Weekend Poll: Do you change boot animations?

Rooting a device opens a world of possibilities for customizing an Android device. Custom ROMs and root apps are just the beginning of rooting awesomeness. A very fun part of owning a rooted device can also be having the ability to change the boot animation, but this is simply a feature I have never really taken advantage of.

I am much more of a functionality-oriented user. So when I root it is usually to take advantage of root apps, install custom ROMs and over- and under-clocking the processor. I simply find no reason to change a boot animation that I will not be seeing often.

Most of us don’t wait around for a device to boot. I usually turn it on and set it aside until it is ready to be used, and that is the few times I actually restart the device (which is rare). I understand that it is fun, though. These tricks are part of the reason why Android is such an amazing platform; you can truly make a device one-of-a-kind.

I changed my boot animations a few times in the past, but it was only to test it out. After seeing some of the new options, though, it seems I might just start trying it out. Sites like AndroidBootAnimation.com offer a significant variety of options. From custom boot animations featuring popular shows and nifty videos to official manufacturer boot animations for some of the most popular devices out there.

Some of these animations are now available with 720p resolutions – for those that have smartphones with HD displays. So why not get a bit flashy?

I will continue to keep my boot animation stock for the sake of saving myself a few minutes. I don’t find it rewarding enough to go through all the steps. But I would like to know how many of you like having fun with this! Am I just boring in this department, or do many of you feel the same way?

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  • http://twitter.com/jdaniels2186 Jeffrey Daniels

    No, on Jellybean it loads so fast I barely ever see it. :D

  • james ortiz

    I love the jelly bean boot up screen and its fast

  • Si

    Yes I change it because I usually don’t like the boot animations that are included with most custom roms…

    • Edgar Cervantes

      That is true…. ROMs can have some ugly boot animations. lol.

      • tehsusenoh
        • Edgar Cervantes

          LOL! That is way FABULOUS!

        • bmg314

          Ha! The only thing I don’t like about aokp…but aokp is so great I wouldn’t care if they made the boot animation a rotating turd in a toilet (in hd). :P

          • tehsusenoh

            Yup. AOKP is what I use on my Bionic.

          • veccster

            I love aokp too but do hate the pink unicorn. I deal with it but might change when I get motivated. I am a battery swapper and NEVER charge my phone. so I see the boot animation 1-3x a day.

        • lordmerovingian

          Is that a male unicorn…IN PINK?!!!

    • camelsnot

      how often do you need to reboot? Why are you staring at your boot screen when you do? Sad.

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        If you’re a flashaholic and/or your ROM is an early alpha like CM10 Preview is, then you’ll see it a LOT. Happy.

        • Andr3ww

          Just as I was going to press send, I see you wrote the same thing I did. But also getting stuck in a bootloop is another thing.

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            Yeah – a nice soothing bootanimation might take some of the sting out of a bootloop. hah. :)

  • Matthew Merrick

    just like a wallpaper, the boot animation is something i want to get just perfect, and it bugs me till its perfect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/torren.dreakford Torren Dreakford

    no cuz i live cm9 boot anim on my sgs3! :D

    • No_Nickname90

      I do lyk the CM9 Boot animation too. LoL!! I can’t find anything better. The BIOS boot animations are cool too.

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        IKnowRight – Evil Cid and the swirly cyan stuff is still one of the best I’ve come across.

        • http://www.facebook.com/torren.dreakford Torren Dreakford

          lol i love cid. hes like andy’s older bro. and much more badass! (at least in the bootanim he is)

        • http://www.facebook.com/torren.dreakford Torren Dreakford

          lol i love cid cuz he looks like a badass version of andy the android lol

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Yeah – but CM10 is still using the CM9 bootanimation, so I modded it by putting the Jellybean jar on top of the number “9”. You can download a CWM-flashable version here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1808462

      • http://www.facebook.com/torren.dreakford Torren Dreakford

        oh my bad thats what i meant lol. i love the cm9 bootanim on my cm10 gs3. whoops :p

  • DarrenR

    The 2 (at this point) people that answered “Boot Aniwhat?” You should probably just get off this site.

    • DarrenR

      Also I have one of the kitchen boot animations, when I dont have the animation disabled.

  • JohnPietrzak

    I have always wanted to used the decepticon logo being assembled with glowing red eyes and the transformer noise playing. Never seen anything like it. Would love it.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      It’s not that hard to make a bootanimation. The hard part, as always, is the initial creativity to produce something.

