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Default [LIST/Instructions] Apps and Threads for customization 04.16.11

I thought I'd make a list of the threads and the apps commonly used for Customizations and MY FAVORITES for future reference and hope it'll also help some of you guys who are just starting out I will be updating the thread as much as I can, and will be highlighting the new additions in GREEN, So if you guys want me to post your work here, shoot me a PM and a link to your work, or just post it in this thread. I'd be glad to include them in this list.

NOTE: The people who made these possible for us are awesome! So please if it helped you show some love and hit on the THANK YOU button where its due. That's including me
:Widgets are awesome! However, some might cause more battery drain so use them wisely

There are a few Home replacements to choose from in the market right now, to name a few:

HOME REPLACEMENTS

Go Launcher Pro (Recommended and Free)
Launcher Pro Plus (Recommended)
ADW Launcher EX (Recommended)

- Regina 3D launcher
- SPB Shell 3D ($15)
- metro UI
- aHome
- Panda Home
- Open Home
- LiveHome
- Go Launcher EX (recommended)
- ADW Launcher EX (recommended)
- Zeam
- Helix Launcher
- GDE
- Gingerbread Launcher
- aHome



COOL APPS (some which may not be free)

- Absolute System
- Custom Clock Widget
- Fancy Widget
- Multi Picture Live Wallpaper
- Amazon Appstore
- Akinatore
- WhatsApp
- Phone2Chrome
- Colorize widget
- Android Agenda Widget
- ShootMe
- App Brain
- SpareParts
- Smooth Calendar
- Weather & Toggle widget
- TIKL
- QuickPic
- Go Launcher Notifications
- Go SMS
- Simply Clock Live Wall paper
- Widgetsoid - thanks tiuk
- Quick Desk beta - thanks TrueBlue_Drew
- Make your clock - thanks Jclintcox
- One more clock - thanks Jclintcox
- Audio guru
- Root Tools
- Cover Art Downloader
- Zedge - Wallpapers and Ringtones
- Desktop Visualizer
- Beautiful Weather
- Minimalistic Text Widget
- Extdate
- Simi Clock Widget
- Simi Folder
- Analog Clock Collection
- Typo Clock
- D-Clock Widget
- M Clock
- One Seven
- Wham Bam clock widget
- Palmary Weather
- SMS Unread Count
- SwitchPro
- Signal Strength Widget
- Circle Battery
- Battery Gauge
- Folder Organizer
- Better Cut


BASIC CUSTOMIZATION INSTRUCTION:

Things you need:

- Home replacement/Launcher (Market See list above) Launcher pro (PRO), ADW Launcher EX and GO Launcher EXare highly customizable.
- Desktop Visualizer (Market)
- Custom Icons (See links below)
- Cool Wall Papers (See links below)
- Flashable Fonts (Rooted Phone Only, see link below)

How to use desktop visualizer:

- Long press screen>
- Click Widgets>
- Find desktop visualizer on the list and pick the size you want>
- An icon will appear on the screen>
- Click on the icon>
- Click on the "Select Icon" button>
- Choose the image you desire>
- Click on the "Select Action" button
- Choose the Application you want launched>
- Click "OK" button on the bottom>

Note: You can also choose to take out the Icon label or choose the text background.

NEWEasiest way to theme your Launcher (GO Launcher/ADW Launcher)

GO Launcher EX

- While in HomeScreen hit Menu>
- Click preferences>
- Theme preferences>
- Click Download more themes at the bottom of screen>
- Install Go Launcher themes> (I suggest installing as many themes as you can, you can use the Icons to mix and match your theme)
- Click on the theme and apply.

ADW Launcher EX

- While in HomeScreen hit Menu>
- More>
- ADWSettings>
- Theme preferences>
- Click "Get themes!" at the bottom of the screen>
- Install ADW Launcher themes> (I suggest installing as many themes as you can, you can use the Icons to mix and match your theme)
- Select your theme>
- Apply theme!.

NEWHow to change screen transitions

GO LAUNCHER EX

- MainScreen Hit Menu>
- Display Settings>
- Screen Transition>
- Pick your transistion.

