Winterboard, to those of you who haven’t heard the name, is a fantastic theming tweak for iPhones. It’s a Cydia tweak so you’ll need a jailbroken iPhone.
Installing Winterboard is pretty easy; it’s almost the same as installing any other tweak through Cydia. But first, let’s take a look at what it is and how it actually works.
It is like a program that allows themes to be installed onto the iPhone. Some of the prominent things you can change using Winterboard are:
- Icons of the various apps
- The dock
- The background
- The fonts and styles
- Add new functional widgets
There’s actually a lot more that can be tweaked.
However, just installing Winterboard doesn’t get you all the necessary theme options. Winterboard just facilitates themes to be installed on your iPhone, bypassing Apple’s legacy control over the interface.
In order to get new themes, you have to search for them on Cydia and download them. Once downloaded, Winterboard recognizes the theme, gets all data from it and changes the interface of your iPhone accordingly.
Okay, enough beginner talk; let’s install Winterboard now.
Even though there isn’t an official jailbreak for all iOS 6 devices right now (notably iPhone 5, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Mini), you can still jailbreak (tethered) iOS 6 devices with the A4-chip. This means you can jailbreak iPhone 4, 3GS running iOS 6 or more.
Here is How to install Winterboard on iOS 6.x:
Step 1: Jailbreak your iPhone using tools like Redsn0w. Here is a quick guide on how to untethered jailbreak iOS 6.x with Evasi0n.
Step 2: Make sure you install Cydia when you jailbreak
Steep 3: Open Cydia and tap on Search tab to search for “Winterboard”
Step 4: Tap on Winterboard, and check to see if the version is “0.9.3999″
Step 5: Tap Install and then tap on Confirm at the top right corner
Step 6: You need to tap on Reboot Device, when installation is done
As said before, installing Winterboard only brings a default theme; you can start downloading themes you find on Cydia to change the look of your iOS device.
How to Use Winterboard to Change the Theme
- Launch Winterboard
- Tap on “Select Themes” and you will see a list of default as well as downloaded themes.
- Choose the theme you wish to use and you are done
- (optional: if the theme doesn’t work, it might be an old theme which is not compatible; enable SummerBoard Mode to make it work)
This version of Winterboard is described as being “compatible-ish” on iOS 6 and later; if you run into bugs or issues, you’ll need to re-install Winterboard or try a different theme. Development is still on to support iOS 6.x.