Galaxy Note 4: How to Install Xposed Framework

Xposed Framework Installer

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is about to start getting Android 5.0 Lollipop all across the world and this is a rather big transition. Thankfully, Xposed was also just released for Lollipop so today we’ll go through the steps on how to install Xposed onto the Galaxy Note 4(with Lollipop).

 

[box type=”warning”] Note from the Developers – “It seems to boot loop on Samsung stock ROMs. I have received a file which I can use to analyse this issue, but it might take some time. Update: There’s a difference in the format of *.oat files on Samsung ROMs. I’m trying to find out more.” So don’t install this on Stock TouchWiz ROMs at this time. I will update this tutorial when there is more information.[/box]

 

Samsung is in the process of a worldwide roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4. It could still take a month or two before it hits major markets like the US and Europe but every little bit helps. One thing that has held some people within the Android community back from updating to Lollipop is the absence of Xposed Framework. Rovo89, the developer of Xposed, has been fairly verbal about the troubles that have come with porting Xposed over to Lollipop. The wait is over now, though, and Xposed Framework is now working on Lollipop. It is currently in an alpha state and he himself has only tested it on the Nexus 5 with CM12. However, there are a lot of reports about Xposed working on Lollipop. It just takes a few additional steps to get it running properly.

 

Requirements

As always, I’m going to go over some of the things that are required before you can start this tutorial. You will need to have root access to your Galaxy Note 4. Since you need to flash a .zip file, you will also need a custom recovery on your Galaxy Note 4. Also, I always recommend that you create a Nandroid backup of your Note 4 before you do any type of modification like this. Once you have root and you have a backup created, then you can proceed with this tutorial.

 

Galaxy Note 4 Install Xposed

  1. Download the Xposed Framework APK to the Galaxy Note 4
  2. Download the 32-bit Installer to the Galaxy Note 4
  3. Download the 32-bit Uninstaller to the Galaxy Note 4
  4. Boot the Galaxy Note 4 into Recovery
  5. Tap on Install and Browse to this Xposed Zip File
  6. Tap on the Zip File
  7. Swipe the Blue Arrow to Install the Xposed Zip File
  8. Tap the Back Button and then Tap the Reboot Button
  9. Download and Install ES File Explorer
  10. Launch ES File Explorer and Browse to the Downloads Folder
  11. Tap on the Xposed Installer APK You Downloaded
  12. Tap on the Install Button to Install it
  13. Launch the Xposed Installer App You Installed
  14. Grant Root Access to Xposed

 

Note – If something goes wrong or if you simply want to uninstall Xposed, just flash the uninstaller ZIP file in TWRP(or restore from a Nandroid backup).

 

Explanation

This modification is fairly complex but as long as you follow along with the step by step tutorial then it should work flawlessly. Go ahead and download the Xposed Zip file linked in the tutorial directly to your Galaxy Note 4. From here, you will need to boot the Galaxy Note 4 into Recovery Mode so you can install that zip file. Once it has been installed, you’ll want to reboot and then make sure you have a file explorer application installed. I suggest ES File Explorer but any of them will do.


 

Once a file explorer is installed, go ahead and download the Xposed Installer linked in the tutorial above. Once downloaded, launch the ES File Explorer and browse to your download folder on your device. You should see the Xposed Installer file that you downloaded(it is a .apk file) and then tap on it. This will launch the install process and you’ll need to tap on the Install button to initiate the install. If you need SELinuxModeChanger then you can download it from this XDA thread. It used to be required but I don’t think it is needed now that Xposed for Lollipop has been updated.

 

It is important to note that older Xposed Modules might not work with Xposed for Lollipop. There are various lists going around that say what works and what doesn’t. If a specific module doesn’t work then it’s best to contact the developer to let them know that you would like to use their modification on Xposed for Lollipop. You should be polite about this. Not everyone will want to update their code and being rude about it will not encourage them to do it.

 

As always, if anything goes wrong, you can restore from the Galaxy Note 4 Nandroid backup and be right where you were before you started this Xposed tutorial. However, don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may have in the comments section below. I will always do my best to help out in any way that I can.

 

This whole thing is made possible by Rovo89. If you have found this useful at all, please consider visiting the source link at the below and clicking on that ‘Donate to Me’ button. This will let you donate to the developer who created Xposed. The more funds he has at his disposal the more encouragement he has to continue development of Xposed.

 

[box type=”info”]If this worked or didn’t work for you, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article to let me know. This will help me to keep these tutorials up to date and it can also help to inspire confidence that it works for other readers.[/box]

 

[Source: XDA]

 

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Doug

I'm working to create an organized and easy to follow central repository of Android tips, tutorials, guides and everything you need to know. With a focus on device specific tutorials now, my goal is to branch out and do more universal tips and tricks that will work on all Android devices.

