Have you ever wondered what your iDevice’s springboard would look like if your icons didn’t have any labels? Think of how much less cluttered your home screen would feel without all of that text.

There are already packages in Cydia that could help you go label-free, but there’s a new kid on the block. Alphacon allows you to change the transparency level of your icon labels, or make them disappear all together…

The nice thing about this utility is that it’s free-standing, meaning it doesn’t require Winterboard. It also doesn’t add any extra icons to your homescreen, and can be tweaked from within the stock Settings app.

Once downloaded, you’ll have to pop into your Settings app to enable Alphacon. From there you can select the alpha (transparency) level of your icon labels, or you can just flat out hide them.

The customization extends far beyond the homescreen. You can customize transparency levels of app icon labels in your folders, dock, and even your multitasking bar.

I have to say I’m really diggin’ the clean, no-label look I have going on. I might just keep Alphacons around for awhile. If you’re thinking you might want to go label-free, Alphacon is available for free in Cydia.

Have you tried it yet?

  • Mike

    Springtomize does both of the things this tweak does plus a whole lot more, by far the best, most feature rich tweak there has been to date.

    • Mike

      “AlphaIcon allows you to change the transparency level of your icons, or make them disappear all together”

      That’s also misleading, does this make the icons transparent as what you wrote suggests or just the labels.

      • the word “labels” was mysteriously absent from that sentence, it has since been added.

        I apologize, it was never my intent to “mislead” you.

        Thanks for reading!

      • Mike

        πŸ™‚ cool article as always, best blog on the net imo.

      • Actually it will make your icons transparent.

  • Joe

    This has been available since winterboard so it isn’t new…

  • Craig

    I love the no label look, been rocking it since Springtomize first came out (http://i.imgur.com/abP1S.png). If set to transparent and ‘Switcher’ is set to ‘On’ does it still display the text for the song information in the music controls?

  • Dave

    Does anybody know where can I get the background/wallpaper on this screenshot?

  • ProtoSphere

    This also allows you to change the transparency of the icons themselves.

  • numbnuts

    this is useless for me as I have a poor memory. I need those labels!!! πŸ˜€

  • No for nothing but you wrote “AlphaIcon” five times in the article… The tweak is called “Alphacon” haha
    Tried searching for it with no results, then saw the screenshot in the article of the Settings app. It clearly reads “Alphacon;” no i.

  • Hi

  • Matt C

    I remember when i first did this like 3 or 4 years ago. Wow has it been that long? Anyways u should do a review on Summerboard

  • Nancy Grace

    I like turtles

  • Angelo

    I really do like that tweak.

  • Grant

    This is different in that it allows you to change springboard icon labels to being invisible without having being absent from the switcher bar. Pretty cool

  • ic0edx

    That is a nice walloper, where can I get it?

    • I don’t remember the name of it, or where I got it. But hit me up on Twitter and I will try to get it uploaded, @melvco.

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