How to Customize your iPhone with WinterBoard

Winterboard is an application that let you customize your iPhone / iPod 2.0+. Winterboard is developed by Jay Freeman aka Saurik, the developer of most popular jailbreak app: Cydia.

Winterboard jailbreak apps allows you to customize Springboard of your iPhone. Using Winterboard you can change iPhone icons, customize applications, status bar graphics, iPhone dock graphics, install themes and change wallpapers of your iPhone Springboard. You can even customize sounds on your iPhone. With Winterboard you can theme almost everything that comes to your mind. Before iPhone 2.0 there was Summerboard but Winterboard has replaced it since iPhone 2.0 and can even load themes of Summerboard.

Note: Winterboard is a Cydia Application, means you need to jailbreak your iPhone to get Cydia and then Winterboard on your iPhone. To Jailbreak your iPhone go to your concerned iPhone jailbreak topic:

Jailbreak iPhone

Ok! enough introduction to Winterboard. Lets start customizing iPhone using Winterboard. In this first tutorial for Winterboard, We will guide you through Winterboard installation and basic usage. More Winterboard tutorials will be added soon.

Go to Cydia installed on your Jailbroken iPhone.

and then go to Sections tab available at the bottom.

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Under Sections Tab, Go to System Menu.

and then locate Winterboard and press it.

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Press the Install button available at the top right side of the screen.

On the next screen, hit Confirm button at the top right side to start Winterboard installation.
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Winterboard setup will be downloaded and then installed.

On completion, Press The Big Reboot Device button at the bottom.
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After Reboot, You will find Winterboard icon on your iPhone Springboard. Press it to launch Winterboard.

When opened, you will find a list of customizations available in Winterboard. OK. We will take you through all these customizations to show you what exactly they does.
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Features and their Effect

User Wallpaper
This feature let to set any wallpaper as your springboard background. and in case you have installed any theme this feature will also get rid of that background.
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User Lock Background
It will replace any background applied to iPhone Lock screen with the wallpaper that you have selected in iPhone Settings.

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Transparent Dock
After enabling this option, your iPhone Dock will be transparent as shown below.
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Solid Status Bar
Status bar will become to the front with a solid fill. Compare the above and below screenshots to find the difference.
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Server Lock Example
It shows data loaded from some external server on to your iPhone Lock screen.
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Saurik
It’s a custom theme that applies motion background and changes the font style of your iPhone. Indeed a cool video background. How to install themes using Winterboard (Comming Soon!)

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No Undocked Icon Labels
Selecting this feature remove text labels of all iPhone Apps except that are on the Dock.
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No Docked Icons Labels
This feature remove text labels of all Docked icons.
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Dim Wallpapers
This feature requires to enable User Wallpaper to show results. This feature actually Dim the background wallpaper so that your iPhone apps icons stand out more.
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Dim Icons
This options will Dim your applications icons along with Dock bar and docked icons.
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Black Navigation Bar
This option turns the color of Menu Title bar in to black for many apps.
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So, this is all about basic features in Winterboard. Stay tuned for future tutorials for Winterboard like: How to install themes using Winterboard etc. We love to read your feedback and if you wish something specific to get a tutorial on, feel free to suggest.

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97 comments… add one

Sophia April 7, 2009, 1:43 am

ok.. I need 2 jailbreak my phone 1st….

Jordan April 15, 2009, 9:06 am

How do you change the background on the texting screen? I can’t seem to figure it out but I’ve seen other people with this done.

Some Guy July 6, 2009, 5:08 pm

This Bricked My OS 3.1b iphone

someidiotur January 16, 2010, 1:12 am

you must have done it wrong idiot.

COOOOLLLLORR January 19, 2010, 5:50 am

No U just need to click the REBOOT button. Did you do that? Then i can’t help you. SORRY.

Greenleaf October 23, 2010, 1:32 pm

You didn’t brick it seeing as though you can’t brick it. You probably just have it stuck in DFU mode or something. Try holding the sleep and home buttons at the same time.

Lisa July 9, 2009, 11:56 am

Thx !! .. it works wonder for me.

