Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Let's face it: It sucks waiting for your phone to turn on. It takes too long, and you're forced to watch what is essentially a commercial for your carrier and hardware manufacturer. Well, no more! Here are five bootscreen animations that will make rebooting your phone a much celebrate event! Have your friends gather round and watch at the spectacle that is your phone powering on! Gasp at the twists and turns of pretty images on your screen before your device has even turned on!

If you have no idea how to modify your bootscreen, check out our bootscreen primer.

Smooth Ring

Let's start off with a fairly simple, straight-forward, but still gorgeous animation. Smooth Ring is just a ring of what I assume to be robotic particles flurrying in a circle around Andy. You can download it HERE (this is a non-flashable .zip so you'll be installing this the manual way).




N1BIOS is a fun little throwback to the days of verbose system startups. It looks really legit and it made everyone I know that is remotely nerdy laugh hysterically. I love it. You, too, can go back in time by downloading it HERE (this one is flashable, so you'll install it through recovery).



Honeycomb Boot Animation

This is a direct rip from the new Honeycomb (Android 3.0, if you live under a rock) ROM. It is quite possibly the most beautiful boot screen ever created by mortal hands. Get it HERE (non-flashable).



Robot Arm

This one consists of some sort of disembodied mechanical automaton welding the Android logo onto the fabric of space itself. Nice. Get it HERE (non-flashable).



System Startup

This bootscreen must have been incredibly involved. Wireframe Andy spinning under some system startup text? Yes. Yes, we approve. Get it HERE (non-flashable).



Well, there they are, folks. The best and the brightest bot animations the development has to offer. I hope you guys found a good bootscreen for you. If you didn't, I hope we inspired you to make one. If you know of an awesome bootscreen, send it to our tips line or post it in a comment below.

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • Cory

    Brad's my DUDE! Haha. And these bootscreens look delish. Very nice.

  • james

    Robot àrm?refresh me on install.can't install zip througg bootstrap? Thnkx

    • Brad Ganley

      You can check the primer. I have a link to it up at the top of the page.

  • http://www.myrecipebookspace.com Alec5216

    Honeycomb boot animation is awesome

  • dragonithe

    Using the so called Smooth Ring on my phone (i thought it was called different).
    And it really is gorgeous.

  • pulldtrigger

    How 2 get that fre@kin cool bootscreen.can somebody teach me

    • hyperkamote

      go on top of the post and look for the long highlighted rectangular box and click "bootscreen primer."

      There are steps to be followed right there..

  • Andy

    and be careful with the flashable ones! as far as i know, the file structure must be the same on your phone as it is in the .zip you flash with.the above N1BIOS appears to be from a Nexus so may only be suitable on the N1 (unless the above is for the HTC that Brad modded in which case its the HTC file layout)

  • apollostees

    Are these all for 480X800?

  • http://androidjet.com Android Jet

    Looks really cool, gotta try Smooth Ring bootscreen.

  • RockinEvo

    Love the honeycomb haven't tried the others yet

  • Mike

    I tried flashing the N1bios one on my G2 and it aborted. I'm using ClockworkMod v3.0.0.5 on CM7 rc1. It says, "Amend scripting (update-script) is no longer supported. Amend scripting was deprecated by Google in Android 1.5. It was necessary to remove it when upgrading to the ClockworkMod 3.0 Gingerbread based recovery. Please switch to Edify scripting (updater-script and update-binary) to create working update zip packages"

    I don't know what exactly it is talking about, but if someone wants to follow those instructions, and maybe change the N1 reference to G2 while they're at it, that would be great.

    • monipeev

      Hi, i have same problem with install zip from cwm. Cwm give me message for Edify script. How you fix it? :-)

  • ash

    ok guys i am intrested in how to install these custom boot screens ive got evo 4g i have try to past the zip and overide the current cm7 file under system/media/whatevername.zip but has not been working.....i cant past the zip file to override i need help.

    • RockinEvo

      I think the path is system, customize, resource, when u place the file in there make sure its bootanimation.zip

  • Khar00f

    Here's another one for ppl interested


    If any1 is interested you can find it Here

    • Scooter

      Make one of the Winged Wheel, and I'm in. ;+)

  • Brefar

    When I try to boot into recovery mode on the Droid X to install the N1BIOS boot screen, I can only see the Flash Update option. It only seems to look for an update.zip file. I don't know if I'm supposed to change the name to that to make it work or if that will cause problems. Any suggestions on what I should do to install the N1BIOS animation?

  • Scooter

    I've replaced bootani's before, but not since I've been using the latest Fresh ROM for my EVO. I tried (unsuccessfully) to use Clockworkmod to load N1BIOS, switched to RA, and it said the install was "complete." Yet, the bootani is unchanged. Anyone have any idea if Fresh blocks custom boots? (yeah, it seems silly that a custom ROM would block customization, but who knows?)

  • Tim

    Maybe a stupid question, but,....can I add boot animationd to my un-rooted droid x2?
    And if so, could you please point me in the right direction? Thank you! And thanks to Brad for such a decent artical!

    • http://yash1229.wordpress.com Yash

      No, you can't add custom boot animations to a non-rooted phone, Tim!

    • Diego Villar

      with a descktop app called gif2boot

  • anonym0use

    I've been using the Honeycomb one - love it! Thanks :)

  • http://dislikes.co/?ref=androidPolice Dr. MathewTyler

    I'd like to throw my custom galaxy nexus boot animation into the mix; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r9Rpehw_Ks