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[Tutorial/Mod] Noob Proof how to Edit APK's / Replace “ god mode“with“Ownership Mode"

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Tutorial for replacing the name “ god mode “ with the actual function name “ Ownership mode “

And Noob Proof Editing APK’s implemented on Tweaks




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  • Credit goes to All Developers who enhanced the Original tweak
  • also to romanbb for creating the original tweaks.

N.B.
  • If you are not interested in knowing how to edit an APK or Create a Flashable Zip , then Kindly stop here and move on the the next thread of importance to you , Cause this is a long thread


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  • Tutorial for Editing APK’s implemented on Tweaks APK included in Rom v7.1 by Developerrobocik
  • Mod for Rom v7.1 by Developerrobocik , see Ownership Mode a.jpg , Ownership Mode b.jpg
  • This tutorial can be used with any custom Rom to Edit an APK ( Settings , tweaks , MikTweaks , RCMix Tweaks , … etc ) in about 5 ~ 10 min in the first time , and no more 3~5 min afterwards
  • i used it for GB APK's , didn't test it with ICS APK's yet
Mod
  • This Mod is for Rom v7.1 by Developerrobocik ( it functions normal as is , it only changed the displayed string name , Note that some functions need to download components in order to work )
  • This Mod will restores the string “god mode “ into its actual full development name “ Ownership mode “ or “Get Ownership mode “ , which is more relevant development wise “

Download Links
  • NB : Please feel free to PM me regarding any Questions and help in modifying similar APK for other Custom Roms or Rom Version for your own use
  • if you created your own similar Mod for a Different Custom Rom or Rom Version , PM me to add it in Post # 2



DISCLAIMER
I am not responsible if following this Method results in bricking your phone

Whatever you do is at your Own Risk




Tutorial
replacing the name “ god mode “ with the actual function name “ Ownership mode “ or “ Get Ownership mode “
And Editing APK’s implemented on Tweaks


General
  • I tried to make this tutorial Noob Proof ( for those with little computer skills ) as much as possible , so it is a bit long
  • This tutorial is implemented on Tweaks , and can be applied for any custom Rom you use that includes ( Tweaks , RCMix Tweaks or any similar tweak ) to restore the name “god mode “ into its actual full development name “ Ownership mode “ or “Get Ownership mode “ , see Ownership Mode a.jpg , Ownership Mode b.jpg
  • This tutorial can also be used for editing the APK of your choice
  • Editing an APK means ( decompile “decompress “ the apk , edit xml and smali files , recompile the apk ) , and then sign the APK or zip file .
  • Please note that editing an apk without decompiling it first , will cause FC ( force Close )


Required tools and Links ( All Free )
  • Press on any text displayed in “ orange color “ to open the associated link ( web page , or Download link ) , always download latest software versions from those websites
  • Notepad ++ { to view and edit xml files and smali } , links for Notepad ++ web Page and Notepad ++ installer v5.9.8 ( 5 MB )
  • apktool { to decompile “ Decompress “ and recompile“ recompress “ APK files } , apktool web page , Download links forWindows users ( 4 MB) :
    • apktool v1.4.1 is recommended if you encounter error on newer versions of apktool ( in compiling or decompiling ) , provided that you are sure you have followed all steps correctly when using the newer version of apktool
    • Download apktool-* file ( for All operating systems )
    • and apktool-install-windows-* file ( Linux and mac users should choose appropriate file )
    • Unpack both zip files to the Same directory
    • Java Runtime Environment should be installed JRE or manually choose JRE for any Operating systems or offline installation
  • Zipsigner 2 ( NOT Zipsigner ) { to sign APK’s and Zip files } , Download Zipsigner 2from Android market
  • Windows Grep ( Optional ) { to seach all files inside an entire directory for a word } , ( in options you can change the editor to be Notepad++ ) , DownloadWindows Grep( less than one MB )


tips for using cmd window
  • you don’t need to write full path for the folder , just drag the folder from within “my computer” or Desktop to the cmd window and the path will be written automatically
  • also for names just copy a name and right click the toolbar of cmd window then choose edit then Paste , see att 1 - cmd Copy&Paste - apktools folder.jpg
  • You can use up and down arrows to toggle the previously used commands instead of writing them again
  • Press enter after typing any of the following commands


