SUBSTRATUM Posts on XDA

Demo of Rootless Substratum Theme Engine on Android Oreo, and Addressing Misconceptions

Yesterday, we published an exclusive article detailing something that many Android enthusiasts have been longing for: full, system-wide theme support without root. This theme support comes to us courtesy of Team Substratum, but yesterday, the team was not yet ready to show off their work. That has changed, however, as Nicholas Chum has put together a...

Exclusive: Android Oreo Will Receive Rootless, System-Wide Theme Support Within 1 Week

With every new release of Google's Android OS, there are fewer reasons for most users to root their devices. However, among the remaining users who still choose to root their devices, one of the most commonly cited reasons is to enable system-wide theme support. Typically, this is managed via the Substratum theme framework ever since the...

Custom Status Bar, Nav Bar, and Quick Setting Icons on any Samsung Nougat Device

With the ability to use Substratum on Samsung devices (called Sungstratum) without it requiring root access, we're starting to see more new themes crop up that are specifically for these devices running Android 7.0 Nougat. A new and open source theme from XDA Senior Member OhayouBaka called StatusBar Icons should work on any Samsung Nougat device. With it...

How Substratum Brought Fluid & Simple Customization to a Complex TouchWiz

Android theming has come a long way, from hacky edits to Substratum and now, Sungstratum. Years back, the word "theme" in Android discussions was frequently superseded by the word "chooser', a nod to the T-Mobile Theme Chooser found in CyanogenMod that laid the foundations that made Android a themer's paradise. The ability to modify the...

Release 805 of Substratum Introduces Changes to the LogChar, Bug Fixes and More

The last big update that Substratum's public release received was in June when it introduced Encrypted Assets, Sungstratum and a few other changes. That update was release 801 and today the team has just released version 805. This brand new update has been pushed to the Play Store already so you should see the update waiting for...

Xettings Lets You Customize the Status Bar and Quick Settings in AOSPA

Paranoid Android (also referred to as PA and AOSPA) received a pretty substantial update yesterday to version 7.2.0. The new builds of the ROM come outfitted with performance enhancements, improvements to the Color Engine, a brand-new Accidental Touch (prevention) feature, and plenty more. Although there's a lot to mess around with and customize in the latest...

Get the Xperia Lockscreen Clock on Your Handset with This Substratum Theme

Although stock Android is typically favorable over custom skins and interfaces that OEMs layer atop of the operating system, there are sometimes a few good aspects about each custom interface that we wish would find their way to stock Android. Sony's custom take on Android for Xperia devices may look a bit dated in some...

‘Hide X’ Substratum Theme Hides the Disabled Data and Roaming Icon in the Status Bar

The Substratum theming engine has only been around for a little over a year at this point, but its popularity has exploded since its introduction and, thanks to the hard work of awesome developers, we now have access to hundreds of incredibly cool modifications. There are plenty of themes out there that can completely change...

Collection of Working Substratum UI Overlays for the Galaxy S8+

At the start of last week, we showed you that XDA Recognized Developer / Recognized Themer nicholaschum had been working on Substratum for Samsung devices running Android 7.0+ without root. As we pointed out, you'll want to be care with what overlay you actually apply a theme to, but XDA Senior Member Tigerhoods is helping to gather up a collection...

Magisk Module for Systemless Substratum Lets You Use Themes in Legacy Mode

Using Substratum in Legacy Mode (which many devices are required to do) generally means that your /system partition gets modified and this is something that not everyone is happy with doing. To solve this on their Galaxy S6 Edge+, XDA Member  Nodens came up with a Magisk Module that lets you use Substratum in Legacy Mode,...

Substratum Beta for Unrooted Samsung Experience/TouchWiz ROMs Now Available

XDA users are quite fond of substratum, a theme engine that has assumed the mantle of previous projects and is quickly becoming not only a standard among tinkerers, but also an all-time favorite. This theme engine has been made available on all sorts of devices, with a Play Store application and a rootless release for OMS-based...

Substratum Release 780 Brings Android O DP3 Support, Encrypted Assets for Anti-Piracy, and More!

Substratum has been working on a few new features for the theming community, and they are giving themers and users a chance to try out the new goodies. The latest Substratum Release 780 brings new features such as Encrypted Assets and Android O DP3 Support along with a whole host of performance and bug fixes. Encrypted Assets...