Installing Xposed Framework on the Samsung Galaxy Tab E SM-T561

What is Xposed Framework?

From the developers themselves “Xposed is a framework for modules that can change the behavior of the system and apps without touching any APKs.”

In a nutshell, Xposed Framework allows you to add new functions, improve the overall look and performance of your device using different small applets called “modules” created by different programmers. It’s like creating your own ROM. The best part is you can enable and disable these modules easily allowing you to test hundreds of modules, depending on your needs.

Some modules can be as simple as allowing users to change status bar icons or replacing system animations to more complicated ones such as stopping apps from running on boot up, or automatically assign and lock a device’s CPU performance when running a certain application to improve usability.

There are hundreds of Xposed modules to choose from and some may work or not work for you depends on the device, Android OS versions, ROMS etc.

This guide aims to teach Tab E SM-T561 owners how to properly install Xposed Framework on their devices.

*Credits go to rovo89 and Tungstwenty for creating and updating the Xposed framework.

WARNING: Installing Xposed Framework may result to device bootloop due to incompatible modules. Always create a backup of your ROM, just in case.

Requirements

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab-E T561 running on LineageOS 14.1 Nougat ROM (this might not work on the Samsung Stock ROM). You can check the tutorial to update your device to this ROM here.
  • TWRP 3.0 Recovery installed.

Files

Download the following files needed to enable Xposed on your device.

  • Xposed Framework Installer zip file here.
> Verify that the files is (xposed-v89-sdk25-arm.zip for SDK25/ARM device).
> Using a different zip file may result to a bootloop. 
> This post will be updated when there is a new version of Xposed Framework comaptible with the SM-T561.
  • Xposed Framework Uninstaller zip file here
  • Xposed Installer app here: APK

Create a Backup

Reboot to TWRP Recovery and create a BACKUP of your ROM on your MicroSD card.

Flashing the Xposed Installer Zip file

  • After creating your backup, browse for and INSTALL the xposed-v89-sdk25-arm.zip via TWRP recovery.
  • Wipe Dalvik and Cache.
  • Reboot the device (takes longer due to the Wipe Dalvik/Cache process).

Installing the Xposed Installer APK

  • Using file manager, Browse for and install the XposedIntaller.3.1.5 APK file.
  • Reboot the device.
  • Check if you have Xposed Installer app in your app drawer.
  • Run the App. It must say Xposed Status is active.

Downloading Xposed modules

There are tons of ways to download Xposed modules but the easiest way is browsing and downloading using the Xposed Installer App.

  • Tap menu on the Top left part > Download

You can use the search function or scroll thru the modules. Download, Install and Reboot.

Here are my top Xposed modules tested and working on the Samsung Galaxy Tab-E SM-T561 (running on LineageOS 14.1)

  • Gravity Box [N] – A collection of customization tweaks to the ROM. My favorite is showing RAM usage bar when I hit the recent button.
  • PlayStore changelog – Automatically displays changelogs for updates in the PlayStore. In short, no need to click See More to read the changes on the app.
  • Boot Manager – Allows users to control which apps should auto-start on boot, resulting in a faster bootup time.
  • Amplify – Extends battery life.
  • Statusbar download progress – Displays progress bar of downloads, app updates on top of status bar. No more swiping down to check for downloads on the notifications panel.
  • Performance Profiler – Allows users to assign Min and Max CPU frequency and scheduler (performance/interactive) to improve the performance of the device when using certain apps.
  • YouTube BackGround Playback – Allows users to run Youtube in the background)

…this list will be updated

Tip: Androidify [O] is not compatible with Nougat ROMS and will result to bootloops. Speaking of which…

Disabling Xposed

if you find yourself in a bootloop or wanting to rid of Xposed altogether, there are two ways to go about it.

> First method: Uninstall Xposed Framework

  • Access TWRP Recovery > INSTALL
  • Browse and flash Xposed uninstaller zip file.
  • Wipe Dalvik and Cache
  • Reboot
  • Uninstall the last module you activated or uninstall Xposed Installer App from App Drawer
  • Reboot
  • Done

> Second method: Restore your backup

  • Access TWRP Recovery > RESTORE > Browse for the TWRP folder and select your most recent backup.
  • Reboot
  • Done

 

That’s it. Let me know if you have Xposed modules you have tried yourselves on your Tab E and we can update the list of working Xposed modules here.

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