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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  • Khang Nghi

    Can i get the wallpaper ?

    • Guest

      here is :)

  • Everythingapplespro

    Add ios 10 theme in macciti

  • Malay Mody

    JAKU!! Lol, but really though, it should be on the list for sure

  • pizentu

    1derful HD and 1Derland are both $2.99 not $1.99.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Sorry. Updated

  • Christopher Ablaza

    Does anyone know where I can find out how to download and install the m’flat icons or theme? I just did a quick search and am a little confused

  • kevin chang

    heres the wallpaper :)

  • Dlevi309

    Forgot Signa :(

    • Prasoon Singh

      That’s what I thought as well.

  • kevin chang

    here is the wallpaper

  • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

    As I mentioned in the article, please do keep sharing themes like Jaku and Misna for inclusion in a future roundup like this. Your recommendations are appreciated. Enjoy!

    • realityisjustadream

      Is it just me or did anyone else read this as ‘do not’ a couple times.

  • Steve Zou

    Waiting for Ayecon!

    • Don Walker II

      Me too!

      • lol

        metoo

  • At

    I use soft remix with no lettering under the apps. Also took out the blurry background in the dock.

    • Nino 0raham

      how u take out the blur in the dock plz and thank u

      • At

        It’s call DockShift, there are other effects you can use too but I prefer nothing.

      • Nino 0raham

        nothing is what i need :)

    • disqus_6P6SZGVlie

      how do you remove app names? thanks

      • 323K1EL

        Bigify

      • At

        In winterboard, it’s the first options when you first down load it.

      • Oluwafunmiwo Sholola

        I know this is old but I believe you can also use Springtomize to remove dock labels and then IconRenamer to remove SB icon names.

  • Alain Vasquez

    Ayecon?

    • Prasoon Singh

      It’s not out yet.

    • King Coca

      it is now

  • Davinci

    do these themes support ipad too??

  • klouud

    Space blueberry. But there are even better ones (concepts only) on Dribble.

  • Brandon Miranda

    M’Flat

    • Alejandro Arredondo Castro

      Actully I think is the best one out there!

      • Carlos Gomes

        The purpose of an icon is to act like a shortcut. It has to be, almost by definition, easily recognizable and differentiable from the rest.
        These aren’t, they’re just rounded squares with random faded background images.

      • Brandon Miranda

        You have to admit it looks awesome.

      • mickey

        There’s always an adjustment period when you switch to a new theme, especially one that differs greatly from stock. M’flat certainly lacks some color which helps recognition but they are not random when if you look at the icon within the icon. Similar to fiftyfootshadows/tiny white icons themes except with a background image.

        I’ll agree they are not the most discernible icons but I’ve only used it for a a few days and I don’t really have a hard time differentiating between icons. Something fresh for now, until I get bored anyway :)

      • Brandon Miranda

        Tacho, that’s beautiful!

    • Bonita Langeberg

      Cant find it :(

      • Brandon Miranda

        You have to download it from the reddit page. I want to but I don’t know how to download it then apply it :( sorry for the accidental down vote!

      • FreeRunner9616

        Reinstall it and try again, make sure you have grid lock installed for iOS 7

  • Christian Mejía

    I’ve herd winterboard just drains battery so I’ve tried to stay away with my 5s
    -_-

    • Don Walker II

      I currently use winterboard on my 5s and haven’t noticed any significant battery drain, but then again these things exhibit different behavior for others sometimes…

  • Chris Gilmore

    my battery has been draining bad… anybody else? iPhone 5s

    • Nino 0raham

      yup ever since winterboard for me

    • ClaudieX X

      My 5s too… the iOS 7 jailbreak is destroying my battery.

      • blastingbigairs

        It’s not the JB, it’s Winterboard. It’s been that way since day one for Winterboard. It’s simple, don’t theme if you can’t deal.

      • ClaudieX X

        Im not using winterboard so… all you said is useless garbage…

      • blastingbigairs

        Then your complaints are GARBAGE because everyone is referring to Winterboard causing the battery drain not Evasion7. Your issue is unrelated. Now run along and be a sh**head somewhere else.

      • ClaudieX X

        Useless again… even entering like guest in every opinion you make to gain 1 up vote and down vote others… Thanks for your cooperation useless king !!

      • blastingbigairs

        Haha! You are reaching now. Go away already!

      • ClaudieX X

        You don’t know when the chat is over nah?

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        How many tweaks do you have enabled?

      • ClaudieX X

        only Appsync 7.0 and the evasion 7.x update… because I only want some programs that already bought on my ipad and programmers want me to pay it again on my iphone…
        My ipad mini is with iOS 7.0 too, with a lot of tweaks and the battery is totally OK !!

