How to install Xposed Lollipop without using TWRP or CWM recovery

For us and probably for most Android enthusiasts, Xposed Framework is amazing stuff in Android development. It allows us to get the most out of Android devices almost instantly, ranging from altering the stock User Interface (UI) mod to change how the Android system works, everything was done only by installing an app. Since it releases to Jelly Bean then KitKat, the Xposed installation procedure is straightforward, only install an APK.


But after Android 5.0 was released, we had to flash the required Xposed files via custom recovery, mostly due to the replacement of the Dalvik with Android Run Time (ART). It is quite difficult for those who do not have a custom recovery, not all Android devices have a custom recovery available. The requirement to install custom recovery is also quite difficult, an unlocked bootloader, as we know many carrier branded devices comes with locked bootloader.

A short time later, Chainfire released its new tool called FlashFire, a Mobile Odin successor. Previously this tool has frequently used to flash the stock rooted Samsung firmware, but some people have managed to use it for non-Samsung devices without any problems. Some people even use it to install Lollipop Xposed Framework without TWRP or CWM recovery, and succeeded without any troubles.

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Please Note: Until now, installing Xposed Lollipop without custom recovery (CWM / TWRP) has been tested and reportedly working on some LG G4 variants. Some devices like Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, experience problems when using this tool. We can only hope that someday the Xposed installer can be compatible with FlashFire tool.


Following is the common step by step to install Xposed for Android 5.0.x/5.1.1 (Lollipop) with FlashFire without a TWRP or CWM, please note that each device might have a slightly different steps:

  1. Download the latest derivative version of Xposed for Lollipop (Android 5.1.1 or 5.0.1) by romracer.
  2. Grab the most recent FlashFire app by Chainfire, you need to become beta tester beforehand.
  3. Open The FlashFire app, then grant superuser when requested.
  4. Tap the plus (+) button at the bottom to show the menu.
  5. Choose “Flash ZIP or OTA” menu, and keep the “Auto-mount” option unchecked then tap checkmark icon to continue.
  6. Tap the EverRoot menu, and ensure every single options remains unchecked.
  7. Leave the Reboot menu to normal to boot system after flash.
  8. Just hit the lightening button to start the process.
  9. You will get a blank screen, then display the contents of your system just before it start the flash procedure.


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19 Responses

  1. Texassent
    December 11, 2015 at 6:39 AMReply

    Works great! Amazon fire 5th gen 5.1

  2. BethK
    January 15, 2016 at 7:02 AMReply

    Worked PERFECT on my tablet Visual Land Prestige Elite 10 QL
    Few scary moments, but it got it installed. Now to download modules and customize my tablet.

    I’d have to put in one other step:

    10. Find the APK file, open and follow directions to complete installation (will reboot)

  3. SM Shiman
    January 30, 2016 at 9:09 AMReply

    But i am failed. I am using “Symphony Helio S1”, MT6753 device, Rooted but no custom recovery. I have tried this method, but my device was turned black screen formore than 3 (three) hours. Failed…….
    please help me….

    • Sabbir Ahmad
      May 14, 2016 at 6:18 AMReply

      Same problem bro

  4. Agus Tommy
    January 30, 2016 at 1:45 PMReply

    I have tried to do it on the device Sony C6833 Runing 5.1
    It seems there are no results. My device showed blankscreen for nearly an hour.
    Is it really necessary that all that time in the process?

  5. Gary
    April 12, 2016 at 11:39 PMReply

    Tried this on my ATT S4 running rooted stock (deodexed) 5.0.1. When rebooting, I saw the Xposed installer scroll by, but upon rebooting my Xposed app is still saying it doesn’t have the framework.

  6. Malcolm
    July 3, 2016 at 5:21 AMReply

    Thank you it all worked in Meizu M1 Note !

  7. Daniel
    July 22, 2016 at 2:56 AMReply

    Thanks so much! I stayed up till 5:56 AM trying to get Xposed to work on my phone before I found this. Worked first try, your a saint

  8. Vsk
    July 28, 2016 at 7:43 AMReply

    really works perfect

  9. Sunil Shetw
    August 6, 2016 at 8:52 AMReply


  10. swaroop
    August 7, 2016 at 7:53 AMReply

    Worked super good on my intex aqua young.. Lollipop.. Thanq for d dev

  11. Ben
    August 27, 2016 at 7:45 AMReply

    works on xperia m4 2333 rooted and bootloader unlocked

  12. kishan.m
    August 29, 2016 at 6:54 AMReply

    will it work on marshmallow

  13. Anonymous
    October 12, 2016 at 4:22 AMReply

    Working on Micromax Bolt Q370 without any custom recovery available, no bootloop, no problem even with locked bootloader.

  14. santhosh
    October 12, 2016 at 10:18 PMReply

    Thanks for providing this technique . It’s working on my device .

  15. anonymous
    October 18, 2016 at 1:34 AMReply

    flashing is done but xposed apk not detecting frame work it says frame work flashed manually via recovery what i do my device is lyf flame 8

  16. Md Aquib
    January 8, 2017 at 2:02 PMReply

    Hello Guys!!
    Today 9 Jan 2017, its 3:27 am , I’m still awake to tell you guys that this method worked like a charm on my Micromax Bolt Q338,SuperSU 2.76 and Locked bootloader..
    Just got a mini panic attack, during the flashing process..?
    A big thanks to you sir ..
    You deserve a salute …
    Hats Off..

  17. Corry
    March 30, 2017 at 6:24 PMReply

    I have attempted to use FlashFire in the past to root and install custom recovery on my phones and tablets. Every single time has resulted in a bricked device. And yes I followed the installation instructions to the letter. This software is shit.

    June 9, 2017 at 1:15 AMReply


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