ADW LAUNCHER EX

- MainScreen Hit Menu>
- More>
- ADWSettings>
- General Behavior>
- Animation and Effects>
- Screen transistion effect>
- Pick your transition.

LAUNCHER PRO PLUS

- MainScreen Hit Menu>
- Preferences>
- Homescreen Settings>
- Transition effect>
- Pick your transition.


How to change dock icons

LAUNCHER PRO

- Long press dock Icon>
- Click on "Change Icon" button>
- - Choose desired image>
(You can also change APP to be launched by clicking on "Change shortcut" button and picking the APP desired)

ADW LAUNCHER EX

- Long press dock Icon>
- Click Edit>
- Click on the Icon>
- Select Icon>

GO LAUNCHER EX

- Long press dock Icon>
- Choose Icon>
- Custom Icon>
- Select Icon>

How to change dock backgroundo

LAUNCHER PRO

- On the homescreen, hit the "menu" button>
- Click "Preferences">
- Choose "Appearance Settings">
- Click on "Dock backround">
- Choose Custom>
- Pick image you desire>

ADW LAUNCHER EX

- While in HomeScreen hit Menu>
- Click More>
- ADWSettings>
- UI Settings>
- Main Dock>
- Dock Background>
- Custom>
- Pick image you desire>

GO LAUNCHER EX

- While in HomeScreen hit Menu>
- Preferences>
- Dock Settings>
- Check Custom background>
- Select dock background>
- Pick image you desire>

How to remove Icon Labels on Home Screen

LAUNCHER PRO

Menu>preferences> Appearance Settings> Check "Hide Icon Labels"> reboot Launcher pro

ADW LAUNCHER EX

Long press icon> Edit> Delete name> ok

GO LAUNCHER PRO EX

Menu> preferences> Display settings> Check/Uncheck App icon labels

Desktop Visualizer:

- Long press screen>
- Click Widgets>
- Find desktop visualizer on the list and pick the size you want>
- An icon will appear on the screen>
- Click on the icon>
- Click on the "Select Icon" button>
- Choose the image you desire>
- Click on the "Select Action" button
- Choose the Application you want launched>
- Delete the label on the "label box"
Option: You can change label color and background here too.
- Click OK.


How to change the app Icons in your APP drawer(This will be tricky, but if youre bored. Have at it)

The icons themselves are stored inside the individual apk files. You need to open each one, swap out the icon and reassemble it. It's not nearly as hard as it sounds.

1. Tools you need -

- 7zip
Download the appropriate version for your PC. Don't grab the beta.

- The original copy of the Fresh ROM you used to flash your phone.

- The icons you want to change.

2. Create a working folder on your PC.
3. Using 7zip, open the Fresh ROM zip file. Navigate to the system/app folder inside the ROM. Highlight ALL the .apk files, and drag them into your working folder. Close the Fresh ROM zip file.
4. Decide on which icon you want to change first. I'll use the Browser as an example.
5. Use 7zip to open the Browser.apk you pulled out of the Fresh ROM. Once open, look for the res/drawable folder inside the apk.
6. Inside that folder, look for an .png file named ic_launcher_browser.png . That's the icon that the app uses.
7. Have your new icon ready. It should be 48x48 and a .png file. Make sure it's named ic_launcher_browser.png .
8. Drag the NEW icon into the open 7zip window that's showing the res/drawable folder. Choose yes if it asks you about overwriting the original file.
9. Close 7zip.

The Browser app has now been changed and will show your new icon in the drawer, and on the homescreen if you paste a shortcut. Do the same for each of the apps you want to change the icon of. The icon will always be in /res/drawable, and be named ic_launcher_ **app name**.png

Once you have changed all the icons, you'll have a set of apk files with your new icons. You can push these to the phone one by one from the terminal, or you can create your own update.zip

To push them to the phone (once again Browser.apk will be our example)
1. In your Android SDK/tools folder, make a new folder called icons.
2. Copy the Browser.apk file to the folder you just created.
3. Open the windows command prompt, and navigate to the Android SDK/tools folder. NOT the new folder you just made.
4. Enter the following commands one line at a time:

Code:
adb remount
adb push \icons\Browser.apk /system/app/Browser.apk


5. Do the same for each of the apk files you edited, changing the name Browser.apk to the name of the file you're pushing to the phone.
6. Reboot the phone.