CJ July 15, 2009, 5:18 am

Is there any way to set my springboard wallpaper as one picture and my lockscreen pic as another?

Jinny August 15, 2009, 1:11 pm

Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your http://www.iphoneheat.com.

Edangel September 1, 2009, 11:07 pm

i have iphone 2g firmware 3.0..i`ve jailbreaked my iphone and downloaded the winterboard…but when i open it….there is only blank page without anything writting inside or any themes…i ve reinstall it 5 times but it still the same….!!!!!!!!!any help guys please????

SonyaSunny September 5, 2009, 7:24 pm

Greatings, Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later.
SonyaSunny

vicki October 18, 2009, 9:42 am

Hiya, when I press transparent dock in winterboard it doesnt change and stays silver, can you help???

oppovathoky October 22, 2009, 8:31 pm

Love to customize iPhone with WinterBoard..

SotsSpoutstep October 23, 2009, 6:31 pm

Thanks for guiding me how to customize iPhone SpringBoard with WinterBoard for iPhone

peperma November 5, 2009, 6:37 pm

I know its crazy, but I’ve been wanting an unlocked iphone for a while. Can anyone suggest a reasonable price?

ultranoob to iPhone December 8, 2009, 12:12 pm

Once you have an iPhone, it is free to unlock it with blackra1n, and only takes about 10 seconds.

jsohman November 8, 2009, 4:40 am

hey guys i jial broke my ipod and then i was looking through winterboard and ive been trying to get it working btu when ever i try to set a theme it stay the same anyone know what to do

iPhoneHeat November 8, 2009, 8:42 pm

You need to install a theme from cydia then enable it from winterboard

komeh09 December 12, 2009, 8:48 am

winterboard

seif January 6, 2010, 2:49 am

when i mark the theme on winterboard the theme does not apply on my ipod

bballblake January 16, 2010, 1:57 pm

i changed the theme on my phone and some, but not all of the icons changed from default to the new theme. is there any way to keep my new theme but use the default icons instead of the theme icons?

iPhoneHeat January 16, 2010, 3:13 pm

For the purpose you need to SSH into your iPhone and copy the default icons into theme folder

ashhhh January 18, 2010, 8:21 am

i followed everything on how to get to winterboard but its not there under cydia. what do i do???

bryghe January 22, 2010, 6:18 am

The user background doesn’t seem to be working for me. If I put a theme on, it shows the theme background instead of my selected wallpaper. Suggestions? Thanks.

usmc January 24, 2010, 2:06 am

this is my first jb. i used blackra1n and cydia. ive tried 3 times now to get winterboard on my ph. i have tried to download it and it doesnt show up on ph. i reboot, tried downloading an app from itunes, uninstalled and reinstalled and nothing. i noticed that when i download it it doesnt tell me to reboot just return to cydia. i have a iphone 3gs 3.1.2 (7d11) serial digits 3-5 are 939

Whoops. January 28, 2010, 1:32 am

I used Blackra1n to jailbreak it, an then tried to install winterboard and a theme and it bricked it and now iTunes won’t recognize it and i can’t restore. Help!

Whoops. January 28, 2010, 1:44 am

I fixed it!!!
here’s how to unbrick yours if you mess up. :P
http://www.funkyspacemonkey.com/unbrick-iphone

mgandalf January 31, 2010, 11:39 am

Hello

I cannot activate transparent dock…
Once i have set a different theme, but i have delete the theme —-
May you help me ?

planethopper February 3, 2010, 2:37 am

I downloaded a theme and it looks awesome! The only problem I have is after I use any app or make a call, etc. and go back to my home screen the the status bar at the top of the screen is gone, no clock, battery level, etc.. How do I get this bar to stay up there?

spamito February 10, 2010, 8:41 pm

hi !

winterboard seems to be the best to customize an iPhone… but I don’t have a jailbroken iPhone !!

I found a website allowing to “customize” a little the iphone springboard, by adding transparent icons on it, like iBlank.

The site is “iEmpty” (iempty.tooliphone.net), and it works for non jailbroken iphones.

