Install Galaxy S6 Theme Engine on Galaxy S5, S4 and Note 4

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Galaxy S6 was indeed the main figure from MWC 2015. The new Samsung branded smartphone comes with a redesigned look and with improved specs and features which provides more power than on any other similar Android featured devices. Thus, because of that I think that all the Android users would want to test the new Galaxy S6. Well, if you do want to experience the new phone but you don’t have enough money to buy it, then I have something special for you: I can show you how to port the Galaxy S6 Theme Engine on your own Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 or Note 4.

As we all know, the Android system is great but when it comes to stock customization options your actions are really limited. For example, we don’t have a pre installed theme managed on our Android smartphones or tablets, whether we are talking about manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG or Sony. Of course, different OEMs tried to integrate ways of customization by developing dedicated theme managers, though the features aren’t satisfying enough.

That’s why, most of the Android users are trying to flash custom ROMs like CM12, AOKP and ParanoidAndroid. These custom Android updates bring specialized theme engines that can be then used for easily and smartly customize the Android system. Unfortunately, the custom ROMs comes with risks, so not all the users are willing to complete such a risky update operation.

Well, thanks to those of xda-developers you can now easily tweak your Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 4 by installing the new Galaxy S6 theme engine on your own smartphone or phablet. The best is that on the Galaxy S6 we have a theme manager that is similar with the CyanogenMod feature, thus you can now easily personalize and customize Samsung’s TouchWiz without installing a custom ROM firmware on your phone.

Anyway, do note that Galaxy S6 theme engine can be found only on the S6, so porting this feature on your Galaxy S5, S4 or Note 4 will imply in completing an unofficial flash process. Therefore, root access must be ensured first on your devices. When doing so, you will lose the warranty of your phones, so be careful when unloking your Android devices and try not to mess things up. Also, don’t forget to backup your data before completing the root process, or else you can end up in losing everything that’s important to you.

Now, if you are ready, let’s see how to load Galaxy S6 theme engine on your own Samsung Galaxy S5, S4 or Note 4 (probably this tutorial works on the Note 3 too, though we haven’t tested it for the mentioned device yet).

How to Install Galaxy S6 Theme Engine on Galaxy S5, S4 and Note 4

  1. Your Samsung branded device must feature stock TouchWiz on Lollipop OS, or else this tutorial won’t work.
  2. A root file browser must be flashed on your smartphone; if not, access Google Play and download such an app.
  3. From Google Play also download and install BusyBox. Then, open the tool and follow on screen prompts for flashing BusyBox script.
  4. Download the Galaxy S6 Theme Manager from here on your computer and unzip the package on desktop.
  5. Then, connect your S4, S5 or Note 4 with your PC and transfer the downloaded file to your device.
  6. Open Root Browser app, navigate to Lollipop_Themes_Enabler folder open it. You would find two sub-folders inside, namely app and csc.
  7. Open the app folder and copy its contents to System/app directory on your phone. Do not forget to set file permissions for each of the copied Apk files to rw-r–r– (0644).
  8. Next, head towards the csc folder and copy the theme_app_list.xml to System/csc.
  9. Perfect, now using the same Root Browser file navigate towards system/etc/, tap and hold floating_feature.xml and select open/edit option.
  10. Select the string dubbed as SEC_FLOATING_FEATURE_COMMON_CONFIG_CHANGEABLE_UI></SEC_FLOATING_FEATURE_COMMON_CONFIG_CHANGEABLE_UI.
  11. In the middle of the code add “theme v2” as showed: <SEC_FLOATING_FEATURE_COMMON_CONFIG_CHANGEABLE_UI>themev2</SEC_FLOATING_FEATURE_COMMON_CONFIG_CHANGEABLE_UI>.
  12. In the end, save the data and close the root browser tool.
  13. When done, reboot your device and enjoy.

So, there you have it; that’s how you can port Samsung Galaxy S6 theme engine on your own Galaxy S5, S4 or Galaxy Note 4.

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  • Fizze Agayeva

    Hi.I install it on my note 3 9005.It is great.there is only 4 themes.I want to know can I add other themes?

    • nimish maskara

      U R LUCKY HAVING N9005 , TRY DARKLORD OR OTHER S6 PORTS WHICH R THERE FOR UR MODEL BUT I HAVE N900

    • Cristi Tyy

      To get more themes in themes store just rename your device to SM-G9250 in buil prop>reboot and enjoy.

  • Mikey Ynwa Heath

    Yep me too. I’ve installed the s6 touchwiz launcher and also copied these steps but there’s only 4 themes. When I go to get more themes it says none available. Will we be able to download themes or are we stuck with these 4.

    I was looking on youtube and it’s amazing how you can install themes that change the colours of the notification panel. I hope this will come to s5 plus G901f

    • Cristi Tyy

      To get more themes in themes store just rename your device to SM-G9250 in buil prop>reboot and enjoy

      • buddha gurung

        i had done like that..
        but still only 3 themes.??

  • Guglielmo Padula

    Does It works for The G850f?

  • Grigore Boroica

    I have the SM-N910F and the TouckWiz its stop working :((

  • danyal 9555

    I have samsung s4 shv-e300s and i followed all steps but when i click on theme touchwiz stops working

  • Shoukat Ali

    Please guide how to add theme store in Galaxy E5(E500-H) With Lollipop 5.1.1?? I m tired to search but could not succeeded ….. Pls help

  • Craig Dalziel

    waste of space and time and caused a boot loop. please check your work before inconveniencing many folk or delete this useless post

    • Mazwi Zwane

      worked for me. you just need to carefully follow these instructions. i did it to the T and its working perfectly

  • Jared

    I have a fix!!!!
    Change all the folders you just put in to rwxr-xr-x and reboot

  • Jorn

    Does it works with android 6.0.1 on the Note 4?

  • Mazwi Zwane

    For all those who are curious, i did it on the Note 4 with 6.0.1, of course you have to be rooted and also have a custom kernel

    • C Dem

      Are you using a custom rom or stock rooted 6.0.1 and which kernel are you using and for which note 4 model?

  • Saurabh Vaidya

    Hi, I want to enable this on J2 2016 (1.5 gb, SC8830 chipset, 6.0.1) which has themes but limited to 4 themes only, I already downloaded theme store, change build.prop value to a compatible model and able to run it, but after installing theme center apk (from S6), themes force closes. Kindly suggest if theme store can be accessed anyhow.
    Thanks