Android Trick: Create Your Own CyanogenMod 12 Themes Using Theme DIY

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How to use Theme DIY to create custom themes on your CM12-powered Android phone. (Image courtesy of

Techy people say that if you want an open-source mobile OS, you should get an Android phone or tablet. There are also those who claim that if you want a ?smarter? Android, then try CyanogenMod.

This operating system, also referred to as CM, is based on Google?s Android OS and offers options and features that are not present in the official firmware. If you?re handset happen to be running it?s latest version, CyanogenMod 12 (or CM12), then you?re in luck. We?ve just run into an XDA forum thread that talks about an app which allows you to personalize your CM12-powered device by layering it with your own handcrafted theme.

What is Theme DIY?

This app is created by a developer going by the moniker ?Darkion.? It lets you do what CyanogenMod does best–customization. Theme DIY basically works by giving you options on how to design the various facets of a mobile interface theme. After setting your own tweaks, the app will generate an ?.apk? file so you can install the theme you just created.

Using Theme DIY for making custom CM12 themes

The app was previously available in this Play Store listing. But you can still download it directly from this link and sideload it on your device. It?s worth mentioning that Theme DIY is still being tested and that the dev wants users to join this Google+ community if they want to test it and contribute to its development.

A detailed guide (with pictures) on how to use Theme DIY is available right from Darkion?s Blog. It?s easy to setup and comes with a user-friendly interface. Factors like Accent Screen, Text Colors, Background Colors, Notifications Screen, and more can be personalized. You may also watch this video to see how it works.

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