In­stall a cus­tomised An­droid boot an­i­ma­tion

Christo­pher Mi­nasians ex­plains how to change the boot an­i­ma­tion on an An­droid de­vice

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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 (, 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-de­vel­op­ 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 An­droid­bootan­i­ma­ 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 ( 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 ‘bootan­i­ma­’ 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 ‘bootan­i­ma­’, 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 (­s6y) or ES File Ex­plorer File Man­ager (, 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 bootan­i­ma­ 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 bootan­i­ma­

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 bootan­i­ma­, 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.

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