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How to Change Your iPhone Desktop/SMS Background

I always get some interesting news and tips from the fantastic readership out there. These tips always lead to post ideas and today we’re going to tackle how to change your iPhone’s desktop/SMS background. It will require a jailbroken iPhone. Let’s get started!

How to Change your iPhone Desktop/SMS Backgroud: Use the Desktop/SMS Background App

No, you’re not seeing double. Recently a new app was released in Cydia called Desktop/SMS Background. What does it do? Well, it lets you add a background wallpaper to your desktop and SMS background–WITHOUT the installation of Winterboard!

If you recall, I previously wrote about how to speed up your jailbroken iPhone. The solution was to uninstall Winterboard. Now, for people using an iPhone 3GS like myself, I must admit even after being jailbroken, the phone is still blazing fast. However, any jailbreak will slightly bog down your iPhone if you have Winterboard installed.

1. Launch Cydia and search for “Desktop/SMS Background”. Install.
2. Go to Settings–Wallpaper–choose any photo.
3. You’ll immediately notice two “i” icons in the upper left and right of the chosen image.
Tap the left “i” icon: set your SMS background
Tap the right “i” icon: set your homescreen background.
4. To remove? Easy. Just hold down for a couple seconds then let go. The chose wallpaper will be removed.

If you’re not into the whole iPhone themes and custom icons etc, but want to jazz up your jailbroken iPhone with some minimalist style, setting up a wallpaper for your homescreen and SMS background will brighten up your day (click here on how to create your own lockscreen). Give it a shot!

Thanks to Roger L. for emailing us the heads up!

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  • dashparr

    Just installed this on my iPhone 3G. Using SBSettings, I checked the Available Memory. WOW, this application doesn't slow down the iPhone at all :-). Thanks iPhone Fan!

  • Dusty

    Been trying this way for a while now, works nicely.

    Good job on the how to ;)

  • lello91

    wow!! Ive just install it on my 3G and removed winterboard and damnn my iPhone got faster!! The only bad point is that without winterboard, im stuck with no custom ringtone for sms. Is there anyway to get a custom ringtone for sms without winterboard!!?

    Thanks guys for that app review.
    Youve saved me alot of time :)

  • rorypiper

    Nice! Another way to speed up your iPhone, and keep Winterboard, is to install “Theme Settings”. It moves Winterboard control to your Settings app, and allows you to apply themes to the Springboard only. I wrote about it at Green Candy.

  • Pokieo

    What repo is this on?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iphoneincanada

    iSpazio…

  • Kally

    Can you please explain step 4 – the Remove portion. Hold down what for a few seconds?? The left hand “i” icon??

    Thanks.

  • dashparr

    @lello91 do you know how to ssh? If so, go to /system/library/audio/uisounds/ and replace any of the sms-received files with your own custom ringtones that have the extension .caf; To create your own ringtones through iTunes, convert to .tiff and then rename the extension to .caf

    If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then forget about it, it's too complicated. Good luck!

  • pp23star

    I downloaded and installed this app and works fine on my jailbroken iPhone 3G with FW 3.2.1 the only problem I am facing at the moment is that the docked icons show their labels after I installed this and I can´t get rid of them not even using the No Docked Icon Labels or anything like that, anybody can help??

  • sblgraphics

    Great stuff!
    Thanks!!

    Regards,
    image clipping

  • jailbreak nerddd

    you can prob use tonefx for all your custom sound needs, from ringtones to keyboard click noises. i don't think you need winterboard for it to work.

  • Leanne

    OMG! You are my life savor! Seriously! I just got my very first iphone, second hand, so its jailbroken/unlocked. I was getting frustrated because I couldn't for the life of my figure out how to change my homescreen background without it being the same as the lock screen, plus the sms background was just a bonus! Your awesome! :)

  • Julia

    How to get Cydia?
    is that an application on Apple Store?

    Thanks

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cydia is installed once you jailbreak your iPhone. Check out our
    Spirit guide on the main page.

  • Julia

    How to get Cydia?
    is that an application on Apple Store?

