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Android as we know it, stands out as the most used OS and one of its biggest selling points is the customization possible due to its open nature.
If you own an Android device, you can gain root access and further customize it to your heart’s content. Popular custom ROMs like CyanogenMod have been a blessing to the Android ecosystem and these community-driven projects have seen to the growth of Android and contributed immensely to it.
Even devices that have been cut off from software updates by the OEMs benefit greatly from the continuous support offered by these custom ROM makers, not to mention the added functionality, features and tweaks that come with most custom ROMs.
In this post however, we will show you how to install a custom boot animation on your Android device.
Out of the host of apps we picked two third-party apps that will enable you to install a custom boot animation and they require root access.
Bhoot – boot animations
The first is Bhoot – boot animations. This app has a whole archive of boot animations created by an active community and you can choose from hundreds of custom made animations.
Bhoot’s Android app helps convert your GIFs, MP4s and WEBMs to Android boot animations. With a single click, you can install any boot animation of your choice. The app does not require root access if you are using a custom ROM that supports it, such as CyanogenMod 11 and 12, Paranoid Android, AOKP etc.
The community even provides assistance to those with issues specific to a ROM and the developer also notes that there’s a slight risk of a boot loop and if by any chance this happens, you can go to this directory ‘/system/media/bootanimation.zip’ in your system partition and delete the ‘bootanimation.zip’ file.
You will however need a root explorer to explore your system partition and we recommend using Es file explorer (link below).
We also recommend going for the top rated animations, which will be the first you’ll see when you open the Bhoot app. They are mostly stable compared to the rest and you should also visit their Google plus community page (link below) for more tips.
Boot Animation Changer
The second app is the boot animation changer and you can also find it on the Play Store. The boot animation changer offers various types of pre-installed boot animations and it supports the installation of the boot animations on your SDcard.
The developer specifically notes on the play store that it will work on non-rooted devices provided the device’s directory structure contains a local folder. The developer doesn’t elaborate exactly what he meant by that, but it’s worth a try.
A third easy and straight forward way is with the CyanogenMod theme engine that you can find on most custom ROMs out there today.
Although, there are several themes accessible via the CM theme engine, most of them are paid. However, outside the theme engine, there are several free themes that you can download on the Google play store. Included in the themes are some custom boot animations that you can still change using Bhoot or Boot Animation Changer.
You should know that these apps or any other methods of tweaking your device that require access to your system partition will need root access and that, depending on your OEM, may void your warranty.
Please follow the steps above at your own responsibility because with any such method there is always the risk of bricking your Android phone or tablet.
Link to Bhoot community page: https://plus.google.com/communities/117167328366996570978
Esfile explorer on the Play Store
If in case you run into any issues please feel free to contact us or comment below and we will get back to you.