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.
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
- Download the Xposed Framework APK to the Galaxy Note 4
- Download the 32-bit Installer to the Galaxy Note 4
- Download the 32-bit Uninstaller to the Galaxy Note 4
- Boot the Galaxy Note 4 into Recovery
- Tap on Install and Browse to this Xposed Zip File
- Tap on the Zip File
- Swipe the Blue Arrow to Install the Xposed Zip File
- Tap the Back Button and then Tap the Reboot Button
- Download and Install ES File Explorer
- Launch ES File Explorer and Browse to the Downloads Folder
- Tap on the Xposed Installer APK You Downloaded
- Tap on the Install Button to Install it
- Launch the Xposed Installer App You Installed
- 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).
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]