Viper4Android App for Rooted Android! [Best Audio App]

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For those of you with a rooted Android smartphone or tablet, you probably want to know that there’s an awesome audio app that’s free and you can install on any rooted Android device.  This app is better than anything on the Play Store and it’s free.

If you thought rooting an Android device was unnecessary, Viper4Android is one app that’s going to make you want to root your Android device.

Many custom ROMs do come with Viper4Aandroid MOD but if it does not or you are on stock ROM, you can install Viper4Android manually and it’s very easy.

Viper4Android FX is like the “advanced” version of DSP Manager/Beats Audio by providing you with more advanced Surround/Bass/Clarity/Gain boost controls in addition to an equalizer that you can use for your headphones, speakers, bluetooth devices, and more.

So, if you don’t have Viper4Android MOD on your Android device, here’s how to install it.

Step 1. Go to the Viper4Android XDA thread here and download the latest version of Viper4Android FX.  I recommend the FX version as it has more features.

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Step 2. Next download ES File Explorer app which will allow you to unzip the downloaded file.

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Step 3. Use ES File Explorer to unzip the Viper4Android zip file you downloaded.

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Step 4. Once unzipped, you will find two different APK files.  If you are using Android 2.3.X Gingerbread, use the APK file with “2.3” in it.  If you are using Android 4.X such as ICS or Jelly Bean, use APK file with “4.x” in it.

Select the APK file and install.

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You may have to check “Unknown Sources” on.

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Step 5. Run the Viper4Android app and you should get a Superuser request window.

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Step 6. Viper4Android app will ask you to install V4A driver, choose “Yes” to install.

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Step 7. There’s three different choices for Viper4Android.  If you want to have the best audio quality, choose “Super Audio Quality”.

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Step 8. This next step may be optional for Samsung phones, I found that you have to do it so it works with music player apps such as Google Music Player app.

Download and install Build Prop Editor from Play Store.

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Step 9.  Use Build Prop Editor to change the following lines: (If you don’t see these lines, you can skip this step.)

Ipa.decode=true to lpa.decode=false
tunnel.decode=true to tunnel.decode=false
lpa.use-stagefright=true to lpa.use-stagefright=false

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Step 10. Reboot your phone and now you should be able to fully use Viper4Android.

Step 11. Once rebooted, go to Settings->Sound on your phone and change “Music effects” to “Viper4Android FX”.  This will fully allow your phone to use Viper4Android app for all audio apps.

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More Notes

Viper4Android app does not work with default Samsung Music Player for those of you with Samsung Galaxy Android devices.  BUT, you can use other music players like Google Music Player, Apollo, etc…etc…

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  • steven

    cant find tunnel.decode or ipa.usestraight in my build prop editor on my galaxy s4 candian edition running cm10.2

    • Max Lee

      You can skip that step if you can’t find it, should work fine.

      • steven

        I did and tried and nothing happened when loading it didn’t seem to change sounds at all would having DSP manager already installed be the problem?

    • Isaac

      If you can’t find them, then manually add them, worked for me

      HTC one m7

  • Jimmy Slate

    Hey, this app is available on play store for free but its just not in English in the description. You can tell which one is available for the android version you’re running however.

  • Sachin Goral

    Thanks a ton ! I was looking for a free app that could do all this without installing power amp or custom rom…
    And you’ve given me just that :-)

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  • http://none Mano

    from since i install beats installer my FX stopped working how can i fix this.. please help

    • Max Lee

      Try uninstalling beats, then reinstall Viper4Android.

      • http://none Mano

        I tried that unfortunately Vier4Android Fx has stopped .. after installing beats my Samsung music app stopped working an Music Fx stopped worker also Viper stopped working .. Any idea in how i can fix those problems ?

        • THE_PRO

          Try to freeze beats dps then reboot your phone

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  • joseph daily

    I was wondering the same thing. I have beats installed also and it makes changes to init.d and also system/bin. I could see why this may conflict with viper. My build prop settings were already false

  • Jimmy Slate

    Beats, worst program ever to get rid of, short of doing a complete reset it never wants to go away. That’s what I had to do but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an easier way, its just the only way I could get rid of it and get my drivers back. Hope you can find an easier way but its the only thing that worked for me. Good luck !

    • http://none Mano

      when u say a complete rest do u mean Factory reset ?