To create your own ROM to flash them.
1. Attached is a file called META-INF.zip . Download it. Open with 7zip and drag the META-INF folder into your working folder.
2. Inside your working folder, make a new folder called system. Inside it, create a folder called app. Move all the edited apk files into this folder.
3. Highlight the system folder, and the META-INF folder you copied over and right click. Choose 7zip->create archive. Make sure it's a zip archive, and name it icons-eclair-fresh.zip . When it's finished, open it and make sure the directory structure matches your working folder. All the apks need to be in system/app/, and there needs to be a META-INF/com/google/android/update-script. Nothing else should be inside the zip file.
4. Download the second attachment named signing-tools.zip. Create a folder on your PC named sign_tools, and copy the three files in the zip to the new folder.
5. Copy the icons-eclair-fresh.zip file and place a copy in the sign_tools folder.
6. Open the terminal, and go to the sign_tools folder. Type the following command in the terminal:

Code:
java -jar signapk.jar testkey.x509.pem testkey.pk8 icons-eclair-fresh.zip icons-signed.zip


7. That will create a new zip file named icons-signed.zip. Open it, and look inside the META-INF folder. You will see 3 RSA keys along with the com folder. That means you're done.

Copy the new icons-signed.zip file to your SD card. Reboot into recovery. DON'T FORGET TO DO A NEW BACKUP BEFORE YOU CONTINUE! Flash your file without wiping. Enjoy your new icons, and congrats. You're now an Android developer.


Link by gbhil


NEW How to change LOCK and UNLOCK sounds

Check here to get the .ogg files

Using ADB:

Unzip and put files in the tools directory .

-adb remount
-adb shell rm /system/media/audio/ui/Lock.ogg
-adb shell rm /system/media/audio/ui/Unlock.ogg

-adb push "lockfile.ogg" /system/media/audio/ui/
-adb push "unlockfile.ogg" /system/media/audio/ui/

-reboot

Or you can always use root explorer from market to move files around.

Using Root Explorer (Recommended)

-Unzip files
-Open Root Explorer and make sure to click R/W on top right
-Copy "Lock.ogg"
-Past it in system/media/audio/ui/
-Overwrite the file.

-Copy "Unlock.ogg"
-Paste it in system/media/audio/ui/
-Overwrite the file.

Reboot and Enjoy.

How to change Dial Pad colors

SOURCE by pack

1: Plug your phone into your computer
2: Open a termial
3: Run ADB command: adb pull /system/framework/com.htc.resources.apk
4: Open com.htc.resources.apk
5: Navigate to /res/drawable-hdpi/
6: Locate phone_keypad_background.png and htc_pin_asset_rest.png
7: Replace with your preferred color choices
8: Go back to your terminal
9: Run ADB command: adb push com.htc.resources.apk /system/framework/com.htc.resources.apk
- Your dial pad will now have your choice of the primary and secondary colors.

How to change Fonts

Rooted Stock ROM

- Install Root Tools(Market)
- Open Root Tools>
- Click Custom Fonts>
- Choose the font you desire>
- Reboot

Simple as PIE

All other ROMs

Via Root Explorer:

- Unzip the "Font.zip" file, you should see a "File-Bold" and "File-Regular".
- Rename the "Bold" file to "DroidSans-Bold.ttf"
- Rename the "Regular" file to "DroidSans.ttf"
- Place the files in the Root of your SD Card
- Open Root Explorer
- Make sure its on R/W by clicking the R/W button on top of the screen
- Find the Files you renamed in the Root of the SD Card
- Copy and Paste it to /system/fonts
- Overwrite the files
- Reboot

Via ADB: (Assuming you already know ADB and have it set up)

