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    Default [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Xposed Framework. It is starting to get some major attention in the forums lately. With good reason. It brings yet another facet of customization to your device.

    What is Xposed Framework?

    With Xposed Framework, you can alter your current ROM, even stock, so that it suits your needs. This can be very helpful if your phone has little support from the custom ROM community, and there are things you don't like about it.

    Like stated above it allows changes to your ROM, but something needs to be known about it. It needs modules to work. To compare Xposed to video games, Xposed would be like the classic NES gaming console, and the modules would be the games. Without the games, the console is worthless, and without the console, the games are paperweights.

    Let's get some basic information out of the way before we begin:

    The device does need to be rooted. It is rewriting a file in the /system.

    As with anything else, make a Nandroid before making any changes. This makes it easier to fix in case anything goes wrong.


    More often than not, your preferences that you select won't take effect until you restart. I personally make a habit of changing anything I want and restart once.


    Read through the descriptions carefully. Some are for specific versions of Android (mainly the separation of 4.0.3+ and 4.4+), and some are designed for specific makes like Samsung or HTC.
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Firstly, you would need to download the .apk and sideload it. The .apk file can be found here: Welcome to the Xposed Module Repository! | Xposed Module Repository

    For initial setup, you will be rebooting your device a fair number of times, I would suggest a near full charge before proceeding.


    [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework-xposed1-copy-copy.png
    This is your first step.

    Once installed, I would suggest to open the app and tap on Framework. Even though you just installed it, you should still tap it to make sure the Framework is completely up to date.

    [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework-xposed2.png
    Click install, then reboot.

    Click Install/Update to ensure the main section of the app is up to date. Afterward, click reboot. Xposed Framework may prompt a reboot, you may have to click Back to the above screen, or you should be able to power down, either by selecting shut down or pressing and holding the power button.

    [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework-xposed1.png
    The next step

    This is where downloading and installing occurs. These Downloads are what makes Xposed tick.

    [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework-xposed3.png
    The download list

    This is a small fraction of the Download list. It shows a small synopsis and if you click on a module, a more detailed description is brought up.

    The modules are downloaded and updated within Xposed. Since there is no auto updating, I would suggest getting in the habit of checking in from time to time to see if everything is up to date. Also, since these modules are installed via Xposed, Unknown sources needs to be checked.


    Most of these modules are really small. Often, barely 1 MB in size. Xposed is about 1.5 MB and Gravity Box is 4.5 MB.

    After the modules are installed, they are in the Modules section, which I will cover shortly, or they may be in your app drawer. Gravity Box is such a module. After installation, it appears in the drawer.


    Some custom ROMs have either Xposed or a feature like it built int. Xposed may not work on these types of ROMs.
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework-xposed1-copy.png

    Modules is where the customizing can begin. If you thought a custom launcher or icon packs were the extent of custom on Android, prepare to be blown away.

    These are screenshots from my Sprint Moto X. Not a custom ROM, but stock. Two things to immediately notice: My clock is centered, and my battery indicator is circular. Thanks to Gravity Box, I made these changes.

    [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework-screenshot_2014-02-07-12-01-30.png
    An updated screenshot. Notice the red icons, and moved clock.

    The modular section is where the master list of installed modules is. You can access those 'apps' from this area, and launch them. This is where you would need to go if the module isn't in your app drawer.

    To reiterate, most changes may not take effect until a restart.


    For most people Gravity Box is probably the only module you will need.

    To install, simply tap on the module you would like to install, and click Download. This is where it is important to have the Unknown sources checked in Security.
    When done you can click install, and it will complete.

    Enjoy!
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    I downloaded the XPosed app for Samsung devices and it told me it wasn't compatible with CM & AOSP ROMs
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Nice write up. Thanks for showing how to install Gravity Box module, too

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    Under frameworks my phone Shows 42 in green for xposedbridge.jar but it doesn't show a number for the app_process number when you press install\update. It just shows ---. When I reboot the 42 stays in green but the --- shows in red and doesn't update to 47 when clicking install\update. I am rooted.
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Quote Originally Posted by zero3187 View Post
    Under frameworks my phone Shows 42 in green for xposedbridge.jar but it doesn't show a number for the app_process number when you press install\update. It just shows ---. When I reboot the 42 stays in green but the --- shows in red and doesn't update to 47 when clicking install\update. I am rooted.
    Is unknown sources checked in settings?

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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Yes it is. I have a Droid DNA 4.2.2 if that helps.
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Quote Originally Posted by zero3187 View Post
    Yes it is. I have a Droid DNA 4.2.2 if that helps.
    Tough one. I would uninstall Xposed, and redownload the .apk file and try again.

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    I followed instructions and able to install modules on Verizon Galaxy S5. Modules are actived within Xposed and able to launch to configure with settings, the phone is not taking any of the settings after root. Two modules tested are SwipeBack and Wanam are tested.

    Did I miss something? Unable to get any module to work.
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Quote Originally Posted by tnguyen718 View Post
    I followed instructions and able to install modules on Verizon Galaxy S5. Modules are actived within Xposed and able to launch to configure with settings, the phone is not taking any of the settings after root. Two modules tested are SwipeBack and Wanam are tested.

    Did I miss something? Unable to get any module to work.
    Most of the time a restart is required.

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    I installed it and my S5 and it ran terribly slow. Had to uninstall it.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Is there any chance that xposed can cause a device to hard/soft brick?
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    What kind of modules are dangerous to install?
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Quote Originally Posted by patriotaki View Post
    Is there any chance that xposed can cause a device to hard/soft brick?
    Very possible. Remember, these modules are making alterations to the base OS. But, that should be negated by making a Nandroid backup.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Quote Originally Posted by patriotaki View Post
    What kind of modules are dangerous to install?
    Most of the time ones that aren't really meant for your device. Say installing one meant for Samsung's, and you have an HTC.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Thank you for the answers!

    Also is it dangerous to install xposed on a official stock samsubg rom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by patriotaki View Post
    Thank you for the answers!

    Also is it dangerous to install xposed on a official stock samsubg rom?
    You can use Xposed on a rooted Samsung phone running Touchwiz or custom ROM. There's a Xposed uninstaller you can flash if something goes wrong.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    Quote Originally Posted by SactoKingsFan View Post
    You can use Xposed on a rooted Samsung phone running Touchwiz or custom ROM. There's a Xposed uninstaller you can flash if something goes wrong.

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    Yes i know that i can run it on samsung official roms but is there something that i should be aware of? Because when i had xposed on my old s3 it got soft bricjed after few days dont know what caused that..but maybe i did something wrong with xposed? Is it ok to run it when you are NOT in custom rom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by patriotaki View Post
    Yes i know that i can run it on samsung official roms but is there something that i should be aware of? Because when i had xposed on my old s3 it got soft bricjed after few days dont know what caused that..but maybe i did something wrong with xposed? Is it ok to run it when you are NOT in custom rom?
    Should be fine but there's always some risk of soft bricking the phone due to incompatible modules or other issues.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    [UNOFFICIAL] Xposed for Samsung Lollipop by arter97 - XDA Forums

    according to this i should deoxed the stock official touchwiz rom before installing xposed?
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    Default Re: [Guide] Getting started with Xposed Framework

    I don't think you can just deodex the ROM. It might be easier to install it already deodexed. I may very well be wrong though.

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