    Thanks

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Cydia is installed once you jailbreak your iPhone. Check out our
    Spirit guide on the main page.

  • dimitris

    realy helpfull and it worked
    thanks!!!!!!!!!!

  • Qbanprincess16

    I installed Desktop SMS Background but right after my Springboard crashed and my phone went into Safe mode :/ so i had to delete it again! How can i fix that???

  • Johnathia15

    i installed the desktop/sms from cydia but i dont see the “i” icons when i go to my wallpaper or pictures

  • Julianrodriguez453

    Hey I added the app on my 3GS but the icons don’t come out on the left or right side

  • Smarterchild

    Hi
    I have a problem with the ‘i’
    I installed Desktop/SMS Background(that’s was ok) but when i go to Settings -> Wallpaper (I choose my picture) I can’t see the “i”. Is it normal ? If is not, Help me !

  • JMak

    Does anyone know that when you install Desktop/SMS Background it eliminates 6 icon Dock and reverts to 5 icon dock. I am not willing to sacrifice this feature in exchange for a picture. I would however still like to install a new background on my springboard. I read elsewhere that there is a black background “png” somewhere, but I have no idea where to find it. I am using WinSCP. Anyone able to help???

  • Kaylynmarie91

    i dont see it either!!!!

  • Guest

    нет нихуя

  • Anonymous

    iphone is high-tech.

  • Lupe

    I don’t see the “i” at all on either side after I install Desktop/SMS Background from cydia… Y ?

  • Lupe

    I don’t see the “i” at all on either side after I install Desktop/SMS Background from cydia… Y ?

  • Kbagley22

    I’m having the same problem of my phone going into safe mode as well. I tried to change the background settings with my phone in safe mode but the “i” didn’t show up on mine either. i still have winterboard installed on my phone. could that be what’s causing my problem?

  • Kbagley22

    I’m having the same problem of my phone going into safe mode as well. I tried to change the background settings with my phone in safe mode but the “i” didn’t show up on mine either. i still have winterboard installed on my phone. could that be what’s causing my problem?

  • Carroll Jasmine101

    it did not work for me

  • Carroll Jasmine101

    it did not work for me

  • Carroll Jasmine101

    it did not work for me

  • Test

    the I is not appearing. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Test

    the I is not appearing. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Test

    the I is not appearing. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Test

    the I is not appearing. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Test

    the I is not appearing. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Test

    the I is not appearing. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Test

    the I is not appearing. Anyone have any ideas?

  • HELP

    what if you tried this a billion times and it doesnt work?

  • Jdthschichi

    This does not work for the new iphone 4s????

  • Katxox

    I have a jailbroken iPhone 4.  I followed the instructins, but when I choose the background, there are no “i”s in either the right or left corners…..

  • Guest

    I do not see the “i” icons i have a iphone 3g ..Not a S

  • Subaru91939

    Does it not work for ios 5?

  • Katxox

    No one can seem to see the “i”s that are supposed to be there.  Haven’t seen anyone that can get it to work.

  • Im1acehole

    I have iPhone 4 with 5.0.1. And this isn’t working for me. No dock or “i” on the left or right of pics. Any info would be great thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I hate that I have to Jailbreak my Iphone to get costumized themes for it. Lame thats why I loved my Android. Had wayyy more personality.

  • Norajay2

    Hi i have tis problem i already install d app but when i try to set d picture i dont see any of the “i” button at both site… Can u help me

  • KathyR

    This does not work… There is no “I” icons

  • Kloeung

    It put my iphone 3G into safe mode after restringboard after requested.  It seems to install OK but after respringboard than put in safe mode, i have to uninstall it to get it out of safe mode.  Do any one knows what happen to it.  Thanks.

    OS 4.1 Jailbreaking

  • Fayers

    Same as almost everyone esle, I do not see the “i” icons.

  • Jacqueline Hernandez06

    Hey how do I jailbreak my iPhone 4s so I can put individual ringtones for text messaging and contacts? I just got dis phone

  • Whatever

    did not work for me

  • destiny

    i installed the desktop/sms from cydia but i dont see the “i” icons when i go to my wallpaper or pictures