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Download: Official R2-D2 Droid 2 Boot Animation

A new R2-D2 boot animation appeared on the internet late last night and there are rumors that it’s the official one you’ll see with the special edition Droid 2 that we’ve been covering over the last few weeks.  In even better news, the boot animation is available for all to use, geek out to, and to aide your path of remaining single for the foreseeable future.

Video Action:

Download:  bootanimation.zip

*For both rooted and non-rooted users.  Separate instructions though.

*Should work on almost any phone, Droid 1 and Droid X for sure.

Instructions (rooted users):

1.  Download the bootanimation.zip file from above to your SD card.
2.  Open Root Explorer and copy the file to /data/local.
3.  Reboot your phone and enjoy your new boot animation.

Instructions (non-rooted users):

*You will need the Android SDK installed to do this.  Instructions here.

1.  Download the bootanimation.zip file from above to your PC.
2.  Move the file into your android-skd/tools folder.
3.  Make sure nothing is selected and hold SHIFT+right click inside your tools folder.
4.  Choose “open command window here.”
5.  Type in the following commands:

adb push bootanimation.zip /data/local
adb reboot

6.  Your phone will reboot with your new boot animation.

And if you are feeling super saucy this morning, here is an audio file which reportedly works during boot, yet I can’t for the life of me get to work.  Actually, almost no one can get it to work.  Let us know if you do!

Cheers Aaryn and Mike!

Via:  MyDroidWorld

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  • Jr2201

    Link is no good.

  • Joe

    The sound won’t work with bootanimation.zip. There are 2 ways to do your boot animation. The most common way is bootanimation.zip that is a zip file with a bunch of .png files. The other method uses a folder in system/media/bootscreen. This is the method that allows sound. Instead of .png files, it uses an animated gif. It also has an xml file in this folder which you can use to customize boot animations.

    You will have to delete bootanimation.zip from data/local and system/media for this method to work. The file you will need to have R2D2 with sound is http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=400364&d=1284391192 and you will need to unzip this file and move the included folder to system/media. For further directions, goto http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=8125305&postcount=8 if you have to push it to your phone. I suggest using root explorer and moving it to your system/data manually. It works

  • Stanuszekj
  • Mcneilmoe

    and if you are rooted it is smooth and amazing.. if you are not rooted it will look like the r2d2 is having a seizure ! haha

  • Mcneilmoe

    rooted d2. awesome! i dont get how people are having problems. works perfect for me!

  • Cookiessnake

    Dead link

    • Chris Nimon
      • Teagadinho

        do we have to rename it???????

        • Chris Nimon

          If you use windows you might but try it with the above instructions first. If it doesnt install correctly then rename it to just “update” and drop it on your sd card.

      • Dr Luminox

        you…are…awesome… thx!

      • Nick281051

        … i love you

  • KevDog

    Here is how to make this work on a CM6.0 ROM — Ive test only the audio portion on my D1 and it works great:
    Make sure to read the entire thread:

  • KevDog

    Here is how to make this work on a CM6.0 ROM — Ive test only the audio portion on my D1 and it works great:
    Make sure to read the entire thread:

  • link disabled!….

  • Anyone get this to work on their Incredible? Please post your Android version and where you pasted the .zip and .ogg. I'm told they should go into /system/media, but every time I paste, it reboots the phone. I have tried /data/local and they paste fine, but it still doesn't show the right boot ani.


  • Farmdogg

    very slow/choppy on rooted D1… anyone else getting this?

    • Swillie

      I have a non rooted droid 1 , have not bothered to push this because others have said the same thing, slow and choppy. I was thinking of converting all of the images from jpg's to smaller size gif's like the stock boot. Than maybe it would run smoothly. If that works I think a custom boot of the opening star destroyer flyby scene from the original Episode 4 would be pretty cool.

  • brass

    looks good on my N1 🙂

  • James

    So I have the SDK installed but when i shift+right click, nothing comes up but the standard options. Anyone have any ideas as to what I may be doing wrong? Thanks

    • Handheldtech

      I am having the same problem, did you get a resolution to this?

  • murdoc158

    To get the audio file working on my rooted DX on Froyo I edited the build.prop file. Search for persist.mot.powerup.tone=/system/media/bootup.ogg and change it to persist.mot.powerup.tone=/system/media/d2_r2d2_pu.ogg after you place the d2_r2d2_pu.ogg audio file in the /system/media/ folder.