  • JevyJav

    I only change it when im using some custom roms like AOKP and even then when i do change it its usually back to the stock nexus animation

  • jjrudey

    The Jelly Bean one is good enough. So no.

  • ntegrit

    Stock, so no. The point is, though, that I wouldn’t even if I could, because the GNex ICS animation is so bootiful!

  • ericl5112

    I find changing roms (which I don’t do as often as I used to) gives me enough variety. That said, some roms can just be fugly, and need to be changed.

  • cory

    Just plain galaxy nexus boot for me

  • Anthony Ngo

    I always change my boot animation back to stock JB if the ROM / kernel comes with something else.

  • camelsnot

    How many times do you actually NEED to reboot in a day? None. Constantly changing boot screens just so you can stare at them in amazement either means you have no friends or you are a douche. True story.

    • No_Nickname90

      Are you serious? It’s just an extra fun feature. I changed my boot animation and even added sound. I was the coolest person on the block. Showed just how truly you can customize Android.

      Oh, and apps like AdAway needed a reboot when they changed the Host Files. And what about those battery pulls I needed to do like about once every week or so?

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  • No_Nickname90

    My E4GT boots in 10 seconds, so I had this count down from 10 seconds before. And I had the song “The Final Countdown” playing. LoL!!

    But lately, on ICS, I haven’t been able to find a ROM that supports boot sound. =.[
    So I haven’t changed the boot animation.

    I’ve done this plenty on Gingerbread, though. And the steps aren’t hard. You just move the files to the right folder. LoL!!

    Now making your own boot animation, that’s a different story. But now I’m going to go start looking for some boot animations for my Nexus 7. LoL!!

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Edgar, it doesn’t take a “few minutes” to change your bootanimation; it only takes a few seconds, as long as you use a ClockWorkMod / TWRP flashable version to make it easy to install right after installing your ROM & gapps. (And if using TWRP instead ye olde CWM, you can queue up ROM + gapps + OC kernel + bootanimation all at once and it’ll flash them in order)

    • iwave

      It’s even simpler than that with a tool like Android Commander or QTADB. Just drag & drop.

  • Andr3ww

    I usually flash boot animations just to go back to the stock jelly bean one.

  • http://iron2000.blogspot.com/ iron2000

    I don’t see the bootscreen often as I don’t reboot often so I don’t care about it.
    Well, unless changing it allows the phone to boot faster :P

  • Michael Vergara

    ROOTING scares me. Im afraid to screw up

  • Dudditz09

    Honestly never seen much point in changing the boot animation

  • Frankie Abaddon

    Change if it was possible I wish a phone would boot up at the press of a button. For obvious reasons this is never possible. Would be awesome thou gotta admit. I actually would like to see it reduced the time it takes to boot. So in short never what ever the Rom Devs puts on it is what I have. Its why I love Ubuntu so much boot times have decreased a whole lot since its first release to the wild. Not happy at all with unity but maybe because its new I don’t adapt to change well when the old Ubuntu worked for me. I’m a if it ain’t broke don’t fix it kind of person.

  • Zzzywu

    4.1,all day galaxy nexus

  • Michael Thompson

    I hyper-customized in the Palm days and got tired of keeping track and re-doing stuff that I customized.
    Now I just do stuff with the things I have with less emphasis on doing stuff to them.

  • Aslan Bollin

    yes, yes I do. I love My Cobra Logo boot animation and one day Ill stop being lazy, pull the loop and actually finish it. lmmfao

  • Sai

    I changed it to a one x style animation. Not very cool, but it adds to the feel of control over the phone…. And makes waiting for it to boot a little bit nicer

  • Sondrek17

    I did not know that you could do that! This is why Iove android, always something new!

  • http://twitter.com/slayerpsp S.Rambo

    I dont change mine but all the roms i use have different boot screens so yes and no i guess

  • JeremieCote

    I used to have a boot animation of the android mascot pissing in the apple logo when I had a Desire HD

  • Mike Yost

    I chose Yes, but usually I just remove the Boot Animation to speed up my boot times. No need for the extra eye candy when you are already running Jelly Bean.

    • donovan shore

      try logcat

  • RitishOemraw

    Disliked the ICS boot animation, but Jelly Bean came and fixed that for me.

  • superuser1

    Not really

  • iwave

    I’m not a big fan of themes, generally, but I always put a custom boot animation on after flashing a rom, and I’ve also flashed a custom splash screen.