When Google launched Android 5.0 Lollipop last year, it replaced the Dalvik cache with Android Runtime (ART). This brought many improvements such as longer battery life and faster loading times, but also removed some ways to tweak your Android device. One of those tweaks was Xposed Framework, which offers the possibility of adding system modifications without installing a custom ROM.

Luckily, Xposed Framework for Android 5.0 Lollipop has reached Alpha status and can now be flashed to some Android devices again. Please be aware that Alpha status can be highly buggy and not stable. In the following I’ll answer frequently asked questions, show you how to check if your Android phone or tablet is currently supported and how to install Xposed on your Android 5.0 Lollipop device.

Xposed Framework for Android 5.0 Lollipop FAQ

Q: What do I need to do before flashing Xposed Framework?
A: Currently, there is no way Xposed Framework uninstaller. Consequently, you need to perform a proper Nandroid Backup in case anything goes wrong or you want to uninstall the framework. It is recommended to use TWRP because it offers the ability to turn off signature verification which is required.

Q: Which devices are supported?
A: At the moment only devices with an ARMv7-based processor. Additionally to that, Samsung stock ROMs are not supported. Other known issues occur with LG devices with Smart Cover / Weather activated.

Q: How can I check if my Android device is supported?
A: If you’re not running a Samsung Stock ROM, Go to pdadb.net, look for your device and check for CPU in the Instruction-Set section. If it’s ARMv7, you’re lucky and can go ahead and install Xposed.

Q: Does this work on older devices running Android 4.x?
A: No, but the original version will work. We’ve got a guide for you here.

How to install Xposed Framework on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Before you continue, I just want to emphasise again that Xposed for Lollipop is still in a early stage Alpha, not stable and might brick your device. trendblog.net does not take any responsibility for any damages done to your devices.

  1. Check if your device is supported. Steps to do that can be found in the FAQ above.
  2. Download all necessary files
  3. Reboot to recovery and perform a full Nandroid Backup
  4. Flash xposed-arm-*.zip, XposedInstaller_3.0-alpha*.apk and XposedBridgeApi-20150213.jar
  5. Reboot your device
  6. That’s it. You now have Xposed Framework installed

I’ll continue updating this guide once Xposed Framework for Android 5.0 is progressing. At the moment I would not recommend installing it.