One of the top reasons I root my Android phone is that it enables me to install the Xposed Framework. Created by developer Rovo89, Xposed basically hooks into the Android system, then allows users to simply install mini-apps called modules that can change almost anything in a device’s interface or other installed apps.
The benefit of the Xposed framework over some methods of customizing your device is that you don’t have to make a blanket, system-wide modification (mod) that includes tons of changes just so that you can get one or two mods. Just choose the one(s) you want and then install them individually.
The basic idea is that after installing an app called Xposed Installer, you can use it to find and installotherapps/mods that can do a wide variety of things. Some might provide little tweaks to the OS like hiding the carrier label from the status bar, or larger functionality changes to third-party apps like auto-saving incoming Snapchat messages.
Prepare for the installation
There are a few things you need to do first:
- Make sure that your device is fully backed up. It’s possible to run into issues during the installation or use of Xposed that leaves your device unusable.
- Check which version of Android you’re running so that you know which download link to choose below. This is usually found in the “About phone” or “About device” section of Settings, and might be hidden away in a “More” area of Settings.
- You will also need to root your device.
To do that, install the SuperSU app by @chainfire – a senior android XDA dev – and then tapInstall. You’ll need to reboot afterward, and maybe even try a second or third time if it didn’t work the first time. In case your phone doesn’t support this Install mode, you may need to install a customized bootloader to load the TWRP and manually flash the SuperUser file.
You could download SuperSU at:https://download.chainfire.eu/696/supersu
Download the Xposed Framework
If you’re using the Android 5.0+ link, the download is located at the bottom of that page under the “Attached Files” section.
For older Android devices, when on the second link from Step 2, please note that the first download link is to an experimental version of the Xposed framework. Tap theShow older versionslink to find a recent version labeled as “Stable” in the “Release type” section.
Note:You might be told that this type of file can harm your device if you install it. Go ahead and confirm that you want to download and install the file. If you get anInstall blockedmessage, see the first tip at the bottom of this page.
Install the Xposed Framework
- When it’s finished downloading, open the file when you’re prompted to do so.
- When asked if you’re sure you want to install the application, tapInstallto confirm.
- TapOpenwhen it’s finished installing.
- TapFrameworkfrom the Xposed Installer app.
- If you’re told toBe careful!since Xposed might corrupt your device, tap OK. The backup you made before starting this process will serve as a way to get your device back into working order should it become bricked or put in a “boot loop.”
- From theFrameworkscreen, tapInstall/Update.
If you’re told that the app is requesting KingoRoot for root permissions, allow it.
- TapOKwhen asked if you’re ready to reboot.
Use the Xposed Modules
Once the module is downloaded and the proper permissions have been set, you can customize the settings and then enable it for use.
How and Where to Download Xposed Modules
There are two ways to get Xposed modules installed to your device. The first is way easier, so we’ll outline that here:
- Open the Xposed Installer app and tapDownloadfrom the main menu.
- Search or scroll for a module and tap the one you want to install.
- Swipe over or tap theVersionstab.
- Tap theDownloadbutton on the version you want to install. The most recent versions are always listed at the top of the page.
- On the next screen that shows what the app will have permission to do on your device, confirm the installation with theInstallbutton.
- When it’s finished installing, you can tapOpento launch the new module, or Doneto return to the Versionstab.
If you do not open the app right away at this step, see Tip 2 at the bottom of this page to see how to open it later.
- When the module app is opened, it’s there you can customize it to your preference.
Each module presents a unique way to make changes. If you need help, follow the on-screen instructions, revisit Step 2 and open the “Support” link for the module you have questions about, or see Tip 2 below.
- Don’t forget to enable the module. See the next section for those steps.
You can also browse for Xposed modules through a web browser via the Xposed Module Repository.
Enable or Disable Xposed Modules
Once the module is downloaded, you have to enable it before you can actually use it:
- Access the main screen in the Xposed Installer app and enter theModulessection.
- Tap the box to the right of the module name to enable or disable it. A checkmark will appear or disappear to show that it’s either toggled on or off, respectively.
- Reboot the device to submit the changes.
Xposed Installation & Usage Tips
If you’ve never worked with your Android device at this level, you’re bound to encounter an issue or question here and there. Here are some common things we’ve seen:
- If you can’t install Xposed because the APK file is being blocked, go intoSettings > Securityand look for anUnknown sourcessection that you can put a checkmark in to enable.
- The Modulessection of the Xposed Installer app houses a lot of the options you’ll need for various things. Hold your finger down on any module to be given a menu with these options:
- Launch UI:Use this if you can’t find the launcher icon for a module you’ve installed.
Download/Updates:Install new updates for the module.
Support:Visit the support page that belongs to that module.
App info:See what your device says about this app, like its total storage usage and which permissions its been granted.
Uninstall:Delete/remove a module with this menu option.
- If you don’t see the Installbutton after downloading the module, or if you’d rather install it later, repeat Steps 1-3 in theHow and Where to Download Xposed Modulessection above, and then chooseInstallin theVersionstab.
- If you no longer want Xposed Installer on your device, you can delete it like you can any app.
So above is the method for installing Xposed Framework in your Android devices. If you have any issues relating to the installation process, do not hesitate to comment here for helping assistance!