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HOW TO: Change bootup/shutdown animations and sounds

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Mazeraski, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Mazeraski

    Mazeraski Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Okay, I have seen more than a couple different inquiries (including some by me) on these topics in multiple places in the SF forums and elsewhere. Because of this I figured I would try and collect all the information regarding changing these things and put them into this one thread. If you think I am missing or forgot something, let me know and I can add it in (such as new files, clarification, etc).

    Thanks to the respective creators of each file included in this thread. Without you guys we wouldn't even be detailing this process.

    DISCLAIMER: This is intended to provide easy step-by-step directions to change bootup and shutdown animations and sounds. I take no responsibility if you screw up your phone attempting to follow these instructions. Read everything carefully.

    Related threads:
    -(thank you contributors to this thread)

    - has a couple of different animations confirmed to work with the SF (thanks to SirKronan for compiling and respective creators for your work)
    *Android Scribble 2.0
    *Droid Star Wars R2D2
    *Android Bios Boot animation
    *Windows 7 boot animation
    *Spinning droid custom boot animation
    *Regular Galaxy S bootup animation
    *Droid peeing on apple boot animation (can you confirm this one saps?) (confirmed below)
    *Numerous Captivate animations (Stainless steel android, rotating colors android, electric android, etc.)
    *[BOOT ANIMATION] The Droids
    *Numerous Boot Animations and PowerOn sounds for the Mesmerize
    *Epic 4G- Helix Animations
    *Nexus S-Android Vs Apple Lol
    *Portal 2 Aperture Laboratories
    *Alternate Portal 2 Aperture Laboratories

    Here is one sound file (the DROID noise) which is in both formats for bootup and shutdown:
    Bootup: DROID.wav
    Shutdown: DROID.ogg

    More sounds:
    *Page with some sounds from Portal

    Here are some shutdown animations (originally created as bootup animation's from xda user GLa'DOS):
    *Android scribble w/yellow color burst (altered by saps)
    *Android scribble w/no color burst (altered by saps)
    *Android scribble w/green color burst (altered by me)
    Another shutdown animation:
    *Galaxy S shutdown
    Originally Skywalker's Blackhole bootup animation (reversed by angelikchaos into a shutdown ani):
    *Blackhole shutdown
    Dysgenic's particles2 shutdown ani (reversed by angelikchaos)
    *particles2 shutdown
    Dysgenic's Android Glow 1 boot ani (formatted for shutdown by angelikchaos):
    *Android Glow 1 Shutdown Ani
    Dysgenic's Android Glow 1 shutdown ani (reversed by angelikchaos into a shutdown ani):
    *Android Glow 1 Reverse Shutdown Ani
    *Mez-Shutdown Ani's and Sounds

    PLEASE NOTE: You must be rooted. You must reboot in order for these changes to take effect. You should have Root Explorer (although I am sure there is a way with ADB commands as well though). You may want to create a backup (CWM or the like), just in case. Also, most of the people I have seen do this are running a version of Dirrk's/jt's kernel or a ROM like Adrynalyne's SC or the Community ROM (using OTB kernel), which allow boot/shutdown animations to be changed. The kernel you are currently using when attempting to change the animations must allow for them to be changed for this to work.

    The file needed to change your boot-up animation should be a .zip file.
    I successfully changed my bootup animation by doing the following:

    Boot-up animation:
    1) download a new boot animation .zip file (I put mine in /sdcard/downloads)
    2) open Root Explorer
    3) navigate to where you put the new .zip
    4) copy the new .zip
    5) paste it into /data/local
    6) rename it "bootanimation.zip." (if it isn't already)

    Also, if you want to change the startup/shutdown sounds:

    Startup sound:
    1) DL a new sound file
    2) convert to a .wav file (using Winamp+.wav converter/iTunes)
    3) put on SD card
    4) open Root Explorer
    5) navigate to /system/etc
    6) rename "PowerOn.wav" to "PowerOn.wav.old"
    7) navigate to where you placed the DL'ed .wav file
    8) copy
    9) paste into /system/etc
    10) rename it "PowerOn.wav"

    Shutdown sound:
    1) DL a new sound file
    2) convert to .ogg file (I used Winamp+.ogg converter)
    3) put on SD card
    4) open Root Explorer
    5) navigate to /system/media/audio/ui
    6) rename "shutdown.ogg" to "shutdown.ogg.old"
    7) navigate to the DL'ed .ogg file
    8) copy
    9) paste into /system/media/audio/ui
    10) rename it "shutdown.ogg"

    Shutdown animation (DL is above as well): (thanks to saps):

    Note: After performing any of these steps, reboot and enjoy :)

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  2. saps

    saps Extreme Android User

    One stop shopping, nicely done Maz :)
  3. saps

    saps Extreme Android User

    Confirmed below.
    So I had formerly used the code strings to disable boot/shutdown sounds but I just turned them back on. What the heck the Droid thing is kinda cool I suppose.
    I also changed my boot from pink scribble to this one.
    I hope these vids come out OK. My first one was 720p but thats ridiculous for this stuff. This should be good enough, I hope.
    Folks, this really is pretty simple stuff. The directions Maz and I have above are letter perfect. No borking possible :D. If you follow it correctly I suppose I should add. All we need to do is go to xda to remind ourselves that sometimes bad things happen to good people. So yeah, all the usual warnings apply. Seriously, though I re-enabled boot sounds, added both sounds [boot and shutdown], changed my bootanimation zip [and renamed the old pink one], and made these videos in like 10-12 minutes.
  4. Mazeraski

    Mazeraski Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for confirming the Droid peeing animation saps.

