Google Pixel devices are undoubtedly smarter than any other Android smartphones. This is because these are first-party smartphones from Google with a stock Android operating system, three years of uninterrupted major Android OS updates, and security patches. Of course, Pixels are known for their great camera setup and post-processing but it is expensive. At the very least you can have without spending a fortune is its boot animation which is the animation you see when you power on a Pixel device.
We found out that most people love the Google Pixel boot animation. The visual animation of four colored dots dancing on the screen before they converge to show the letter ‘G’ that stands for ‘Google’ is very impressive. There are many ways you can install Google Pixel Boot Logo Animation on any Android smartphone and here, we have listed them all.
Disclaimer: Most of these methods require a rooted device that grants the user access to the various Android subsystems for greater control allowing users to perform functions that otherwise wouldn’t be possible with a non-rooted Android operating system. We have tutorials on how to root an Android smartphone although it is completely your responsibility in case your phone stops working or bricks itself or any other ill-effects.
What Are The ‘Prerequisites’
Prerequisites are things you need before going forward with any of the methods specified below. The first thing you would need to flash or install a Google Pixel Boot Animation on any Android phone is that the device should be rooted. Next up, you need the Google Pixel’s boot animation that you will be flashing on your non-Google Android smartphone. Luckily, we have boot animation right here that you can download.
You need to download the Pixel boot animation that you find below.
- 720p, Light Version – Download
- 1080p, Light Version – Download
- 1440p, Light Version – Download
- 720p, Dark Version – Download
- 1080p, Dark Version – Download
- 1440p, Dark Version – Download
- Original Pixel Boot Animation 1080p, Light – Download
- Original Pixel Boot Animation 1080p, Dark – Download
How To Install Google Pixel Boot Animation on Any Android Phone
Method #1: Using Root File Explorer
This is the most common way you can flash or install Google Pixel Boot Animation on any Android smartphone (rooted). All you need is a rooted smartphone and a file explorer with root access such as ES File Explorer. Here’s how you can do it.
Step #1: Launch the Root File Explorer/Browser on your rooted Android smartphone.
Step #2: Navigate to /system/media folder where the original boot animation is available. Since you have root access, you will be able to see the file named bootanimation.zip or similar.
- The path may vary based on which device you are using. For example, some devices have “/data/local/” or “/system/customize/resource/” and so on.
Step #3: Now, you need to take a backup of the existing original boot animation on your device in case the method doesn’t work. For that, locate the original boot animation, rename it by adding the extension “.bak”. This would become bootanimation.bak.
- Note that now, you have the original boot animation stored on your device that you can re-install anytime you want in case something goes wrong.
- To gain access to the original boot animation, simply rename it to its original name i.e. “bootanimation.zip”.
Step #4: Name the new Google Pixel boot animation that you just downloaded as “bootanimation.zip” that the system will recognize as the one to unwrap and apply.
Step #5: Since you already know where the original boot animation file was, you need to copy and paste the new animation to the path where the original boot animation was available.
Step #6: Next up, long-press on the newly created boot animation file, and select “Permissions”.
Step #8: Now, you need to enable all three options “Read/Write/Execute” under the Owner category and all other categories must have “Read” as selected and others as blank.
Step #9: Save the changes if asked and reboot the device and it is done.
Note: When you replace the existing boot animation with a new one, the system will recognize the latter as the one to apply when you power up the device. The original file is still available on the internal storage or SD card in case you need it later.
Method #2: Using Recovery Flash Method
This is again a very easy method to abide by as it doesn’t require a rocket science degree. Here, you need a custom recovery like Philz or TWRP installed on your device which you can do with or without rooting the device. Assuming that you have a custom ROM installed, here’s how you can install Google Pixel Boot Animation on any Android phone.
Step #1: The first thing you need is a Google Pixel boot animation and we already have the links to download the file for 720p, 1080p, and 1440p devices both in light and dark versions. Download it and proceed. Move it to the SD card on your device.
Step #2: You need to boot into the recovery console. The method could differ based on many factors such as model, custom recovery. If you are using TWRP, you can boot into the recovery console by turning off the phone, pressing power and volume-down buttons together until the phone boots up. This should guide it to boot into the recovery console.
Step #3: Select “Install” (if prompted), Next up, Select ‘Flash ZIP From SDCard’ by tapping on the three dots menu located on the right side.
Step #4: Select the file that you want to flash i.e. the newly created bootanimation.zip.