      • Jimmy Slate

        I’m sure you probably tried that, DEFINITELY try that first, but beats isn’t that easy to get rid of . it was my experience that I just had to replace the drivers with the infected beats, you can’t just uninstall it. Now I’m not a pro by any means,, this is just my hobby, but I’ve done a hell of a lot of trial and error with my note 2 and the only way that I could FULLY remove beats from my drivers was to reinstall new filmware and start from scratch. this is just WHAT I DID because I knew it would work and i got ALOT of time on my hands and i enjoy it. IT DOESNT mean there isnt an easier way. But if youre like me and love to take things apart and put them back together it`ll work. But AGAIN, I’m no pro, just love to get high on Android. Good Luck man and if you find an easier way to totally rid your phone (drivers) of beats, post it on here for others.
        Thejmannnc
        AGAIN, there may be an easier way, but everything else I tried

        • Mano

          I’m totally new to all this. . I herd s4 suppose to get Android 4.3 will that update fix it or do I have to use samsung Kies to reinstall the firmware im currently on offical stock os .. beats installer is real garbage messed up my phone music fx:(

  • Jimmy Slate

    P.S. it was worth it to me because viper blows beats out of the water!! No Contest!!!

  • Louis Phillion

    i dwl the file from xda the fx version and when trying to open from es explorer it says bad zip file any idea?

  • Louis Phillion

    problem solved i extracted the zip file on my computer first and installed apk after…

  • Jimmy Slate

    Hey mano, you’re rooted and have recovery right?

    • Mano

      whats recovery. . I use this program one click an it root the phone

  • Ify Micha

    Hi Max! I have downloaded and install V4A on my GT-n7100 and it works with my stock samsung music place which has been my default music player. I am so happy it works with it.
    Thanks to Jasper Loo (zhuhang) for this app also thanks for posting it here.

  • Dave

    Hey, I keep getting a failed message. When I try to do the first update I get this message. “Driver install failed, please confirm your phone is rooted and su binary installed.”
    Thanks

    • JL

      I got same problem.

      After “reinstall” SuperSU on my galaxy sii, it solve the problem.

      “Reinstall” is under SuperSU’s setting manu.

      • stephen

        I’m getting the same error message “please confirm your phone is rooted…” … And I don’t see reinstall superuser in me settings. Its there another way to install the driver?

  • jimmy slate

    Hey Mano, since youre new to all this, first thing to do is make sure youre rooted. An easy way is to download titanium backup from play store (free) when you open it it will ask you for superuser request if your phone is rooted, if not it will tell you in layman’s terms you dont have the binary (no root) and will not open. Or just download Root Checker from playstore (free) open it and follow the easy steps.. either way if your phone doesnt ask for superuser request you are not rooted but on root checker app it will tell you “congratulations your device is rooted” in green letters. If not, red letter response “no root access”. Try opening titanium backup app first, thats a sure fire way to know for sure. You may already know all this but it never hurts to ask.
    However, I dont know how you attempted to root your phone so just check for sure youre rooted, then go from there. Ill help you out anyway I can you you need it, (recovery), but one thing at a time is best, at least it was for me at first.

    Thejmannnc

    • Dave

      Sorry I should have mentioned this first, I’ve got a galaxy note 2 SGH-i317m (Camadian) running the latest carbon ROM.
      And I’m rooted :P thanks for the responds btw:)
      Can you still help me out?

    • Mano

      thanks for the reply explanation im rooted used the kingo android root program one click an my phones got rooted as for my s4 the beats messed with my music fx an my default samsung music player not working also.. im on ny stock 4 2.2 I think ill just wait tilll 4.3 offical avaiable for me an start from scratch

    • Mano

      hey jimmy I reinstalize my stock ROM via kies then re root an now everything is well viper even make YouTube sound brilliant through I headphones .. PS to everyone don’t use beats installer its dog shit

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  • jimmy slate

    Cool man! Glad I could help. If you need any other help with something just post it on here and we’ll see if we can figure it out… Have a good one…

  • Shane

    cannot install driver on rooted i9305, have thelatest version which is compatable with viber.

    any solutions?

    • jimmy slate

      Which viper driver are you trying to install when it asks you to choose? Also, what rom are you running? (Android version) ?

