I’ve never been a big themer; in fact, even though it’s jailbroken I take pride in the fact that my iPhone looks pretty much stock most of the time.

Besides a few obvious omissions from my iPhone’s Home screen, I try to keep it as clean as I possibly can.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that I’m not really big into WinterBoard, and other apps that allow you to customize the look of your iPhone.

There’s a new exception to that rule, though. A new jailbreak app by the name of AlertArtist piqued my interest, and I’ve been hooked ever since…

AlertArtist, as its name easily gives away, is a jailbreak app that lets you spruce up your iPhone’s alerts; that means push notifications, alarms, everything.

While some customization apps of this nature require a degree in rocket science, you’ll immediately come to appreciate AlertArtist’s easy to navigate user interface.

If Apple would have included a built in option that lets you design the look of your notifications, this is probably a good indicator of how it would operate.

Virtually every aspect of your alerts can be modified; the background, border, shadow, and text colors can all be adjusted using simple RGB sliders. There’s even an option to adjust the transparency of each component that makes up an alert.

Title and body fonts are not exempt from all out customization either, as each can be tuned with well over a dozen different font selections and sizes.

After you’ve finished creating your masterpiece you have the option to name and save it to a custom theme where you can easily retrieve it later.

As a bonus, the developer has even tossed in six custom themes if artistry isn’t exactly your forte’.

At only $0.99 on the Cydia store, AlertArtist gives you a lot of bang for your buck. If Apple is going to continue to subject us to their horrible method of notifications, at least now we can make them look pretty.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, head over to Cydia and let me know what you think after you try it out.

  • Yes. I’m really digging this. Exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  • mripod64

    hmmm looks interesting, will have to give this a try

  • 8lo88y

    for me it keeps crashing after i move any one of the sliders but works great when selecting a preset theme

  • Joel

    This is good but after using Grip notifications I can’t go back

  • Usersean

    I really hoped this would work with biteSMS but it doesn’t seem to, anyone else?

    • Diddyo

      Yeah I was also disappointed it didn’t function with biteSMS. Still looks great for other alerts though, maybe biteSMS support in the future?

      • Usersean

        Let us hope…

  • indianbearfever

    i cant seem to find this when i search. is there a source i need to add first?

  • Ners2b

    This is why Apple hate jailbreaking. Because somebody or an app developer thought of it and making money out of it, instead of Apple. Hooray for jailbreaking! I bet you, if a jailbroken app becomes famous, Apple would copy or make something similar so they too can make money!

    • Diddyo

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple has a bunch of features coming in iOS 5 that are already available on cydia. There are some amazing tweaks out there.

      • Binary-Stalker

        They don’t need to. Remember the cord that plugs from an iPod to a tv or projector to send video? Yeah, Cydia had it first. Same with Mobile Hotspot, multitasking, background changing, and multiple others.

        Apple’s resource is Cydia.

  • Max

    Does anyone know if it works with irealsms?

  • I love the theme you made. It looks really cool without the border!

  • Dodgerdeezy

    Anyone know any Cydia app that puts a password on phonecalks? Not asktocall but something like phototector?? Thanks

    • iphoner

      lockdown pro. you can lock any app you want including the phone app and i don’t need phototector because i can also lock the photo app with it too.

  • Nemo

    Besides the fact that it does not support biteSMS, this is a cool thing to have and at a very resonable price.

  • Dylan

    I wish you could set certain themes to spefic notifications, only like a Priority alert. Make Text messages in red, push in blue, voicemail green. So you always know what notification you have at a glance.

    Anyone else think that’d be cool?

    • Usersean


  • Arodweb

    I found a compatible winterboard theme for biteSMS.

    Go to Cydia and look for Black Popup

    • Usersean

      I don’t want to use winterboard… If this app had biteSMS support it would be perfect. Until (if) it happens I’ll have to stick with the stock settings 🙁

  • When I try to customize it crashes.

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