Android – How to Install a Custom Boot Animation

For many, booting up their Android devices will greet them with the stock boot up animation, or an image from their mobile service carrier. But what many do not know is that you can customize the start-up look of your device. But to do that, you have to root your device first.

Android - How to Install a Custom Boot Animation

Installing a Custom Boot Animation on Your Android Device

Step 1 – As mentioned earlier, you will have to root your Android device in order to proceed. Otherwise, you would have to stick with whatever animation you have on your device. But what is rooting anyway? It is a way of gaining administrator privileges on your device. This will allow you to take full control of the software and hardware on your smartphone. If you don’t know how to do this, it is better to let someone with better experience to handle it. It is because if you make an error while doing the process, there is that chance that it might brick your phone.

Step 2 – When you’re Android smartphone is already rooted, you can now proceed. There are two ways to change the boot animation, them being the manual way or the app-way. Both of these are relatively easy to do, but for those who are feeling quite nervous as to how to it the manual way, you can just go for the app-way all the way.

Step 3 – Before proceeding, you would have to look for a new boot animation, and the Internet is teeming with them. Pick one and it will come in a .zip file. It should be noted that you should not unzip nor rename said file. Once you’ve downloaded it, copy the file into the root directory of your smartphone (which is your internal storage). By the way, since you’re going to do something system-related, you might want to do a backup first.

Step 4 – You can then head on to Google’s Play Store and download the Boot Animations app for your Android device. Open the app and then choose the Backup/Restore option. Tap on Backup so that you can always go back to the original animation should things go south. Once that’s been done, locate the .zip file of your animation through the app’s explorer and do a long press on it. You will then be presented to install the new animation. Remember that it should always be named as, otherwise it won’t work. Once the installation has been done, just restart your phone and see your brand new boot animation.


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