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[How To] Change Your Phone’s Boot Animation [ROOT REQUIRED]

It is but natural to get bored of seeing the same boot animation on your phone’s screen over and over again. Most smartphone users like to use their phone for 2-3 years at least, and many a time there’s no update to the phone’s software. Even if there is, the boot animation probably does not change.


Android, being an open source OS, is very easy to hack as per your needs. This also applies to the boot animation. You can actually change the boot animation as per your needs and taste! However, there are two things you need to keep in mind.

  1. Your phone needs to be rooted.
  2. Boot animations need to be of the same resolution as your phone’s screen. For eg if your phone has a WVGA screen, you need a boot animation in a resolution of 800×480 pixels. A comprehensive list can be found here.


Once you’re sure about these factors, you can go ahead and change the boot animation on your phone.

Steps to be followed to change your phone’s boot animation:

  • Download a file explorer which can exploit root functionality, for example ES File Explorer (Available for free on the Play Store)
  • Download a boot animation of your choice. XDA Forums have a few threads dedicated to boot animations, for example this one.
  • Swipe right, and select ‘Root Explorer’. Next, Touch ‘Mount R/W’. This will make your system partition writeable.
  • Navigate to /system/media/ on your Android phone, and if there’s a file, rename it to This is your phone’s original boot animation.
  • Next, copy the boot animation you downloaded in step 2 to /system/media and check if the permissions are rw-r—r—. If not, change them to that.
  • Done! Reboot, and enjoy!

Disclaimer: We will not be responsible for any damage if caused to your device in case anything goes wrong. Rooting your device might void your warranty, discretion advised.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.