The Xposed Framework is very popular among modders since it offers an easy way to customize the Android system without having to make any profound changes to apps or the source code. I use it myself quite often and took some time to present my five favorite modules for it. Check them out below!
Install Xposed Framework
Having the Xposed Framework install on your device is one of the basic requirements to get these modules to work. Thankfully, the installation is very simple:
- Download the Xposed Framework over at the XDA Developers forum and install it
- Open the App and go to Framework. From there, click Install / Update
- Reboot your phone
Note: The Xposed Framework can only be installed if your device is rooted.
The installation of additional modules is very simple as well:
- Download the desired modules and install it
- Open up the Xposed Installer and head over to the Modules tab
- Check off whatever modules that you want to use
- Your phone will reboot.
- All good to go!
My Favorite Modules
With XPrivacy you can comfortably manage the rights of apps. For example, if you want to limit the privileges that your Facebook app has and deny it access to your contact list, you can easily do that from within XPrivacy. One small thing to note though, changing privileges all willy nilly without knowing what you’re doing can cause them to start acting funny. Check out our previous article on the XPrivacy module here.
App Settings are a very powerful set of tools which can change a bunch of options on your device, including the language of specific apps, pixel density, enable full screen mode, change your resolution, and more. I use App Settings, for example, change the default language on the IMDB app so that I can check out some movie information in their native languages and the app itself doesn’t offer that type of setting.
Tinted Status Bar
Inspired by the latest version of iOS this module allows you to select the colors of the status bar and status bar icons based on what kind of app or website you’ve got open. How it figures out what color to use is a little less glorifying and isn’t done automatically: it uses an internal database that is maintained by the developer and the community. If you want to help, you can get to color coding over in this Google Document.
Granted, the changes offered by this module are pretty minimal however if you use any themes on your Android device, it may be of a little interest to you. The background in the Android settings usually has a dark color gradient that is hard to read. DitheredHoloBackground takes the background image and replaces it with a neat film grain effect. As I said before, the effect is very minimal, but it is a welcome change for some people who like attention to detail.
With XBlast Tools, you get a powerful toolbox that allows you to make changes to different setting in your system. All options are divided into several categories for clarity. Whether changing the status bar animations, Quick Settings, colors, fonts, modifications to the hardware buttons or anything else, XBlast Tools most likely can do it. After you have changed all the settings according to your desires, you have to perform a soft reboot before they are applied.
So, those are my favorite Xposed Framework modules, how about you all?
Side Note: All the modules shown here where running on my Sony Xperia Z with CyanogenMod 10.1 installed. The theme that I have installed is CM 10.2 HTC Sense 5.0 theme.