  • Mitsuji Kuroda

    i get a bootloop after install the xposed zip file

    • Rovo is aware of the issue

      “It seems to boot loop on Samsung stock ROMs. I have received a file which I can use to analyse this issue, but it might take some time.Update: There’s a difference in the format of *.oat files on Samsung ROMs. I’m trying to find out more.”

      As soon as there is an update, I will put it into the tutorial

      • Mitsuji Kuroda

        thanks for the reply, If i install the wanamlite lollipop custom rom on my sm-n910c, will i still get the bootloop or not?

        • I’m not too familiar with that ROM. Is that custom ROM made for the N920C?

          • Mitsuji Kuroda

            Its a touchwiz custom rom for SM-N910 c (Note 4)

          • If you install a N910C custom ROM onto an N910C Galaxy Note 4, you should not run into a bootloop.

            However, it is always recommended to create a Nandroid backup before you do something like this. So, just in case there is a bootloop(or you just don’t like it), then you can always boot up into the custom recovery and restore from the backup :)

          • Mitsuji Kuroda

            Is this xposed framework works on the custom rom or will still get bootloop?

          • From what I can gather, the bootloop for Xposed is happening on any TouchWiz based firmware. So, unless it is an AOSP-based custom ROM(aka not TouchWiz), then I would stay away from it for now. Rovo is working on it though. He might release an update in the coming weeks to fix it

          • Johnbgood

            Well I ordered a note 4 today, I let him stand on 4.4.4 until I safely can update to 5L or 6M an i safely can install exposed. Until then i am staying on 4.4.4

  • Topsi Kret

    I get into bootloop as well

    • Rovo is aware of the issue

      “It seems to boot loop on Samsung stock ROMs. I have received a file which I can use to analyse this issue, but it might take some time.Update: There’s a difference in the format of *.oat files on Samsung ROMs. I’m trying to find out more.”

      As soon as something is posted, I will update the tutorial

      • James

        Any change/update on this issue?

        • Nothing yet from Rovo, sadly :( I did read that someone was working on an official patch but I haven’t heard of anything sinse

  • Mitsuji Kuroda

    any fix??? please replyyy

  • noman

    I get in a boot loop when will rovo update it

    • No one knows. I will update the article when I know more, of you can stay updated at the source XDA thread and Rovo will update the thread when he releases a fix

      • noman

        Wtf is wrong with rovo why is he taking soo much time

  • trivjednom

    No changes to , stock rom fom 5.0.1 ??

  • Anthony5435

    Hello. I didn´t read the samsung stock roms warning and iI flashed it on the stock firmware. Now, I can use my phone normally, no issues. But when I try to flash something with odin, I can do it. It says FAIL. What can I do?

    • I’m not sure, maybe you want to try and perform a factory reset before you flash something with Odin. Let me know if this works out for you

  • Lucas Abreu

    Hi, any updates on this thread?
    I am running WanamLite rom (TW based) on my N910C and i am dieing a bit every day for not having Xposed Framework… thanks!

    • I sure know how you’re feeling!

      Sadly, there hasn’t been any updates yet. I just checked and still nothing in the way of TouchWiz/Samsung functionality.

      Someone has done an unofficial port for 5.1, but it still doesn’t have any Samsung/TouchWiz functionality yet :(

      I will be sure to update the Samsung threads when I hear of something new but definitely feel free to check back in from time to time and ask for an update. I’m always willing to help out if I can

  • Chad B

    So I’m guessing this doesnt work for the galaxy note edge either now that the ota for 5.0.1 just rolled out

    • Like the warning says, this version of Xposed just isn’t ready for TouchWiz. If you can root your Note Edge and install an AOSP based custom ROM, then it will run just fine. It’s just not working for stock TouchWiz at this time :( I’m sorry

  • sultan

    hey i have flashed but did not work stuck on boot-loop is there any other way to use this xposed on touch wiz.

  • sultan

    i know this wont work on touch wiz rom but any other ways to work on touch wiz

    • I’m sorry, there is no way to make it work :(

      We just have to wait patiently while Rovo89 works on the code and hopefully he will be able to figure it out for us

  • Kirby

    any update on stock rom n910c?

    • I’m sorry, there still hasn’t been an update for getting Xposed working on TouchWiz

      • Prathamesh

        Not installing in my Note 4 N910H

      • Johnbgood

        Just stay on Android version 4.4.4 for your note 4. there runs exposed fine on anyway !!

  • M3ntoR

    ok one quick question. Is xposed framework gonna work if I have a non TW based custom rom on Note 4 exynos?

    • Since the Exynos in the Note 4 is an ARMv7 chip, yes, Xposed should work on that non-TW based custom ROM

      • M3ntoR

        Ok that implicates next question :) is there any non tw based custom rom on exynos note 4?

        • Now that I’m not really sure of right now. I did put together a list of custom ROMs that I was able to find at the time of writing it

          http://www.androidexplained.com/galaxy-note-4-definitive-list-custom-roms/

          But you would have to match up your model number and check the threads to see if they are TW-based or AOSP-based. You could also browse through the XDA forums, looking for ROMs that work on your model and then see if they are TW-based or AOSP-based.

