Themes-Cyanogen-OSAndroid has always been known for its customisability but now, with Cyanogen OS, you can do even more. You can change the look of your device to your heart’s content. Don’t believe me? Watch this short video.

You can do all of this with the Cyanogen OS Themes app. It contains a whole host of themes to change the look of your phone. What’s more, you can also change components like icons, the font, and the notifications bar.

The free themes available already give you loads of customisation options, but if you want to go further you can also opt for a paid theme.

Customise apps

Customise apps 

Modifying the desktop

I’ve been using Cyanogen OS for a while now, so I’ll explain how I usuually modify my home screen and other features. First of all, I look for a wallpaper I really like. To find them, I install a wallpapers app from the Play Store. I download a few and choose the one I like the most.

Wallpapers

Wallpapers

I then go into the components section in the Themes app. Here I look for the components which best fit the style I’m going for. I personally prefer dark, inconspicuous icons (my wallpaper is  wolf). After installing a few, I go back to the theme editor and choose the ones I like best. This is the final result:

The process of customising my home screen

The process of customising my home screen 

I’ve now finished editing: I’ve chosen my background, icons, notifictions bar, lock screen, start-up animation, and so on. But I want to modify it even more. But how? With the Themes App, which you can activate in the themes selector. This app launches a floating icon which lets you modify each system app:  phone, settings, apps menu, calculator, etc.

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Customise apps

Breakdown of my theme:

  • WallpaperPremium Wallpapers HD;
  • Status: System;
  • Fonts: Hight Life (Light);
  • Icons: Hight Life (Light);
  • Controls: Flattington.

Other themes

That was my home screen, but I also created a few more with different styles:

Adventure Time

We all have an inner child, so I created this theme based on Adventure Time:

Adventure Time

Adventure Time

  • Wallpaper: Premium Wallpapers HD.
  • Status: Blue Papper V5.
  • Fonts: Hight Life (Light).
  • Icons: Blue Papper V5.
  • Controls: Flora CM 12/12.1.

For petrolheads

If you’re a car enthusiast, here is a theme you might want to copy:

Desktop for car lovers

Desktop for car lovers

  • Wallpaper: Premium Wallpapers HD.
  • Status: System.
  • Fonts: Wolverine.
  • Icons: Sense 7 Lite Theme.
  • Controls: Default.

Urban style

Do you like buildings? Architecture? This theme is easy to achieve with Cyanogen OS.

Urban home screen

Urban home screen

  • Wallpaper: Premium Wallpapers HD.
  • Status: Loft CM12/12.1.
  • Fonts: PHI Theme.
  • Icons: Murica.
  • Controls: Loft CM12/12.1.

Inspirational quotes

Some people like to see inspirational quotes rather than photos. If that’s you, you’re bound to love this combination.

Inspirational wallpaper

Inspirational wallpaper

  • Wallpaper: Google Images.
  • Status: Debian.
  • Fonts: Christmas.
  • Icons: Quadra-Lumino.
  • Controls: Quadra-Lumino.

Start-up animation

As well as the above settings, there is another setting which I haven’t mentioned yet as I think it stands apart from the style of the home screen. I’m talking about the system start-up animationWith Cyanogen OS you can choose from several free and paid options.

Start-up animations

Start-up animations

The customisation options are endless. You can either follow my technique for creating themes (first the wallpaper and then the rest) or you can download a theme and then make your changes. As you can see, all you need to customise your device with Cyanogen OS is imagination; the tools are already there.

Domingo Gomes (@mingogomes on Twitter) is an app, new technology and video game lover. Currently working at BQ Channel, he's a BQ forum mediator in Portuguese and content editor.