- Unzip the "Font.zip" file, you should see a "File-Bold" and "File-Regular".
- Rename the "Bold" file to "DroidSans-Bold.ttf"
- Rename the "Regular" file to "DroidSans.ttf"
- Place the Files in the C:Androidsdk/tools Folder

-adb remount
-adb shell rm /system/fonts/DroidSans-Bold.ttf
-adb shell rm /system/fonts/DroidSans.ttf

-adb push DroidSans.ttf /system/fonts/
-adb push DroidSans-Bold.ttf /system/fonts/

-reboot

Make sure you nandroid before doing this just in case your phone gets herpes in the process!

How to change fonts VIA Recovery

- Install Astro File Manager (Market)

(Assuming you can get to recovery and know how to flash .zip files)

- Download the font you like from here.
- Put the "font .zip file" on the root of the SD card.
- Reboot to recovery>
- Click Install zip from sdcard>
- Click choose zip from sdcard>
- Find the .zip file and flash>
- Reboot.

How to MOD Widget Locker

- First you need to download the MODs from here and unzip it to the ROOT of your SD card.>
- Follow the instructions from there

If everything FAILS.... Give my way a try... (Using Root Explorer and Astro)

- Install Widget Locker and enable it (Market)>
- Install Astro Filemanager and Root Explorer (Market)>
- Open Root Explorer and Navigate to data/app and find com.teslacoilsw.widgetlocker-1.apk and move it to system/app>
- Copy the file to the ROOT of your SD card>
- Open Astro and pick the MOD design you desire and copy it (All thats necessary)>
- Find the "com.teslacoilsw.widgetlocker-1.apk" in the root of your SD>
- Navigate to res/drawable-hdpi and paste the MOD design over writing it>
- Open Root Explorer again find "com.teslacoilsw.widgetlocker-1.apk" in the root of the SD and copy it>
- Navigate to system/app and paste the file there over writing it.

- You need to be in R/W mode.
Long click the app - Select permissions and do the checkmarks like this (* represents a checkmark)

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- Reboot and Enjoy!


USEFUL THREADS (remember to read instructions)

- NEW [Icons]3D Illuminate

- NEW [Icons]Sphere and Buuf Style IconPack

- NEW [ICONS] iPhonious

- NEW How to MetaMorph/Theme

- NEW [THEME|MOD] LauncherPro SenseMod

- NEW [THEMES] WIDGETLOCKER | Theme Collection | PIMPED OUT WITH THEME INDEX!

- NEW [TOOL] EZ Splash Screen Flasher and Image Converter

- [Icons]My Icon Pack Compilation 03.08.11 by Me

- [APP] *Genius Button for CM7* by TrueBlue_Drew

- [ICONS] White Graffiti by BuddhaTeh1337

- Launcherpro custom dock backgrounds by Motomilestone

- {Dock & Wallpaper Theme} Nexus,Vibrant,Evo & GalaxyS {Launcher Pro & ADWex} by Neffstarr

- [WALLPAPERS] Collection of +300, updated frequently by modelstudent

- Honeycomb Theme - CM7 Theme - HDPI Devices

- [ICONS] MetroStation Icon Pack

- Gadget's icon pack

- [ICONS] toekneeTILES (95)