          Xposed will work on the AOSP-based ROMs. In a month or two I’ll take a look through the forums and update the list but it’s hard for me to stay on top of all the available custom ROMs for all of the different versions of the Note 4 all the time.

          If you find one though, please be sure to let me know via a comment here so some other readers will know what to look out for

  • Erikas.C

    I have done many try on my galaxy note4 for Xposed framework ,more than four Xposed packages which are can be run on Lollipop I have tried ,but It doesn’t work .
    And I change my mind to think that why we need Xposed ,the answer is we need it for change our UI and save our battery life.
    At this time , maybe we can do something even if we can not do it perfectly without Xposed.
    For battery life. we can setup Greenify and run it with root mode.It’s very useful and help you to improve your battery life.
    For UI,I think the most urgent problem to be solved is the battery percentage.
    Samsung Rom give us so many ICONs on status bar,The percentage of battery will occupy a lot of space,I found a software can move the battery percentage into battery icon.even you don’t need root and xpose.
    Now,I am waiting for a Xposed version can be run on TW ROM.If any msg ,pls update this page and let us know.
    Thanks for everyone working on this.

  • Vince Jasper Manalili

    Can someone help me after i install the framework my phone didnt open i forgot to back up. it stocks on sk telecom Logo because my note 4 is SM-N910S please can someone help on this??

    • Erikas.C

      you can download a tar package and Use Odin Brush your System.

      • Vince Jasper Manalili

        where i can download that package?

        • Erikas.C

          Search it like N910S 5.0 ROM or N910S 4.4 .and you may find some package like *.tar,you can use it by Odin

        • Erikas.C

          I am going to sleep right now.Bye bye.If any question,maybe you can google it.lots of page teach you how to do.

        • I’m sorry to see that you were having trouble with Xposed. Try to remember and create a backup next time!

          You can follow this guide

          http://www.androidexplained.com/galaxy-note-4-how-to-downgrade-to-android-4-4-4-kitkat/

          But instead of downloading Android 4.4.4, just download 5.0 Lollipop from the same firmware download page linked in the tutorial. The tutorial for manually installing Lollipop on the Note 4 is the same as installing KitKat with Odin.

          You just need to substitute the Lollipop firmware for the KitKat one.

          • Vince Jasper Manalili

            still i cant open my phone :3 its stock on LTEA3x Sk telecom Logo. what should i do here?

          • Vince Jasper Manalili

            why should i need to join on that website before i can download firmwares?

          • DanDingello

            sammobile.com

          • Your best bet would be to boot the Galaxy Note 4 into download mode so that you can flash an official firmware through Odin. Look through the Galaxy Note 4 tutorials here on Android Explained and look for the ‘downgrade’ tutorial. Follow that one and you should be able to get your phone working again

      • Vince Jasper Manalili

        can you contact me thru FB? if its okay please? what is your name in facebook?

    • Erikas.C

      Odin can help you to Brush any samsung Official system just like OTA.your all data and software will be remain.

      • Vince Jasper Manalili

        what shoueld i need to download to brush it?

    • Vince Jasper Manalili

      please help me about this problem

  • Vince Jasper Manalili

    Help me please

  • DanDingello

    will this work with N910C variant?

    • This will work with all variants of the Galaxy Note 4 but it will not work if you are running any firmware based on TouchWiz. You need to be running an AOSP based firmware before Xposed will work properly(right now)

      • Carlos Jimenez

        Hi I have xpoded working on my Note 4 the only thing is that I have it on Kitkat 4.4.4.
        I install the lollipop version but when I try to activate the xpoded said that my device is not compatible. My device is the N910T. Stock rom 4.4.4 running xposed.

  • Nic K.

    If you try to install this on a Sammy based Rom it will bootloop non-stop. I’m a somewhat novice android guy but instead of using odin, or wiping everything all you have to do is make sure you have the Rom you are using on your phone somewhere, boot recovery wipe cache, system, dalvik cache. Install Rom, then wipe cache and dalvik again and reboot. Pull battery once on spash screen, install battery, reboot one more time, wait 15 minutes and you’re perfect. I tried installing the xposed before reading and backing up and knew I would be okay if I got into a bootloop.

    • Thanks for this feedback Nic. I’m sorry that you ran into the bootloop :( I tried to give the warning text in red so that it would catch everyone’s eye

  • Kellz Lefontae

    Daaamn, xposed treating Samsung like a step child.

    • Right :( and there still isn’t an easy fix for it.h The Xposed developer is still working on it though

  • Eduardo Méndez

    This xposed apk works on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 n910h???

  • Matthew Kennett-Ny

    Any updates yet? It’s now July

  • Nathor W

    LOL should have read the comments first. Bootlooped my phone as well. Booted my phone into recovery mode, installed the uninstaller and phone is back working fine with no data loss.