How to get Honeycomb boot animation on rooted Dell Streak and Streak 7


You may not have to reboot your Dell Streak or Streak 7 very often—there's usually no need to unless you're doing some hacking/tweaking—but the next time you do, wouldn't you like to watch a few seconds of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) boot animation instead of whatever Dell or your carrier wants you to see instead?

Changing the boot animation on the Streak or any other Android device serves no purpose, but since it's something that can be done on a rooted tablet/phone to further customize and tailor it to your preferences, let's do it anyway.

Here's how the Honeycomb animation looks on both Streaks:

There's more than one way to do this, but here's an easy method using Root Explorer. You can use other root file managers, too, but the instructions may differ slightly from what's presented below.


Now let's get started.

  1. Download the Honeycomb boot animation .zip (alternate link from graffixnyc) and move it to your Streak's SD card. It doesn't matter where you put it. Make sure the file name is bootanimation.zip.
  2. Open Root Explorer on your Streak.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap system > media.
  4. If necessary, tap the Mount R/W button at the top so that it reads Mount R/O instead.
  5. Long press the bootanimation.zip that is already in the media folder (this is the stock animation) and tap Rename. Rename it to whatever you want and press OK.
  6. Tap the Streak's back button twice to return to the root directory.
  7. Tap sdcard and locate the bootanimation.zip file you downloaded in step 1. Long press the file and tap Move.
  8. Press the Streak's back button as many times as it takes to return to the root directory (the number depends on where you originally put the file) and tap system > media to get back to where you were earlier.
  9. Press the Paste button at the bottom of the screen.
  10. Exit Root Explorer, reboot your Streak, and enjoy!


You can use other boot animations too, though some of them may not work properly due to length, resolution, orientation, etc.

If you ever want to revert back to the original animation, just rename/move/delete the new one and change the name of the old one back to bootanimation.zip. Whichever file is called bootanimation.zip is the one that the Streak will use when booting.

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