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Want a sexy shiny new iPhone facelift? Since so many people have enjoyed using SummerBoard on their iPhone to theme and style the Springboard, now our good friend Jay Freeman has created WinterBoard. The idea is the same as SummerBoard but as always done better and with more features. The basic functionality is to allow you to theme Springboard by changing the icons of applications at will, using a custom wallpaper, and even modify the status bar and dock, all for the new 2.0 iPhone software.

While SummerBoard has always been closed and is now owned by RipDev and might not be free in the future with Installer 2.0, WinterBoard is both open source and free.

WinterBoard allows mixing themes together and loading multiple themes at once. So people can write themes focusing on just one area of the theme if desired. WinterBoard supports legacy SummerBoard themes. Another cool feature is video wallpapers, letting you set any .mp4 file as your background, as well as other things like web clips and sounds. And also wallpapers in WinterBoard can be played as a slide show screensaver as they change in the background. Pretty much any file listed in this list can be themed on the iPhone with WinterBoard.

WinterBoard even allows you to create themes using web development languages like HTML and CSS which will bring in a whole new dimension to creating themes. Text fields can also be themed which means things like the Calendar icon date, or icon labels are customizable.

There are alreay hundreds of themes available in Cydia for WinterBoard. You can see them categorized by Apps, Battery, Complete themes, Keyboard, Sounds, SpringBoard, System, Video and more. Most of them come with screenshots so you can see a glimpse before installing. After installing a new theme, open up WinterBoard and you will see it listed.

From there tap the line for your theme and a checkbox will appear next to the item. Remember that Themes are layered on top of one another. So the higher a theme is the more precedence it has. You can drag your themes by pressing on the 3 lines on the right and dragging the item up or down. Generally you want full themes to be on top and minor themes on the bottom to get the correct behavior. Then close WinterBoard and wait for SpringBoard to restart.

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AppSafari review of WinterBoard was written by on September 4th, 2008 and categorized under Cydia Apps, Utilities. Page viewed 83351 times, 1 so far today. Need help on using these apps? Please read the Help Page.
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80 Comments to “WinterBoard”

  1. i want video wallpaper in my iphone

  2. Yes iwant

  3. I want this software….where will i get this??

  4. sounds cool but does it work??

  5. yes it works like a charm

  6. where to get this?

    is winterboard works w/o jailbreaking the phone?

  7. Install Cydia then you can install WinterBoard from Cydia

  8. Hi

    I can’t see the winterboard install icon whenever i select winterboard under the featured tab, i can’t find winterboard when using the search function for cydia, i’ve even looked under section > System and winterboard is nowhere to be found. Is it bugged up or something ? Please e-mail me if you know the answer. Thanks alot !! I really want to get my themes up =(

  9. Bryan, Make sure to instal Cydia community sources . This adds a bunch of new apps including WinterBoard

  10. WinterBoard requires 1)Jailbreaking 2)Cydia 3)Community Sources from Cydia

  11. Yea i did, those under repositories right ? I’ve installed all that they’ve included in that repository file and i still can’t see it =/

  12. Yea those from the repositories right ? I’ve installed all there is, now there’s no repositories folder in my itouch.

  13. Search for “Cydia Community Sources” in Cydia and make sure it’s installed

  14. Yes it is installed, checked it already. =/ i really don’t know what’s wrong it’s a 2.1 jb’ed itouch 1st gen

  15. Great app and I’ve been customising all morning. But I am having problems with keyboard themes. I’ve installed some through cydia and they appear in Winterboard but none of them seem to work. Or am I doing this wrong. It’s still using the default keyboard when I type messages. Can anybody help?

  16. I have successfully jail-broken my iPod Touch (its running on 2.1 firmware). i have also installed Cydia, community sources from Cydia and Winterboard. then i have installed some themes (battery themes, complete themes and so on). THE PROBLEM IS WHENEVER I TAP THE CYDIA ICON, IT OPENS ALRIGHT, BUT THERE ARE NO THEMES OR NOTHING THERE. it doesnt show anything!!!!

    wat to do??? i jailbroked my iPod Touch to install themes! help me. can u also forward me the reply on

    – Asif

  17. so i recently bought a 3g iphone and i want a summer board app or something so i can customize it its running on the newest firmware 2.1 so how do i jail brake it so im not gonna be stuck with a bricked phone? and how do i get summerboard on my iphone does it like open with itunes or what? someone please help

  18. how can i download winterboard and summerboard on my iphone3g???someboady help me how to download winterboard and summerboard on my iphone? ive been wanting to have a background! pls help me!!

