If one thing is certain in this world, it is that people will revolt against any sort of restriction against individuality. And when it comes to the design of iPhones, iPads and other Apple products, there isn’t much opportunity to truly express oneself with a unique look, other than basic wallpaper.
That is, unless you jailbreak your device.
Apple had to see this coming. Who thought that simply customizing a wallpaper background would be enough for those of us who thrive on individuality and a complete overhaul of the designs in our lives?
Anyway…let’s first look at what iOS themes are, and then we can dive into how to get them onto your device in a matter of minutes.
So, What are iOS Themes?
First, it’s important to understand what iOS themes are.
They are exactly what you think – a way to customize the look of your iPhone/iPad by changing the background, icons, fonts – anything you want. And with so much freedom at one’s disposal, graphic artists and developers have really had a field day with some themes, completely altering the look of Apple devices.
How to Install iOS Themes
There are a number of ways in which you can install an iOS theme, and one of the easiest ways is to jailbreak your phone and install Cydia. This can be accomplished in just a couple of steps (remember to back up your device first!).
Once your iPhone or iPad has been unlocked, you will see Cydia show up on your Springboard, which is a directory for all available jailbreak apps on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
After undergoing a few potential upgrades inside the app itself, you will want to download WinterBoard from Cydia. WinterBoard is the app that will allow you to install your new iOS theme on your device. Once that has been downloaded, you can search through a vast library of available themes.
All you have to do is install your chosen theme through Cydia and you’re done! Before you know it, you’ll be rocking an iPhone that might look a little something like this:
Some of the Best iOS Themes
The beauty of iOS themes comes from their ability to completely customize the look of your device. With everything able to be enhanced, the creators of these themes really come up with some great stuff. We included a few of our favorite iOS themes below, along with where you can find even more.
Hello Kitty iOS
Hello Kitty remains an incredibly popular property, so it’s no surprise that a Hello Kitty iOS theme would exist. If you feel you’re not getting your daily dose of Hello Kitty imagery, then this theme is a must-have.
Who doesn’t love the Mario games? The characters from this colorful world have infiltrated just about every type of video game imaginable, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t recognize the icon Mario or Luigi.
Add some serious style to your iPhone with this Gucci theme. Being successful is all (well, mostly all) about confidence, and looking at a theme like these will keep you focused on your ultimate financial goals. That is, if one of your goals is being dressed like a true G.
Circul8 (Circle iOS App icons)
Do the rounded rectangular app buttons drive you crazy on a daily basis? Now is the time to get circular, which this iOS theme does with a variety of colors and simple graphics.
Bookshelf iPad Theme
If you’re obsessed with organization, then this is one of the best iPad themes you can find. It’s also great for big readers and app users, as it expertly packs a ton of your publications and apps on your Springboard for easy access.
iSublime (Android Inspired)
This green iPad theme lets users customize their device with an Android flair. It’s the best of both worlds, and ideal for those of us who really love this color and a subdued background wallpaper.
Download Safari Browser Themes
If you are into customizing your Apple products, you would likely love customizing your desktop browser as well. Luckily for you, there are a ton of great Safari browser themes out there (Brand Thunder has a huge library of available ones) that will help you deck out your browser any way you’d like.
Find More iOS Themes
Check out the following sites for more galleries of iOS themes: