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Video: Using Metamorph to Install a Custom Theme

After running through our series on rooting your Motorola Droid with DroidMod 1.0 (parts 1, 2, 3) and then taking you through the custom ROM installation process with Ultimate Droid 5.0, we continued to receive requests on how to use Metamorph.  And well, we finally were able to do it!

For those of you not familiar with Metamorph, it is essentially an application for rooted users which allows you to install custom themes on top of the Android OS.  That really just means you can pick and choose to change your app drawer, notification bar, Facebook, etc. or go as far as changing everything.  It’s a great tool for the creative developers in the business to show off their work.

The following video will walk you through the basic steps on using Metamorph and by no means is a “know all” guide for the application.   Installing a custom theme onto your phone can definitely be confusing and risky, but if done correctly, very rewarding.

Before we get started there are a few things you need to do:

  1. Make sure you are rooted, have SPRecovery installed and a Nandroid backup.
  2. Install Metamorph.  (Download through the market.)
  3. Find a custom theme that you wish to install.
  4. Move custom theme into your SDCard.

Here are a few themes to get you started:

And your tutorial…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1480375495 Danny Nash

    can you do this on cliq xt??

  • Nickespo09

    Yep it works like a charm, my rooted Droid X is sexier than ever with 928 Black GlassX and it's easier than ever; just google easy root buy it for 99 cents, then google 928 Black GlassX and follow this video. It's like a whole new phone

  • Davemarco

    Would this work with a rooted Droid X? I know that we can't load Custom Roms, but there is currently a Root procedure.

    • Nickespo09

      Yep it works like a charm, my rooted Droid X is sexier than ever with 928 Black GlassX and it's easier than ever; just google easy root buy it for 99 cents, then google 928 Black GlassX and follow this video. It's like a whole new phone

  • Jared

    I haven't had any luck getting the themes to install with MetaMorph 1.9.8.2.

    My .thm files don't show up in MetaMorph.

    Any thoughts?

  • Jared

    I haven't had any luck getting the themes to install with MetaMorph 1.9.8.2.

    My .thm files don't show up in MetaMorph.

    Any thoughts?

  • teejaytm

    PLEASE HELP!!!! I just installed this and a theme over cyanogen mod and it messed everything up and I cant seem to figure out how to factory reset and Im freaking out

    • teejaytm

      NVM. Thank God for nandroid backup!!!

  • DannoFoo

    Hey an important FYI for ya… If you install the smoked glass theme and then revert back to stock with the xstock theme, there are a few things that won’t change back. Smoked glass has more custom items that xstock does. For example, I went back to stock for a second and my genie news/weather app still looks like the smoked glass.

  • DannoFoo

    Is there any chance that the Smoked Glass theme is causing my service to go down? It could just be a bad few days for Verizon but I swear that I am one less bar all over my map.

  • teejaytm

    Where can I get more themes? I cant seem to find them

  • jason w.s.

    Ive been using smoked glass v2 blue, wih Droidhex theme on top of it, and i really like it. They say u should never put themes on top of each other without going back to stock theme first, but i like how these two mix, and ive had no problems

  • cstapl30

    so i used this and it went to the reboot but now whenever i unluck the phone it goes into non stop force closes and than restarts to the droidmod screen.
    I have pulled the battery so I could get to recovery mode but i dont know how to apply my nandroid backup which I think is the right fix
    please help me out guys

  • cstapl30

    ok so i used this but when it installed it went into a nonstop restart whenever i get to the start screen it restarts.
    I think i need to use my nandroid backup but i do not know how to apply it please help.

  • teejaytm

    Ok I didnt figure it out and I thought I did and now Im stuck with a theme and I want to go back to stock. I really need some help

    • BRIM

      Same thing happened to me, got stock…frustrated so I just unrooted then rooted again. Which was obvious but I'm on the road and won't be near a computer for next week.

      Looks like apps from that dev “Xexoudus” or site “alldroid” can't download them as ZIP files. Have to be downloaded via computer then dragged & dropped via Usb

  • teejaytm

    Nvm…I think I got it lol

  • teejaytm

    I absolutely CANNOT get the stock theme to download on/onto my phone. Please help me?

  • http://twitter.com/halo32008 Dalton Smith

    anyone know a good secure website to get themes from?

