The best Winterboard themes for iOS 7

By , Jan 14, 2014

Winterboard theme

The recent release of a Winterboard update with 64-bit compatibility marks a convenient time to reflect on some of the best themes for iOS 7 devices to date. It’s important to keep in mind that a number of popular themes from iOS 6 have yet to be updated, although it is safe to assume that many designers will release new versions in the ensuing weeks and months. So, without further ado, take a look ahead for some of the best Winterboard themes for iOS 7 available on Cydia or elsewhere right now… 

Zanilla 2

Zanilla theme

There is not much else to say about this theme asides from the fact that it’s absolutely beautiful. While many third-party apps still require custom icons, which will be added over time, the ones that are currently themed look very good. Zanilla 2 has drop shadows much like Solstice does below, and the general color scheme of this theme is quite nice. Surprisingly, Zanilla 2 is currently without a home on Cydia. To get this theme, you’ll have to download it from this deviantART page and manually place the Zanilla.theme file in the Winterboard directory /Library/Themes/ using a tool such as iFile, iExplorer or iFunBox. Expect it to hit a repository soon.

Soft Remix for iOS 7

Soft Remix theme

Easily one of my favorite themes on this list, Soft Remix for iOS 7 is a new take on the popular Suave HD theme. What I like best about Soft Remix is that it makes the Home screen icons slightly smaller, with so-called “squircle” edges, and has custom icons for some apps I wasn’t expecting—BlackBerry Messenger, IMDb, SoundCloud and a few others. Third-party apps without custom icons don’t stand out like an eyesore with this theme, and more icon requests are being fulfilled by designer Eduardo Lopez as we speak. Soft Remix for iOS 7 is free on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.

UltraFlat for iOS 7

UltraFlat iOS 7

While some themes are trying to mahe your Home screen really stand out, UltraFlat for iOS 7 takes a different approach by simply flattening the stock icons. Graphic designer Ciaran O’Brien has meticulously crafted each icon by using colors from the icon’s stock color pallet. All this results in a theme that offers a very consistent design while complimenting the rest of the iOS interface. The benefit of such a theme is that non-themed icons don’t stand out and fit right in. Free on Cydia for iPhone and iPad in the ModMyi repo.

Ayeris

Ayeris is not an overt punch-you-in-the-mouth sort of theme. This is a wine taster’s theme. It’s aimed at a sophisticated palate, one who has tired from the themes that simply try to do too much. Ayeris comes bundled with about 200 themed app icons. All of the stock iOS app icons have been tweaked and themed to match the overall style of Ayeris, and many of the popular third-party applications have been themed as well. You can find it in the BigBoss repo for $3.99

M’flat

M flat theme

We’ve been seeing quite a few ports of M’flat icons popping up in the theming community over the past week or so, and this collection with several dozen custom icons for third-party apps is worth a mention. M’flat in my opinion is a nature-oriented theme, with lots of off-green, grey, blue and outdoors icons. Better yet, even more icons are in the process of being added. Since this is another theme not hosted on Cydia yet, you’ll need to manually place the M’flat iOS 7.theme file in the Winterboard directory /Library/Themes/ using a tool such as iFile, iExplorer or iFunBox.

Clarity

Clarity Theme

People searching for a very simplistic yet sophisticated tweak should look no further than Clarity for iPhone. Clarity features almost 150 glyphs for many stock and third-party applications. The one major issue with a theme like Clarity is that non-themed icons will definitely stand out, making the theme look inconsistent and unfinished. One solution could be to put themed icons on the first page of the Home screen, and non-themed icons on following pages, but that’s merely a workaround. Clarity, by Smuys, is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repository.

7ransparency

iOS 7 Transparency

With simplicity being at the heart of iOS 7 design, this new iPhone theme by Mike Birkey uses transparency to achieve a look that reminds us of the Clarity theme above. Just as we noted with Clarity, be prepared for non-themed icons to stick out like eyesores, at least until more icons requests are fulfilled. 7ransparency comes with nine different color hues that can be enabled through Winterboard. We’re using white in the screenshots above, which we believe goes well with this baby blue wallpaper and ClassicDock. 7ransparency is free on Cydia in the BigBoss repo.

1derful HD and 1Derland

1derful theme

1Derland theme

We recently highlighted the new challenges that theme makers face because of the way iOS 7 is built, and Tim Collins is certainly one of those people. Nevertheless, he has gone ahead and issued iOS 7 and 64-bit patches for his popular 1derful HD and 1Derland HD themes. While these themes are intended to skin the entire user interface, limitations of iOS 7 will — at least for now — limit the both to providing custom icons on the Home screen. While the themes don’t have a tremendous amount of icons, they both look nice and can be yours for $2.99 each on the Cydia Store.