Step #5: You will get a slider on TWRP to install the new boot animation. Simply slide it to the right and let it process.
Step #6: Reboot the device and check out the latest Google Pixel boot animation on your Android smartphone.
Method #3: Using Boot Animations Root App
This method is also less invasive but you still need a rooted device to grant root access to your device. Here’s how you can use the Boot Animations Root app to change the boot animation on any Android smartphone.
Step #1: First up, you need the Boot Animations Root App on your device. Download and install it.
Step #2: Select Backup/Restore to take a backup of the existing boot animation for later use.
- You can use the ‘Restore’ function to re-flash the original boot animation on your device.
Step #3: Once you have downloaded it, you will get a tonne of new animations to choose from.
- It has three options i.e. Local, Server, and Randomize where ‘Local’ lets you upload the Google Pixel boot animation you downloaded earlier for your smartphone.
- You can use the ‘Server’ option to download boot animations for your smartphone.
- ‘Randomize’ lets you flash new boot animation every time you power on the device.
Step #4: Once you have uploaded the required boot animation, long-press on it, and select ‘Install’.
Note: You need to name the new boot animation that you want to install as “bootanimation.zip” to avoid any issues when installing and flashing it.
Step #5: Finally, reboot the Android smartphone, and voila, you now have a Google Pixel boot animation installed on your Android smartphone without any hassle.
Method #4: Using The ADB Method
You need ADB tools on your computer to flash the Google Pixel boot animation on your Android smartphones.
Part 1: Installing & Readying ADB
Before you can proceed, you need to enable USB Debugging Mode. You will get complete information about it here. Now let’s see how you can use the ADB Method to flash a new boot animation.
Step #1: The very first thing you need and it is a no-brainer, is the boot animation that you can download from the prerequisites section.
Step #2: Ensure that the file you download is in “.zip” extension with the name being “bootanimation.zip”.
Step #3: You need to install ADB tools on your computer. You can find the installation file here.
Step #4: Next up, copy the new bootanimation.zip file and paste it under “platform-tools” directory under the ADB binary folder. Look out for “tools” directory if you have an older version of SDK.
Step #5: Proceeding further, hover the cursor to an empty screen and right-click on the mouse, and select ‘Command Prompt’ to launch it.
Step #6: Next step is to open the “platform-tools” on CMD and for that, you need to type in this command. “cd C:\ADB\platform-tools“. If your computer has ‘tools’ folder under ADB instead of ‘platform-tools’, use the command “cd C:\ADB\tools“.
Step #7: Now, you need to plug your phone into the computer. Once you do that, use CMD to check whether the computer has detected the device or not. For that, you need to use the command “adb devices” without the quotation marks. This should return you an alphanumeric variable if the computer detects a device i.e. your phone.
Step #8: There are mainly two methods to do it. The first is via ADB on CMD while the other is via a visual interface which isn’t available at this point. You are required to remount the system files to allow it to read/write the new boot animation. Here’s how to do it.
- Enter the command “adb shell” or “adb remount”.
- Next, enter the command “mount – o remount, rw -t yaffs2 / dev/block/mtblock3/system”.
- Finally, type in the command “exit” and it is done.
Part 2: Flashing The Boot Animation
Step #9: Here, you need to flash the newly created boot animation file to your phone. You can use the said instructions to get it done.
- Firstly, launch the CMD and type in “adb shell” and then, “su” to gain the status of a superuser.
- Now, you need to find your existing boot animation file that should be available via path “data/local”, “/system/customize/resource/”, “/system/media” or others depending upon what smartphone make and model you are using.
- Enter the command “cd [Directory Name]” such as “cd /system/media” based on where your original file is located.
- Now, enter the command “Is” that verifies if the original bootanimation.zip file is available or not.
- Next up, you need to move the existing bootanimation file to make way for the new one. Use the command “mv bootanimation.zip bootanimation.bak” (obviously without the quotation marks).
Step #10: Finally, it is your turn to flash the newly created Google Pixel boot animation on your smartphone and here’s how you can do it.
- You need to enter the command “adb push [File Name] [Directory]“.
- Say adb push “bootanimation.zip /system/media” or it could be -> adb push “bootanimation.zip /data/local” and so on.
- Finally, enter the command “adb reboot” and the process is over.
That’s pretty much all that you can do to change or install Google Pixel Boot Animation on any non-Google Android smartphone. Hope this works for you. Again, we aren’t liable for any ill-effects these methods could cause on your device as these methods have been tested on some devices but not all the Android smartphones on the planet.