  19. i want video wallpaper in my iphone

  20. i want to change different wallpaper in my iphone everyday

  21. trouble is: i jailbroke the 2.2 and now my Cydia doesn’t wor. it starts but right after i choose which kind of user i am, it crashes.

  22. Hey dude I’m havin the same problem as you…
    Did you ever find a solution?

  23. hey guys I got a 2.1.0 iPod touch I just got it so I don’t know much can you please tell me how to get winterboard, cydia please. Thanks

  24. does jailbreaking the 2nd gen ipod touch, that is in the newest version, work?

  25. i cant seem to find community sources on cydia.. someone help plz..!

  26. yes i want

  27. Um yea… i jail broke my 1G Ipod Touch with Quick Pwn… i got cydia and installer app… in cydia i have community package….

    when i go to installl winterboard i bget the msg….


    the package winterboard cannot be found in current sources i might recommend installing more sources…. what do i do? PLZ HELP

  28. but how do u download cydia can u tell me plz

  29. got winterboard working .my question is how can you delete something you installed if you decide that you don’t like it after all.

  30. Hi, I added your site in my rss reader. Thanks πŸ™‚

  31. what is community sources??? please tell me…

    if u have an answer just email me at

  32. Hello, need some advice….
    while updating Cydia, i got some updates… 2 actually, some app and a “mobile substrate” and I update them at the same time… and then all the iPhone was “substrated”… and have to take it to a technician friend of mine to fix it…. and he told me “don’t update anything from cydia, but if you do, BE CAREFULL”….
    Now, the thing is my iPhone is back!, and im tempted to install Winterboard, because I want to have a “different look” on it!. When I press “install”, takes me to the “confirm” page… in “Modifications” appears “Mobile Substrate Winterboard”. As you can see the nightmare is there….!
    Can I install the Winterboard app? or my phone will crash again, and go again to an “I.C.U.”????….



  33. Hie, want to know why iPhone won’t send files via blue tooth and why u cant customize yr ringtones wth yr iPod musik! It’s so pathetic bcoz any 20Century generation smartfone dose this and more not to mention a flash on th camera and th 2nd camera 4 video calling! Come on now apple, u guys can do way better than this…!!

  34. Hi i just jail broke my Ipod 2nd Gen Using This Tutorial Which I Thought Was Good :

    But Then When I Download Winter Board It Turns Off My Ipod And Then I Cant Turn It Back On I Have To Re-Jailbreak It

    I Have Dont It About 8 Times Now And Every Time The Same thing Happens Please Help Me

  35. Basically, you have to jailbreak your Ipod using QuickPwn or PwnageTool (my preference is QuickPwn * Note: Look up around youtube on how to jailbreak your gen. and firmware ). After jailbreaking, you then acquire 2 Apps : Installer & Cydia. Go into Cydia and it will update itself automatically. Once updated, you can then search for winterboard.
    Cheers Mate!

  36. wow does nobody have a good source for cydia its not hard to jail break an ipod or an iphone

    Somebody find a source that gives you a bundle of themes


  37. When I download winterboard it comes up with all these different pop-up errors the main one being;

    NetDB: Open nodename nor servname provided, or not known

    But in the end it always says download complete restart springboard. It restarts, and it’s not there. When I go to download it again it says install still and not modify. Can anyone help me.

  38. you have to jail break ur ipod touch/iphone using quickpwn and then when u run quickpwn it will ask u if u want to add cydia

  39. mhh i jailbreaked my iphone 3gs yesterday. installed cydia and winterboard, and then my iphone crashed, and could just be started in the safety mode for springboard.

    since i removed winterboard again, it works. but i wanna use it, is there something else?