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        This is on the 5s? How much of a battery degradation are you noticing? Is it massive battery loss, or just noticeable?

      • ClaudieX X

        Before Jailbreak it last one day and a half… after Jailbreak from morning to afternoon… sometimes it last until night… but never again the usual day and a half

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        Have you tried doing a full clean restore on your device, and re-jailbreaking it? And how offten do you respring the device?

      • Lucas Bitencourt Santos

        You can buy a 5S but you can support the developers? You is a ass*ole

      • ClaudieX X

        I Know that talk is free but you must read before write!!! I SAID I ALREADY BOUGHT THE PROGRAM. Entiende Brasileiro o no entiende?? en que idioma quiere que lo escriba ??

      • Josh

        You didn’t “buy the program,” you pirated it. That’s why you’re using AppSync, in order to run the pirated program. What you bought was a different version of the program (that is charged for separately for a different device.) Now, you might not agree with this marketing policy, and you might even think it is unfair. But let’s be honest with each other and call a spade a spade: instead of deciding to pass on the app, instead you decided to pirate it, and that requires AppSync. So maybe AppSync is “destroying your battery?”

        If that’s the case, deal with it. Or remove AppSync. And pay for the versions of apps you’re using. Don’t like it? Tough.

      • Lucas Bitencourt Santos

        1 – Here in Brazil we speak Portuguese
        2 – The language you try to text is Spanish not portuguese
        3 – This post is about Winterboard, if you problem is another search for 2 minutes with your big inteligence in the Google
        4 – Stop being a assh*le

      • ClaudieX X

        1.- Eu sei que você fala em portugues
        2.- Qualquer pessoa com conhecimentos básicos sabe que a língua falada era espanhol. Eu o escrevi em espanhol, simplesmente porque quem diabos vai entender se eu colocá-lo em Português?
        3.- Você está no meio de uma conversa e decidir que você quer falar? porque você não se preocupa com tudo o que rouba seu governo para fazer uma copa do mundo. pessoas morrendo de fome e gastar milhões em estádios? isto é sobre algo fora do tópico …
        4.- Espero que você aprendeu a sua lição

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        And Is it a first gen mini? Or a new mini with the 64bit architecture?

      • ClaudieX X

        first gen mini, it works like a charm.

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        Have you tried doing a full clean restore on your 5s device, and re-jailbreaking it? And how offten do you respring the device?

      • ClaudieX X

        the phone is almost clean, no respringing at all because the phone never get slower or something like that

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        For starters, If you don’t have many tweaks, try removing them and running the device with nothing but the jailbreak for a day or two and see if that helps. Then I would back the device up, do a full restore, jailbreak the device again, and then restore from the back up. It may be a glitch with the install. If not, it could also be a vanilla AppStore app that is causing the problem, so if the restore doesn’t work, try downloading an app off the App Store or cydia that logs your battery life and useage; some better ones out there might give you some insight into what exactly is causing the problem.

      • misek

        LOL get a job and pay the 2$ I hope one of these cracked apps ruin your phone. You prolly don’t even pay for anything.

      • ClaudieX X

        I have a job, an iPhone 4, an iPhone 5s, an iPad mini and a Mac Air so money is not the problem… the problem is that I don’t want to pay 2 times the same app. So put every word… slowly… up your ass.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Wow, you’re so polite.

      • Raul Flores

        Jailbroken 5S, no winterboard… Battery Rocks!! Games are the ones that drain the battery.

    • At

      I havnt had any issues with my battery, when I was constantly changing stuff around in winterboard to find the right look it was but after I let it be I’ve had no problems. iPhone 5s

    • marcus1324

      I have WinterBoard installed with no themes and it doesn’t drain the battery. iPhone 5s

  • Nino 0raham

    anyone here know a way to get the folders to be circular in

    • 323K1EL

      I been looking for that too

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      I can’t find it either… which is why i cannot wait for Apex to be updated so i can get rid of folders, while still having a folder like option.

  • Salvador Mayorga

    I’m running ‘Redsgn’, not bad ehh?

    • Alejandro Arredondo Castro

      Actually it looks pretty good, I like a lot the Music app icon and the camera one :)

      • Salvador Mayorga

        Yeah I’m keeping this one until ayecon comes out.

  • Sai

    any good iPad themes?

    • TheOneMax

      Circulus

  • disqus_ovtxkKxCo0

    What about Obscure 7?

  • somaxd

    iOS 7 buuf yet? the only theme (icons at least) i use XD

  • jack

    Great article

    • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

      Thank you very much!

  • blastingbigairs

    Thumbs up for
    1derful HD and 1Derland!!!

  • Framboogle

    Flat7 is amazing

  • Adrian

    All those above suck, they look just like stock ios7.