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  • Scott

    I put this on my stock but rooted note3 and it works great for a while. But it randomly stops working. If I reboot the phone it works again for a while. Any idea what’s up? I almost wonder if a notification trips it and makes it stop working?

    • Andy Aguilar

      I had the same issue. Download the jrummy busybox installer after you install busybox do the buildprop step and reboot. WHALA!

      • Norman Knobcheese

        Voila not Whala!

        • Tw1tcH

          It’s either or, dickhead

      • Vijay

        Does’nt work for me. Should i reinstall viper or just busybox?

  • Andy Aguilar

    Any idea what could be causing the app not to work? Im rooted on my note 3 (sprint) it works if i click on the song twice on Google music. I’ve used the app before, but those are my first problems on my note 3.

  • jimmy slate

    I had the same problem with my att note 2 with viper, the most important thing is to install the correct drivers when you first install viper,,, it asks you between 4 choices at the beginning. Depends on which android version youre using , and which rom, at least for me It does. I really only know about note 2, 3 and 8 devices.
    (Thats what I got) but in my experience a lot of sumsung devices are kinda like cousins. Blood related just different parents lol… but if you’re rooted and no damn bootloader bulsh*t, and really don’t wanna haggle with trial and error learning,,, the best thing to do is just install a rom with viper already. Less hassle. Just choose the correct viper drivers and that varies by your phone model and all the goodies you got installed already!

  • Tushar

    Installed it with my Nex4…MIUI Rom…

    Working awesomely great…

    Thanks a tonnn

  • Blackrose

    Hi

    My nexus 4
    Miui rom
    There is no music effect option in sound

  • Blakk

    THANK YOU! Step 9. finally, FINally, FINALLY, got it working after months of trying.
    Thank you for spending the time to get it working and most important, for sharing that solution with us.
    Thank You

  • shehan

    i have samsung galaxy s3 .i cant find music effect option in my sound menu

  • Dipesh Raj

    Hey Max!

    Good job with your videos and site. really enjoy it. (y) Thumbs up man!

    I watched the video above, went to http://vipersaudio.com/demo.html and previewed some demos. now i want it so badly in my Galaxy s2 (i9100).

    I installed and granted SU-access to viper4android (following your vids, of course). But, when I reach STEP 7 where it asks me for my sound quality, it halts with the error message “please ‘comfirm’ your phone has been rooted and su binary installed” . Though I can use the app, no audio driver gets installed. hence no avail. My phone is already rooted with SuperUser access granted to both Apps and ADB. I even installed another SuperUser app to see if if was somehow the default su-apps fault. But no luck.

    History of my device: My i9100 was rooted when it had stock ICS. Then I installed JellyBam. After that i updated the CWM-recovery for Kitkat rom, and now it is rooted, and running Beanstalk 4.4.2 .

    Do I need to root my phone again for it?

    Please help me! :)

  • buli141

    My phone: Galaxy S2 GT-I9100T
    ROM: BeanStalk 4.4.2
    Installed Beats Audio and VIPER4AndroidFX- Great apps!!!!!!
    Those two apps are working together!!!
    Sound is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Root instructions, Rom and Viper are from: GalaxyS2Root.com

    The best site I ever seen!!!
    Thanks a lot guys!!!!!!

    • Dpz

      I have a rooted gt-i9100, with beanstalk 4.4.2 . And when i tried installing viper, it asks me to check for root and su-binary. how did u install it? any guidelines? do i need to install beats prior to viper??

  • jimmy slate

    Question for buli141,,,,how can you run both beats and viper when you can only choose one music effect for sound? Would think one has to override the other. Do you have both icons showing on your status bar?

  • Dipesh Raj

    My previous comment is still “awaiting moderation” :( please max.. hear me out.

  • Dpz

    Hey Max!

    Good job with your videos and site. really enjoy it. (y) Thumbs up man!

    I watched the video above, went to viper-audio-homepage and previewed some demos. now i want it so badly in my Galaxy s2 (i9100).

    I installed and granted SU-access to viper4android (following your vids, of course). But, when I reach STEP 7 where it asks me for my sound quality, it halts with the error message “please ‘comfirm’ your phone has been rooted and su binary installed” . Though I can use the app, no audio driver gets installed. hence no avail. My phone is already rooted with SuperUser access granted to both Apps and ADB. I even installed another SuperUser app to see if if was somehow the default su-apps fault. But no luck.

