How to make the stock iOS 7 app icons look like iOS 6

By , Dec 29, 2013

iOS 6 theme for iOS 7

A new jailbreak theme package was just released on Cydia, and it allows users who install it to regain the app icons featured in iOS 6 and below. The theme, which is entitled iOS 6 Theme for iOS 7, is a WinterBoard release that replaces the stock iOS 7 app icons with those from earlier firmware. Take a gander at our full video walkthrough inside to see how it looks.

After installing the iOS 6 Theme from Cydia, you’ll need to venture into the WinterBoard app and enable the iOS 6 theme. Please be aware that if you’re installing WinterBoard for the first time, it will require you to reboot your device. After rebooting, you’ll need to perform the Mobile Substrate reinstall to get the jailbreak tweaks and apps working correctly.

Once you install and enable the iOS 6 theme, you should notice that virtually all stock app icons now sport the iOS 6 look. There are a few exceptions like Calendar, and Newsstand, but for the most part, your stock icons will look and feel like a blast from the past.

If you want to give the iOS 6 theme a shot, then head over to Cydia’s ModMyi repo and download it now for free. Be sure to share your thoughts and experiences with the theme in the comment section below.

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  • Luism27

    Can’t wait for the mobile substrate update.. I knew that they would release an iOS 6 theme!! I’ve always hated the new icons and always will.

    • Cameron Chao

      You can always change the icons with another theme, having iOS 6 on an iOS 7 UI is an abomination, they should put people in jail for that.

      • Luism27

        well they should put Jony Ive in jail for almost manking me blind with the fluorescent ugly icons and all the whiteness.

      • Cameron Chao

        you bought an iPhone 5s knowing what it came with.

      • gittlopctbi

        Not like he had a choice with the iOS, now did he? Wait–so you’re saying he should have purchased an Android?

      • Cameron Chao

        yea why not? or an iPhone 5 2nd hand or refurbished could still come with ios 6.

      • gittlopctbi

        Yep, I’m sure that’s what he wanted–a 2nd hand phone with all the risks through some Craig’s List seller. And trying to find a refurb with 6 still on it. (good luck with that) He probably is like a lot of people who got a phone with 7 or upgraded to 7, used it, and found out that the UI really wasn’t all that great for him. But it took using it for more than taking a look at it at Best Buy or the Apple Store to find out.

      • Cameron Chao

        exactly how much risk is there buying from Craigslist? you check the condition, you pay. Refurbs still do come with ios 6. i just did a one to one swap 2 weeks ago, the iPhone 5 refurb came with 6.1.4. iOS 7 was widely shown all over the internet months before it was officially released, its near impossible not knowing what he was buying, especially since he commented on the iDB page. If he hated the look, he should have bought something else.

      • gittlopctbi

        Look, say whatever you want, I don’t care. You miss the point that seeing news reports on iOS7, seeing pictures of it, and even fooling with it a little while is no substitute for actually using it and becoming disenfranchised with it. Like many of my friends have been. I’m not saying he was ignorant. He’s not saying he hates the “look,” as in aesthetics, what I get is that he’s complaining about the effect on his eyes. Risks to buying on CL? To a novice, a lot. Anyway, back and forth on this, no one cares but you and me and the “me” part is no longer. Best wishes to you, though, no offense intended.

      • Mark

        All the whiteness late at night, pass me the sunglasses lol

      • marcus1324

        F.lux!

      • rockdude094

        Lmaooo I just invert all the colours.. It makes it a lot easier to text a night even the day sometimes.

      • Ted Forbes

        Then more people will do it.

      • Chris Chris

        IOS 7 Icons are an abomination…”Hey let’s go to K-Mart and get some Icons for IOS 7!”

    • Austin Steffen

      It’s like the mayo vs miracle whip thing. You either hate one or love the other. Personally, can’t stand the ios 7 look

    • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

      ios 6 is just old, its simple as that

      • gittlopctbi

        And it works great. And right now, with a jb 6x phone, it works better than iOS 7.

      • marcus1324

        iOS 7 is much faster than iOS 6 and its much more stable.

      • gittlopctbi

        I have no issues with the speed of 6 nor its stability. 6 is very speedy and extremely stable. I guess you are basing your opinion on tests that 7 is faster and more stable? I haven’t seen them, nor does it matter to me.

      • marcus1324

        Alright then I guess it’s your loss.

