How to install a custom Android boot animation

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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1. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

2. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

6. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

but it did on some?? without root?? And i cant correct you....havent tried i dont know how to do it.. Another question....are those samsung devices on which they didn't work??

15. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

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

17. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012



Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 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!!!

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

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

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

7. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Very nice


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010


9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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 idk pa.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.


Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 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!

22. SkyWolf

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

What a stupid opinion..

11. steelew

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

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

16. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

12. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

18. RussF

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 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.


Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

23. davidcli

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

These modifications are awesome to android it enables me to add custom 2d animation on my phone by using this epic trick.

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