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Change Your Android Phone’s UI Like Windows 8 Phones

The extent of customisation in the Android phones is not a new thing to write about. It is the only OS in the world which can wear the any OS’s user interface and still work flawlessly. In this post i have tried to make my android Phone look alike the Windows 8 UI (Live tiles n all).

Getting Started

For Windows 8 customisation for our Android Phone we would install the free Windows 8 like launcher called Arikui Launcher. Once you have installed the launcher, tap it open and choose the action to be performed by Arikui launcher as always.


Once you have done it you will be at the default lay out of the launcher. The background remains the same as previous and the entire screen is covered by the tiles. Swipe left to see the other additional apps.



Tap the settings icon sitting at the bottom corner of the screen and you will be allowed to tweak settings of tile, Desktop, Preferences and other system settings.


The preferences tab contains all other main settings ranging from appearance, display effects, performance optimisation, to Gestures.


Gestures tab in the preferences has gestures settings (obviously). Swiping down with two fingers can open the Preference, swiping up opens the Apps Drawer. Similarly you can define what pinch in and pinch out will open up.


To change the settings in the tile, just long tap it and there will be options to change the colour (pencil icon), change the size or even unpin the tile from the main home screen.


Adding shortcuts and Widgets

On the main home screen you can also add shortcuts of applications which support this. Tap the plus icon in the lower right corner of the main home screen and you will get the options of choosing shortcuts.


Similarly widgets can be added too.


When Android has no problem in letting you customise and tweak in settings and user interface why should you think twice? Install and enjoy Windows 8 user interface on your Android phone today and do let us know if you are already using some different launcher.

Download Arikui Launcher (Free) | Google Play Store

By Kamal Nayan

Kamal Nayan is a blogger at where he has been writing about personal technology, productivity hacks and often produces how to videos. He takes some time off from his engineering to write about tips and tweaks related to Android and other phones on this blog.

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