    History of my device: My i9100 was rooted when it had stock ICS. Then I installed JellyBam. After that i updated the CWM-recovery for Kitkat rom, and now it is rooted, and running Beanstalk 4.4.2 .

    Do I need to root my phone again for it?

    Please help me! :)

  • buli141

    Samsung Galaxy GT-I9100

    * Rom: BeanStalk 4.4.2
    Kernel version: 3.0.64-CM-gb166325
    Baseband version: I9100XXLPQ
    * CWM-KitKatCompatible-i9100.tar (CWM-based Recovery v6.0.4.5)
    * Beats Audio Installer: version 2.3.2.1
    * Viper4Android FX: version: 2.3.1.5
    * SuperSU (CM): version 1.86
    * Odin: Odin3_v1.85

    Download required programs marked *

    -ROOT-

    Step 1:
    Copy ROM+Gapps to SDcard1 (SDcard1 is a MicroSd card, need to put to phone)
    Step 2:
    Root your phone with CWM-KitKatCompatible-i9100.tar ( in Odin-PDA box)
    Step 3:
    Put phone in Recovery mode (you will see on the bottom version v6.0.4.5)
    Step 4:
    Wipe data/factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    go to advanced and wipe dalvik cache
    Step 5:
    Install zip from /storage/sdcard1 (BeanStalk ROM+Gapps)
    Step 6:
    Wait to reboot phone, follow steps on the screen to setup mobile
    Step 7:
    Enjoy your brand new and fresh GT-I9100.
    (ROM BeanStalk is only for sample, you can choose your own ROM)

    -SuperSU-

    Step 1:
    Go to PLAY STORE and download SuperSU (Chainfire)
    Step 2:
    Run app, will ask you to download binary, do this.
    Step 3:
    After completed just close app

    -BEATS AUDIO-

    Step 1:
    Go to PLAY STORE and download B1 FREE ARCHIVER and install
    Step 2:
    Copy [ROOT] Beats Audio Installer to SDcard1
    Step3:
    Run B1, go to SDcard1 and open Beats
    Step 4:
    Extract to folder: “[ROOT] Beats Audio Installer”
    After completed install unzip app
    Step 5:
    SuperSU will ask for permission, tap GRANT
    Follow installation steps on Beats

    – Viper4Android FX-

    Step 1:
    Copy Viper4Android FX to SDcard1
    Step2:
    Run B1, go to SDcard1 and open Viper4Android FX
    Step 4:
    Extract to folder: “Viper4Android_FX_v2315″
    After complete install unzip app
    Step 5:
    SuperSU will ask for permission, tap GRANT
    Follow installation steps on Viper4Android FX

    After everything reboot your phone.
    BEATS AUDIO will turn on automatically every time when you want to connect headphones
    (see notif on screen)
    VIPER4Android running all the time but when you disconnect headphones Viper is switching sound to Phone Speaker ( notif always turn on)
    So, on headphones you will see Beats and Viper.

    ———ENJOY REAL SOUND————

    • Dpz

      I had installed and tried all other super user apps except the chainfire one.

      The problem got solved by just installing Super-SU (chainfire). it downloaded and updated the SU-Binaries and voila, Viper installed its drivers and its working. Thanks a lot once again.

      Thanks a lot buli141 for your elaborated guideline! Really appreciate it.

      With a great quality sound, i’m finally “Haaaaigh” on android! :3

      This site and the people here are “Fabulously Great”! (y)

  • Ravi

    I am still looking for a solution…Just flashed HTC one stock sense 5.5 android kitkat 4.4 from here http://htconeroot.com/htc-one-stock-roms/android-4-4-kitkat-sense-5-5-stock-rom-for-htc-one/ successfully..Now trying to install viper4android, but when trying to install driver(after selecting option “Super Audio Quality”), my htcone reboots..any solution guys…

  • Harshad

    can u upload flashable viper4android.zip for CWM. thanks in advance…

  • thejmannnc

    Where did you find a flashable zip for kitkat??
    Only way I know to get viper fx for 4.4.2 is to install the apk in a file manager app. Please enlighten if you would! Thanks!!!

  • thejmannnc

    Where did you find a flashable zip for kitkat??
    Only way I know to get viper fx for 4.4.2 is to install the apk in a file manager app. Please enlighten if you would! Thanks!