Steps


1. decompiling “ Decompress “ the APK
  • here you can find a more detailed information , Procedure , and solve errors
  • Open your Rom zip in a winrar window and drag the following files to your desktop ( or extract the zip file and find the files ) :
    • Framework-res.apk located in System \ framework
    • Tweaks ( or xxxtweaks according to how each rom name it ) located in System \ app
    • For certain APK’s ( like settings apk ) you will need to extract also com.htc.resources.apk and/or SystemUI.apk ( But this is not needed for tweaks apk )
    • Extract both apktool-* file and apktool-install-windows-* to the same folder and rename it to apktools and put it in the root of Drive C: ( it includes 3 files aapt.exe , apktool.bat , apktool.jar
    • Copy both Framework-res.apk and Tweaks.apk ( i.e Tweaks, RCMixTweaks , ???tweaks … etc ) inside apktools folder , see att 1 - cmd Copy&Paste - apktools folder.jpg
  • Go to windows start menu \ Accessories \ cmd , Right click it and choose run as administrator
  • In cmd window Navigate to apktools folder by typing the following : cd c:\apktools ( or type cd followed by a space then drag the folder apktools to cmd window ) , you should see this c:\apktools>
  • Now to decompile (for example tweaks.apk ) , see att 2 - cmd decompile & recompile.jpg
  • type the following :
    • Type apktool if framework-res.apk
    • Type apktool d tweaks.apk ( don’t forget to add “ .apk “ )
    • Use the exact same original APK name ( case sensitive upper or lower case ) , to avoid typing mistake use cmd copy and paste . Otherwise after editing and signing the apk and try to over-write the original apk , it will not replace the original apk and both APK’s will be there
    • If you want to over-right the created folder , use apktool d -f tweaks.apk , or delete the created folder and use apktool d tweaks.apk to create it again
    • A new folder is created with the same name of the Tweak ( i.e tweaks , ???tweaks , …etc ) inside c:\apktools , see att 1 - cmd Copy&Paste - apktools folder.jpg
    • The apk is now decompiled
    • ( this is not needed for tweaks apk ) , For certain APK’s ( like settings apk ) that requires for example com.htc.resources.apk you will need to add it to apktools folder and execute apktool if com.htc.resources.apk


2. Edit xml and smali Files
  • Install Notepad++ and put a shortcut at the desktop
  • Four files to be modified :
    • open the 4 following files together with Notepad++ by dragging each file to Notepad++ shortcut at the desktop
    • system_prefs.xml , located in C:\apktools\Tweaks\res\xml\
    • SystemActivity.smali , located in C:\apktools\Tweaks\smali\com\{ name differ according to developer } rcteam\tweaks\system
    • SystemActivity$15.smali , located in C:\apktools\Tweaks\smali\com\{ name differ according to developer } rcteam\tweaks\system
    • godmode.bin located in your Rom zip inside System \bin
  • Use any PC explorer and navigate into c:\apktools\tweaks then do a search for word including “ god “ . open the files found in the search ( just drag them into Notepad++ shortcut on the desktop)
  • In Notepad++ press Ctl +F to open search window , type “ god ” and press “ find all in all open Documents “ , the results will be shown at the bottom of the notepad++ window , Double click any line of them and it will move you to its xml file
  • Replace the string “ god “ with the string “ ownership “ or “ Get Ownership “ as follows :
    • Double click any line of them and it will move you to its xml file , only replace the highlighted strings
    • system_prefs.xml : for Android : title ( replace with “ ownership “ or “ Get Ownership “ ) , for Android : key (replace with “ ownership “ to read “ownershipmod_command “ ) , see att 3 - system_prefs.jpg
    • SystemActivity.smali : replace with “ ownership “ to read “ownershipmod_command “ , see att 4 - systemActivity.smali.jpg
    • SystemActivity$15.smali : for line const-string v2 ( replace with “ ownership “ or “ Get Ownership “ ) , for line const-string v1 ( replace with “ ownership “ to read “ownershipmod_command “ ) , see att 5a - systemActivity$15.smali.jpg , att 5b - systemActivity$15.smali.jpg
    • godmode.bin : rename the file itself to ownershipmode.bin ( this file is edited and placed separately )
  • if needed for other APK’s , you can use Windows Grep to seach all files inside an entire directory for a certain word ( in options you can change the editor to be Notepad++ )


3. Re-compiling “ compress “ the APK
  • Run cmd as administrator , in cmd window Navigate to apktools folder by typing the following : cd c:\apktools ( or type cd followed by a space then drag the folder apktools to cmd window ) , you should see this c:\apktools> , see att 2 - cmd decompile & recompile.jpg
  • Type apktool b tweaks ( don’t add “ .apk “ )
  • Use the exact same original APK name ( case sensitive upper or lower case ) , to avoid typing mistake use cmd copy and paste . Otherwise after editing and signing the apk and try to over-write the original apk , it will not replace the original apk and both APK’s will be there
  • two new folder are created inside apktools \ tweaks folder :
    • A folder named “ Build “ , it includes the decompiled files with the saved changes
    • A folder named “ dist “ , it includes the new modified apk ( not signed yet )
  • If you want to over-right the created folder , use apktool b -f tweaks , or delete the two created folders and use apktool b tweaks to create them again


4. Signing the APK
  • Install Zipsigner 2 on your phone , note that the compiled APK is not signed yet
  • Create a folder on your sd card name it for example “ sign apk and zip “ , Copy the modified compiled APK to that folder
  • Start Zipsigner 2 and leave all settings as it is “ defaults “ , press “choose in/out “ and navigate to the compiled APK “ for example tweaks “ and select it , then press “ sign the File “ , a massage will tell you that the file is signed ,
  • Go to folder “ sign apk and zip “ and you will find the signed apk named as ( tweaks-signed.apk ) , copy ( tweaks-signed.apk ) to other location and rename it to ( tweaks.apk ) exactly as the original compiled apk
  • The apk is now ready to replace the original one located in system \ app


