How to Get the Android Marshmallow Boot Animation on Your Android Device

How to Get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow Boot Animation on Your Android Device

While the latest version of Android – dubbed Android 6.0 Marshmallow – is not ready to run on your Android device just yet, you can get its boot animation to work on your device right away. The boot animation is now available for the rooted Android devices, and you can install it on your device using a simple root explorer.

Once installed, your stock boot animation will be gone, and you will see the latest Marshmallow in its magical action on your device. If that sounds good to you, and you cannot wait to get it running on your device, here’s how you can do that.

Note: you need to have a rooted Android device to do this.

Installing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow Boot Animation

What you are going to do is replace the stock boot animation with the Marshmallow one using the root explorer app. Once that is done, you need to reboot your device to see the changes.

1. Download the Marshmallow Boot Animation, and save it to your Android device. You need to first extract the downloaded archive to get the “” file. This is the file that you will be using in the following steps.

2. Head over to the Google Play store and download and install ES File Explorer.

3. Once it is installed, launch it.

4. Navigate to the folder where the Marshmallow boot animation is located. Once there, long-press on the animation file and tap on “Copy” in the bottom panel. You will then paste it at its correct location so it will show up when you reboot your device.


5. Tap on directory path on the top and select “Device” to be taken to the root directory.


6. Tap on the “system” folder followed by “media” to go to the system media folder.


7. When you are in the “/system/media/” directory, you might want to backup your stock boot animation so you can easily revert back if you do not like the Marshmallow boot animation. To back it up, long-press on “” and select “Rename.”

8. Add “.bak” at the end of the boot animation file name and tap on “OK” to save the changes. What you did here is change the name of the stock boot animation so that you don’t lose it when you paste the new boot animation here in this directory.


9. It is time to install the latest Marshmallow boot animation. Tap on “Paste” in the bottom panel, and the boot animation file that you copied previously will now be available here in this directory.


10. You should see the new boot animation sitting in the system media directory. Just reboot your device to see the changes in effect.


The Marshmallow Boot Animation is now up and running on your Android device.

Should you ever wish to get back to the stock boot animation, just delete the Marshmallow Boot Animation file and remove “.bak” from the stock boot animation file.


It’s easy to be impatient when something that you would like is available but has not reached you yet. The guide above helps you – the Android fans – to get the latest Marshmallow boot animation installed on your device so that you can get started with at least one element of this latest version of Android.

Mahesh Makvana Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.


    1. Hi Lana,

      The directory path is where “Download” is written in the screenshot of Step-5. When you tap on it, you should be able to see the “Device” directory option.

      Hope this helps!

      1. Oh, Silly Me, right, I missed the little arrow that obviously gives you more options. Thanks and great post!

        1. Happy to help, Lana!

          I’m glad that you liked the post :)

          Thanks and keep coming back for more!

  1. Goodie! The thing is this. I have a friend that has been trying to root her HTC One M8 smartphone with all sorts of rooting apps like Framaroot, Etc. but none have done the job. Do you know of any rooting apps that has rooted such a device? I also wanted to know, how you can know which rooting app would work for your smartphone, like some type of guide that would say if you have such phone and Android version, this is the app for you or this other one. Something like that. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lana,

      Thanks for giving me an opportunity to help you!

      As for rooting the HTC One M8, I believe you will need to use a device-specific root method instead of a universal root method like Framaroot to root the device. While universal root methods like Framaroot can root a number of Android devices, sometimes they do not work for specific device models.

      Here’s a nice guide for rooting the HTC One M8 (includes video steps) –

      Most universal root apps do mention what devices and what Android versions they work for. Some apps even provide you with a list of the devices that they work for. So just go through their webpage and you will get all the information you are looking for.

      Feel free to ask if you need any other help!

      Thanks Lana!

    2. Download Kingroot APK file from and enjoy PC free rooting ! don’t forget to thanks if it works

  2. I m using samsung galaxy grand in which its denying to copy the zip file in system folder so what should i do?

    1. Hi sid,

      It’s probably because your phone is not rooted. Get your phone rooted and you should be able to copy files to that folder.


  3. Hi There,
    I have a question.
    When i renome the to , a “task failed” tab shows up
    what do i do ?

    1. It probably means your device isn’t rooted. Are you sure your device is rooted and has proper root-access?

      You can confirm the root-access using an app like Root Checker which is available for free on the Google Play store.

      Hope this helps!

      1. I am very sure that my device has been root.
        I also tried checking it . It said that my device has been root.
        Is there another way that can solve my problem ?

        1. In that case, do NOT rename the bootanimation file, instead just copy it to another folder on your device. So in case you do not like the new boot animation, you can simply replace the new one with the older one using this copied file.

          The rename process only stands for having a backup of the original boot animation. That’s it.


  4. I have a OnePlus One with the Cyanogen OS version 12.1-YOG4PAS1N0 based on Android 5.1.1

    I can’t rename the file Could it be is has been locked? Or do you need to unlock your phone to do this?

    1. Hi nomko,

      It may or may not be locked, but what you can do is just copy the original boot animation file to somewhere on your phone, then paste the Marshmallow one, and you should be all set.

      You can then revert back to the original boot animation using the file that you copied somewhere on your phone.

      Hope that helps!

  5. I wanted you to help me please
    My phone is lenovo vibe p1m and I rooted my phone but I want to use overlays .
    So please give some ROM names which are compatible with this phone and have overlays
    Please answer
    Waiting for reply

    1. Hi Jayant,

      I’m sorry but we do not have a ROMs repository. You can Google for the ROM that you want and that should help you.

      Hope that helps!

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