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How to: Push apps(.apk) to/system/app

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I am NOT responsible if you screw up your phone...duh...but anyways...

First thing i want to say is that for this and any other type of edits similar to this I will be giving instructions for if you are using ROOT EXPLORER. These things can be done easily with other file explorers also. As long as you can browse as root and mount /system as r/w(read/write) . Root explorer makes this very simple and easy.

Now how to do this:

1.When you download an application it usually comes in an .apk format.

2.Using root explorer navigate to the .apk you have downloaded or extracted from a .zip file.

3.Long press the .apk file and choose "MOVE"

4. navigate to /system/app

5. Press the gray button on top of the window you are now viewing that says "Mount R/W"((it will be next to where root explorer shows how much space you have available for the partition you are viewing))

6. Press paste.

7. ::VERY IMPORTANT::you cannot skip this step. Go to the .apk you just pasted and long press it.

Now choose "Permissions"

change the permissions to be rw-r--r--....it will look like this in the boxes

(X=a checked box. _=empty box)

Owner:X X _

Group: X _ _

Others:X _ _

8. now simply reboot your phone and presto it is now a system app. and it wont be wiped away if you perform a data wipe.

If you would like to move an app that you have downloaded from the market to /system , just simply go to /data/app and long press the apk for the app you would like to push to system and follow steps 3-8.

this way you can make an app such as a launcher app your "system launcher" so it wont be wiped if u data wipe. And you could also delete your stock launcher or rename it to .bak and you can have just one launcher running at all times instead of two.

I would also like to state that I intend to grow this post and this thread into a collection of various how to's , including, but not limited to, Basic rom flashing instructions, Theme flashing instructions, definitions for the acronyms we use all the time, and any other general how to's anyone may suggest to us.

Lets keep this thread as helpful as possible. of course its going to "go off topic" due to all the topics it will encompass soon, but lets try to stay a little focused and tasks at hand.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THIS THREAD? PLEASE RESPOND BY POSTING HERE OR PM ME AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO ADD IT IN AND ACCURATELY DESCRIBE IT.

ALSO- IF YOU FIND ANYTHING TO BE INACCURATE PLEASE POINT IT OUT AND I WILL FIX IT ASAP. THANK YOU

this thread is intended to be helpful. i will tolerate no flaming of anyone of any kind. those types of posts will be immediatly reported(with extreme prejudice). just sayin...

we are all noobs at heart...lets do our best to help each other out.
Date: Jun 16, 2012   



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