RocketSauce

Rocket Sauce Theme

Collins is also the creative brainchild behind RocketSauce, another well-designed theme that he recently patched for Winterboard on iOS 7 and 64-bit devices. RocketSauce was another theme that used to skin the entire iOS user interface, but currently just customizes the SpringBoard icons with fog-like curved edges. Collins will be issuing updates to this theme to add functionality back where possible, although it will take time. RocketSauce can be yours for $2.99 in the Cydia Store.

Solstice

Solstice theme

Solstice takes the stock iOS 7 icons and redefines them with long shadows and a slightly less eye-popping color palette. The theme currently supports over 90 apps, with designer John Bussell vowing to add more every day. A shortlist of popular third-party apps with custom icons so far includes Alien Blue, Facebook, Google Maps, Rdio, SoundCloud, Twitter, Vine, WhatsApp and YouTube. Solstice is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repository.

Elite7

Elite7 Theme iOS 7

Elite7 themes many elements of the iOS 7 user interface, from the Status Bar and Control Center to the bottom bars in the Safari and Mail apps. The smallest of glyphs are even skinned, like app notification badges and the five symbols at the bottom of the Emoji keyboard. The quality and effort put into the icons is clearly apparent, with very detailed custom icons that have been crafted one pixel at a time. Elite7 remains a work in progress, with access to the beta and all future versions available on a subscription basis.

Space Blueberry

Space Blueberry theme

A theme that I have previously covered, Space Blueberry by Gionata gives over 70 of your Home screen icons a slightly more cartoon or flat appearance. The new and improved Game Center, Music, Reminders and Safari icons look much better in particular, compared to their original designs. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, download Space Blueberry on Cydia for free in the ModMyi repository. Unfortunately, this theme is currently incompatible with iPad.

Flat7

Flat7 theme

With a claimed 60,000-plus downloads, Flat7 has emerged as one of the leading iOS 7 themes for iPhone and iPod touch so far. The theme overhauls all Apple stock icons, in addition to a growing number of third-party apps, with a more consistent and flat design. Additionally, you can enable one of two different overlays in Winterboard to make the icons circular or hexagonal in shape. Flat7 is the work of iOS designer Nick Viveiros, and can be grabbed for free from the BigBoss repository on Cydia. iPad support coming.

Oil7

Oil7 theme

Oil7 is a redesign of Flat7 with an oil-based paint finish, and also includes some additional icon that the latter doesn’t have yet. All stock apps have custom icons, alongside several popular third-party apps. While this isn’t my favorite theme on the list, it might pique the curiosity of others. Oil7 is the work of designer Zutx, and is available now as a free download from Cydia on the BigBoss repository. Give it a try.

Final thoughts

If you like what you’ve seen here, please consider supporting the growing community of iOS designers by either purchasing a paid theme, donating to those that offer their work for free, or saying thank you. Every bit of support that these designers receive motivates them to work on additional icon requests and future projects for the benefit of all of us. Most designers offer various methods of making a donation, and leaving one is a great way to show a small token of appreciation.

For those of you who would like to keep up with our themes coverage, make sure to check out our dedicated theming section that not only highlights themes, but also jailbreak tweaks that can take your UI customization tothe next level.

Any noteworthy themes not covered here? What do you think are the best jailbreak themes? Sound off below!

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  • Julian Johnson

    Soft remix and gridlock.

  • Eric Goncher

    None of these different themes are working for me on my ipad mini 2 with retina display

  • Steph King

    New layout

    • Dean Guzman

      What tweaks and theme did you use to get this layout?

      • Steph King

        App size- Bigify+

        Theme- M’Flat

        Dock-Dockshift ( set to transparant)

        Clock- download iWidgets and download iWidgets PackS and use the Minimalistic weather clock ( you will need to remove infiniboard to use iWidgets)

    • Jonathan

      Lol, you use that widget too? I see you don’t have weather. I can help you with that. go to weather . yahoo . com
      It will probably already have your location and weather info, but you still need to do this step. Type your zip code in the search bar, then you’ll see an 8 digit code in the website bar on the top. In the Widget setting where it says “City Code (yahoo)” enter it there :) Then it’ll show weather.

  • Keabsy

    For a good lock screen check out Convergance, coming soon :p
    I usually just create a new folder within the themes one, and place different icons from different themes, because I don’t like the way some iOS 7′s icons look.

  • Cristian Kovacs

    you should make one for ipad :)

  • Zawwu Zy

    None Of The Themes Work On My iPad Mini. :(

  • Max Rojas

    does any one know how to fix the status bar it appears everywhere?

    • DanielMaciasJr

      Tweak: StatusBarFix2.

  • Drew Reed

    Confused. Mflat.theme is already in library/themes upon install but it’s not working. What am I missing ?

  • Allen Greathouse

    I find it ironic that the worst looking apps are the most expensive ones.