  • Harshad

    i found it on xda… try to google “V!per_AE_GB.zip”… but its not working…

  • Harshad

    or try “V!per_AE_ICS_JB.zip ” on google…for ics or jellybean…

  • Lain

    Can you please show us how to update Viper if a rom comes with an older version? I cannot get the driver to install.

  • Michael in ATL

    Max, I installed on T-Mobile Note 3 with Jedi on it. Everything finally worked as demonstrated in video, except I don’t have an control in settings for “Music Effects”. Is all of this for naught without that last important step?

  • Jordan

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I absolutely can’t live without viperFX but always had a hard time getting it to work properly on TW roms until applying that build.prop edit you outlined

  • jmmy slate

    Michael in ATL. In settings press ui setting

    • Michael in ATL

      Jimmy, thanks so much for the post, but I’m not seeing that. Perhaps because I’ve installed Jedi? Thoughts?

    • gopi

      I have rooted my galaxy core i8262 and installed kitkat and its working but I dont have radio so pls some one can help me how I can instal a custom radio in it

  • heather

    I did everything but i have no music effect button in my sound menu, so what do i do now?

  • Ben

    I can’t find tunnel.decode. I haven’t rebooted yet. Is this a problem, have I just totally screwed up my system.

  • jimmy slate

    Most of you guys are probably running 4.3. If you’re not running 4.4.2 yet just download viper4android from playstore! It’s the same thing!!! Just look for the one listed for 4.3 in the description. The rest of the description is in chinese but you’ll be able to see its for 4.3 The app itself is in english! Anyone who thinks it isn’t the same mod please do tell!! I’d love to hear why!

  • pete

    Running sacs rom on Gs4, cant get viper to work. It wont install the driver. I have SU Pro. Thanks for any help.

  • Akii

    Samsung SM-N900 Running on rooted stock 4.3

    I don’t have any of those buil.prop files and viper won’t work even on third party music players! Help!

  • irshad

    I tried to install it on my gt n7000 running asylum omni but it doesnt work, i checked build prop but there are no such entries…there are no errors at all …just doesnt work whatever i do

  • https://www.google.com/+KevinBowie Kevin B

    his comment is for people who are having trouble with the install errors(keeps saying install after every reboot) This method for for KitKat phones, I don’t know about other firmware sorry, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=51903681&postcount=12607 is a step by step method on how to fix the installing loop after rebooting if you have any trouble I would gladly help, message me here or on Google+(<— best place to reach me).

  • adam

    I want to root my phone but I didn’t know which root shall I get I’ve got the HTC one m7 can you direct me something ? ( I hope I wrote this correct )

  • http://i.imgur.com/WdfdBpE.jpg Ez Dan

    Hey guys! I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 here…
    I’m just wondering, will this work for me or will it brick (break) my phone? I’m kind of scared to reboot because I once tried a mod previously and I was left with a Samsung Galaxy Brick 4… anyone confirm this is safe for me to use? See the screenshot of my phone details, thanks

    http://i.imgur.com/WdfdBpE.jpg

  • kai

    Hey I’m using galaxy note 2 and every time when I open this application it says install driver and when I did and rebooted my phone it is still the same. Is there a way to fix it? Btw I’m on 4.3

  • chris heath

    Tried to install viper fx. But it won’t install since beats is prebuilt into my Dirty unicorn ROM for Hercules. Any way to still install viper?

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  • Rushikesh Shirsat

    Thanks For Your Deep Explained Tutorial,This App i Awesome and no other app is even closer to it..

    It Works Well on My New ASUS ZenFone 5 only You need to Have ROOT Access….

    Thanks For Sharing The Info……

  • mangesh

    dear sir i have note3 smn900 with alliance rom but viper4android is not working in normal mode and thats why i cant use my samsung music player with viper effects pls help me its working on compatible mode i have did system app but same issue

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  • Raj

    Getting diver installation loop.. I tried the flash able file too… Mine is 4.4.0 Routed z3 style ROM for q3000… Kindly help

  • John

    Hey Max. Will this program run with android 5.0? I see that it says to use only for 2.3 and 4.x android devices?

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  • tiago

    what for you is the best music player for Samsung galaxy s2 i-9100 rooted ?

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