… The real question is : when apple will allow full iPhone customization, so we don’t need all these tips anymore ?!?

See you !

Hamid February 13, 2010, 5:24 pm

I did install WinterBoard, to find out once a day my phone crashing and going into safe mode in order to fix it it gives me 3 choices which RESTART is the best ..
Why it crashes and why putting my phone in safe mode ? god knows so i uninstall the app .
it was a nice great one which i had Persain calendar JALALI also as part of it .
Does anyone know why safe mode and that happened many many times and i even reinstall too but nothing matter

iPhoneHeat February 13, 2010, 10:17 pm

it’s because of an app installed via Cydia.. try uninstalling one by one to find out which one is it

Hamid February 14, 2010, 5:12 am

This was the only app that i did thru cydia , i actually removed it and everything is ok now
my question is this now that WinterBoard has persian calendar called jalali which was really nice can you tell me where and how i can get winterboard and this jalali calendar now ?
regards
Hamid

jose February 20, 2010, 5:20 pm

thanks! very helpful and concise

Hamid February 21, 2010, 2:02 pm

Still no one could answer me ? i did uninstall winterborad as it was crashing my IPhone and pushing it to go to safe mode … but after removing winterboard i don’t have that problem naymore so do you know what is wrong with your app ? WRONG with YOUR APP ?

iPhoneHeat February 21, 2010, 11:37 pm

It’s NOT MY APP..
and YOU are THE ONLY ONE facing this issue

make sure you let Cydia update first and then install winterboard

aluhick September 22, 2010, 11:28 am

he is not the only one it happens to me too….

pino February 23, 2010, 1:35 pm

after the reboot do i need jailbreak it again?

iPhoneHeat February 23, 2010, 2:27 pm

if it’s newer iDevice

Mikeg22 February 26, 2010, 7:43 pm

I recently updated to 3.1.3 and had to re unlock my 2g iphone. I did so using redsnow with no issues. Once I had my phone up and running again I went to cydia to reinstall all the apps I had. Mcleaner, Mxtube, and a few others no problems. I then installed winter board and when phone went to reboot it will not turn back on at all?? I get the little apple for a few seconds and then just black screen? over and over again ? ANy one know whats up ?

mj99 February 28, 2010, 5:18 am

really good guide. i found a good site for themes, its http://iwinterboard.com

Hamid February 28, 2010, 5:55 am

Mikeg22,
i had the same problem, its just crappy APP , i re-installed it many times but no result so just forget it bro.
good luck to you

Hamid February 28, 2010, 5:55 am

Mikeg22,

i had the same problem, its just crappy APP , i re-installed it many times but no result so just forget it bro.
good luck to you

Justin May 16, 2010, 5:33 am

How do I get it

sajh545 June 16, 2010, 12:22 am

my ipod wont do the main theme load. the spinny thing starts to… well, spin!… and it stops during the spin, then nothing will work. then, the ipod turns off, goes back the slider screen, and the theme hasnt loaded. ive tried tutorials from youtube using cydia and winterboard. ive also tried vwallpapers, but none seem to work, HELPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!

jackie June 22, 2010, 1:58 am

hi, I have the 3gs 3.1.3 new bootrom, is this why when i go to click “install” instead of going to the next screen and showing “confirm” it just says:
Note: the requested modifications cannot be applied due to required dependencies or conflicts that cannot be automatically found or fixed.

Damgaard July 6, 2010, 6:37 am

Thanks for the great guide, really helpful!

tony0713 July 9, 2010, 4:02 am

just installed winterboard and it doesnt show up? tried rebooting and reinstalling, both with no luck.

abhishek July 12, 2010, 8:40 pm

winterboard does not open…
i tap on it a blank screen opens nd phone returns to normal screen..
HELP

thomasjbyrne July 31, 2010, 5:47 pm

Just Brilliant.. simple to follow screenshots and everything!! Thanks!

