Android is a mobile OS designed for smartphone devices, television, and wearables. As open-source software, virtually anyone can modify Android to their heart’s content without fear of breaking copyrights (to some degree). That’s why you see various company-owned themes such as Xiaomi’s MIUI, Huawei’s EMUI, and OnePlus’ OxygenOS.
According to statistics, Android has 74.14% market share, making Android the most popular mobile OS in the world. That’s because phone manufacturers can fit Android to any of their mobile device line up. As a result, phone manufacturers are spoiling the customers because of the massive amount of variety of Android devices.
However, the appeal of the iPhone is in its style. The iPhone possesses a specific characteristic that makes them feel special. Sleek and slim body, simple and intuitive UI, and a decently powerful camera. However, because iPhone and iOS are copyrighted for Apple only, it means the customer has to pay the price for the exclusivity. That is why iPhones are so expensive.
But you must be able to get the best of both worlds, and you can! It’s because Android OS is so customizable that this can be done. Using the Mi Control Center for Android devices, you can customize your Android OS’s UI to look like the sleek and beautiful iOS UI that makes the iPhone so appealing.
Xiaomi Knows Best
The Xiaomi smartphone is known to support the Mi Control Center very well. It is also a great budget alternative to more expensive phone models. Most $200-$300 Xiaomi devices have the same, or even more powerful specifications than $800-$1,000 iPhones. So, for this article, let’s use Xiaomi as an example. Xiaomi uses MIUI as its default OS but can run Android as well.
How to Customize Mi Control Center
The Mi Control Center has both a notification shade and a control center — you could refer to these as sides. If you swipe down from the upper left side, you activate the notification shade. The notification shade contains all notifications from messages, emails, and alarms.
If you swipe down from the upper right side, you activate the control center. The control center contains important function toggles like mobile data, Wi-Fi, night light, vibrate mode, etc.
The border between each side can be adjusted as well as be inverted.
Step 1. Download the App
Always download the app from a reliable source like Google PlayStore.
Step 2. Open the App, Set It Running
When asked about various permission prompts, enable all.
Step 3. Customize Layout Settings
- Set “Quick Settings Icons Shape” to “Rounded Rectangle”
- Set “Big Tiles Grid” to “1×2.”
- Set “Tiles Grid” to “2×4.”
- Set “Tiles Size” to “60”
- Toggle off the “Small corners.”
The other options are mostly a matter of preference. It will slightly veer from the iOS theme but still be close enough. You won’t be able to recreate the iOS look fully. Mi Control Center doesn’t have a vertical screen brightness, and volume slider like iOS does.
Step 4. Customize Color Settings
- Set “Background Type” to “Live blur” with 50 transparency and 50 blurs.
- Set “Background Color” to “Black” (FF000000)
- Set “Notifications Background Color” to “White” (#FFFFFFFF)
- Set “Active Tile Color” to “Light Blue” (#0068FF)
- Set “Text Color” to “Black” (FF000000)
- Set “Brightness Slider Color” to “White” (#FFFFFFFF)
- Turn off “Dynamic Color Notifications”
- Turn Off “Tint Active Icon”
Once a tile is activated, iOS’s icon will turn red (from white), so you can differentiate between active and inactive. Sadly, the Mi Control Center only supports changing color on the tile (not the icon). I prefer light blue since it’s less intrusive than red.
Step 5. Customize Toggles
- Swipe down from the upper right corner
- Press the small note and pen icon on the top right corner of the control center
- Arrange the toggles following the picture below
In iOS, there are several Apple applications like AppleTV, AppleMusic, and Airdrop. These Apple apps don’t exist in Android. The toggles above only list functions provided by the Mi Control Center and your other Android Apps.
Step 6. Take a Look
After you’ve completed all the steps, it’s time to look at the final product. Pretty close, right?
Downloading Mi Control Center lets you have the best of both worlds on your Xiaomi — or other Android phones — smartphone device. The app recreates the feel of the iOS control center and notification center almost perfectly.