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Switching from iOS to Android is much easier if you are already familiar with the Android experience, but it is difficult to pick up an Android device before buying it – especially these days. Fortunately, Samsung New Zealand recently developed iTest, a tiny web app for the iPhone that contains everything curious iOS users want from an Android test drive.

iTest simulates the Galaxy mobile phone experience right on your iPhone. You can play around with the home screen, browse the Galaxy Store, and even try out some apps. You can even interact with fake calls and text messages to see how they work on Galaxy phones.

Obviously, the iTest experience is not the same as using an actual Galaxy phone. iTest can’t recreate a Galaxy phone’s camera, the settings app is cut off, and you are going to miss some gesture controls. However, there are enough options available to get a taste of what a Samsung Galaxy’s menu looks and works like. iTest also contains numerous tutorials to help you find your way around a Galaxy phone and the Android settings, even for functions that are not available in the web app.

How to use iTest on iPhone

  1. Open that iTest website.
  1. Scan the QR with the camera app on your iPhone.
  2. If you see the link, tap the link and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. After iTest is installed, tap the icon on your app screen to open it.
  4. A home screen for a Galaxy virtual phone with apps and settings to mess around will appear.

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iTest is a good introduction to the Samsung phones, but it’s worth noting that it is not representative of the Android experience on all Android phones.

Every Android OEM offers a slightly different variant of Android – using a Samsung phone is different from using a Pixel phone, which is different from OnePlus phones, for example. The apps, features, and settings available may vary depending on which company makes your Android phone and which version of Android it supports.

However, there are enough similarities between brands that iTest can at least give you a taste of what Android devices can do in general.

Out of curiosity, we tried installing the iTest app on a Pixel phone to see if we could use it to test the Galaxy home screen on a non-Samsung device. However, only a link to the Samsung online shop is opened. You can vice versa Rebuild (most) Pixel phones on non-Pixel phones. And for Android users who want to switch to iOS, Apple’s official guide is a good start.