Install a customised Android boot animation
Christopher Minasians explains how to change the boot animation on an Android device
Before you begin, you’ll need to root your Android device. Rooting is a way of gaining administrator privileges and gives you full control over the hardware and software. It’s become a lot easier in recent years, with one-click solutions now available for major Android smartphones, such as CF-Auto-Root by Chainfire (tinyurl.com/L7uL84v), which works on multiple different devices.
Change your boot animation
There are two ways to change the boot animation, either manually or using an app – we recommend the latter.
Note that different smartphone makers use different boot animation formats. Furthermore, the location to change your boot animation within your system will differ. Therefore you’ll need to search the web for information about your specific device. XDA Developers (xda-developers.com) is a handy site that has lots of user generated content, making it a great place to start. Next, you’ll need a boot animation, which you’ll be able to find on sites such as Androidbootanimation.com. Once you’ve found one, download the Zip file and copy it into your device’s root directory.
Using an app First, download Boot Animations from the Google Play Store (tinyurl.com/9tx84bc). Open the app and choose the Backup/Restore option. Tap Backup, so that you can always revert back to the original. This is important if you run into any problems.
Next, find your ‘bootanimation.zip’ file through the app’s explorer and long press on it. You’ll now be told to install the custom boot animation – remember to name it ‘bootanimation.zip’, or else the app might have problems applying your changes. Tap Install, then wait for the device to reboot. Don’t worry if a black screen appears or you encounter a long delay before your boot animation starts. This sometimes happens the first time you boot up your phone after changing the animation.
Using a file manager Install an app such as Root Browser (tinyurl.com/jxyks6y) or ES File Explorer File Manager (tinyurl.com/cd4u27q), both of which have system root functionalities that allows you to change R/O (read-only) and R/W (read-write) system files. Make sure you enable the root functionality within these apps as it’s often not enabled by default.
Open your file manager app and locate your original boot animation file (the one that’s already installed on your system) – this can be found in /system/media. Rename your current bootanimation.zip file ‘bootanimation.zip1’. This is so that if you want to revert back to your system’s default animation, you can do so. Make a note of where it’s saved, then find your new bootanimation.zip.
Copy this file and paste it into /system/media. In order to do this, you might be prompted to change your permission to R/W – without the correct permissions, your file won’t paste in the R/O system directory. As with the app method, make sure it’s named bootanimation.zip, or else your system will have problems loading the new boot animation.
Once the process is complete, reboot your device and you’ll see your new animation. Remember on the first boot you might get some glitches or it may be slow to open, but once the system has booted once, it should return to its default speed.