Android’s flexibility means phone companies can build their personal versions of the OS to complement their hardware, but there is a grace that comes with the stock Android experience found on Google’s devices — and this grace is one that rival Android smartphones have been unable to match.
Lots of Android phone companies, like Samsung, modify the standard Android operating system to suit their personal app ecosystems — away from Google’s services, also. To make matters worse, phones bought from a network provider are mostly packed with added software and features you will not see in unlocked devices. This can be annoying for whoever fancies a purer Android experience or those that love Google’s products.
Fortunately, it is simple to recreate the Pixel experience on lots of Android phones — getting rid of some digital complications in the process. You only need small changes and the assistance of some third-party apps. The amazing thing is, it can be done without rooting your phone. This is how to go about it:
Installing Google Applications
The first thing to do when it comes to building a Pixel UI on a non-Google device is to have your phone applications replaced with Google’s alternatives — or alternatively, something very close to the legit thing.
The installation of batch of fresh applications can be so tiring, but some of these are pre-installed on all Android phones — they just have to be activated as the default application for a specific feature.
But, there are a minute number of Pixel-exclusive applications that cannot be found on the Google Play Store. The Android modding community have had this rebuilt to function on every rampant Android phone.
Here are links to the download pages for several of the Google apps Pixel devices use by default. Installing them is the same way as any application you download from Google Play except otherwise noted. As soon as installation is complete, you will have to allocate every fresh app as your device’s default by heading to Settings > Apps > default apps.
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Google’s First-Party Android Apps
- SMS/RCS Texting: Messages
- Web Browser: Chrome Mobile
- System keyboard: Gboard
- Calendar: Google Calendar
- Photo gallery: Google Photos
- Google Wallpapers
- Google Drive
- Camera: Google Camera (Port) Pixel’s camera app is phone-exclusive, but several modders have come up with its appearance and functionality on non-Pixel phones through 3rd-party applications. Be aware that some of these will need sideloading.
- Phone: Google Phone or Google Phone Port: If your device does not function with the Play Store version of Google’s Phone app, a sideload option is available. The .APK is safe to use, we have confirmed, do not bother your head about that.
The final application to install is Google Assistant. Several devices make use of Google Assistant by default, why others make use of a hone company’s proprietary AI helper. As soon as you install Google Assistant, remember to make it your default application.
Even if it is kinda not compulsory, a touch command can also be set up that enables Google Assistant with your device’s AI helper toggle (if it possesses one.) The process to get this done will be different according to your phone’s model and brand, but the rule is that you will need to set up a particular touch command for your dedicated AI button that will launch Google Assistant. This can be done in system settings for your AI assistant.
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Uninstalling/Disabling Extra Applications
Before heading to the final stage of the process, you should think about your phone’s storage space by getting rid of the apps we just replaced with Google’s versions.
Ensuring your device appears and functions like a Pixel is key as well. Your device’s UI will not be totally replaced without rooting your device, but you can achieve something close to that. It is simple to do, just needing a few 3rd-party applications and adjust some settings.
Pixel Launcher Screen
The most vital part of changing the appearance and feel of a Pixel is the Launch screen. There are lots of replacement launchers on the Google Play Store — most of them try to recreate the latest Pixel launch screen but we advice you to use Rootless Launcher since it add lots of Pixel features without needing a root. These includes icon packs that match the Pixel’s icons, a well integrated Google search bar, and added widgets. The Root Launcher’s appearance can also be customized with options you will not ordinarily see on Pixel devices.
After that, you will have to recreate the Google Feed tab, which displays news articles, closeby recommendations and other stuff according to your search history and phone use.
Even if Google Feed emulation is a feature of Rootless Launcher, it cannot be accessed by default and needs a sideload installation. Use this link to get the “pixelbridge.apk” add-on file downloaded. As soon as it is on your phone, this is how to enable it.
- Get “pixelbridge.apk” downloaded as advised.
- Open the .APK file on your device so you can sideload the application.
- When installation is complete, launch the Rootless Launcher app.
- Head to Settings.
- Enable “Display Google app.”