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How to install a custom Android boot animation

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How to install a custom Android boot animation
As we outlined just earlier today, the extent to which you can modify your Android handset is one of the platform's greatest selling points, and we quite appreciate the opportunity to tweak most anything. Boot animations, while a rather obscured detail of your entire Android experience, nevertheless add that extra polish that makes your Android your own. That's precisely why today we'll be showing you how to easily change your stock manufacturer boot animation to something a tad more interesting.

There are two methods to do this -- using a dedicated app, or learning how to do it manually, which isn't at all hard. We'll show you both, though it's best you learn to do it manually, as while that leaves room for error, you'll have wider range of choice. Just make sure to keep this in mind: your phone's pixel density is the deciding factor when picking between the different boot animation sizes. Oh, and you need to be rooted, obviously. On most modern devices, you're looking for HDPI/XHDPI (sometimes these are simplified to an exact resolution for simplicity), but do your research before loading a boot animation that isn't suited for your device.


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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:59 5

1. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Please at least add 'for root users' in the title.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 10:31

2. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


According to this post you can change it without rooting...i havent tried it myself but i found it myself, so if your interested u can try it out.
And maybe phonearena could try it out and if it works add it to this article.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1580642

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:30

4. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Tested it out, did not work on several devices.

You need permission to write on /system. I am unaware of a way to do that without root. Correct me if I'm wrong.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:56

6. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


but it did on some?? without root??

And i cant correct you....havent tried it...so i dont know how to do it..

Another question....are those samsung devices on which they didn't work??

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 02:14

15. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


It didn't work on any of the devices I tested it out. Think Xperia Z1/Note 3/G2/Nexus 5, etc.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:27

17. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


o..okay..

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 07:45

19. INFINITEKIFF (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jan 2016)


it will not work unless you have root/superuser permission to see, access and write to /system which of course requires the superuser binary which of course means a rooted phone, so it just cannot be done any other way.
get your phone rooted, head on over to xda or androidcentral
both fairly reliable for finding rooting solutions for all major, new and most popular devices! I root all my phones not long after I get them, unrooted they just suck! especially when you start running out of spce as google seems to be going down apple route of allowing less and less apps to sd! from a security point of view I can understand where they are coming from but for convenience and ease of use the current setup IE. hardly any apps to sd is just downright crap! I like to be able to personalise my phone, not with s**tty little emojis and wallpapers and that kind of crap, I mean stripping out all of the rubbish and making it run how it should- Blazingly fast!!!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:20

3. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I remember myself doing that with Maemo 5 lol, it was awesome but the OS became very buggy at the end.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:37

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


There's an app for that, in playstore -,-

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 12:46

7. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Very nice

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 15:46 1

8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


OMG!!! How freakin' cool is this?! Can I also do this on my iPhone???????!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 18:13 2

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


nope...nope

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 15:53

9. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Modern android, unless you're flashing kernels, Roms, mods etc,.. You'll very very rarely ever see the boot animation.

So I wonder why the interest for those that never need to reboot, they'll see it what, once every three months or so...so idk pa.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 16:03 2

10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Because the possibilities are endless; you can have an endless array of boot animations: from Miley Cyrus torking, to UnderDog changing in a phonebooth, to a chick on a motorbike, to a chubby-wubby bus driver driving a city bus.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 07:52

20. INFINITEKIFF (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jan 2016)


motorola 2nd gens seem to like rebooting often with avast battery saver installed on rooted phone so you have the joy of waiting for their crappy boot animation to finish loading which seems ot go on forever! solved the issue by uninstalling avast battery saver! however I still want to get rid of the boot animation and anything else for that matter that takes up space, like the annoying message that says you have unlocked your bootloader bla bla bla, who gives a s**t!

posted on 03 Apr 2016, 21:21

22. SkyWolf (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2016)


What a stupid opinion..

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 19:45

11. steelew (Posts: 205; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Wow this had a ton of one star reviews in the play store. Why are you featuring this?

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 02:15

16. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Tends to happen when people are in over their heads with the mods they're going for. That said, those could be legitimate.

We're not exactly featuring it, but it's a good app that worked frills-free for us on several devices.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 07:26

12. TheNeighbor (Posts: 242; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Note 3 had a different format now. Can't change it.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 18:13

14. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The manual way is super easy - I love seeing the green robot head shot the apple logo....priceless

posted on 26 Sep 2015, 14:25

18. RussF (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2015)


Unfortunatley I can not change permission on the boot animation for the zenfone 2e. So I guess I'm stuck with asking for help on that, please.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 07:55

21. INFINITEKIFF (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jan 2016)


is your zenfone 2e rooted?
if its not rooted you will not be able to see, access or write to /system/media/
you wont even be able to access /system. root your phone if you havent but dont forget to backup all your data and files etc.

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