Android exclusive apps aren’t as common as they used to be, but they still exist. While they’re obviously great for millions of Android users out there, the best ones may leave iOS users feeling a bit jealous.
The bad news is that it’s impossible to replicate some of the best Android exclusive apps on iOS. iOS policies just don’t allow for that. The good news is that there are some iOS apps that are not only worthwhile replacements, but some of them are better than the real deal.
So whether you miss your favorite Android apps or you’ve always wanted to download them, here are the iOS alternatives you need to consider.
Tasker has long been one of the best android exclusive apps on the market. This miraculous app allows you to create automations for just about anything. Examples are too numerous to list in full, but some of the things you can do include:
- Automating volume control
- Set automations for the time of day
- Create custom shortcuts using available device buttons
- Design your own home screen UI.
Basically, Tasker lets you turn your Android phone into anything you want it to be. It’s might just be one of the best apps ever.
iOS Alternative – IFTTT
Apple doesn’t let you have as much control over your iPhone to possibly replicate the functionality of Tasker, but IFTTT comes pretty close.
Basically, IFTTT lets you create some custom shortcuts and automations based on your existing apps. For instance, you can share photos automatically or automatically ask the temperature to change when you get home.
While IFTTT doesn’t offer as many shortcuts or UI customization options as Tasker, but between it and Apple’s Shortcuts, you get pretty close to the real thing.
Another one of the best android exclusive apps, Action Launcher essentially lets you create your own home screen.
That might not sound like much, but we’re talking about much more than just arranging some app icons. From custom colors to advanced shortcuts, Action Launcher makes it so that you can truly access your entire phone from just your home screen.
Action Launcher is one of the best reasons to support Android’s open development policies.
iOS Alternative – Launcher With Multiple Widgets
Launcher With Multiple Widgets may not have a clever name, but you can’t argue against its functionality.
Basically, Launcher with Multiple Widgets allows you to create a series of shortcuts for your home screen. It’s not quite the same as being able to fully customize your home screen, but this app does allow you to access more files and functions of your phone than ever before.
Again, apps like Shortcuts offer similar functionality, but this app comes closer to any other (for iOS) to letting you create your own home screen.
Torque Pro is one of those Android exclusive apps that help you realize that we truly do live in the future.
Torque Pro allows you to instantly access diagnostic information about your vehicle. From temperatures to emissions, it essentially adds dozens of new gauges to your dashboard without you having to look at them all the time.
iOS Alternative – Car Scanner ELM OBD2
Car Scanner isn’t just a great alternative to Torque Pro; it might just be better than the Android exclusive app itself.
As you might imagine, Car Scanner also allows you to quickly generate a diagnostic report about your vehicle. It’s not quite as visually impressive as Torque Pro, but the information it offers is stunning. From fuel consumption rates to troubleshooting, this is the app you need if you truly want to understand your car.
WiFi Analyzer is one of the best Android exclusive apps for those who regularly use public WiFi.
This app allows you to search for any WiFi sources around you. That’s simple enough, but where this app really sets itself apart is in its ability to analyze the strength of those signals. You no longer have to settle for a vague series of bars in order to find the best WiFi signal around you. It even lets you troubleshoot your home WiFi connection with advanced metrics.
iOS Alternative – Network Analyzer
Network Analyzer lacks the great visual design of WiFi Analyzer, but in terms of functionality, it’s basically the same concept.
Actually, Network Analyzer may be even better when it comes to offering detailed analytical information. If your WiFi is underperforming and you want to get to the heart of the matter, this is the apps that you’ve been looking for.
Flyperlink is one of the best Android exclusive apps for web browsing ever made.
This app offers a minimalist web browsing solution for those who don’t want their browser to dominate their home screens. You’d be amazed how nice it is to be able to quickly jump in and out of a mobile web browser while still looking at other parts of your phone. It’s also great for opening links from other sources without having to devote an entire tab to a browser.
iOS Alternative – Brave Browser
Sadly, there isn’t really a clean iOS alternative to Flyperlink. Apple seemingly doesn’t allow for that particular functionality at this time.
However, Brave comes fairly close to offering some of Flyperlink’s basic functionality. It lacks Flyperlink’s “floating browser” functionality, but it is secure, fast, and offers minimalist browsing options. Again, it’s not really the same, but it’s one of the best options for iOS users who are interesting in a web browser designed for mobile devices.