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Change iPhone SMS Background with Winterboard

Change default SMS BackgroundAre you bored with the default SMS background and balloon color? For jailbroken iPhone user, you can actually use Winterboard to apply different themes to skin the Message application.

In Cydia, you can go to “Search” and then search for “sms”. You’ll locate ample cydia packages that allow you to change SMS background or bubbles. For most of the packages, they offer a preview of the change. You can tap “More Information” or “Screenshots” option in the installation page to check out the preview. If it’s the one you love, just install the package. When complete, quit cydia and launch Winterboard to enable the SMS theme (e.g. Tweetie SMS Balloons in below figure).

Download SMS background from CydiaEnable SMS background in Winterboard

Here are a few SMS themes you can find in cydia. There are more on cydia. Go ahead and search “sms” in cydia to find out more.

SMS Background - BirdSMS Background - Tweetie

SMS Background - SpeedSMS Background - Mario

For those who do not heard of winterboard, check out my earlier post about “Using Winterboard to Skin your iPhone” for more information.

Do you find any great SMS theme? Remember to leave comment and share your favorite with us.

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14 Responses to Change iPhone SMS Background with Winterboard

  1. Dusty September 6, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Its about time for 3.0 users! lol Yay for Winterboard!

  2. Wessam September 7, 2009 at 3:44 am #

    Perfect effort

  3. meena March 12, 2010 at 2:31 am #

    i downloaded a theme at cydia but when i tried to activate it, the theme wouldnt work. but i was able to download it and installed it successfully. im using and iphone 3gs, 3.1.2 version btw. i need feedback pls thanks

    • Simon Ng March 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

      What’s the theme? Some themes may not work on the OS v3.0 or up.

      • bliss September 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

        i didnt realize that at first either, but yeah, make sure you look at the bottem of each theme and see what version it is cause some are made for more advanced software.

  4. nohw November 28, 2010 at 2:41 am #


  5. Pat February 21, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    I can’t find any of these themes at cydia, I’m searching for ex. BlackSMS and it can’t find nothing like that…

    • Zupkeers July 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      Whats the name of it?

  6. linusik December 30, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    Just got “Pink SMS” Love it! Its a little bit more purple then pink but very girly n pretty <3 ^_^

  7. Mio Sharmaine May 22, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    is that also working for iphone 3g ios 4.2 pls reply

  8. Lizanne June 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    What about users without their phone jailbroken? I’d rather not, if I don’t have to…

  9. Passer by August 10, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Erm , how about iPhone 4 iOS 5 ? There’s no spacesms in cydia is there another one for iOS 5 ?

  10. Byanka September 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    What are the steps to have exactly like the picture, the one with the bird blue and pink?

  11. raff November 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    how to intall cydia

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