Stupid question regarding installing...

Discussion in 'Android Themes' started by drek, Jun 1, 2010.

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    So how do we install these themes? Does the phone need to be rooted or there is a specific app for them?
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    Yep you have to be rooted
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    Ok. I found this link for rooting the Moto Droid 2.1-update1:

    How-To Root your stock 2.1 Droid


    Is there anything special to do after rooting the phone to install themes?
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    Some custom roms come with themes, and there's a program called Metamorph that is used for theming. I'd do some research in the hacking section of the forum to see if there's anything that strikes your fancy

    My Droid Does Tapatalk...
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    So I root the device, then copy the themes to the SD card? I'm not drawing any parallels in my mind on the exact process here... sorry.
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    Steps to installing themes:
    1. Root your phone
    2. Celebrate the fact you did not brick your phone.
    3. Nandroid back-up your stock rooted 2.1
    -insert ROM/kernal installation procedures here , if you so choose-
    4. Download MetaMorph from the market and install
    5. Go into settings->about phone and check build number (ESE** or ERE**)
    6. Pick your theme based on the build number
    7. Download the .zip file for the theme and move to /sdcard/androidthemes
    8. Open up metamorph, allow it to run its checks.
    9. Choose unzip new theme
    10. After unzip, choose select extracted themes and choose the theme
    11. Install the theme (use delay setting greater or equal to the programs stock settings)
    12. Celebrate you installed your first theme
    13. Nandroid backup new theme just incase something were to happen.

    And your done!
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    Thanks rustynail09! That's what I needed to help me get it right. As of now the phone is rooted and backed up and installing a theme. That's the longest part it seems. lol.
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    Ok, how long does it take to install themes? I downloaded the 928 Black theme and followed the directions above. Well it started about 50 minutes ago and its still working on installing the framework-res.apk theme (file 26 of 26). Is that normal?
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    i think you forgot to add that and thanks for this info i have yet to use metamorph and been wanting to try it out but been to lazy to search and im pretty content with nex theme on the jrummy .8 rom
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    Kill the install of the framework-res, exit metamorph, menu->settings->applications->development, make sure usb debugging is turned on and re-install framework-res, then allow it to reboot
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    OK, kill it how? All I can do is hold power until it shuts down.
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    ahh, that's not true. It depends on the theme you are looking for. While there are many variations to changing graphics, icons, backgrounds, etc to create a theme there are themes for phones that are not rooted as well.

    Sweeter Home is a home replacement app/launcher in the market, as an example. There is a learning curve, but the same is true for rooting, theming, manipulating graphics etc for rooted phones.

    Screenshots here (and elsewhere) :
    Themes by others : sweeterskins.net – themes and news about Sweeter Home

    !

    search Youtube, or the rest of the web, for more details. I just felt it worth mentioning that those with stock phones have lots to play with without worrying about voiding their warranty, bricking their phone, etc.
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    Ok the theme is installed... now i just need some new icons... unless there embedded somewhere... lol. This phone rocks, but I hate being a noob again.
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    Android Theme Links

    There are links to a few threads with icons listed in the first post of the above link.

    At this rate, you won't be noob for long:)
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    Hi guys,
    I have managed to follow the forum for all my needed help including rooting my Droid and installing Adamz Smkoed Glass v6, but I am stumbling on installing themes.
    I have MetaMorph and have downloaded the theme I want 'Round Battery Icon' but I get an error that says "missing the control file".
    Looking around I believe the problem is that I need the old version of MetaMorph. I have it downloaded to my phone but I can not install it, it either launches the new version or gives me the option to uninstall.
    So, is it probable that my initial problem is needing the older MetaMorph? And how can I get the older version installed along with the new one? Do I need to download an apk installer now that I have the 1.8.5 version on my phone? It was a .zip I renamed to .apk
    Also, what is BusyBox and do I need it? I've seen it as needing to be run in some theme posts but not in the instructions for others.

    Any help is appreciated!
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    Drek,
    thanks for asking all of those "stupid questions"...you helped me out with my "stupid questions" :heart:. (no question is ever stupid :)I am on my way to installing my first theme!
    Kerry