  40. i have done the same thing.. i think i’ve installed it about 20x already and i just bought my iphone 3gs yesterday. i think im gonna have a hard time in the future because of this lol. but then.. i stopped after reading this out of nowhere..

    so i think it’s not working at all in 3gs.. so we just have to wait!
    or if it does now!! could somebody help us!?? πŸ™‚

  41. When I try to install SB Settings, I get a message;

    Depends network-cmds

    Depends sbsettingstoggles >= 3.0.2

    When I try to install SB Stettings, it says

    Depends on network-cmds

    How do I get network-cmds. Where is it for me to run?


  42. can somebody make a winterboard theme for me if you can just email me and title it winter board i want a framing hanley with the whole setup with the lollipop sound with it and kenneth nixon the lead singer if you could do that i would greatly appreciate it thank hou my e mail is

  43. i need winterboard application. .how can i get it??

  44. bhargav says:
    i need winterboard application. .how can i get it??

    Ok Im assuming that your phone has been jail break and this is how you get the Winterboard,

    1) Click on Cydia
    2) Click on search and type “Winterboard” it will display. Click to install and confirm…your done πŸ™‚

  45. Yo
    I saw the msg
    Very absorbing
    In fact I have been looking for this for ages is definitely on my bookmarksnow.
    Great effort keep up the good work !

  46. My favorite is Winterboard on the iPhone. Its work beautiful on my iPhone!

  47. i like because i can change the ikon,,?

  48. help!! i try to install winterboard onto my iphone and when my fone reboots it goes into recovery mode and i have to restore it and jailbreak it again.. done it 5 times already and cant understand why its not working..

  49. heyyyy heyyyy everyoneeeee im sooooo happyyyyy i jailbrokeeeeee my ipodddd. my fave themesss on cydia aree imamess, abeo, picnic and sexy realize.??

  50. Hey umm I downloaded winterboard and it doesn’t work because it always tells me that spring board has crashed plz help me I tried everything and it won’t even leg me charge my iPhone unless I take off winterbord so plz help email me the soluthion at

  51. this thing always crashes my ipod and i had to do a restore.

  52. I’m getting the similar issue of Winterboard sending my iPhone 3GS into recovery mode. Done multiple times, had to run blackra1n to get it to boot (this is a workaround to having to restore!).

  53. The best way to get around having to restore it is to merely jailbreak the thing again. It reboots and everything is good to go. Works like a charm

  54. Nice Cydia app. It’s been working fine for me – I’m on 3.1.2 firmware on iPod touch 2G.

  55. this look cool

  56. I hop it works

  57. When i installed winterboard on My iPhone 3GS all of my downloaded applications stopped working. I removed winterboard but i could still not Open them. Any suggestions?

  58. i downloaded winter board but my themes wont work, on my itouch 3rd gen do you know how to fix this.

  59. i want to winterboard app,but si difficult to download ,,please help me

  60. when i try to down load winter baord it says host unreachable and then it tells me that I am missing killall to make it run
    how do i get winter board on my phone

  61. I love it

  62. Would like to purchace this app please advise

  63. go to google and type in “spirit jailbreak” and then download spirit and then plug in your itouch, iphone, or ipad and the open up spirit on your computer and click “jailbreak” it literally takes like 5 seconds and you have it!

  64. this will be the first time jailbreaking mine, i know everything except where you get winterboard from. any help?

  65. Where can i get winterboard from cydia download link

  66. I got winterboard install (only see it on cydia) but is not showing on home screen πŸ™ plz help!!!!

  67. how do i download it i cant find the link

  68. How can I get it

  69. I like this

  70. I have a brother

  71. I love this program but how do I down load ott?????

  72. It’s good

  73. I really want winter board I love the backgrounds you get when you have it

  74. When I click a theme and press the home button my iPod restarts and the theme doesn’t work idk why

  75. Some genuinely rattling work on behalf of the owner of this internet site , utterly fantastic content material .

  76. i need help to get my iphone up and running

  77. good

  78. Cydia

  79. I’ll see a thing is very nice i”ll love

  80. My phone is new!

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