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skitzy
Sep 11, 2010, 11:58 PM
I'm making this post because I spent all day yesterday looking for a package of iPhone SMS bubbles for my iphone 4. No such luck. They were all either too small or stupid colors or matte or all grouped together on one picture. So for anyone who wants an easy way to change their SMS bubbles QUICKLY, I've made a few in various colors. **NOTE** These are for an iPhone 4 since most of the ones I found were for 3G/3GS. They are already the right size and right format (PNG) so all you need to do is:

1. Save whichever color to your desktop
2. Rename the file to either Balloon_1@2x.png (for sent messages) or Balloon_2@2x.png (for received messages)
3. SSH into your phone (make sure hidden files are visible) and go into /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ChatKit.framework and drag and drop balloon file inside.
4.Respring device and there you go.

Hope this helps somebody!
_Skitz

skitzy
Sep 12, 2010, 12:02 AM
few more

nabechu
Sep 12, 2010, 12:15 AM
awesome, that was pretty easy to do

Norcalchavo
Sep 12, 2010, 12:18 AM
Nice.
Thanks!

PlanetRed
Sep 12, 2010, 12:23 AM
Thanks a ton. Been looking for a way to do this for weeks.

kalirob99
Sep 12, 2010, 02:00 AM
Awesome, thanks skitzy! :D

xcel360
Sep 12, 2010, 08:19 AM
:DVery Nice

Brannon
Sep 12, 2010, 03:34 PM
Can somebody please post the original colors? I accidently deleted them and in case i want them back later........

Thank you!!!

KentuckyHouse
Sep 12, 2010, 04:06 PM
Here ya go. Let's see if this works...

galanoth
Sep 12, 2010, 04:13 PM
Can you also make retina bubbles for the original green and grey please.
I forgot to copy the originals.
Thank You

KentuckyHouse
Sep 12, 2010, 04:16 PM
Hopefully someone else knows how to do that. I'm still running the 3GS and that's out of my league anyway...lol.

Brannon
Sep 12, 2010, 04:21 PM
Can you also make retina bubbles for the original green and grey please.
I forgot to copy the originals.
Thank You

Yes.... I have an iPhone 4 also.

kalirob99
Sep 12, 2010, 07:30 PM
Here's my backup of the originals if anyone needs them. I also have an iPhone 4.

emalemons
Oct 11, 2010, 02:39 PM
I have a jail broken iphone 3gs upgraded to 4.1 software.

I followed all of the steps but it hasnt worked. Im getting quite desperate as Ive tried everything but nothing is working.

Do I have to delete the old text bubbles for the new ones to take over? (make a backup obvs)

Can someone help?
=[

OH I DID IT =DDDDDDDDDDDDD
I had to use iphone 3gs bubbles and replace the old files
ahh im so haps lol

kre62
Oct 11, 2010, 02:41 PM
I have a jail broken iphone 3gs upgraded to 4.1 software.

I followed all of the steps but it hasnt worked. Im getting quite desperate as Ive tried everything but nothing is working.

Do I have to delete the old text bubbles for the new ones to take over? (make a backup obvs)

Can someone help?
=[

Either post on here or email me Emmajd1@aol.com

The bubbles have been renamed in 4.1

I believe they are now Balloon_1@2x~iphone.png and Balloon_2@2x~iphone.png but you can just look in the folder for them to be sure.

Dhelsdon
Oct 13, 2010, 12:05 PM
Can someone make some smoke coloured ones since black would render text unreadable.

Ideally i'd like to have incoming to be a vibrant blue, and outgoing as black. Both with white text.. is that possible?

The Highlander
Oct 13, 2010, 12:54 PM
Although I like your contribution....

Damn... the stock ones really look as it should... or good to read the text.

Maybe its because i've been using them for 3 years now?

I only changed the sent to yellow as it's the only one which is readable and doesn't eat your eyes....

pauliphone
Oct 15, 2010, 03:30 PM
Has anyone managed to change the bubbles on 4.1?

I can't seem to get it to work!

When I change Balloon_1@2x~iPhone.png and Ballon_2@2x~iPhone.png nothing happens.

I tried changing Balloon_1~iphone.png and Balloon_2~iphone.png and I lost the bubbles all together, so just had the text with no surround in the sms app.

sawah
Oct 15, 2010, 08:48 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

Can you make matte ones too please? Nice job!

churchtc
Oct 16, 2010, 08:06 AM
I have an iPhone 4 on 4.1 and I had to replace the file named Balloon_1@2x~iphone.png and Balloon_2@2x~iphone.png in order to change the balloon color. Hope this helps.

Has anyone managed to change the bubbles on 4.1?

I can't seem to get it to work!

When I change Balloon_1@2x~iPhone.png and Ballon_2@2x~iPhone.png nothing happens.

I tried changing Balloon_1~iphone.png and Balloon_2~iphone.png and I lost the bubbles all together, so just had the text with no surround in the sms app.

Paulikid
Oct 19, 2010, 02:37 AM
Has anyone managed to change the bubbles on 4.1?

I can't seem to get it to work!

When I change Balloon_1@2x~iPhone.png and Ballon_2@2x~iPhone.png nothing happens.

I tried changing Balloon_1~iphone.png and Balloon_2~iphone.png and I lost the bubbles all together, so just had the text with no surround in the sms app.

I had the same problem, after rebooting everything looks nice.

lewys
Oct 19, 2010, 07:05 AM
tagged for later

BurntReality
Oct 19, 2010, 08:27 AM
Very cool. Thank you OP

hectic6
Oct 21, 2010, 04:33 AM
Hi,

can someone help me make these bubbles in retina versions ? thanks :)

hectic6
Oct 22, 2010, 03:07 AM
anyone? or give me a tutorial on how to change...thanks:)

AdamA9
Oct 22, 2010, 03:33 AM
Thanks for these :D

hectic6
Oct 22, 2010, 03:44 AM
Hi,

can someone help me make these bubbles in retina versions ? thanks :)



can someone help to give a tutorial on how to resize these 2 into retina ? thanks:)

hectic6
Oct 27, 2010, 05:12 AM
can someone help to give a tutorial on how to resize these 2 into retina ? thanks:)


anyone can help ? thanks:)

acfusion29
Oct 27, 2010, 03:35 PM
anyone can help ? thanks:)

you would have to recreate them in photoshop. you can't just resize it or else it will be blurry.

xseth
Oct 27, 2010, 07:13 PM
Can someone make some grey/smoke colored ones?

steezy1337
Oct 28, 2010, 07:30 PM
does anyone know how to change more parts in teh messages app? i'd like to change the background and make the name at the top transparent if it's possible.

yuelao
Oct 28, 2010, 08:34 PM
does anyone know how to change more parts in teh messages app? i'd like to change the background and make the name at the top transparent if it's possible.

To change SMS background: Rename the picture you want to use to "SMSBackground.png", put that into a folder, name it e.g. SMSBackground, SSH it into your themes folder, respring.

Chieftexas
Nov 6, 2010, 10:41 AM
What program did you use to make those bubbles? Im trying to do some with textures/patterns like wood grain not quite sure where to start tho...

Thanks

isha727
Nov 16, 2010, 10:11 AM
thank you very much! been spending more than an hour trying to figure out how to change the sms bubble color, especially for iphone4 ;) thanks again!

gnychis
Nov 16, 2010, 10:35 AM
thanks bud!

Nrwrit3r
Nov 17, 2010, 11:49 AM
Any way to change background color outside of the bubbles?

Edit: And thanks :))

McBeats
Nov 17, 2010, 12:11 PM
beautiful! thanks man

TheNewDude
Nov 17, 2010, 12:14 PM
What's the best way to SSH into your phone??



Thanks

thespazz
Nov 17, 2010, 01:36 PM
What's the best way to SSH into your phone??



Thanks
Forgo it entirely. Download Afc2Add from cydia. Get something like iFunBox or iPhone Explorer and manage the iphone when connected through USB.

TheNewDude
Nov 17, 2010, 02:01 PM
Forgo it entirely. Download Afc2Add from cydia. Get something like iFunBox or iPhone Explorer and manage the iphone when connected through USB.