  • slowed my DROID down like crazy :/

  • Good90033

    can this be done using a mac instead of a pc and is there a way i could go back to the regular boot animation im have a Droid

  • For HTC Hero users.


    I still want to re-size teh pics better (i.e. get a little black strip on both sides instead of making R2 look fat).

  • Dooley

    I have the stock Droid 2 (A955) — The ADK USB drivers do not install.

    Looks like the SDK USB drivers are pre-D2… I tried the alternate USB drivers listed in the link, and they don't work either.

    (Yes, USB Debugging is enabled)

    Any ideas?

  • gobluefoot

    Wow, that looks so cool on my unrooted 2.1 X, too bad no sound. One quick question, now I have that as my boot animation, did I just overwrite the original animation, and if so, is there a way to get it back? For example, when the OTA 2.2 comes for the X, will the animation be replaced?

  • skola28

    Download is unavailable 🙁

    • PSU

      what link?? they all work for me.

  • Rrivera192

    Same here. Maybe someone will post a video for the rest of us.

  • PG

    Not working on my Desire, nothing happens after reboot, same old HTC boot screen :/

    • PSU

      search your phone for bootanimation.zip, depending on the android device the default animation is in different spots. Most common are either /data/local/ or /system/media/ In either case backup your old one and then replace it with this one and you should be good to go.

  • Anyone with unrooted DX with 2.2 try it??

  • can i have a link to the wallpaper too please!!

  • bigrig78

    Not sure what I'm doing wrong, I'm new to using the SDK and all this. Non-rooted D2. I think the problem is in the push command. When I type that it just gives me a list of adb commands. The reboot command works though, and the R2D2 bootloader isn't there.

  • Slx924

    loaded onto htc hero only thing sucks is R2 is huge

    • Yeah, I'm resizing for mine right now. You get the audio working?

      • Shaun McCloud

        Got it resized, but now I only get a black screen on bootup 🙁

  • Anyone know if its possible to resize the animation to work correctly on my HTC Hero without having to resign the file? Also, anyone know how to get the sound working on a Hero running Cyanogenmod 6.0?

  • Can I resize the pictures to work on my HTC Hero and not have to re-sign the boot animation? Also, anyone know how to get the sound working on a Hero running Cyanogenmod 6.0?

  • droidlife.comFTW

    mine is not working on DX i dont know why i followed all the instructions for rooted users and it didnt work tried several time and several things… alittle help mabey more detailed

  • Mikeyoungblood84

    For some reason I had to use a new file explorer (android mate) astro and super didn't work. And it is choppy as all get out.

  • Chris

    Sadly, not even the boot animation worked on my Epic 4G…

    • That is not epic.

  • Kincaid

    Anyone know where these can be placed with CyanogenMod 6.0 release? Tried just dropping the file into /data/local and it didnt take, still have the regular Cyanogen boot logo.

    • psu

      Try /system/media

    • /system/media

      • Note: I have not been able to get it to work on my 2.2 Incredible.

        I can't get them to paste into /system/media. But they did paste into /data/local, but it still didn't work.

  • Krweby

    I edited my build.prop file on the dx 2.2 uncommented the bootup.ogg line and put the original ogg file in /system/media and renamed it to bootup.ogg to get it to work. The only bad thing is it plays after the animation but it is better then nothing

  • Donald Maroney

    I have no /local folder under /data. Help!

    • PSU

      what phone do you have? is it rooted?

    • You are not in the right data folder. You need the one that is on the phone, not the sd card.

  • MMM770

    Hey so for anyone who is a noob like me, you gotta keep the file a zip file for the rooted instructions. I didn't know that… 😛

  • PSU

    Here is my custom audio file for R2D2 Boot Animation. I hope you guys like it. http://www.4shared.com/audio/bMMyC1Rr/android_audio.html

    Also here is quick video of it. (Sorry about the low volume, you'll need to turn up your volume to hear the sound)

    • Can you help us with this sound issue? Why it doesn't work on 2.2 Dx?

      DroidX FlyX-Serenity Theme 2.2 rooted

      • PSU

        Apparently from what I am reading there is no boot sound at all on the D2 or DX. There is only a notification sound that happens after the SD card loads, which kinda sucks it defeats the purpose of me creating a sound that goes along with the boot up. For DX/D2 owners I can suggest that you download the original “d2_r2d2_pu.ogg” file listed above and then push this file via ADB to “systemmediaaudionotifications” if your not rooted other wise just use root explorer and paste the file into that path. Once you get the file to that directory just go into settings sounds and change your notification sound to D2_r2d2_pu and you should be good to go.