    It is pretty easy to do. If anyone is thinking about doing it I hope this helps :)

    BTW, here are my bootup/shutdown animations (apologies for the sideways video):


  5. saps

    saps Extreme Android User

    OK we each did one color. We should let others do the other 3-4 colors. Good way to get your feet wet.

    I just laid the phone down on my desk to I could keep the orientation right
  6. Mazeraski

    Mazeraski Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Agreed. Yeah, I had my phone at my desk (in my hand), I just decided to shoot the video with my digital camera sideways and didn't care enough to redo it at the present time.
  7. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    great job on the shutdown tutorial saps!

    also mazeraski if you wanna add these to your op:
    those captivate bootup anis work on the fascinate, there are several general android ones in there!
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  8. Mazeraski

    Mazeraski Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Done, thanks nitsuj :)
  9. GoBruins

    GoBruins Well-Known Member

    Great thread guys, looking forward to customizing my own bootup/shutdown. I'm pretty bad with photoshop, but going to try to get that blue android scribble (my phone is kinda blue themed) when I have more time...
  10. GoBruins

    GoBruins Well-Known Member

    Quick question: Do you need Dirrk's DO2 version of the kernels to change the bootupanimations? (his android peeing on apple versions...)
  11. saps

    saps Extreme Android User

    Either that or either of jt's with that whole bootanimation in the title. So yeah Im still on D02 1200LV. Or apparently the two kernels just posted today on IRC by jt also allow bootzips
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  12. mr flannery77

    mr flannery77 Newbie

    Hey guys, please forgive my "noobieness" - I was able to successfully complete the shutdown animation, but I guess I'm missing something when it comes to the boot animation. Any suggestions?
  13. Piiman

    Piiman Android Expert

    Yeah but for some reason they don't work for everyone. I can't get an animation to play unless I have a custom kernel that has a boot animation. If I have that I can change them at will but go back to stock kernel and nothing. Its as though the animation is somewhere else. I can even remove the animation in system/media and data/loacl (if there is one) and it will still play the default Samsung Verizon boot animation.

    Anyone figure that out yet?
  14. Mazeraski

    Mazeraski Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Don't worry about it, we are here to help :). As for the boot animation, I'm assuming you have a kernel that allows changing of boot/shutdown animations since you changed the shutdown. The bootanimation.zip can be put in either /data/local or /system/media, however I only included /data/local because I've been told it's easier since the phone looks in that folder first. Did you make sure the .zip file is named "bootanimation.zip"? What boot animation are you trying to use? Did you follow the directions exactly? If not, detail the process you went through and perhaps that may shine some light on something.

    The kernel that you currently run must allow for boot animations/shutdowns to be able to be changed. This is why you can't change it in the stock kernel, because I don't believe that it allows it to be changed IIRC.

    When you remove the default animation, do you actually delete it? What exactly do you do when you say remove? Sorry for asking a seemingly obvious question, but if it is still on the phone's memory somewhere I'd imagine it would just search for it until it found the file(s).
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  15. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    d13 or frisco it d be super great if this could be a sticky, or if you we could start a sticky with this and themes, roms, kernels for all in one shopping. im sure anyone of the frequent posters here would be happy to maintain it. :)
  16. mr flannery77

    mr flannery77 Newbie

  17. kramerica

    kramerica Android Enthusiast

    I am having the same problem and have no idea what is going wrong. Have done it on the Droid and Droid X following the same process and it was cut and dry for me then. Directions are crystal clear and I just simply cannot figure this one out.

    I know that when I was in the data/local folder on my 1st attempt, there was not bootanimation.zip file in this folder. Am I missing a folder somewhere?
  18. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    do you have a kernel that supports boot anis? not all of them do (including stock i believe)

    in data/local (which i use now after previously being a system/media guy for whatever reason) there wouldnt be a bootanimation.zip its in system/media. its just that the system scans data/local first so its sorta "hijacks" the slot from the other boot ani.
  19. kramerica

    kramerica Android Enthusiast

    Kernel might be what I'm missing. Running jt's clean ROM.
  20. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    are you rocking a stock kernel? if you are id recommend jts non-vood 11/2 in rom manager (and xda)

    d/l it and reboot. once booted, reboot into clockwork, go to advanced and wipe davlik cache. then you're good to go on a great non-oc kernel (been running it for 4 days and its really smooth for a non-voodoo) :D
  21. mr flannery77

    mr flannery77 Newbie

    This may be something I try. I just recently rooted, and I'm still running the stock kernel. I was able to get the shut down animation going, but not the boot one. I know this is probably for another thread, but I feel like I really need to continue reading up on non-oc kernels, and oc kernels, the nandroid install, and clockwork etc.

    I've d/l rom manager, root explorer, and Ti backup, so hopefully I'm on the right track. :)
  22. kramerica

    kramerica Android Enthusiast

    I was but nots no mores! That was the trick! Thanks!
  23. mr flannery77

    mr flannery77 Newbie

    Downloaded jts non-vood 11/2, and all is good my friend!! Thank you guys for the help!
  24. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    glad you got it all worked out :D
  25. Mazeraski

    Mazeraski Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thank nitsuj, he did all the legwork while I been away from the forum this weekend. Glad you both got everything working now though :)

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