At iDB, we understand the importance of finding the right wallpaper for your handset, and that’s one of the reasons why we host a weekly wallpaper roundup. But if you have a jailbroken handset and feel the need for more frequent wallpaper changes, then you might take a liking to a new tweak release called FreshWall by iOS developer SparkDev.
As you might have inferred already from the context above, FreshWall keeps things ‘fresh’ by updating your wallpaper whenever you unlock your handset. The tweak makes use of numerous wallpaper sources to grab images, which ensures you get something fresh to look at each and every time.
If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because we just recently finished showing you a new jailbreak tweak called Meteoroid that fetched NASA-based images on a daily basis. FreshWall stands apart from Meteoroid because it uses a multitude of different image sources, not limited to space and astronomy.
Once installed, you’ll find a preference pane in the Settings app where you can set FreshWall up to your liking:
Here, you can:
- Toggle the tweak on or off on demand
- Select where you’d like to apply the new wallpapers:
- Choose where you’d like to source images from:
- Locally (Photo Library)
- Cat API
- Disable FreshWall when connected to the internet via cellular instead of Wi-Fi
- Display full-resolution images instead of scaled ones
- Store the 10 most recent images for later viewing
We particularly like just how many different sources FreshWall supports, and it’s even cooler that you can set local images to loop as your wallpaper rather than internet-based ones. Also worthy of note, the tweak can be configured to be light on cellular data usage and lets you look back on previously-used wallpapers so that you can save those that you might’ve liked.
At the time of this writing, FreshWall is in its beta stages and the developer is aware of a problem that could arise when locking and unlocking your device in a rapid fashion; more specifically, users might see a wallpaper change delay. The developer is looking into a way to fix this, and a future update will also allow users to adjust the wallpaper setting frequency, cache wallpapers, and add keywords for specific wallpaper preference.
If you’re interested in trying FreshWall, then you will find it in SparkDev’s beta repository in Cydia. Although the download is free initially, you’ll need to become a member of the developer’s Patreon program to unlock all the tweak’s features. The tweak will be officially released with a set price in the future as it comes out of beta. Also worthy of note, FreshWall is compatible with all jailbroken iOS 9-12 devices.
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