How to Run iOS on Android?

The list of applications released for iOS and Android is growing every day. Even though both systems usually regarded as opposite, the issue of their compatibility is interesting, at least. It forced many users to ask a quite strange but actual question – is it possible to run utilities from IOS to Android. However, there is no single answer to this question, and some clarifications should be made.

Many enthusiasts have been working for years to solve this problem. In this article, the question will be studied in detail. Is there an emulator or other software that can display iOS on Android? Are there any programs that can work on both platforms without any changes? Maybe, it is just nothing more than crazy dreams and ideas?

The differences between platforms

Android differs from iOS in several functional features and a programming language in which applications are written for both of these shells. Android is also positioned as an open platform, which is why almost every manufacturer can put this shell on their devices. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage.

On the one hand, you can find many very affordable devices on the market, on the other hand, due to the lack of a single standard, the shell and utilities for it are often unstable. In this regard, Apple is significantly different. The iOS operating system is installed only on a limited number of devices, which are manufactured by Apple under the strict control and without any possibility to influence the process from outside.

What are the variants to run iOS on Android?

If the talk is about using applications developed to one system and launch it on another, there are several ways to accomplish such a task:

  • The simplest method is to wait for the official release of the application on Android. As a rule, sooner or later, all utilities come out on both platforms as two leading ones. The only exception is software written by Apple and specialized modules written only for use with the iPhone and Ipad.
  • The second way is to install the iOS firmware on Android. This is not very difficult to do, but it is worth remembering that in the process, there is a risk of turning the device into a “brick.” If the flashing was successful, then almost all programs from the Apple platform will run on Android (although half of them will work unstable due to the peculiarities of the device).
  • Also, one can use a particular Cider program. This is a full iOS emulator on Android. It was created by students from Columbia University using the binary method. The emulator is at the alpha testing stage; it is very unstable and cannot launch most of the IOS functions; there is no possibility to work with the GPS module. In addition, the hardware requirements of the module are very high because you have to ensure the work of Android and at the same time, emulate the IOS functions. Work on Cider continues when a working version is released, while no one knows.


Thus, it becomes clear that at the current stage of technology development, the launch of iOS applications on Android is possible, but this is associated with a number of difficulties. There is practically no ideal way that would give a 100% guarantee that utilities from one platform will work on the opposite. The Cider emulator is promising, but it is still unknown when a working and stable version will be released and how many resources will guarantee the smooth process.

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