How to Install the Xposed Framework on Your Nexus 5 for Max Customization

If you've been keeping up with anything Android these days, you've no doubt heard about a little dandy called Xposed Framework kicking around. Xposed, by XDA developer rovo89, is a framework for Android devices that lets you easily modify your stock or custom ROM.

Xposed is receiving much deserved attention because of the simplicity in which it allows you tinker with your device. Whether using customized, skinned, or stock Android, we can dive in and softMod to our heart's content, without the need to flash a custom ROM.

Before we get started, here are just a few, of many, things we can do with Xposed on our Nexus 5 devices.

And these only begin to scratch the surface.

Step 1: Get Rooted!

Don't worry: your Nexus device was designed for this. Part of what makes a Nexus a Nexus is its hackability. Rooting has never been easier and you can make it happen with a simple download. Here's the breakdown in our quick and easy guide on rooting the Nexus 5.

Step 2: Create a Backup

Before we start messing with this stuff, making a back up is the thing to do. You'll need a custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod to do it right. Just follow my guide on installing custom recoveries to snatch one up and back up all the stuff you care about.

Step 3: Enable Unknown Sources

Make sure you've got that Unknown Sources box checked, as you can install third-party apps from outside Google Play without it.

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Step 4: Download the Xposed Framework

You'll find the latest version of everything you by following this link in your phone's web browser.

Step 5: Install Xposed Installer

Open the download from your notifications once the download is complete and select Install, or find it in your Downloads folder.

Tap Open to launch once the installation is done.

Step 6: Run Installer

We're almost there. Now that we've got the installer, it's time to install the Xposed framework itself. Tap Framework and Install/Update.

You'll see a Superuser request pop up. Think of these requests as Google's way of letting you know you're about to modify some seriously important code. You'll see them quite often the more you do this level of modding. Tap Grant!

Step 7: Reboot Your Device

Finally, reboot your Nexus 5 to finalize the set up process. Anytime you update or install a module, you'll also need to reboot.

Xposed Modules

The framework is just the beginning. To start modifying your device, you'll need to install modules. You can install modules directly from the Xposed Installer. Just open it up and tap Download to shop around.

Once you download a module through the installer, you can set it up by tapping Module, then placing a check box next to your selection.

GravityBox [KK] is great module and a good place to start. Tap Download and run a search for it. Some of GravityBox's features include customizable quick settings in the drop-down menu and the ability to skip songs with the screen off by long-pressing the Volume keys. And that's just scratching the surface.

While just about all Xposed mods work across various Android devices (like the ones above), keep it locked to Nexus5 softModder for more guides and tricks specifically for the Nexus 5 using Xposed modules.

7 Comments

i have a problem in install/update in the framework menu
i have successfully rooted my nexus 5 as stated above and the lock state in the fastboot mode shows that its unlocked
but im unable to install/update in the frame work menu
it shows "failed to get root access'
please help me over this issue

You will need superuser installed.

I've installed superuser, bit I still can't install/update Xposed installer: the cell phone (Nexus 5) tells me its impossible to have access to the root and that I may not have the right permits or the Shell comands stuck.

The Xposed installer is installed

open your superuser app, then update su binary there
:)

Please help i am unable to install framework. I am getting this error or message as shown in the image below.

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I'm getting the same error as the last 2 previous posts except not compatible with android SDK version 22 instead of 21.

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