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How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]

How to Edit Build.prop File on Android with or without Root? Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android’s user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input.

The “build.prop” file is a system file that exists on every Android device. The file contains build information and other system properties which are used throughout the operating system. … The file is located at /system/build.prop. System properties are small name value pairs managed by Android’s property service. All system properties are loaded at boot. You can get the value of any system property without root access. You need to have root access to modify or create a system property.

Edit Build.prop File on Android with Root

It make very simple to edit Build.prop file on Android device, if device have root access. All you have to do is just install an application, i.e already available on Google Play Store officially.


Just open up BuildProp Editor app in your device and tap on  Icon from the top-right side to edit the Build.Prop file for Android.

How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]
How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]

How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]
How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]

After editing, simply tap on  Icon to save the Build.Prop file. It will display three options, those are Save, Save as and Save & Exit. Choose wisely as per your needs. Now, device must have to be Reboot so that changes can take place.

Edit Build.prop File on Android without Root

Little complicated, but you can edit Build.prop file on your device without Root. I have provided detailed steps to perform to do this. However, make sure that you are doing step to step according to below guide. Missing single step may damage your device permanently.


1. Enable USB Debugging

Initial step is to enable USB Debugging for your Android device, so that ADB and Fastboot drivers can have full access to your device. Maybe, you already enabled USB debugging while installing TWRP Recovery app without root. Or, follow the below steps to enable USB debugging.

#1: Navigate to Settings of your Android Device

#2: Scroll down to the bottom and tap “About phone” or “About tablet

#3: Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and locate the “Build Number” field

#4: Tap the Build number field seven times to enable Developer Options

#5: When you are done, you’ll see the message “You are now a developer!“.

#6: Tap the Back button and you’ll see the Developer options menu Settings screen.

#7: In the Developer options, tap the USB Debugging checkbox.

2. Boot Device into TWRP recovery

Next step is to boot your Android device into TWRP Recovery mode. This step may vary for different manufactures.

#1: Firstly, you need to Switch off your phone.

#2: When it shut down completely, You have to hold your device’s buttons simultaneously for few seconds. Try this combination according to your device listed below.

Samsung Galaxy
  1. POWER + VOLUME DOWN Hold until the LG Logo appears
  2. Release and immediately press POWER + VOLUME DOWN again until you see the Reset Menu
  1. Navigate to Settings> Battery> Uncheck FASTBOOT.
  2. Power phone off
  3. Hold VOLUME DOWN + POWER for 5 seconds
  4. Release POWER but continue to hold VOLUME DOWN
  5. Once you are in the bootloader, use the VOLUME buttons to navigate to RECOVERY
  6. Press POWER to select and enter recovery
Google Nexus
  1. Hold VOLUME UP + VOLUME DOWN + HOME until you are in the bootloader
  2. Once you are in the bootloader, use the VOLUME buttons to navigate to RECOVERY
  3. Press POWER to select and enter recovery
Sony Xperia
  1. POWER on phone until you see Sony Logo
  2. Rapidly tap VOLUME UP or VOLUME DOWN until you are in recovery

3. Mount Device

Next steps is to mount your Android device. So, in TWRP Recovery options, tap on Mount [1] and then Tick the checkbox for “System” [2]. Also, in the same menu, Uncheck the box for “Mount system partition read-only” [3]. That’s it.

How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]
How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]

4. Edit Build.Prop File

#1: Connect your Android device to PC via USB Cable

#2: Then open a CMD window inside that folder. To do that, Shift + Right click on any empty white space inside the folder and then select Open command window here or Open PowerShell window here.

How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]
How to Edit Build.prop File on Android? [With/Without Root]
#3: Type the following into the command window to pull build.prop file from the device

adb pull /system/build.prop

#4: Now, build.prop file will be transferred to the same directory in your PC, where your command prompt is running.

Make a copy of the build.prop file before you edit it, so that you’ve a backup of the original file.

#5: Open the build.prop file using Advanced Notepad Editor

#6: Edit the build.prop file according to your requirements and save it

5. Push Back to Device

It is really simple to push back modified Build.Prop file to your Android device. All you have to do is just, type the following command into the command window to trasfer build.prop file back to the device.

adb push build.prop /system/

6. Set Correct Permissions

Its a time to set right permissions for the file. To do so, just:

#1:  Open up the ADB shell by typing in the following command

adb shell

#2: Now, to change direct to system, type below command

cd system

#3: At last, to set correct permission, type following below command

chmod 644 build.prop

7. Reboot Device

Now, back to TWRP Recovery. Tap on Reboot option located at the end. Then select System option to for system reboot. After reboot, your modified Build.Prop file will take place its change

Now, feel like a Hacker 😛

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