Fingal brings your app icons to life

By , Jan 27, 2016

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Take a moment to look at the Home screen on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; what do you see? Some things that come to my mind are: stillness, simplicity, and boredom.

With a promising new jailbreak tweak release dubbed Fingal, which is now available as a free download in Cydia’s ModMyi repository, you can add a touch of motion and liveliness to your Home screen.

Why Fingal is an awesome addition to your device

fingal animations

Just take a minute to stare at the animated GIF above. What you’ll see are a variety of application icons moving around and showing a little bit of animation. This is indeed the core functionality of Fingal, which promises to be a new kind of theming platform for iOS 8 and iOS 9 devices.

Here’s a closer look at some of the animations:

fingal animated settings app icon

fingal animated messages app icon

fingal animated maps app icon

The animations you see for each of the individual app icons on the Home screen are very smooth and fluid, but obviously, the newer your device is, the faster the graphics hardware is going to be able to process the animations without lagginess. But nonetheless, even on a jailbroken iPhone 5 that I use regularly to test tweaks, I’m not seeing these animations slow me down too much.

How Fingal works

fingal settings

Fingal adds a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can pick and choose the theme(s) that you want to enable. The preferences pane is separated into two sections – Enables Themes and Disabled Themes. You can drag the individual items back and forth between the two sections based on what you want to use for making your Home screen more exciting.

The “Basic Example Theme” is installed by default on any device that you install Fingal on, and it’s a good way to see how your device will perform with animated app icons. The animations are mostly basic, and chances are, you’re not going to use it on a regular basis because you’re probably going to rather install a third-party animated theme from Cydia with much more stunning animations.

You’ll also notice we have a ton more themes for the individual app icons themselves. In our example, we’re using a third-party Fingal-compatible theme called ShakeIt Plus, which is available for free from the ZodTTD & MacCiti repository in Cydia:

fingal additional addons

Once installed, you can head back over to the Settings app and visit your Fingal preferences pane, and you’ll see new themes available for:

  • AlienBlue
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • FindMyiPhone
  • GoogleMaps
  • Health
  • Maps
  • Messages
  • Mystery
  • News
  • Notes
  • Passbook
  • Phone
  • Settings
  • Telegram
  • Twitter
  • VoiceMemos
  • YouTube

After dragging them to where you’d like them to be – enabled or not – you can tap on the “Respring” button at the top right of the preferences pane to respring your device and save your selection. You’ll then be able to visit your Home screen and see the themes in action.

My thoughts on Fingal

Fingal is one of the coolest theme releases to date, and the fact that I can say that says a lot in itself because I’m not much of a themer; I’m a minimalist. With Fingal, you can keep the stock look of iOS on your Home screen, but add a touch of animation to it at the same time, or you can go all out and theme the icons to look completely different.

As for battery life? – Well, additional drag on the hardware does mean that your battery life could take a little bit of a hit, but it’s not going to be a dramatic amount. I would suggest just not being on the Home screen to stare at the animations for long periods of time, but with how cool everything looks after the fact, I do understand if you might be lured to the Home screen now more often than before.

Fingal, which is a free download from Cydia’s ModMyi repository, is an excellent new theming platform for any jailbroken device. At this point in time, the animated icon theme platform is very new and the selection of third-party themes is limited, but with time, you can expect something like this to grow in popularity and more developers will join the bandwagon to create some awesome effects and animations for your Home screen that you can pick from.

If you’re a graphic designer or theme creator, and Fingal looks like something of interest to you, I would encourage you to take a look at the inner workings of Fingal, which the developer has kindly made open source, and try to tackle a creation of your own.

Do you like the idea behind Fingal? Share in the comments below!

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  • Linton Findlay

    Be cool if they only moved when they had a notification, more the messages was a type status kinda thing

  • Pulkit Maloo

    The time on the status bar is different from the time denoted by the animation on the clock icon???

    • :D

      The one animation you’d expect no flaws in too, considering Apple animated the clock themselves…

    • Time says 9:41 in the Status Bar because we sometimes use a tool to do this. If you pay attention, 9:41 is the time showed on all iPhones in Apple’s marketing materials

    • Anthony Bouchard

      It’s because when you use the Mac to capture screen recordings, it defaults to 9:41 in the Status Bar.

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    I miss my jailbreak so bad. I had an iPhone 6 jail broken on 8.4 then the speakers stopped working and they gave me a new one on iOS 9.2 :/

    • grapecrush

      I miss my Jailbreak very much too. I sure hope there is one VERY soon. I patiently wait and wait.

    • Shinonuke

      As soon as there is a new jailbreak for the updated iOS, I am having a crappy jailbreak experience. I have a jailbreak device since 3GS and never have crashing issues as much as iOS 9.0.2. Sometime stock message doesn’t work, wifi, and random crashes.

      • Christopher Crawford

        What do you have installed? I have medusa and that will make apps crash.

      • Shinonuke

        Honestly, not sure which tweak is causing the random crashes or iOS locks. My wifi sometimes fail to initiate or the stick message app fails to load

      • Christopher Crawford

        Well what do you have installed?

      • Shinonuke

        Tweaks: AfterLock, Appster, EasyAppOrientation, EZRingtones (for importing ZEDGE ringtone), Appendix, GameGem, Hardware Spec, Kodi, Nuus, Tatton, ToneEnabler, Traverse (I haven’t use it yet), Universal mute, and VintageSwitcher.

      • Christopher Crawford

        Sorry. I don’t have any experience with any of those. I’d say you should try uninstalling Cydia substrate and see if your issues go away. If the issue is gone, reinstall each item one by one.

      • Shinonuke

        I am hoping for another jailbreak for the newer iOS version so I can clean restore this iPhone. I can only delete one app per boot. The second attempt will cause my iPhone to freeze.

  • Charles Rijken

    Awesome tweak, will hope there will be a whatsapp theme coming and other themes

  • Shingo

    ipad compatible?

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    RIP Battery and CPU.

    • AngryDingo

      Shouldn’t be. Animations should only show when that icon is shown. So unless you have a ton of animation on a specific screen and keep your iPhone on that screen for a long time, I don’t see how there is a problem.

    • Anthony Bouchard

      It’s not that bad. Give it a try!

  • AngryDingo

    This is great. Seems to work with Anemone and I can’t wait until the big theme makers start building animations into their themes.

    Of course that means themes will probably go up in price…

  • Ja1lBreak K1nG

    Does this only work with the default iOS 9 Theme?

  • iPhoneWINS

    this is pretty damn cool.. very smooth and stable.. the stop theme is crap you have too instal ShakeIt Plus for the cool stuff

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Love it! Could you please let us know when more themes are released IDB?

  • 姜成昌

    Hello guy , My phone is iphone 6 plus , i had try this tweak that is so cool , but when i use snapper 2 tweak , that will make my phone to respring!

  • curtis

    Seriously are you people children..I want my screen to have moving things on it..I can understand jailbreaking for features that the Apple won’t put in or haven’t but most of the jailbreaks out their iOS now has..This is a gimmick..I used to tell my friend the same thing who jailbreaks…ohhh you have different fonts and can change your icons..big Fu$%ing woopdy doo.

    • To each their own. And to you: a chill pill.

    • Jayy

      Lol why are you so angry!

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  • Does this work if you have a different theme?