        • Jsz3us

          but it wont play during boot animation like yours does PSU. that sux. How does yours work?

          • PSU

            I have a Droid Incredible, we have a default audio file during boot up. All I did was replace that file with the one I made and thats it.

          • Don’t worry. I have the Incredible too and I have yet to get it to work either. I’m rooted also, and I can’t get it to paste to /system/media, and when I paste into /data/local it doesn’t boot to it. I have a boot animation thread bookmarked here somewhere. Willl have to check that out.

          • Ok, after searching around my phone, I found two files in /system/customize/resource. Filenames are VZW_bootanimation.zip and VZW_Droid.mp3. Must be rooted to have access. So far, every time I paste my new .zip in, it tells me “Paste Failure. There was not enough free disk space to complete the paste operation”.

        • Cephas

          Thanks for your help.

          • PSU

            your welcome, I'm glad to help

        • I figured it was not possible on Dx & D2, I just wanted to confirm that nobody has got it to work.I ripped a bunch of R2-D2 sound bites from the web a few weeks ago when the contest started and that's how i changed my DROID notification to a R2 Bite. So when the sd card mounts when you boot it kinda mimics R2 at the end of the boot animation.Thanx for responding so quick though and great work by the way. Motorola pffttt….. Still love my DroidX!

    • Peter4max

      Thanks for posting the custom audio file it sounds great! I can't seem to get it to work on my droid 2. Do you know of a way to get it to work?

    • Krweby

      I edited my build.prop file on the dx 2.2 uncommented the bootup.ogg line and put the original ogg file in /system/media and renamed it to bootup.ogg to get it to work. The only bad thing is it plays after the animation but it is better then nothing.

    • dieselhomey

      @PSU: are you rooted. I tried a adb push.. and it looks as if it pushed it and when I adb reboot, it still shows the OEM boot. I pushed it to /data/local and also tried to push it to where you specified it says access denied. I searched all over, but can't figure it out.

      • psu

        Yes I am rooted which phone do you have it looks like the location can be different for different phones

        • DieselHomey

          I have the incredible…

          • DieselHomey

            I think my problem is that it's not rooted. ARGH!! waiting for my warranty replacement now… my phone has the signal problem where it shows only a few bars 1-2 but the dBm is near perfect.

  • Jsz3us

    No if I only knew how to use SDK my life would be complete.

    • Rrivera192

      Same here. Maybe someone will post a how-to video for the rest of us.

      • The SDK is an enormous tool with many, many different uses. No how-to video will ever be able to explain what it does. You've got to learn through experimentation.

  • What theme does he have on his phone? I like the lock screen he has. Thanks guys. 🙂

    • Zacqua10

      Thats Froyo on Motoblur.

      • Could you maybe get a link?

        • It is stock Froyo with Stock Motoblur. There is no link, that is what the phone comes with.

  • PSU

    I got the animation and sound running on my DI but the audio starts way early. Anybody else notice this or has a fix?

    • Krweby

      How did you get the sound to work?

      • PSU

        just rename the file to “android_audio.mp3” and then place it into the same folder as the zip. It has to be in all lower case otherwise it doesn't work. I'm working on a new sound file which I will post up here shortly which i should work better than this one.

        • PSU

          I hate not being able to edit comments. I meant to say that I will post a new audio file for people to use here shortly and it will be more in sequence with the boot animation.

        • Krweby

          You must have a incredible. That is the default boot sound for it. Did work on DX 2.2.

          • Krweby

            Didn't work on DX 2.2. Than is what I was trying to say.

          • PSU

            Yeah sorry Krweby, I have a D2 and an Incredible, but the Incredible is all I have here at work so I was able to get the audio working on it fine. I'll have to look into this on my D2.

  • Mikeyoungblood84

    Can't find /data/local in root. Little help?

    • Droidzilla

      It's not in root, it's in /system. You can't access it by mounting your device to your computer. Download a good file browser (root capable) from the market and do it on your phone.

      • Krweby

        It is in the root not system. You are thinking of /system/media but this overrides it without erasing or renaming the original boot file.

    • Krweby

      If your rooted use root explorer if not use adb push to get the file there.

  • NorCalGuy

    What's about the live wallpapers?? Ne one know were to get those??

  • Jenngrover

    Cannot download any longer:

    “The file you are trying to access is temporarily unavailable.”

  • BrianBanach

    It runs terrible on the droid 1. its very slow when booting up.

