If you’re iPhone is jailbroken and that you look at Cydia apps and mods from time to time, you most likely came across the iNav themes. iNav themes are a little more complex than your usual theme and simply activating the theme in WinterBoard won’t be enough. You will need to prep your iPhone and that’s exactly what I’m going to show you today.

Installing an iNav theme is not hard at all but it will take a few minutes of your time.

1. You’re iPhone must be jailbroken. If it’s not, then look at our tutorials on how to do that.

2. Launch Cydia and install “Categories”, “iBlank”, and the iNav theme of your choice. For this tutorial, I am installing the iFdark theme from the iSpazio source.

3. Launch Categories and create 2 folders: Apps, and Games. Put all your games in the Games folder, and put all your apps into the Apps folder, except for Phone, SMS, Email, Safari, iPod, Camera, and Photo.

4. Close Categories. You should now have only Games, Apps, Photos, Camera, SMS, Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod on your springboard.

5. Move the apps so you have only one app per page on your springboard.

6. Launch Winterboard and activate the iNav theme, as well as the “No Undocked Icon Labels” option. Close Winterboard. Your springboard should look a little messed up.

7. Launch iBlank (from your Apps category folder) and create 135 blank icons (hint: in iBlank, tap “15” 9 times).

8. Tap and hold any icon to make then wiggle. Now drag and drop the larger icons on the right side of the screen so they fit your theme. This part is kinda tricky because the position completely depends on your iNav theme. Usually, they are on the third row from the top, the third icon from the left. Rearrange the icons on the 9 pages.

9. If rearranged properly, you should now be done and you newly installed theme should look like very first image on this page.

  • It’s a nice theme, but I wish someone would make an application so the makers of the theme could put out a file that would put your icons in the right order so you don’t have to spend 30 min arranging your icons to look right. Almost like springback but slightly different 😛

  • Jeff

    Great Tutorial… Thanks!

  • Me

    Is it possible to make iNav working on software 3.0 ?

  • I havem’t tried but I would assume so.

  • Me

    Ok, it works on 3.0 ! Thx for the tutorial. Some icons (Messages and Camera) are normal. And there is no wallpaper on a lock screen 🙁

  • uzayr aslam

    how did he get that arsenal thing on the bottom right

  • Jackzilla

    tried on 3.0.1 and everything worked except the SMS icon stayed the same.. seems kind of a hassle to go through 9 pages to get to your apps though….

  • Yes, that’s the reason why I don’t use iNav themes. They look great but they are not convenient

    • but in his final version he uses springjumps so you can directly navigate to any page…no?

  • Brian

    Anyone find the solution for the SMS icon?
    i love this theme but the SMS icon is sticking out which ruin the theme.

    UI take some getting use to but it’s different than normal and almost like having a new phone! 😛
    Also, it’s not easy to get the theme right which make it extra special cos not everyone can have it without going thru some complicated setting.

  • Sapun

    Problem with sms icon ??
    Simple.
    SSH to your iphone and change text sms icon to Message

  • Sapun

    Problem with wallpaper on a lock screen???
    SSH into your phone and go to themes, then delete lockbackground.html in the inav folder.

  • Lmfao

    Does this work for every iNav theme?

    • Yes pretty much. They all have different set up processes, but the general idea is here.

  • mike0609

    for the sms icon you have to make a category called Text with capital T and put your sms in there and then you wuill get the sms icon

  • Pezhman

    Thanks!
    very helpfull

  • james

    where must we put categories and iblank?

  • in the Apps folder i guess

  • Jfreezy

    Does any one know of a tutorial of how to install the iNav Final version on a MAC? Or a PC for that matter?

    Thanks.

  • hutas832

    how to remove it once i install it using cydia..???

  • ebrown

    my phone has been at the “apple” screen for over an hour now did i do something wrong

  • tom

    for the sms icon u need to turn it on in catigories options it will have a list of what icons to enable x

  • Ousman

    100% WORKS.
    To fix sms icon, SSH into iphone. I suggest iphonebrowser, alot eassier to access files in iphone. Then go to Library, then Themes, Then inav beta, then click on icons folder and rename the file Text.png to Messages.png. Reboot device and it should work.

    To fix lockscreen.
    Same thing but go to library,themes,THIS TIME CLICK ON THE FOLDER,not the +, NAMED inave beta, then delete ONLY the file called LockBackGround.html. Reboot and walah.

    Hope this helped.

  • Ousman

    if you want bomber inav, its awesome. goto cydia add a source called http://apt.pwncenter.com
    search bomber inav.
    install it and in winterboard kkeep bomber inav above inav beta but below no undocked icon labels.
    If you have problems with sound go to library, theme, click on inav beta and the sound related folder and delete all files in that folder. then bomber inav sounds will work. btw they are amazing.
    If you have problems with sms and lockscreen again, do the same thing in my other post but instead of opening inav beta, open bomber inav do it.

    Im done lol

    • bud

      Ousman says: April 25, 2010 at 10:19 am

      if you want bomber inav, its awesome. goto cydia add a source called http://apt.pwncenter.com
      search bomber inav.
      install it and in winterboard kkeep bomber inav above inav beta but below no undocked icon labels.
      If you have problems with sound go to library, theme, click on inav beta and the sound related folder and delete all files in that folder. then bomber inav sounds will work. btw they are amazing.
      If you have problems with sms and lockscreen again, do the same thing in my other post but instead of opening inav beta, open bomber inav do it.

      dude i owe you one. you are the shit. thanks alot.. someone had me make a new categories folder name text and put sms in there.. it worked but when i clicked the icon it still brought back the little dinky message icon.. your tip works 100% and elimates the bullshit!

  • Joe

    THANK YOU DUDE MY THEME IS PIMPIN NOW

  • Lilly

    thanx. works perfectly now

  • bud

    Now only if i could figure out how to make the settings icon work properly

  • Gridlock is a way better app for positioning your items. I love this theme, it is excellent now that I can get the icons to work properly. MY categories app freezes my phone constantly so I cant use it though 🙁 any ideas?

  • Xandy

    Categories is taken off cydia and i cant get it! What do I do?