iPhone vs Android: Android Features That iOS Doesn’t Have. The confrontation between iOS and Android seems endless. Operating system fans are always arguing over which one is the best.
It would seem that the operating systems have finally become similar after the release of iOS 16, but it seems so: on closer inspection, you will notice that the features of iOS 16 are not so exclusive, and the difference is still huge, so you should not rush to conclusions.
We’ve picked out a few features for you that aren’t on the iPhone yet: this will help you decide if you still have a choice between iOS and Android.
Android Features That iOS Doesn’t Have
Multiple Android Users
Android has the ability to create a guest mode – a limited separate mode account for other users, for example, for children, which will allow you to use a smartphone, but without access to data and certain functions. The feature reappeared in Android 5.0, but Apple still ignores the feature, although on the same iPad it would be very handy – just like on Windows.
This way, you can log in as another user or guest account without worrying about leaving your phone behind for a while. For example, allow phone calls, text messages, or install apps separately from other users, but don’t download them again, and update them at your discretion when another user’s version remains the same.
Connect iPhone to Computer
We connect the iPhone to the PC much less now, but Apple’s smartphone is still noticeably more limited than Android: when connected to a PC, the iPhone just gives access to photos and videos, and Android – to all internal memory. Therefore, you can fully transfer files from computer to phone.
In addition, the iPhone, when connected to a PC, simultaneously displays on the computer screen and charging, while Android offers to select only charging without data transfer. The same thing happens when you connect to multimedia in the car when CarPlay is immediately activated on the iPhone, although it is not necessary, you have just decided to charge the phone.
Launchers for Android
Launchers are a great way to customize your home screen to your liking. Of course, sometimes there are frankly kolkhoz ones, but some allow you to make a smartphone convenient for older people by enlarging icons, buttons and other elements. You can always find a suitable launcher in the App Store, and even for free, and some Android smartphones have a Themes application to change icons, fonts or all at once with just one click.
iOS had something similar when shortcuts appeared, but in the end, everything turned into a kind of prank: users installed icons from older versions of iOS, and the design itself left a lot to be desired. In general, it turned out to be completely bad taste. However, iOS lacks the ability to at least change the home screen icon size.
Multiple Copies of the same App on Android
On Android, you can create multiple clones of the same app to use different accounts in them. For example, to install two WhatsApp on your phone and use different accounts for work and personal correspondence, simply create a clone of the original application and log into your account.
Many Android smartphone manufacturers have been using this feature by default for a long time, but if it is not available, you can download a clone app from Google Play.
In iOS this is still not possible – at the moment you can only remove the shortcut from the desktop and restore it from the “App Library”, but nothing more.
System Apps on iPhone
In iOS 14, for the first time, it became possible to install third-party apps instead of standard apps, however, so far this is only limited by changing the browser and email client. Alright, not thick?
In Android, you can replace any application with a custom application: be it a phone, browser, messages, launcher or other programs that third-party developers have for sure better and more convenient.
In addition, you can configure certain links to open immediately in the application, bypassing the browser, because it is much more convenient.
Add to this a closed NFC module that does not allow the use of alternative contactless payment methods, the lack of an analog of root rights in iOS, so you can install a jailbreak, just overclock your iPhone to full power, or reduce the frequency of the processor to increase the autonomy of the smartphone.
However, Apple regularly adds more and more features: for example, you can fix your phone yourself and not be left without a warranty.
I am Bhumi Shah, a highly skilled digital marketer with over 11 years of experience in digital marketing and content writing in the tech industry.