  • elisa hidalgo

    I installed Soft Remix on my iphone 4s, but I have a problem and I would like to know how to solve it: Whenever I launch an app and then go back to the home screen the icon takes the original shape and a millisecond after Goes back to the squircle shape.
    Is it a bug or is there something I can do?

    • Steph King

      Yes its just compatibility issues, it happens to all of us, Just need to hope that an update comes out.

      • Y2J

        I had it on my i5 and it did that (along with every other theme I have tried), but I use Soft Remix on my iPad and it doesn’t do that. Any ideas?

  • David Horbach

    what about kiki?

    • TheOneMax

      Kiki? you kidding me? it’s a complete ripoff of circulus…

  • Dien Agustin

    How did you make your springboard battery green? Someone please? Thanks :D

  • http://www.unlockboot.com/ UnlockBoot

    Top 10 — Best 9 themes :D

  • Brandon D

    i’m so glad we have our JB for ios7.

    • Giggety68

      What’s that weather widget?

      • Brandon D

        1nSquare iOS7 iWidget

  • Harshal shelar

    Love theme maid by me for ipad…

    • Noaaahh

      This isn’t a theme, it’s just a different IconLayout using Iconoclasm, Layout Designer or something along those lines…

  • Danny Davis

    Im having a problem with getting my themes to apply on my 5S that I have just jailbroken. The themes i select ARE compatible, and dont apply after selecting and tapping respring in winterboard, also tried summerboard..these particular themes work on another 5s. Any ideas?

  • Yunik

    Will zanill a drain battery? If yes how much please comment

    • Haduken

      no it won’t lol at leeast I ported it to my non JB using *software for Pc and Mac* and it doesn’t drain…
      IDK on jailbreak.

  • Luis Santana

    Waiting for inPulse!

  • bgibson72

    For those of you complaining about battery drain…Consider this: could it be that you are simply spending more time on your phone than you did without the jailbreak? Think about it–I know I spend sometimes an hour or two just looking for tweaks, then tweaking the tweaks, etc. It’s a theory anyway…In all seriousness, how can anyone diagnose battery problems if you don’t provide information in regards to how often you’re using your phone, what apps do you have installed, is every freakin’ app on your phone using GPS, etc…just saying.

  • Brandon Bailey

    Actually Signa is the best and this pic proves it :)

    • Haduken

      YES IT DOES

  • Steve Crossley

    My home screen with lots of crap

    • Haduken

      naaaaahh

      • Steve Crossley

        internet tough guy lol

  • Víctor Moreno Escudero

    Any good (at least decent) theme for the ipad retina??

  • Prashant goel

    I love passtel (y)

    • Haduken

      are u sirious? lol

  • U Kn0w What 1t 1s

    Jaku is the best theme in my opinion and always gets overlooked. I stopped using ayecon for iOS 6 after I found out about Jaku and now that it’s updated I won’t be changing it again, check it out, it is free!

    • leart

      now its not free anymore :P

      • U Kn0w What 1t 1s

        I know, that sucks! But it is still a great thene

      • leart

        I know that you know now :)

  • Sammy Crossley

    Why dont you test on the ipad mini,all you seem to test on is the iphone 5s

  • Giggety68

    Kiki is the best theme for me

  • TROK TheRealOneKid

    The only thing i dont like about soft remix is the recurring corners whenever i launch and close an app. Its pretty annoying. Anyone know how to fix this?

  • Waleed

    Sorry but i love this of mine ♥️

    • Haduken

      Nokia style

    • John Tremendol

      Aura, my favorite

  • jason

    Any of these work for iPad mini retina, on my old iPad there was plenty of iPad listed themes but since new model camout with new so I can’t seem to find anything, all just say iPhone,iPod.

  • Jonathan Bénard

    Take a look for “Vortex thème” one of m’y favorite !!!

  • Juan Genao

    Is there a good black/white or greyscale theme out ??

  • diogojg

    Anyone notice an ugly effect when oppening Reminders app?

  • Andrew ☜☆☞ Forbes

    Soft remix is rather sick tho

  • loorey

    Aura with more cutomization :)

  • Vic Damone

    Shut up

  • ShadowLife99

    hi,how can i hide name apps …like first photo

    • Jeremy Ling

      bigify

  • ShadowLife99

    how can i hide apps name like first photo??

  • mandy

    The themes are not working for ipad air how come?

  • Nik McGannon

    What do you guys think?

  • sunny k

    Jaku and Slab are worth a mention

  • Alex Dinu

    Where the fk is Ayecon? Is the best winterboard theme

  • Y2J

    Redsgn 2.0 with circular mask

  • Hossein

    Here you go…:)5 pieces from it:)))))

  • Nick Bro

    They all look the shitty same or just horendous. You’ve missed the only proper theme that actually looks good. 0bscure 7. Aura would be third choice. My first would be vivid but its not compatible with ios7 unfortunately. Jesus nerds have some sense of style ffs you make me hurl.