How to Bring iOS 16 Features to Your Android Device

iOS 16 has introduced some exciting features, particularly the redesigned lock screen. While Android already has similar features, there are still some iOS 16 features that we wish were available on Android. Fortunately, there are ways to bring many of these iOS 16 features to your Android device. In this article, we will discuss both native and third-party options to help you achieve a similar experience on your Android device.

Lock Screen Widgets

Android used to support lock screen widgets in the past, but unfortunately, this feature is no longer available. However, there are third-party apps that allow you to add widgets to your default lock screen. One such app is the Lockscreen Widgets app, which can be found on the Play Store for $1.49. Once you have installed the app, grant the necessary permissions and start adding widgets to your Android lock screen. Keep in mind that unlike iOS, Android only allows normal widgets on the lock screen. You can use these widgets to check your steps, control music, view calendar events, and more. Just remember to be cautious about displaying any sensitive information on your lock screen.

Lock Screen Customization (OneUI Only)

When it comes to lock screen customization, Android already offers several features, especially on Samsung One UI devices. To customize your lock screen, open the Settings app and navigate to the Lock screen section. Here, you can change the clock styles, set automatic wallpaper changes, and even use dynamic wallpapers. Additionally, Samsung provides widgets specifically designed for the lock screen. Many third-party apps, such as Google Calendar, Spotify, and Pocket, also support these widgets.

Device Setup for Kids

iOS 16 has improved features related to parental controls, allowing parents to set up an iPhone or iPad specifically for kids. On Android, you can achieve similar functionality using the Family Link app. This app allows you to create a Google account for your child and use it to log in to their Android device. With Family Link, parents can easily control screen time, manage apps and websites, and even allow kids to request additional screen time directly from the app.

Shared Library

On iOS 16, you can create a shared library that can be accessed by your family members. Unfortunately, Android does not have a native equivalent to this feature. However, you can use Google Photos' Partner Sharing feature to achieve a similar result. Simply add one account as a partner, and any photos and videos added to the library will be accessible to both parties. Google Photos even uses AI to identify specific people in photos and automatically share them with your partner if they are included.

Passkeys

Both Apple and Google are working towards password-less sign-in options for users. iOS 16 introduces passkeys, and Google has unveiled a similar concept at their recent Google I/O event. While the service is not yet available, it should work on Android devices running Android 9 and above. Once you receive the update, you will be able to unlock your Android phone and log in to web services without entering a password.

Live Text

iOS 16's Live Text feature allows you to copy text from real-world banners and images. On Android, you can achieve a similar result using Google Lens. Open the Google Lens app, select the camera icon, and scan any text in the real world. Google Lens offers a range of features, including the ability to scan text, numbers, and QR codes. However, iOS 16 also allows you to copy text directly from photos and videos, which is not yet possible on Android.

Keyboard

iOS 16 introduces haptic feedback and dictation with punctuations on the Apple keyboard. Android, however, is already ahead in this area. You can install and use Gboard on any Android device with a haptic motor to get haptic feedback for key presses. This small but useful feature improves the typing experience on your Android device. Gboard also supports dictation with punctuation, and some other keyboards, such as Samsung's, offer similar functionality.

iOS 16 Features Google Should Consider

While Android already has some features similar to those introduced in iOS 16, there are still many iOS 16 features that Android lacks. These include Safety Check, Focus modes, Focus filters, Shared Tab Groups, and more. Hopefully, Google will take inspiration from Apple's iOS 16 and introduce these features in a way that suits the Android ecosystem.

By following the methods and suggestions mentioned above, you can bring iOS 16 features to your Android device and enjoy an enhanced user experience. Whether it's lock screen widgets, device setup for kids, or passkeys, there are options available to give your Android device a taste of iOS 16.