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- 1 Edit Build.prop File on Android with Root
- 2 Edit Build.prop File on Android 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.
- Your Android Device must have Root access (How to Root?)
- Install BuildProp Editor app from Google Play Store
- Back up device for Safety (Read Full System Backup Guide)
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.
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.
- Computer with Windows OS
- Install TWRP Recovery in Android Devices (Follow Method #2 on this guide)
- Download ADB and Fastboot drivers (Direct download link)
- Install Advanced Text Editor, like Notepad++ or Sublime Text
- An Authentic USB Cable
- Back up device for safety (Read Full System Backup Guide without Root)
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.
3. Mount Device
Next steps is to mount your Android device. So, in TWRP Recovery options, tap on Mount  and then Tick the checkbox for “System” . Also, in the same menu, Uncheck the box for “Mount system partition read-only” . That’s it.
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.
#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
#2: Now, to change direct to system, type below command
#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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