- [ICONS] Symplistic White & Black [METRO UI][GO LAUNCHER

- BlackFroyo Nerov4/Auxura Editions

- 262 BlackFroyo Style Cubed Icons

- [ICONS] custom simple / clean / clear

- Scrollable Widgets for ADW, LauncherPro, Zeam, GO, etc

- [ICONS] Scrambble by nixxez thanks LORD JUNIOR

- MT4G Remapping Genius button to Google Search by 21productionz thanks Daguse

- Change UNLOCK and LOCK sounds. by rjhay22

- Wall Paper

- Find The Wall Paper you like here thanks neidlinger for this find his thread

- How to change your dial pad color by pack

- Free Live Wall Papers by Mrdaviso

- MOD for Launcher Pro (PLUS) by signals23

- Transparent Widgets by ilangoadigal

- Mytouch 4G Splash Screen by Iriscience

- Request a Splash Screen by UntamedDeviance

- Bios Animation by Iriscience

- Boot Animation by pack

- More Boot Animation thank you Daguse

- Battery and Status Icon MOD (Mysense/Sense/MIUI ROMS) by pack

- Collections of Icons over 230 ICON packsby Falloutboy2000

- COMPLETE: 3D SHINE and 3D TEXT ICON PACKSby brtnygrey

- ASmoothStar Icons by LEKKY

- ALOT of Flashable Fonts by fachadick

- Simi Folder by hateman

- M-Clock Theme by n4rrOx

- WidgetLocker Mods|Custom Lockscreens by zHk3R (This was always a hit and miss for me, but if it works it looks great) See my instructions above if everything else fails

- Get more theming ideas here.

And if you're still not satisfied with all these... Chek out the main Android Themes Thread found HERE

I INVITE EVERYONE TO SHARE YOUR FAVORITE ICONS / WALLPAPERS / AND LINKS HERE THANKS!

HAPPY THEMING EVERYONE!


HERE ARE MY WORK

























LIST/Instructions- Apps and Threads for customization

[Icons]Mirror / 3D Illuminate / Illuminate

[Icons]Sphere and Buuf style icons

[Icons][Icons]My Icon Pack Compilation 03.08.11

[MOD]Change UNLOCK and LOCK sounds 2.12.11


- LG G2X - Rooted
- MyTouch 4g

- ROM: RoyalMiui (Best ROM)

I count him braver, he who conquers his EGO than he who conquers his ENEMIES... For the greatest victory is victory over ones SELF.
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Galaxy S III SGH-T999:
Rom: Stock JB

MyTouch 4G - Retired:
-ROM: CM 7.1
-Launcher Pro
-Clockwork

MyTouch 3G - Retired:
-CM
-Launcher Pro
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very nice..good inspiration and very helpful information..thx for the links
 
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LIST/Instructions- Apps and Threads for customization

[Icons]Mirror / 3D Illuminate / Illuminate

[Icons]Sphere and Buuf style icons

[Icons][Icons]My Icon Pack Compilation 03.08.11

[MOD]Change UNLOCK and LOCK sounds 2.12.11


- LG G2X - Rooted
- MyTouch 4g

- ROM: RoyalMiui (Best ROM)

I count him braver, he who conquers his EGO than he who conquers his ENEMIES... For the greatest victory is victory over ones SELF.
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LIST/Instructions- Apps and Threads for customization

[Icons]Mirror / 3D Illuminate / Illuminate

[Icons]Sphere and Buuf style icons

[Icons][Icons]My Icon Pack Compilation 03.08.11

[MOD]Change UNLOCK and LOCK sounds 2.12.11


- LG G2X - Rooted
- MyTouch 4g

- ROM: RoyalMiui (Best ROM)

I count him braver, he who conquers his EGO than he who conquers his ENEMIES... For the greatest victory is victory over ones SELF.
 
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dont forget about mine lol

I made this one today:and everyone probably already knows about this one but I'll link it anyway:
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I made this one today:and everyone probably already knows about this one but I'll link it anyway:
LIST/Instructions- Apps and Threads for customization

[Icons]Mirror / 3D Illuminate / Illuminate

[Icons]Sphere and Buuf style icons

[Icons][Icons]My Icon Pack Compilation 03.08.11

[MOD]Change UNLOCK and LOCK sounds 2.12.11


- LG G2X - Rooted
- MyTouch 4g

- ROM: RoyalMiui (Best ROM)

I count him braver, he who conquers his EGO than he who conquers his ENEMIES... For the greatest victory is victory over ones SELF.
 
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Thanks so much for including my work in this!! This is gonna help a lot of people get their screens right! Awesome job, man. I'm working on a new set now (GLOWSTICK ICONS)... and here's a preview. Of course, I'll be emailing you with the .zip file for testing first... cause you my nigga.
 
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Thanks for the time and input, there are a few widgets i've been looking for and this thread brought them to light.


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