Chiruzo August 4, 2010, 6:06 pm

Hello,
I’m having the following problem. I installed winterboard a few months ago and it was working fine, now I try to download any theme from Cydia and it is not appearing in the winterboard. The installation seems to run correctly, but why the themes, icons, etc are not appearing in my winterboard? I’ve tried yo uninstall it several times, but it is not allowing me to remove winterboard. I’ve tried to install CyDelete, but i can not get it installed. Does anyone knows how to solve this issue?

noel August 5, 2010, 7:38 pm

i can’t do the user background, why is that? im using ipod touch 2g MC model with iOS4, jailbreaked using jailbreakme

mapex August 20, 2010, 1:20 pm

I was installed winterboard from my cellphone Ipnone os 3g jailbreak,but the winterboard that I installed was not appear on desktop…….how to make it true…pleasw

akiso August 27, 2010, 10:41 am

i have iphone 3g runing fireware 4.0.1 jailbreak wet jailbreakme 2.0 so i install winter board to the phone but can use in the funtion use wall paper ??????

Steve August 28, 2010, 7:34 pm

this is also a good way to customize your lockscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwiG3mekVP4

Sheriyar September 4, 2010, 10:10 pm

i have successfully unlocked my iphone 2g with 3.13 firmware but the winterboard doesnt seems to work i can see the themes in winterboard but when i apply the theme nothing changes i tried it in 3gs 3.13 nd it worked perfectly
Wat the problem in 2g
PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Rafique September 5, 2010, 10:05 am

i have successfully unlocked my iphone 2g with 3.13 firmware but the winterboard doesnt seems to work i can see the themes in winterboard but when i apply the theme nothing changes i tried it in 3gs 3.13 and it worked perfectly
Whats the problem in 2g
PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Glai October 22, 2010, 9:13 pm

I have new iphone 4.. I want to have themes on my phone. I dont know what to do first. I need to install cydia? Then choose a themes? Thanks!

Colton92 January 1, 2011, 10:50 am

I jailbroke my iphone and am using cydia and winter board. But cant seem too figure out how too get too where u download apps!! Can someone pleaseee help me? Thanks.

Thiago January 27, 2011, 11:10 pm

Não consigo mudar o papel de parede no desktop onde ficam os aplicativos…só consigo colocar aquele modelo onde ficam transitando duas imagens

Favor ajuda

waliachinmay March 5, 2011, 3:08 pm

what is ssh please tell me

Hannahnicole23 May 9, 2011, 9:00 am

Hey. I was wondering if it’s illegal to jailbreak your iPhone. Also how long does it take

Daniel July 12, 2011, 8:31 pm

No, it is not illegal to jailbreak it. With the right firmware and program, it only takes probably 5-10 minutes. Not long at all. You can find really great videos on Youtube on how to do it.

chanakaihc June 30, 2011, 4:41 pm

cant download winter board. error is coming. its telling do manually. please help me. thanks. chanaka

IamArabian August 27, 2011, 6:55 pm

If u get an error… copy all what u need from ur iPhone. Then restore ur iPhone to factory setting. Aftertaste jailbreak and I think it will work perfectly. I used to get an error but when I restored and rejailbreaked it worked fine with me. hope I helped.

Echolima August 24, 2011, 3:39 pm

Before i was using winterBoard without any problem but one day i went wrong when i tried to use this massege appeares-
Please note that this setting reoplaces the PNG files that have the then,PNG files that have been iphone-optimized cannot be viewed on a normal computer unles they are first deoptimized.
so what can i do now??????

Evan Andrews 12 January 12, 2013, 9:40 pm

Restore to factory settings then redo

kars01 August 30, 2011, 11:14 pm

URGENT: I installed Winterboard and the reboot is stuck on the Apple. I have an Iphone 4. What to do now??

Evan Andrews 12 January 12, 2013, 9:39 pm

All you do is restore to factory settings then redo it

Rani October 7, 2011, 6:29 am

Nil

Francisco October 18, 2011, 7:51 am

I downloaded winterboard to have the icons on my iPod touch tilt and rotate but I couldn’t find de proper app. I also would like to learn how to change carrier name or banner.
Thank you guys
Francisco

joshme17 October 19, 2011, 11:45 pm

It looks like as of October 19th winterboard has been updated to work with iOS 5. I’m having some problems getting automatic app icons to work though, see video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2huOcFBCkM

Dell November 6, 2011, 3:33 am

Any updates on jailbreaking iphone with baseband of 04.11.08?

sammeng November 9, 2011, 6:15 am

if there’s no any advanced option or ‘pop-up windows’ to let me choose which wallpaper i want to put on after I select both ‘user wallpaper’ and ‘user lock wallpaper’, why winterboard know what to do? i just feel strange about that coz i try and try and try but fail.

