Can I remove the Android boot and shutdown animations safely?

1hegame February 22, 2013

I have rooted my phone and I can see them in system folder. I want to delete them mainly to increase my phone’s internal memory. They are a good 8 MB in size. I want to know can I remove them safely? Isn’t there will be any consequences then? Thanks for any help.

  1. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Before you go that route, make sure you have full backups. Such utilities can cause bootloops, you may not be able to boot anymore, if something goes wrong. Good luck.

  2. Ramandeep Singh
    February 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Yeah I'll try it if I need to as now I've found link2sd. It's a magic which can make a big increase in your internal memory.

  3. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Rom Toolbox can disable boot animations, it's under options. You can also change the animation within the program among 300+ animation list, if you choose an animation that is smaller than the one currently installed on your phone, you can spare some megabytes :)

  4. Ramandeep Singh
    February 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Under its description, it's nowhere written that it can disable or delete boot/shutdown animations. BTW that seems a great tool. Thanks for recommending.

  5. ha14
    February 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Disable Boot Animation?
    go into /system/media/ find if exist rename it to

    depending on rom there should be Disable Boot Animations option.

    disable shutdown animation?
    /system/media/video/shutdown rename to shutdown.back
    If it's not there, check /system/customize/resource/ or /data/local/

    • ha14
      February 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

      safely well depends on phone and rom, do it on your own risk

    • Ramandeep Singh
      February 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      I just have default OS as given to me by manufacturer i.e. 2.3 Gingerbread.

    • ha14
      February 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      some roms have in settings enable/disable animations, check there.
      better will be if you first rooted the phone and then use root explorer
      you can do this at your own risk!

  6. Night Lithium
    February 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    It depends on what you mean by "safely". If you mean "with no risk whatsoever", then no, but if you mean, "is altering the animations known to cause problems" then don't worry, it's a simple process. You can simply overwrite the files with blank versions, same extensions & header data, and as a result they will have a considerably smaller file size (say, 100kb). Hope that helped.

    • Ramandeep Singh
      February 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      In my system/media folder I have two zip folders: (4.73 MB) and (4.73 MB). Inside them are just png images and another folder with a single image. I think I can just delete them but as read on first link provided by ha14 one said phone may not boot at all. Though I strongly disagree but still prevention is better.
      This comment may be displaying my name as1hegame but I'm the same person. This is just how MUO put my names.

    • Night Lithium
      February 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Nevzat Akkaya has by far the best suggestion, ROM Toolbox Lite is a great piece of software and you'll probably end up using it for other optimizations over time anyways, plus it's probably the single easiest way to disable boot and shutdown animations, I tried it out myself earlier today and it worked flawlessly.

      I definitely recommend his solution over mine, that was a great suggestion.

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