5.Apply the changes

Applying the changes can be done by either of the following two methods :
  • Create a MOD and Apply it from recovery
  • Manually by moving both the APK and bin file
  • Manually by moving both the APK and bin file inside the Custom Rom Zip before installing it
a) Using Manual Replacement
  • The modified apk is now compiled and signed and ready to replace the original one located in system \ app
  • Make sure that the modified APK has the exact same original APK name , Otherwise it will not replace the original apk and both APK’s will be there
  • Set system to read\write using Root Explorer or the original tweak itself ( open tweak then go to system tab , and choose mount system reaed/ write )
  • Use Root Explorer or any similar apk to review permission and ownership values before over-writing the required APK or bin file
  • Over-write the Apk or file and correct permission and ownership values to the same values for the original APK or bin fileTweaks Permissions.jpg , Tweaks Owner.jpg ( values are different for other similar tweaks ).
  • For ownershipmode.bin file , navigate to system \ bin , review permission and ownership values before deleting godmode.bin, then delete godmode.bin and copy ownershipmod.bin inside system \ bin , and correct permission and ownership values to the same values for the original file Ownershipmode Permissions.jpg , Ownershipmode Owner.jpg ( values are different for other similar tweaks )
b) Using MOD Replacement
  • Put the flashable zip ( MOD ) in your SD Card , Reboot into recovery
  • Clear dalvik and Cache , use install zip from SD Card , navigate to the file and install it then reboot


6.signing Zip file ( create your own MOD )
  • For future versions of tweaks apk , your can edit the new APK and use the attached MOD, just over-write the existing files with yours , and flash it
  • In general you can create a folder with the same attached structure
  • Create a folder let us call it “ Work “ , Create two folders inside it (META-INF , system ) according to the above attached structure ,
  • Add both update-binary and updater-script inside folder META-INF \ com \ google\ Android ,
  • Add the files you want to update inside System folder ( use the same structure as in the original Rom),
  • highlight both of the two folders (META-INF , system ) then right click then choose send to then compressed folder ( Don’t compress the “ Work folder itself ) , rename the created zip as you prefer
  • Place prepared zip file on your SD Card and use the same procedure mentioned in Step no 4 (Signing the APK ) and in Step no 5 B ( Using MOD Replacement )
General Notes

+- META-INF/
+- MANIFEST.MF
+- CERT.SF
+-
CERT.RSA
...........................com/
.....................................google/
.................................................a ndroid/
.................................................. .............
update-script
.................................................. .............
update-binary
.................................................. .............
updater-script
+- system/
.................app/
.........................
Tweaks.apk
..................bin/
.........................ownershipmode.bin
  • Note that the structure of META-INF ( name is case sensitive , as in above att 7 ) is always the same ( MANIFEST.MF , CERT.SF , CERT.RSA are created during singing the flashable zip )
  • the /system folder can be anything you need ( in our case Tweaks.apk and ownershipmode.bin ) , to add different items for your update you should then if needed modify Updater Script accordingly ,
  • update-binary , updater-script are needed to let the zip file to be flashable zip ( update.zip ) , For backward compatibility reasons, it's still possible to also add an update-script file.
  • updater-script is where you put the required commands to be executed during flashing the zip
7. Adding your own Similar Mod or APK here in Post # 2
  • you can Add your own Similar Mod of Modified APK here in Post # 2 ( For Different Custom Rom or Different Version of a Rom ) , Please PM me


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Thank you for your time and effort, great tutorial.
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Hi,

Have a small doubt regarding APK. Below is what i did,

1. Renamed the SystemUI.apk with .zip
2. Changed the necessary image files in res\drawable-hdpi
3. Renamed the SystemUI.zip to SystemUI.apk
4. Pushed to the \System\app folder.


Problem,
When i moved to System\app app doesn't work. got force closes.

Question:
Am i need to sign apk ? I just changed the .png files, still am i need to sign the apk?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyb0rgz

Hi,

Have a small doubt regarding APK. Below is what i did,

1. Renamed the SystemUI.apk with .zip
2. Changed the necessary image files in res\drawable-hdpi
3. Renamed the SystemUI.zip to SystemUI.apk
4. Pushed to the \System\app folder.


Problem,
When i moved to System\app app doesn't work. got force closes.

Question:
Am i need to sign apk ? I just changed the .png files, still am i need to sign the apk?

after moving the apk ..if its not signed ..you need to fix the permissions ..you can do this via recovery
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Quote:
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after moving the apk ..if its not signed ..you need to fix the permissions ..you can do this via recovery

Thank you for your time in responding!

Yes, i have given necessary permissions as well. but it doesn't seems to work!


if i am changing the .dex files, am i need to sign the apk? On changing the png images and all, am i need to sign it? Among the two, which one requires apk signing?
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