    Get Jaku :)

  • Alejandro Arredondo Castro

    Aplo by Sentry works on most of the icons.

  • Freddy Born

    And again it’s like the iPad doesn’t even exist :(

    • blastingbigairs

      Be patient bro, IOS 7 theming is in its infancy still, I am waiting for my iPad as well.

    • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

      I’ll see if I can do some sort of iPad roundup soon enough.

      • blastingbigairs

        Awesome!!! Much love!!!

      • Davinci

        please do thank you!

      • Camui

        That would be so awesome!!!! Thank you, Joe!!
        It is so hard searching Cydia for iPad themes, especially because most developers do not specify the themes are iPhone/iPod only. I really appreciate the ones that specify.
        I really wish searching, in general, was easier on Cydia…

    • Camui

      This has been killing me. I wish it specified iPhone & iPod themes, instead of sounding all encompassing. I was so excited when I read the article title….

    • NaSty

      Whats an iPad :/

  • Alan

    Until ayecon gets released :D

  • Joseph

    Using and loving soft remix! Only theme I’ll use … Until a ayecon remix maybe. Lol

  • Tommy

    Is it just me or does Soft Remix not change the shape of folders?

  • illK†Δ

    Where is flatify? :O

  • Rameez Khaliq

    Here is mine…..

    • Mono

      What theme is this?

  • Richard Zhunio

    Circulus is a good theme too? not bad? Notice the FIFA 14 logo.. The image quality doesn’t look good, but on your devices it will.

  • Svs

    Anyone get this working on the iPad air?

  • Tommy

    Another question. It seems that whenever I hit the play button at CC from the lock screen, springboard crashes. Anyone mind to help me out? I’ve ruled out CCControls, CCQuick Pro and CustomLS as the culprit.

  • DG

    Solstice with circulus.

    • Question

      Love Solstice man :D

      • Lopo

        how do to put 3 icons instead of 4?

      • Question

        Search up 3×4 layout on cydia

      • 123bob

        or gridlock, that works too

    • Darth Kai

      I really like this combo!

  • Prasoon Singh

    You guys should check out Signa. It’s an amazing theme.

  • diggitydang

    I’ve been trying to install Solstice and it’s not working on my 5s… doesn’t work on my iPad mini retina either… Anyone know what I might be doing wrong? Posted a similar comment in another post and someone said it worked fine on my 5s… is it just me that’s cursed? hahahaha…

    • diggitydang

      Looks like it’s a previous version of Winterboard that is causing this. Can’t seem to find the source for the latest version and updates don’t fix the old version. Anyone?

      • diggitydang

        This is a great conversation with myself. Hahahaha. Anyway, if anyone is having similar issues with old versions of Winterboard, this worked for me (posted by another iDB user on a different post):

        1. Go to /private/etc/apt/sources.list.d and delete “cydia.list.”
        2. Go to /var/lib/apt/lists and delete everything except the “lock” file and the “partial” folder.
        3. Go to /var/lib/apt/list/partial and delete all the files in that folder.
        4. Go to /var/lib/cydia and delete “metadata.plist.”
        5. Restart Cydia. You will see the same screen you see the first time you open it after jailbreaking. It will regenerate you sources, ask what type of user you are and it should fix the “Failed to fetch” errors.

        Good luck and hope it helps others out!

        *** By the way, instead of deleting those files, I just moved them into another folder – just in case it didn’t work and I needed them back.

  • noecuhh

    I’ve never had an ipad before, but are these themes supposed to work with the ipad mini retina?

    • Camui

      I don’t think any of them do. I have not had any success so far. Hopefully, Joe has more luck.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        circulus was just updated for the iPad, if you like the circular icons like i do.

  • Jonathan

    First one has been my theme for days :D

  • Negam Soly

    Who know how to install Windows 8 theme for ios 7? I installed it but not work..

    • Jonathan

      Manual replace the icons?

  • Guest

    Clean and simple.

  • DanielMaciasJr

    Clean & simple.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      how’d you get bitesms to be circular??? i have circulus and its the only icon i have that isn’t.. lol and mines pink.. assuming you don’t have the new beta version?

  • WildRas

    I think this theme should join the ranks.

    • Wen Hann

      what theme is this? thanks

      • WildRas

        PlasMUI iOS 7

      • Wen Hann

        thanks man

  • Guest23232323

    1derful HD and 1Derland

    You’re serious? Did he pay for the votes?

  • Jerry

    Are there any themes for the iPad Air yet? Will any of these themes work? Man, both devs and writers here should specify device and arm 64 compatibility. Smh

    • Camui

      I concur wholeheartedly. That would save so much time & effort.

  • kline1

    Here is mine for now.

  • tariq

    Typix theme(:

  • Alex Baez

    I love 0bscure 7 on my 5S