[TUTORIAL][SOFTKEYS] Change Softkeys at GNex with ZipThemer and without (CM11)

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By mcknaack, Junior Member on 9th February 2014, 10:45 PM
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The Problem at CM11 is that the SoftkeyZ app doesnt work.
This is baecause of the following problem:
The folder is normally /system/app (for SoftkeyZ),
but in cm11 it is /system/priv-app

But it can be done manually by two Methods.

Not only for CM11

You need :
-Root Explorer

First Method:
-Go to /system/priv-app/SystemUI.apk

-Extract to sd card

-Go to folder of the softkey you downloaded and put the .png files to :

-Paste them and overwrite the old files.

-Zip the SystemUI folder with the new data.

-Go to and rename "" to "SystemUI.apk".

-Put the renamed SystemUI.apk to the /system/priv-app.

-Overwrite the old SystemUI.apk.

-Reboot manually ( the SystemUI.apk is mostly crashed at the first time doing this).

-After reboot set permissions of the SystemUI.apk to rw-r-r

Second Method: (Tested only at CM11)

ZipThemer is usable with this Method and you can make FLASHABLE ZIPS!

-Download the softkeys you want

- Extract them .

- Go to folder of the extracted

- There is one folder named "SystemUI" and a "nameofsoftkeys.xml"

- Open the .xml file with Text editor it look like this :

- Then change the line "<path>/system/app/</path>" to "<path>/system/priv-app/</path>"

- Save settings and go back. (delete the "nameofsoftkeys.xml.bak")

- Zip the folder where the SystemUI folder and the .xml file is included

- Go to Zipthemer (NOTE: Extras -> Update Edify -> browse for actually ROM -> Configure !! If not it may not work.)

- Go back to ZipThemer and search at "+Theme" for the new Zip

- Build it. And then go to Recovery and flash the zip. If this doesn't work then flash the to reactivate the old softkeys.


Screenshots can be posted here.
Last edited by mcknaack; 11th February 2014 at 05:33 PM.
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10th February 2014, 05:08 PM |#2  
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works to me. im on omnimetal. thx
10th February 2014, 11:46 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by cuprienk

works to me. im on omnimetal. thx

No Problem

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