How do I Get Themes onto My iPhone & iPod Touch?Posted on September 16th, 2009 | 7 comments
A cell phone as powerful as iPhone brings us superb experience on communication and entertainment. Not to mention its extensive support that allows the users to DIY it in various ways. Since the themes are the most intuitive way to individualize your iPhone, in this article, we will see how to get themes onto your iPhone.
Right from the beginning, two utilities are needed to accomplish this task: SummerBoard & Customize. Both of them can be downloaded through Installer.
★ Installer > System > SummerBoard
★ Installer > Utilites > Customize
SummerBoard is to change wallpaper and the software icons.
Customize is to replace small icons (like Wifi, Carrier, BlueTooth, Slide Bar, etc.), edit the text strings (like Slide to Unlock, Slide to Power off, etc.), modify the settings of system sound, software order and vibration.
Once you finish the installation, remember to restart your iPhone before using them to change the theme. Now you will go through two parts to finish changing the theme.
Part 1, using SummerBoard
There are two ways you can obtain themes.
First, you can download and install a theme through Installer.
Installer > Themes (SummerBoard)
Second, if a theme is not available through Installer, you will have to add it manually. A theme available on the internet will be published in the form of a zip file. Download and unzip it before upload the packed files onto your iPhone. Then locate the Themes folder according to your iPhone’s specific firmware. Generally, the theme files will go into var/root/library/SummerBoard/Themes folder on version 1.1.2 and lower and in the var/mobile/library/SummerBoard/Themes folder on version 1.1.3 and above. Here is the file structure of the Themes folder, each representing part of the theme on screen display:
In this case, you can even modify or replace the theme files, infusing the theme with more personality. But before the DIY action, you have to bear in mind three points:
★ the filename should not be changed;
★ the image format should be png;
★ the size of the image should be the same with the original.
When you are done in either way, open SummerBoard to select the theme you want.
Part 2, using Customize
Like SummerBoard, you can download and install a theme either through Installer (Installer > Themes (Customize))var/root/Library/Customize folder. Or from the internet. The theme files from the internet will go into
When you are done, open Customize to select the icons you want to replace.
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In conclusion, changing the theme of your iPhone can occasionally cause interruptive problems and even harm the system stability. It is better you turn to the veterans and make sure you know what you are doing. Further to get iPhone & iPod Touch themes for your iPhone or iPod Touch!
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