want to (or this post convinces you that you should), be sure to check out our guide to jailbreaking your iOS device.

Lock Screen Widgets

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An Unobtrusive Notifications Bar


MobileNotifier handles notifications similarly to the way Android does — by keeping them in an always-accessible drawer and by notifying you without interruption so you can continue doing what you’re doing. When you receive a text message, for example, a little bar will pop up top to let you know that you’ve received a notification. You can leave it up there for as long as you need and dismiss it (or act on it) whenever you want. To see all of your notifications (or to clear them), you just need to double tap the home button and you’ll see your notifications drawer (as well as multi-tasking mode). If you’d like to set up MobileNotifier (and you should), follow our instructions here.[imgclear]

Getting Google Apps

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Enabling Google Sync

Google Sync for iOS will let you push your contacts, calendars and mail to your iOS device and it’s really easy to set up. It’s almost identical to setting up MobileMe, except it uses the Microsoft Exchange protocol. Google Sync requires iOS 3.0 or higher, but iOS 4.0 or higher will let you add multiple Exchange accounts (so you’ll want to make sure you’ve upgraded if you need multiple Exchange accounts on your device). If you want to get Google Sync set up, Google has some step-by-step instructions to get you started. Once you have it up and running, you’ll have your Google data pushed and syncing over-the-air to your iOS device just like you would with Android.[imgclear]

Enabling the Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Finishing Touches

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To get the effect, simply search Cydia for TV Tube Sleep. You’ll need to first pay $US1 to purchase the tweak, but then you’ll be able to install it. Once installed, Cydia will ask to restart Springboard. Once Springboard has restarted, you should be able to see the effect any time your device’s screen shuts off.

Got any other great ways to make your iOS device look and act more like Android? Let’s hear ‘em in the comments.


  • Things to note:

    That mobilenotifier is buggy and tends to crash a lot due to conflicts with other JB programs.

    Even if you enable google sync I find that by default new contacts are saved to the iPhone, not the exchange. You will need to change this also.

    The theme you listed above is fairly easy to edit where the date time and weather show up by guess and editing the HTML file.

    To move the white bars edit the jpg file and adjust accordingly.

    The background is changed by swapping out the background.png

  • Ok, this is confusing to me, I jailbroke my phone so I would not have to pay ATT $20/mo more just tether my phone to my laptop. The MIWI4 agreement states you must pay your provider the monthly fee? Is that just to cover their butts. I dont want a suprise bill. Just trying to figure this jailbreak thing out. Sorry, newbe

  • ok,i got MIWI4 form cidia, i have been using it on my laptop and my brother’s ipod touch. but now att just sent me a letter that i have to purchase a tethering plan or they will add it to my phone plan… what should i do?

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