    • Big Papa LaPlaca

      I’m with you on this. Now believe me, I love a flat look but these icons look like they were made with crayons by an extremely uncoordinated first grader. Honestly they could have done better but there are some great themes that can fix this problem. One of my personal faves is Jaku classic. They are not iOS 6 themed icons but there very detailed and look amazing.

  • Adham

    Is it me or does this not look good at all?

    • Luism27

      It is you

      • Cameron Chao

        You actually like iOS 6 icons on an iOS 7 UI?

      • RarestName

        On my 4S, I removed the dock and added a custom a wallpaper with the old status bar and dock. Looks great.

      • Is Aac

        Hey,
        can u send me the picture or can you upload it? I really Need that.

    • weztimonial

      Not good

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      It is not you. This is one of the reasons why Apple doesn’t support jailbreaking.
      Having the option/alternative and the power of choice is great, however this sucks, PERIOD.

      • gittlopctbi

        And I know many who upgraded to 7 and wish they hadn’t, so yes, that is your opinion, though not shared by all.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        They are a minority, and you can be sure about it based on the votes.

      • gittlopctbi

        They may be a minority, sure. Maybe not. And what votes? The up/down votes on this website frequented by fanboys? I don’t think that’s an accurate bearing on people’s acceptance of iOS7. I was merely stating my anecdotal evidence that there are many who do not like the UI and/or the performance hit they took upgrading.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        LOL- performance has nothing to do with tweaking as it won’t improve
        your device’s rather the opposite, for the most part; if your device
        became slower, stay on iOS 6 or upgrade your device. Same reason if you
        don’t like the icons, but like I said, to those their own thing. :)
        Thanks.

      • gittlopctbi

        Didn’t say anything about tweaking vs. performance. I don’t know what you are talking about. I’m talking about my friends who upgraded to iOS7 and regret it because their devices (iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s) is slower and/or eats up more battery since they updated to 7.

      • Chris Chris

        +1 …If any of these IOS 7 lovers would look around and start reading the blogs on MODMYI, REDMOND PIE, ICLARIFIED, SINFULIPHONE, ETC., they would see the numbers of people who hate the K-Mart Icons of IOS 7!

      • gittlopctbi

        “Kmart icons”…I like that. lol

    • Noaaahh

      Especially the Calendar app…
      0.o

    • Fardeen Beharry

      u r right, its so out of place

    • Owen

      I agree. Looks incredibly ugly. iOS 6 should be gone forever and forgotten about.

  • Luism27

    I hope in the future they make the whole UI looks like iOS 6, including the menus,setting icons etc.

    • Mohsin

      whats the purpose of updating to iOS 7 then ?

      • Luism27

        I never updated.. I bought the 5S and it came with those horrible icons.

      • Mohsin

        i didn’t like them in the beginning but once you get used to them they are not too bad.

      • Luism27

        my eyes will never get used to that blinding design

      • Riko

        And the goddamn skinny font everywhere.

      • Umut Bilgiç

        You can always fix that in settings..

  • MrJohnBlaze

    the only theme worth using is the jaku theme to bad it wont work on a7 devices

  • JulianZH

    sorry i prefer ios 7 look.

  • Jimmy Velletta

    I’m so used to iOS 7 now, that this looks horrible.

  • Rares

    More like “How to make crappy ios 7 look crappier”

  • Dan

    Looks good. I’d try it out if mobile substrate was updated :(

  • jack

    One word: fail.

  • smtp25

    I have a ipad3 I’m keeping on ios6 because of iapfree. How much warning will we get before 7.1 comes out? I’m holding out until the last I minute to upgrade to 7.0.4. The other job team has gone quiet? So maybe they gave a 7.1 jb?

    • ::/DeltaStylez::

      Iap free also works on ios7

      • smtp25

        Ohh true. I have an air as we’ll so was still thinking it didn’t work ios 7 but it’s just the a7 devices. JB time tonight then

        Is everything else working for ipad3? No issues like with the a7′s?

      • assassin

        Sometimes Safari may crash but there is a fix for that.
        Other than that you should be fine

      • smtp25

        Just to confirm. All up and running now

    • Ted Forbes

      Good idea!

  • Jae. Just J.

