How to Google-fy your iPhone
Planning on switching to an iPhone but don’t want to leave your Google apps and tools behind? Don’t worry as there is a way to Google-fy your iPhone and have the best of both worlds.
Before we get started, this guide works best if your iOS device runs on iOS 11 as you can delete some of Apple’s built-in apps. This can also work on iOS 10 but the said apps can’t be deleted and can only be removed from the Home screen. To do it, just tap and hold on one of the apps until an ‘X’ appears on its upper left corner.
Now that we have it sorted out, we can now start replacing or complementing Apple’s apps with those from Google. Links to the App Store are highlighted.
Not every likes stock email apps, and that goes for Android and iOS. And if you’re a Google user, you’re better off using Gmail or Inbox.
Safari –> Google Chrome
We have been using Safari on our iOS devices for quite some time now and it’s quite speedy and does the job. But if you like the feel of Google’s Chrome browser with its features like multi-device syncing, voice search, translate, and the ability to scan QR codes, then better have this installed.
Calendar –> Google Calendar
One of the things we like about Google Calendar is its ability to show important events from my Gmail like flight details and important meetings. There’s To-do lists, Set Goals capability, and quick event creation. In addition, we’re also fond of its visually pleasing layout.
Apple Maps –> Google Maps
Apple’s Map application has improved a lot since its debut. Still, we don’t feel it’s on the same level as the veteran Google Maps (and probably one of the reasons you can delete Apple Maps on the iPhone). So if you want a capable navigation app on the iPhone, better download this one.
Photos –> Google Photos
The Photos app on iOS can’t be deleted or hidden, but the good news is it is actually very capable of handling your photos and videos. You can further enhance that experience though with Google Photos, and one of the reasons to have this installed is its unlimited cloud storage for up 16MP or 1080p quality. This is a huge benefit considering the iPhone doesn’t have expandable storage. If you’re running low, just back-up your photos and videos on Google Photos, then free up your device’s storage.
Keyboard –> Gboard
Gboard has Google Search built in so you can search directly from the keyboard app and send the info, minimizing the need to switch apps. In addition, it supports GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing.
Siri –> Google Assistant
Having Siri as a virtual assistant is a cool thing, but having two VA’s is way cooler. That said, you can install Google Assistant and have it do things for you like make quick phone calls, send text messages or emails, set reminders, play music, navigate places, or get weather information.
iCloud –> Google Drive
You can use this alongside iCloud if you like. Google Drive can provide you with 15GB of storage space to store files like documents, PDFs, photos, and videos, and share them with others. You can set permissions, see file details and activity, as well as view files offline.
As for your entertainment and productivity needs, you can also replace these apps with Google’s own if you’re not subscribed to their services or simply not fond of using them:
If you want to explore more Google apps for the iOS, hit the link here. And that’s about it, feel free to comment down below to share your thoughts/suggestions!