Hi just wanna ask if there's a way to properly install or move apps to /system manually in which the app that being said installed will be considered as system app? It seems that my phone is denying my request to install or move app from internal storage to system. I'm using a archos 55 diamond selfie. I've tried to move a certain app installer to /system/app but it doesn't solve the problem. Thanks allot.

  • You can only copy files to /system if your phone is rooted. Is yours rooted? Dec 29, 2018 at 9:20

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Installing apps on the system partition is not possible without root. Rooting can also not be enough if you are running a device that has a newer android version, where selinux is enabled and enforcing.

You need to make sure you do the following before being able to install apps to system:

  1. Bootloader unlock (if needed)
  2. Root
  3. Mount /system as RW
  4. Copy apk file to /system/app (or priv-app) (depending on the OS version)
  5. Remount /system as RO or reboot

You might also be able to do it through recovery, but at that point you need to run a custom one, as TWRP, the only difference being that you don't need root at this point.

  • Well. I do have twrp and my phone is rooted. But still it doesn't permit me to move apps to system. Where should I move the apps? The os that my phone is running is 6.0.1 Dec 29, 2018 at 0:08
  • If you are rooted, then you just need to mount /system as RW: mount -o remount, rw /system ; cp file.name /system/app/file.name ; chmod 644 file.name
    – Mike N.
    Dec 29, 2018 at 0:10
  • If I did that my phone is just restating. Dec 29, 2018 at 0:11
  • That might be something specific. I never encountered such issues (seems to be a kernel panic, or os protection). Try going into TWRP, mount /system as RW and then copy the file in the same way, under /system/app. In case of bootloop, after reboot, just remove the file through TWRP.
    – Mike N.
    Dec 29, 2018 at 0:15
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    Could you have Systemless Root ? Dec 29, 2018 at 1:25

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