    I prefer Ayecon. I can’t wait to put that back onto my 5s.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      I used to use it, then I switched to FlatIcons and never going back. I’d take simplicity and minimalism over overly detailed icons.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Can i use flatcons now on ios 7? i5

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        I’ve no idea, although I read that themes must be manually installed which can be a bit bothersome for some people.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        I think you can but Winterboard doesn’t work properly yet on iOS 7 so refrain from using it.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        I haven’t tried it, however Winterboard doesn’t work as you need to install the themes manually using iFile. I say you wait until Winterboard is updated.

  • D1squs

    Whited00r 7 is out. Jeff please make a tutorial to do it to older device like ipod 3rd 4th and iphone 3gs and 4 to have ios7 feel to older devices!

    • iPT MSTR

      Theres whited00r for iPod 4? Cant find on official website. Plz help cuz I really want it on iPod 4

  • Alberto Espinal

    Who would do such abomination!!

    • Guest

      A non mindless zombie perhaps?

  • Rune

    Elite Pro and all it’s sequels, EPHDiOS5 & elite 6, are the greatest themes of all time.

    • FreeRunner9616

      THANK YOU SOMEBODY WHO UNDERSTANDS! when elite pro HD came out I was so happy when I had it on iOS. 4 is was perfect in every way, the icons were awesome and the UI great! It’s still the #1 theme today and when it came out! then iOS 5 came out and it was never updated.. It was missing icons and didn’t support messages anymore. ( I bought a 4s by the way ) EPHDIOS5 was different icons and just didn’t feel the same. I didn’t use it.
      Then elite 6 came out!! 3 different icon sets all great and good in their own way. But nothing will ever be as good as the iOS 4 version, I had it on my iPod 4 and it was great. I miss those icons and look. Point is…
      I like you..
      We cool.

  • Lemerio P.

    While I agree that ios7 icons aren’t the best, I surely wouldn’t go back to ios6 icons. I hate the dock on ios7 though, I feel like it covers too much of the home screen in comparison to the 3d dock.

    • Naman Jain

      its still the same. icons have the same size and yeah u can remove the dock with shiftdock

      • Lemerio P.

        I wouldn’t call them the same. In size yes but I’d rather have something newer than same ones from the previous os. And yes the dock can always be changed but then winterboard can be laggy. I’d change it manually in ifile.

      • Naman Jain

        OK.

  • roja Awakening

    Thx Jeff !
    Looks great now. ;)

  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    LOL; Can’t wait to get iOS 7 so I can jailbreak and put iOS 6 app icons on it. Too funny

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      That’s about 0.01% (if not 0%) of iOS 7 users. Most just wanted to remove the nonsense “Other” from their iDevice (which happened to be iOS 7 that automatically got downloaded), thus they restore and can’t reinstall iOS 6…hence they end up with crayola iOS 7.

  • Nirvana

    Reminisce of the old days, skeumophism!

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Skeumophism? Spell much?

  • Sam Khan

    Scott will be so proud of this developer!!

  • Sam Khan

    Now we need to know about signal bar…

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      No kidding, who on earth approved long circles as a replacement to bars?

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Saurik sucks. Get off ur hippy ass and make it happen already. Just sit on ios7 MS out of spite. Ahead of time, spare me the ‘ur not being very considerate shit.’ Coz ya, I kno it’s inconsiderate. I just don’t give a damn.

    • Sam Khan

      Don’t hate the player hate the game

    • smtp25

      yep the world owes you something. Saurik in particular, you’ve done so much for him, NOW,now he holds out on you out of spite.

    • Jeffrey Moreno

      I literally hope you drop your phone into a toilet full of urine.

    • gittlopctbi

      Yep, 4p0c4lyps3, the universe certainly revolves around you.

  • Philip

    Hi, as Winterboard is not 100% iOS 7 compatible, you can’t change the words on the calendar. Therefore what would you guys recommend the icon?
    - Stay iOS 7, add shadow (what it is now)
    - Use iOS 6, can’t see day (as they are both red)
    - Others

  • iPT MSTR

    and I just changed the cydia icon yesterday…

    • iPT MSTR

      And I hav an iPod 4, so I hav iOS 6 on that.

      • assassin

        You can still get get the iOS 7 cydia icon in the same way that you get iOS 7 cydia icon on any other device

      • iPT MSTR

        i know, but I wanted to make everything look ios 7, so I changed it… and then came the theme

  • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

    iOS 6 icons look horrible its like meh

    • gittlopctbi

      I respectfully disagree. I personally think iOS 7 icons and the whole total flat look looks meh.

