Since the release of the iPhone 4 and its brilliant Retina Display, the amount of available themes for jailbreakers has been greatly diminished. First, the jailbreak for iOS 4 took some time, and once it happened it seemed no one was quick to convert their existing themes to match the stunning Retina Display quality. A few have started to crop up, now that the jailbreak for iPhone 4 seems permanent.

Themes seemed like a lot of fun when I first jailbroke my iPhone, but they quickly lost their novelty as they were often battery hogs and well, just plain tacky. But sometimes I like to change it up, and now I know the simpler the theme, the better. (Hey, kind of like Apple’s design… imagine that!) Enter the Glasklart HD theme, designed especially for iPhone 4.

This theme gives your iPhone that black-and-white-film feel, with all the icons shades of gray, many of which are simplified version of the native app icon. The sheer number of apps always makes it difficult for custom themes to have every one of your icons converted, but Glasklart seems to have far more than any other theme I’ve tried thus far.

I also like that the icons aren’t vastly different than the native ones as it makes it easier to adjust to the new look. In addition, Glasklart HD has its own rendering of the Liveclock icon, one of my favorite tweaks.

The SMS app is also designed to match the theme, using the dark/light shades of gray to alternate the bubbles. The theme even has matching badges, as well as the X badge in the multi-tasking view. (Inexplicably, the minus sign badges are red).

There’s also some lockscreen/slider tweaks the theme provides. Most of these options can be turned off and on in Winterboard, so you can mix and match the features of the theme you like the most. Additionally, there are some other black/white tweaks available in Cydia, such as the White/Black Signal Bars that matches perfectly with the Glasklart HD theme.

The font is not part of the theme. I downloaded and installed the Surface Font separately (learn how to do that here), but I think the uber-skinny font fits well with the minimalist theme.

The Glasklart HD theme is available for free in Cydia, and is authored by Max Rudberg. Let us know what you think of it in the comments if you try it out, or if you think there’s a better theme out there for the iPhone 4 that we should give a spin.

  • TotallyBrit

    Am off to Jailbreak…Again!

    This theme alongside the illumine theme have been my all time faves. Simple and effective.

  • TotallyBrit

    By The Way..

    Limerain or GreenPoison?


  • Alex

    GREEANPOISON, limera1n didnt work for me
    good luck 🙂

    • TotallyBrit

      Thanks @Alex.


  • appletiser

    has been my default 3GS theme for the last 3 months and won’t be changing anytime soon. will definitely give the font a try too (:

  • rainrose

    Elite Pro HD is also nice. 🙂

  • SillyBear

    You missed the biggest selling point of the theme. It is designed to fully maximize the appearance of your wallpaper. All the icons are translucent.

    Combine this theme with boss paper slideshows and you’ll get a nice look.

    • Good point–didn’t realize it because I’ve been using a plain black wallpaper!

  • Irha

    I never tried installing a custom theme, I guess you first have to install winterboard and then the theme? If you want to back, is it just enough to uninstall the theme, or do you also need to uninstall winterboard? Appreciate any tips for newbie in this area.

    • I think you will need Winterboard, but if you want to get rid of the theme you can just “uncheck” it and the other Glasklart HD options in Winterboard and then respring (like a soft reboot, can be done by the Respring button in Winterboard’s main page.) That’s the beauty of Winterboard, it just makes a lot of tweaks and customizations like an on/off switch!

      • Irha

        Thanks, I just gave it a try and I life the icons. I wish the transparency can be achieved for the folders also, as they look out of place right now.

      • Z

        @Irha try clear folders theme. You can combine various themes in winterboard.

      • Irha

        @Z I installed clear folders theme and checked that option in winterboard, but after a respring it didn’t make any difference to the folder look. What am I doing wrong? While searching for this theme, I did see other similarly named themes, but not sure if any of them would work better.

  • TotallyBrit

    Awesome stuff! Am all Glask’d out!

    Ive used your method and SSH throught the phone and installed the fonts, but how do I choose/activate certain ‘individual’ fonts from that package?

    • You only replace the font file that you want to change. For example, if you only want to change the Notes font, you only replace the “MarkerFeltThin.tff” file. Leave all the other ones intact (basically don’t drag and drop the entire font package when you SSH, just the individual font.) Refer to the SSH font post I link to above to see examples of which files control which fonts in the iPhone.

      Hope that helps!

      • TotallyBrit

        Thanks. It certainly did.

        Am enjoying this Theme once again 🙂

  • Medic1

    I’ve been using this theme from day one on my iPhone 2g and so on. I’m currently using iton my I4 love it and is the only theme I use. Thanks Max!!!

  • Lucas K.

    Gotta say Elite Pro HD makes jailbreaking worth it all by itself. Amazing theme and well worth the $3.

  • Marc Dang


    How come my Facebook icon changes to completely black, and not the same as the others?


    • Elmo

      I get the same issue with Marc Dang.. Why are some of my app store apps not transluscent, but black???

  • how do we install these themes on factory unlocked iphone 4