Here’s how to get the best iOS features on your Android

Image: Dhe Haivan

Do you love the iPhone, but own an Android? Do you want all the great iOS features on your Android? Look no further, we have compiled a list of great apps for Android that enhances your experience.

1. Spotlight Search:

One of the most useful features Android lacks is a universal search. Fortunately, there are third-party options available.

  • For a built-in search option, you can download a free app called Evie Launcher. It’s a minimal launcher that allows you to search your phone’s data and the web by swiping down on the home screen, just like iOS Spotlight.
  • You can even use Sesame Shortcuts integrated with Nova Launcher. Launch Sesame Shortcuts and grant all the necessary permissions. Then open Nova, swipe down on the home screen, and you’ll have a feature like iOS Spotlight.

Download: Evie Launcher (Free)
Download: Sesame Shortcuts (Free, premium version available)
Download: Nova Launcher (Free, premium version available)

2. Assistive Touch:

Another longtime iOS feature is Assistive Touch, which adds a floating menu of quick actions on your screen. To replicate the same on Android, all you need to do is install a free app.

Easy Touch looks and functions like Assistive Touch on iOS. It brings a persistent floating menu that allows you to quickly access options such as taking a screenshot, return to the home screen, pulling down the notification shade, and more. In addition, you can customize the app and modify the order of these shortcuts or add new ones.

Download: Easy Touch (Free)

3. Screen Recording:

With iOS 11, Apple brought a native screen recorder to iOS. Unfortunately, Google still hasn’t. But if you don’t want to be left behind, you can download a third-party alternative.

AZ Screen Recorder is freemium and even allows you to tweak an array of settings like video resolution, showing touches, and more.

Download: AZ Screen Recorder (Free, premium version available)

4. AirDrop & Notifications on PC:

Apple’s ecosystem has the best features. That includes the ability to read and interact with iOS notifications on macOS. To have that privilege on Android, you need to configure Pushbullet.

Pushbullet not only mirrors your phone’s alerts to your Windows PC or Mac, but also lets you share files, browse your phone’s internal storage remotely on a computer, reply to SMS messages, and more. It’s the complete package.

This even allows file sharing similar to airdrop allowing different types of files.

Download: Pushbullet for Android (Free, subscription available) | Pushbullet apps for other platforms

5. Universal Clipboard:

Apple also allows Mac and iOS users to share a common clipboard. An app titled Clipbrd brings this functionality to Android as well.

Once installed and logged in, Clipbrd lets you copy text on an Android phone and paste it directly on your PC, or vice-versa. To get started, install the Clipbrd Android app and the Chrome extension on your computer. Create a new account and you’re ready to share. There are no in-app purchases or advertisements.

Download: Clipbrd for Android | Chrome Extension (Free)

6. Screen Time:

Screen Time is a free-to-use parental control app that helps parents manage and control the amount of time their kids spend on smartphones and tablets.

From your own phone, you can limit your kids’ daily use, block specific apps, approve new apps, and block activities during certain times of the day. This is the best alternative to Screen Time found on iOS devices for your Android.


Image Credits: AppleInsider,

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Pranav Chaparala

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