  • Martin Bergesio

    Excellent! Back to ios6 icons again! Works great.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Is winterboard safe to use now? And can i use the flatcons theme now?

  • Truth

    iOS 7 aka Garbage vs Beautiful Jailbreak

    • Abdl

      Your clock app says 10:10 while your status bar says 1:28am :P

      • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

        its beauty lol

      • Noaaahh

        Because, the last two screenshots are from iOS 6 with iOS 7 icons. You can tell by the thickness of the font, and the whole status bar.

      • Guest

        100% sure it says 1:50.

  • Abdl

    Anybody know how i can edit the QuickLaunch apps in Control center?(not toggles)

  • Y2J

    Has anybody heard of anyone developing a tweak to enable the blur effect on older devices?

    • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

      for iPhone 4 atleast, install hiddensettings 7 and iPhone4Parallax
      now there should be Parallax in Springboard Settings, Press Parallax and just enable blur and press done ;)

      • Y2J

        That’s cool! What about iPad 3rd gen?

  • ☞Dylan James Kroger

    Just waiting for the iPad 2 jailbreak…

    • Ge0rges

      definitely.

  • Fardeen Beharry

    this is ugly…. ios 7 icons is ugly too

    • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

      you are too ;)

  • Manuel Molina

    I have a new jailbreak tweak that we should review, it’s called mobile substrate. What it does is allow all new iOS devices make use of all Cydia tweaks and themes. The best thing about this tweak, it’s free!

    Wtf, can we get this shit going already? And that patience is a virtual shit is way overused, so let’s not use it.

  • gittlopctbi

    I know many love the look of iOS7 and think that the iOS6 look is so yesterday. However, I personally know plenty of people and can tell by many posts online that there is a large contingent that does not like the iOS7 look. Count me in the latter. To me, the iOS7 look is like rock ‘n roll of the 80′s–in general, there really wasn’t that much substance there. I think it ironic that we celebrate the resolution of our smartphone screens these days, yet adorn it with simplistic, flat icons and a UI that are worthy of lesser displays. What a waste.

  • Steven Code

    What I have learned today is that we all have different opinions ‘
    :p

  • smarth thukral

    it says winterboard is not compatible so how will we apply this theme (iphone 5)??

    • Burge

      Read the post ..

  • Prasoon Singh

    What’s the point of updating to iOS 7 if you want the iOS 6 look?

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      There’s no point, but you actually don’t have a choice in the Apple world (http://bit ly/1bxjsGK)…

  • Fevostone

    Why????

  • vaiperboy

    Seriously!!! In IOS 6 you’ve made themes to look like IOS 7.. And on IOS 7 you’ve made themes to look like IOS 6 WTF!

    • M Last

      people going crazy :-)

      • vaiperboy

        You got that right

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Sorry, people have preferences here on Earth, get back to your single-minded/mindless Apple planet…

      • vaiperboy

        What preferences???

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        “What preferences???”

        That’s a rhetorical question…right? Just in-case it’s not, here on Earth, people have preferences on how they want their device they paid for, with their own cash, to look, feel and work.

  • Mark

    Guys an off the topic question here, I know a jailbreak blocks future ota updates, but what about regular app updates since jail breaking I haven’t had a single one or could this be down to the Christmas period

  • http://about.me/rajat Rajat Hooja

    thank you– “After rebooting, you’ll need to perform the Mobile Substrate reinstall to get the jailbreak tweaks and apps working correctly.” was not included in the instructions. it works on my 4S iOS 7.0.4

  • Ted Forbes

    2g & 3g will 7 looks is cool. Yes, a lot of people have these phones pack in their draws. 2g & 3g with 7 looks is a good trick, but this wont keep them out of the draws.

    If you can spend this much interest on 2g & 3g why not give it some value, try to make whatsapp, viber, BBM and tango, etc work on these devices. This would take them out of the draws and back to work.

    Just my opinion.

  • bobism

    no pont cause most third party apps now have the IOS7 look

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    I would never.

  • Dante Arellano

    Go back to iOS 6 please really guys?!

  • Pod

    Could you please show us how surinex’s theme Aycon look like on iOS 7??

  • ali aboshukri safadi

    The dialpad is still the same how can you change it