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Xposed Framework and Modules Explained

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With your rooted Android device you can do so many things to customize and cater your experience to suite your tastes. One of the many things you can do to customize your device is to use Xposed Modules, and to do so you must install the Xposed Framework.

Disclaimer : All the experiments to be done on your risk. This article is for education purpose. I am not responsible for any bricked or damaged devices!  Before modding always take a backup of your data.

What is Xposed

What is the Xposed modules and framework? Well Xposed is a framework for different mods that can change pretty much every aspect of the Android system, and it does it all without touching any APKs (application package kit). That’s good because that means for the most part many of the modules are “universal” and can work with any device or ROM without making significant changes. Undoing what the modules did is quite simple. In the Xposed Framework app you can deactivate each individual mod, restart your device, and now that mod is no longer activated. Simple as that. Because of this it is very unlikely you will brick you device since your not flashing anything or making significant changes to the system. Xposed Modules are the best risk free way to customize your rooted Android device.

Getting Started With Xposed

The first step to using Xposed is to download it from the Xposed Module Repository website, but before you even do that you go into the security settings on your rooted Android device and tick the box that says “Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Google Play Store”. Then once your on the Xposed website click the “Xposed Installer (Framework) tab. Then scroll down until you see a download link under the version name. At the time of writing the latest version is 2.7 Experimental1. I don’t advise downloading any experimental versions of anything. If you want you can, but I wouldn’t. So instead click “show older versions” and download the latest stable release. At the time of writing that is version 2.6.1 Stable. Note those download links are only for Android version 4.0.3 up to 4.4.4. Getting Xposed on Android 5.0 and up is a little more complicated. First you must have a custom recovery installed on your device. Then you must download xposed-v*-sdk*-*.zip The star after the “V” is the version number and where “*-*” should say ARM. Next boot into recovery and flash the zip. Now you have the framework installed on your device. Last but certainly not least you must download the XposedInstaller_ file. After the “_” is the version number. All you have to do is download and install it onto your device. You do NOT need to install it via custom recovery. This application is what you will use to install and manage your modules. All these files can be found on the XDA page. To get to that page there is a link under the “Xposed Installer (Framework)” tab.  There are many many modules that you can install and play around with. Just be sure you know what your getting yourself into. Next time I will cover what modules would be beneficial to have on you rooted Android device.

Xposed Module Repository

XDA page for Android 5.0 and up links

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