Android is an innovative OS, with an appealing interface and efficient hardware and software. Some OEMs provide their own customized UI while others do not provide such privileges. Thus you are stuck with using either the default AOSP interface or launcher apps, which are only limited to home screens or app drawers. Androids, most amazing thing is its open-source nature, meaning you can change anything and everything, for the way your device functions, to the internal looks of the device.
We going to discuss how to change your different Android elements and make significant changes to it UI by using a single app. Going back in time when Android Lollipop was just around the corner and preview images were released, and then an innovative mind climbed the scene and released his work publicly which was the Android L, being better.
The app is called Layers Manager, provided by BitSyko Development Team. It is basically a theme engine for the rooted Android and is gaining a lot of popularity among the Android custom world in contradiction to the CyanogenMod’s theme engine, which is old and popular among users. The app is very responsive and fluid, does everything from setting up layers to installing, uninstalling and managing them.
Due to the Android scene expanding at such a rate, we see new ROMs every other day, but some we like and some we don’t, but always prefer to move onto something better than others. For example, if one prefers to use Cataclysm ROM on the Nexus 5, which is based off the official factory images and consists the handiest features., having that RRo support as well, so you can get near-stock experience with both custom functions and theming options as well.
Now let’s show you how they use this app to customize your Android experience. Firstly, your device must be running Lollipop and Rooted. Your ROM must have this specific cone merged on it.
Download Layers Manager
1. The first step would be making sure that you have the requirements fulfilled – rooted Lollipop ROM and RRO layers supported by ROM.
2. Download and install the Layers Manager app from the Play Store (click on the app box below).
3. Next, open your phone’s app drawer, find the Manager and run it.
4. The first run will prompt you to allow root permissions to the app, allow it.
Install Layers using Layers Manager
- Download your desired theme from the Bitsyko XDA themes thread. : Bitsyko XDA themes thread.
- If you have download the layer theme directly to the device, it’s good. Otherwise, you would have to transfer the download theme file to your device’s storage.
- When you have the theme on your device, open the Manager app from the app drawer.
- Tap on File Chooser to pick a layer to install.
- Browse to the location where the theme has been placed and select the theme file.
- Press on OK.
- You will now be taken to the app’s main screen and the path to the theme file will be displayed on the top.
- Next, tap on the Install icon and it will begin to install the chosen layer.
- The preview for the layers to be installed will be displayed now.
- If you want to install a single layer from the selected theme, long-press the desired preview of the same.
- Or, if you want to install the full theme, just tap on the double-tick icon on the top-right of the preview screen.
- The installation will take seconds and a pop-up message will display the success.
- Finally, tap on the Reboot icon on the bottom-right of the main screen to quickly reboot for the changes to take effect.
1. Open the Manager app from the app drawer.
2. Swipe from the left to open the navigation drawer menu.
3. Tap on the Delete Layers option.
4. The delete screen will appear.
5. If you want to remove a single layer, tap on Delete or else tap on Delete All to remove all at once.
6. When done, tap on the Reboot button for the changes to take effect.
The app also offers functions to change the app layout, from the grid to the updated card style. You can also change the colour profile by entering the hex code of the desired colour. The app is very efficient in its ways to manage both, the layers and its personal self. I have myself attached to this theme engine since around a month, and it has never let one down in terms of a wide variety of available themes.
So, with no more delay, I advise you to try it too and get back to us with your feedback. If you’ve any doubts on how to install or use Layers Manager, be sure to comment below.