  • Jarrett

    pleease tell me… how do you unapply a theme, like launcher, or phone. I applied the pink thing to my phone, for a test, and now i can't get it off…. please help

    • kellex

      Use the xStock theme that i listed.

  • felicia

    where can you get more themes from

  • Octotron

    OMG HELP MEH WITH TEH TECH SUPPORTZ!!!!111!!1!!!!!111!!

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeffrey Bernard

      Come on buddy, we can get you through this.

      • Octotron

        haha…

  • mentok

    So would this be an alternative way to load Ultimate Android 5.0? I am a noob to this but I have gone over the steps several times and every time I try to do a restore as you showed in your other video I get the moto screen loop. I've been able to root and get DM updater to work fine, but no go on loading roms. I feel I'm missing a step or not putting a file/folder in the right spot but again I've checked myself numerous times.

    • kellex

      This is not like loading a rom. This is simply a theme that works over the top of a rom you already have on your phone.

  • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeffrey Bernard

    I like using adamz's theme but then usung the stock theme for indivual components. I prefer having the stock icons.

    • kellex

      Best part about Metamorph is exactly that. That you can pick and choose what you want to change.

  • maizekidstill

    Once again thank you! You guys do all the research all I have to do is follow the directions and enjoy. Not rooted yet. One of those hopefuls thinking I will wake up to 2.1
    Keep it coming, love the new layout.

  • BRIM

    Can we install the custom ROMS straight from our Droid? Not having to hook it up via USB to drag and drop onto our SD card?

    I saw the links you posted for some sample themes, but this is the only site where we can go for them? I know we can't get them off of the market or atleast won't work with MetaMorph.

    By the way, much props for the video!

    • kellex

      The xStock theme will give you back your stock looking components.

      • BRIM

        But I Have DroidMod, will it bring back to what I have now or stock non rooted style?

        • kellex

          Basically, if you choose lets say Smoke Glass theme and decide you don't like, then you can use the xStock theme to make it look like the stock Droid. It won't change the rom you are on or anything, just the look. Hope that makes more sense. :)

      • BRIM

        I've tried to download the xStock theme to revert back to stockcomponents, but it doesn't download from the link you gave me. It downloads some odd file named “filed.php” and Astro reads it as nothing in the file. Its not zip like glass was.

        • kellex

          Hmm, let me check for another link.

          • BRIM

            I guess it HAS to be downloaded via computer because refuses to download via Droid. Just odd as the Glass one went through fine.

            Just noticed the Blue one also, so I guess its something about the links from that site alldroid or Xeuxodous guy

      • Count Chocula

        Hey Kellex, I wanted to install the xHero theme on my DROID, I'm running Cyanogenmod which is Android 2.1 and when I tried to install this it says that it's for 2.0 and 2.01, will it work?

  • Ace Z.

    I've played with a few themes (didn't like the Smoked Glass), but they're pretty cool. I would play with these themes again, but after the scare I got last week from almost bricking my phone, I'm staying on stock. Thanks Kellex for the video!

  • POWERLESS415

    Metamorph is freezing and FCing.. Cant load themes into astro without opening.. Help..

    • kellex

      You dropping the zips into a folder on your Sdcard and then trying to extract in Metamorph? Where are seeing the freezing and FCs?

      • POWERLESS415

        Do I drop the zips from above to my SD and them open Metamorph? When I get to the screen to check for components it freezes and asks to FC ofr wait..

        • POWERLESS415

          Got it.. Operator error, go figure.. Thanks alot Kellex.. What your doing is great.. Keep it up man..

        • kellex

          You drop the zips onto your sd card. Mine FC'd a few times but now seems to be fine.

          • POWERLESS415

            So when I download the file, do I always have to move it from the 'download' folder to the android theme folder before I pull it up through Metamorph? I'm running full glass now.. Pretty sweet.. Now having trouble loading the hi-res-blue..

          • kellex

            No you can leave the zip in your downloads folder as Metamorph should extract all the goodies into the AndroidThemes folder.

          • POWERLESS415

            Sweetness..

    • l_sloan

      Whenever I have run MetaMorph for the first time, I have always got a force close. When the force close screen came up, I simply backed out of the program. After that, I had no more issues and it worked fine.

  • syntakk

    I've been wondering about themes for a while now but never really had the time to sit down and research it. I can't wait to watches video after work (only 9 hours to go!) As always, kellex, you deliver the goods!