Have you ever noticed how your iPhone’s wallpaper is sometimes noticeably dark at the top of the screen near the status bar? That’s because iOS automatically overlays the wallpaper with a shadow gradient. This is done in an attempt to make status bar icons and assets more visible, especially on busy wallpaper backgrounds.

But not everyone wants to have their wallpaper modified by this shadow overlay, as it can change the true look of your wallpaper. WGradRemover is a new jailbreak tweak that helps jailbroken users easily remove the wallpaper gradient overlay.

In the side-by-side comparison above, you can clearly discern that the image on the left has the shadow gradient overlay, and the image on the right does not. The image on the right is with WGradRemover installed, and it is noticeably lighter at the top of the screen where the overlay once was.

The same can be said for the image below. On the left is without WGradRemover installed—notice the darker wallpaper. On the right image, you’ll see that WGradRemover has succeeded in removing the overlay, making the image lighter.

WGradOverlay 2

It really is a subtle change, but when you’re showcasing wallpaper that you’ve spent a long time creating, or wallpaper that you truly care about, you don’t want iOS taking liberties with it. WGradRemover allows you to see your wallpaper as it originally was, and that’s a good thing in many cases.

WGradRemover can be had free of charge from the BigBoss repo. Share your thoughts on the tweak and let us know if you’d consider adding it to your list of installed Cydia items.

  • I just installed it and I kinda notice the change. The wallpaper I have does seem to be a bit brighter and I never knew that there was a shadow gradient before. The more you know.

  • JayDee917

    Wow. Don’t know how I never realized there was a shadow overlay…

    • Damian

      That should tell you how useful the tweak is 😉

    • Yeah. At first I thought this tweak was useless but now I can clearly see the difference.

  • Stefano

    I was the first person I know who changed the gradient overlays. I frequented ModMyi and held the sticky at the boards over there for it. I stopped when apple changed the file extensions and it became way too difficult to unpackage the files. I gave tutorials on how to do it for the springboard gradient, keyboards, spotlight, and when the tweak came out to hide apps and drag from bottom right corner to get the selection and the gradient was yellow like a sun…. I forget the name of that tweak, but I liked to make it a red or just transparent.

    • Girly

      Is there a way to get rid of that ugly shadow on iOS 9? It’s driving me crazy :()

      • Stefano

        Yeah it is ugly. But like I said, apple has ‘packed’ their files in such a way, it’s difficult to access

  • igobythisname

    AWESOME! In iOS 7 we used to be able to manually access this gradient wallpaper file, which no longer is an option in iOS 8, only achieved by a Flex 2 tweak.. so this tweak is much appreciated. Thanks for sharing via the post, iDB!

  • abuberoglu

    is there any way to get rid of the icon label gradients / shadows ?

  • Girly

    Is there a way to get rid of that ugly shadow on iOS 9? It’s driving me crazy 🙁

  • Thomas Anthony Ramirez

    I’ve searched all the corners of the Earth for this fix just to find out is was on the net all along. Thank you!