Why would you want to convert a user app to a system app? The answer is, when you use a normal app more than the system's default app meant for the same purpose, you can convert the normal app to system app and delete the system app. For example, I use Swype, Player Pro and WP7 Calculator instead of Default Keyboard, Music and Calculator respectively. There is hardly any reason I would want to keep those apps if I don't use them! Another reason you might want to convert them is that some apps get elevated rights this way, and are able to perform in a better way.
Warning: Converting some important system apps to user app can cause a soft brick or a bootloop. By proceeding with this guide, you are on your own risk. Take a cwm backup as a precautionary measure.
You require root to do anything below in this guide. I have found three different ways in which you can achieve the desired result.
Guide: Convert User App to System App
Using Titanium Backup Pro:
|Converting any app to system/user app using Titanium Backup; Click on the image to zoom in|
Using /system/app mover:
Using /system/app mover; Click the image to zoom
|Using Root Explorer; Click to Zoom in|
Using Root Explorer:
- Go to /data/app or wherever your user application is installed.
- Cut the apk file of the application you want to convert to system app.
- Go to /system/app and paste the file there.
- Long press the apk file and click Permissions.
- Set the permissions as rw-r--r--, if you don't know what they are set them as I have done in the screenshots I have attached.
- Go to /system/app and locate the system file you want to convert.
- Move the file to /data/app.
- Change the permissions to /data/app and reboot.
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