Root Reviews: Bootanimation Utility

For the longest time, changing the boot animation on my Nexus S never appealed to me. I never payed much attention to it, and besides, I didn’t have a problem representing CyanogenMod 7 every time I turned my device on. Then I saw something that changed my mind. It was a Honeycomb boot animation that was colored like the Nexus symbol. I really wanted it, and I found a great way to get it.

Bootanimation Utility

Available now in Lite and Pro forms, Bootanimation Utility (BU) is currently on version 1.1.1, and is ~200k in size. For the Pro version, you’ll have to shell out $1.00 USD, but you won’t have to suffer through any of those dreadful ads that make their way into so many Android apps. The only requirements for running BU are root access and Android 1.5 and up. For the purpose of this review, I’ll be looking at Bootanitmation Utility Pro.


In the words of the Market listing for Bootanimation Utility, BU allows you to “Manage all your bootanimations from one app! Backup, import and download bootanimations straight to your Android device!” To be more specific, you can backup your bootanimation from /data/local, /system/media, and /system/customize/resource; you can import from /sdcard/bootanimation/import/ and File Manager; and you can download or import new bootanimations from the app itself.

As you may have come to learn from reading my app reviews, I like simple, to the point apps that do their job well. This is one area where Bootanimation Utility stands out above other similar apps. I’ve tried the alternatives, and in my experience, BU is the cleanest and quickest way to change your bootanimation.

The entire app only consists of three panels: Backup, Import, and Download. As I already explained above, backup lets you backup your bootanimation, import lets you import one, and download (where you can also preview all bootanimations) lets you choose between 15 different animations, with more on the way.

The only two thing that needs an explanation is how to use File Manager, and that’s only because it’s not automated yet.

File Manager

When you press the File Manager button from the Import screen, you’re taken right into File Manager. To access your bootanimations, you have to navigate to your SD card, then to /bootantimations. From there, you can look at your imported bootanimation, your backups, and what you’ve downloaded. For now, you can’t just click on a bootanimation, you have to long-press and select import. In the future, this will be taken care of for you.

Final Word

After spending a quick couple moments to get used to Bootanimation Utility, I knew I was in love. The app is incredibly easy to use, and it gives me yet another layer of customization to my already super-modded Nexus S. I’d advise you to take a look at BU Lite, and if you like it, give the Pro version a download. As far as downloading and changing my bootanmiations go, Bootanimation Utility Pro is the only app I’ll need to whitelist. To take a look at my new bootanimation, check out the YouTube Video below.

Bootanimation Utility Lite | Bootanimation Utility Pro