#i’m using iphone3g with iOS4.2.1.

kings kings December 30, 2011, 5:31 pm

Send me free software for iPhone relevant to mechanical engineering and dictionary thanks

makedonis January 6, 2012, 8:26 am

she doesn’t work Wallpaper on my iphone … the lock screen work bud the wallpaper not why ?

MarviieGo January 14, 2012, 5:50 am

when im using winterboard, everything works except user wallpaper. What’s wrong? when i respring my springboard is black, afterwards do i need to reselect my wallpaper or something?

lito January 30, 2012, 12:18 pm

winterboard is already installed to my iphone 4 but does’t work. how do i fix

Ducky February 15, 2012, 10:33 am

hi, i have been able to install winterboard onto my iphone4 but when i got to open the app, it acts as if it goes to open and then doesnt, Cydia is doing the same thing as well…any thoughts?

Francisco February 19, 2012, 7:41 pm

I bought my iPod touch about a year ago when they first released the 4G with camera. My iOS is 4.0.2 how can I change it to 5? Do I have to reset it and lose all the apps I got with Cydia or there is a better method to do it? Thanks for your help
Frisco

Henson February 24, 2012, 7:01 am

i had downloaded the winterboard icon after jailbreaking den i accidentally pressed the hide winterboard button…then i tried to retrieve it but i cannot find it anymore…i removed the winterboard apps den reinstalled it yet i couldn’t find it anymore…please help me thanks

iPhoneHeat February 24, 2012, 4:29 pm

Go to Settings > Winterboard

mikusiaczek February 24, 2012, 11:40 pm

User wallpaper, user lock background and black navi bar don’t work under ios 5.0. Am I right?

wendddddy March 7, 2012, 1:42 pm

Hey, I have theme ‘Rainbow Black’ and have tried everything to change my lock screen background :-\ Is there another way to do it?

adrianA March 17, 2012, 6:58 pm

Hi!!

CDinet May 13, 2012, 4:20 am

HELP ME PLEASE !
I INSTALLED WINTERBOARD AND THE IPOD MAKE THE RESPRING OVER AND OVER AND DOESN’T STOPS !!!!!!

cuentasdeinet@gmail.com PLEASE HELP ME

xxluminous June 12, 2012, 2:33 am

can I use winterboard to change the text message screen color? I found something to change my keyboard color but I dont know how to change the rest. Please let me know if anyone know.

Combustible July 7, 2012, 2:58 am

Any ideas why my winterboard keeps messing with my lockscreen-gif’s colors like this http://bit.ly/Lv523H ?

Jjcarry April 7, 2013, 12:35 am

I was wondering, some of the things i download have several extra settings but i don’t know how to change them

alex October 27, 2013, 2:50 am

i downloaded the winterboard, and when i try to apply a different theme kicks me out!

NOUMAN March 6, 2014, 11:24 pm

its amazing

seif January 6, 2010, 2:46 am

when i installed winterboard and i downloaded the theme from cydia and i marked the theme in winterboard the theme does not apply on my ipod

underscore February 4, 2010, 11:20 pm

is there anyway to get cydia apps without wifi?

justm2009 July 13, 2010, 4:59 am

yea i need to no how to get winterboard on my itouch 3.1.3 2G

Rafique September 5, 2010, 10:05 am

i have successfully unlocked my iphone 2g with 3.13 firmware but the winterboard doesnt seems to work i can see the themes in winterboard but when i apply the theme nothing changes i tried it in 3gs 3.13 nd it worked perfectly
Wat the problem in 2g
PLEASE HELP!!!!!

memo August 26, 2011, 7:03 am

use cyder program

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