  • Mbarr69

    THIS IS THE WORST THING EVER!!!! Now I just want to sit here an reboot my phone all day! 🙂

  • DieselHomey

    does not work on the incredible.

    🙁 I have a non-rooted phone and looks like it pushed the bootanimation.zip and the sound file.. but still shows the default bootanimation…

  • Jsz3us

    How do I undo this?

    • Delete the file you pushed…

      adb shell
      cd /data/local
      rm bootanimation.zip

  • RevolutionX

    Should work on DX if you drop both bootanimation.zip and audio file in /system/media. You may have to rename audio file to reflect exactly what i says in the text file that comes inside the bootanimation.zip. If you look in there it tells audio to play on part 2 loop of animation. Havent had a chance try it but just a thought.

  • it's too slow on my nexus one

  • This is the most retarded thing i’ve seen so far :/

  • Cool, but not quite what I was hoping for. It would be way better if it had sound though.

    Maybe someone can make a sound file for us? Once the file is made all you have to do is add it to the same directory as the boot animation. So, who is up for the challenge?!

  • antintyty

    This is AWESOME!!!

  • rather the sexy DX boot animation

  • Jayrodef

    Ouch, yeah super slow and choppy on D1

    • Mbarr69


  • Romma1

    I'll stick with the new Dinc Boot…

  • Nathan
  • Morris

    no audio?

  • Did R2 get Parkinson's? lmAo

    • Well he isn’t getting any younger 🙂

  • Yonks

    It looks like you have to put the sound file in /data/local.

    I'm @ work so havn't tried it out yet. If it works, let me know

    • I put the sound file in /data/local and rebooted but it didn't work for me. Animation runs great on my DX.

  • JohnPA2006

    Well I love Star Wars, but it looked like
    R2-D2 was watching a ping pong match.

  • antrison

    That's really sexy

  • datboijon

    without sounds it just looks like r2 is having a robot seizure

  • digitalicecream

    This… is not the droid I was looking for.

  • Pouxonu

    any type of root explorer or a certain one

  • MW

    no sound?

    • MW

      looks dumb without sound effects

  • Pilotbluemike

    wooo my tip was used!

  • Dz

    doesn't work on DX

    • kellex

      The video is of it running on my DX. 😛

    • antintyty

      works on mine…don't rename the file, i did at first and it wouldn't work until i changed the name back to just simply bootanimation.zip

    • No. You mean YOU can’t get it to work on YOUR DX. It works fine on DX’s with competent owners.

  • Theschneidster

    Loaded onto my D1, pretty slow & phone boots up before I get to see R2! Doh!

  • SP

    Oh Ya… and First… 🙂

  • Beng8686

    Works really sluggish… Droid 1 gpu can't run it worth a damn

  • Nex

    Anyone able to get sound working yet, its just seems weird if there is no sound.

    • Timgowd

      I wonder if you need to put the sound file in the same directory as all of the other factory sounds (where droid.ogg is located).

      I think it's /system/media/audio/ringtones/

      • I tried doing that but it wouldn't allow me to paste the file because it was a “read only” folder

  • Ed

    Thats horrible

  • Morris

    is this for all droids like the incredible or just the droid?

  • is there a reason it's so slow?

  • KingTroll

    That was silly.

  • JubbaTheHutt

    Not as much of a fan of the boot animation as I thought I would be.

    Think I'll keep my default animation.

  • Timgowd

    Can't wait till I get home and can install this.

    • Low023

      You can download it on your phone and then move it with root explorer I just did runs flawlessly on my Droid X!

      • Toddman214

        I just tried that on my Droid X and it said “download unsuccessful. Application not supported on this device.”

        • Anonymous

          You (1)open Root Explorer and locate the bootanimation.zip file more then likely in /sdcard/download/, (2)long press on bootanimation.zip, (3)then click move, (4)then click the top folder (Parent Folder) until you are in the root folder /, then (5)goto /data/local and press the paste button. (6) Profit.

      • Sound worked?

        Boot animation works great but no sound yet,I tried all tips in forum and don’t understand the txt instructions in zip file. Can anyone shine some light on this minor setback on this awsome Droid tweak?

        DroidX FlyX-Serenity Theme 2.2 rooted

  • antrison

    Any chance of making this compatible for the D1?

  • villian1998

    I want MORE, MORE MORE!

  • Pottyman

    i don't like it it is scary 🙁 sorry

  • SP

    Very cool,

    • lakerzz

      You forgot phirst…phurst…ferst…1st…dammit…FIRST!!!!!

      • SP

        Oh Ya… and First… 🙂