Published on August 18th, 2010 | by justin
Ok, this can be pretty confusing but once you actually get the hang of it, it will be a breeze for you. Lets say you are trying to skin the “YouTube” widget. Say you want to turn it to a transparent widget. First things first you must download the custom metamorph file from anywhere.
In this example I am working with the “YouTube” app, but make sure you still follow my instructions.
Open up the “Root Explorer” application on your device, if you do not have please download it by clicking here.
Once you’ve opened the Root Explorer app go to the Root which is “/”. Next click on the “System” folder, then click on the “App” folder. What we are doing is making sure the application exists and that it is skinable.
As you can see from the screen shot I’ve posted below the application “YouTube.apk” exists! Which will make it much easier. ** Please remember everytime you are skinning an application you must make sure the CORRECT file name is placed in the /system/app/ directory.
MetaMorph ONLY installs the current theme files to the app that exist in the /system/app/ if there is no file you must find the .apk on your phone and place it into the /system/app/ directory.
Ok now that we know the app I want to theme exists in the /system/app dir we can move on.
1. The file should be a “.ZIP” extension, make sure you do not unzip the file.
2. Connect your device via USB and mount
3. On the root of your SD-Card you need to create a folder called “AndroidThemes” IT MUST LOOK EXACTLY LIKE THAT OR IT WILL NOT WORK
4. Copy the .ZIP file you downloaded and place it in the “AndroidThemes” folder.
5. Assuming you already have the MetaMorph application installed on your phone (if not please Click Here). Open the MetaMorph app.
6. Click on “Unzip/Extract New Theme“
7. You should the .zip file you have added to the AndroidThemes folder like in the image shown below.
8. Click on the file inside of MetaMorph a MetaMorph install screen should come up telling you about the theme you are installing like shown below (just click Close)
9. Now you should see a button located on the bottom click on “Apply All” this will begin the process of the application skinning.
10. You should see a message box that pops up that says “All Themes Applied” like shown below
11. Reboot your phone and make sure whatever app you where skinning is now skinned.
In the example I was skinning the YouTube widget so it would be Transparent on my home screen. As you can see by the picture shown below everything was a success and everything looks very sleek!
** If you get an error message like shown below that says the following “The theme you selected is invalid because the theme control file could be missing, or is not correctly written.” This means that the file you are trying to skin is not in the “/system/app” directory or the filename inside the /system/app is incorrect. You must make sure you place the file in there along with the correct file name.
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