Thank you! Will give it a try when I get home...

heisenberg123
Nov 17, 2010, 09:09 PM
thanks for posting these, whats the recommended size for the sms bubble when making one?

heisenberg123
Nov 17, 2010, 10:13 PM
thanks again for the bubbles i made my first sms theme


260693

RC83
Nov 18, 2010, 10:49 AM
they are not showing on mine.. I did everything step by step also.. :(

heisenberg123
Nov 18, 2010, 11:01 AM
they are not showing on mine.. I did everything step by step also.. :(

are you on IOS4.1?


also do you use winterboard? i found it better to make this customizing as a theme so it can easily be turned on or off

enklined
Nov 18, 2010, 11:13 AM
thanks again for the bubbles i made my first sms theme


260693


Charmane Star? God damn...nice!

RC83
Nov 18, 2010, 11:19 AM
are you on IOS4.1?


also do you use winterboard? i found it better to make this customizing as a theme so it can easily be turned on or off

yep 4.1 and also winterboard.. Is it supposed to show up in winterboard? or is there an option to turn them on? I SSH'd through PC

heisenberg123
Nov 18, 2010, 11:45 AM
yep 4.1 and also winterboard.. Is it supposed to show up in winterboard? or is there an option to turn them on? I SSH'd through PC

ok since your on OS4.1 you have to name slightly different

name the

Balloon_1@2x~iphone.png

and

Balloon_2@2x~iphone.png


now to make this a "theme" in winterboard so you can turn on and off do the following

make a folder on your desktop call it whatever you want it called in winterboard

ie: custom sms theme

in this folder you can add a background if you do not it uses that default background, custom background needs to be 480x480pxls and needs to be called

SMSBackground.png (case sensitive) this goes in the main custom theme folder, then make another folder called Bundles then inside that make a folder called com.apple.MobileSMS

put the two png files in this folder

copy theme to the var/stash/theme.xxxxx file on your phone open winterboard slect respring and you should be good


and to be clear there is a _ after Balloon its hard to tell because it underlines it all but you need the _ after Balloon

sunnyj
Nov 18, 2010, 01:59 PM
my theme
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk184/djsunny1/iphone/IMG_0491.jpg

TheNewDude
Nov 18, 2010, 04:03 PM
So i followed the provided instructions....

I got the INCOMING bubble to change fine, but the OUTGOING doesn't seem to want to change for some reason....


Anyone have any insite?

heisenberg123
Nov 18, 2010, 04:06 PM
So i followed the provided instructions....

I got the INCOMING bubble to change fine, but the OUTGOING doesn't seem to want to change for some reason....


Anyone have any insite?

double check the file name its very case sensitive

TheNewDude
Nov 18, 2010, 09:39 PM
double check the file name its very case sensitive

I coped the file name directly form here....

TheNewDude
Nov 18, 2010, 09:42 PM
Nevermind.

I reset the phone and that did it!

hannersva
Dec 5, 2010, 10:30 AM
I've read ALL these post and i still can't get it to work. I can't seem to find the .png files for the balloons.

I've got a iphone 3g running 4.1, jailbroken and unlocked, and im using ifunbox to SSH into the phone.

Halp!!

NikkiFlysKites
Jan 20, 2011, 09:03 PM
I don't get the whole SSH thing, and I've had my phone jailbroken for a few months but am still new to all of this. My knowledge extends to Cydia, and Winterboard. And sometimes iFile.

Anyways, since I am learning the whole SSH deal, I've tried to change the SMS bubble colors through Cydia. And, I found the exact colors, I've gone to iFile, changed the name to the Balloons_1@2x~iphone.png and everything, then restarted it.
I no longer see the green and gray, but instead of being a full bubble, it's a line that crosses out the first sentence, with a tiny bubble attached to the end.

How do I fix this? /:
268215

charlesbronsen
Jan 21, 2011, 07:44 AM
thanks again for the bubbles i made my first sms theme


260693

how did you get the pic in the background?
thx :)

vtmikevt
Jan 21, 2011, 10:54 AM
will this change the bubbles in BiteSMS as well? I'm guessing you do the same thing with some other destination directory.

edit: ok instead of being lazy i just did it and it works fine with BiteSMS

BeatleJohn
Feb 11, 2011, 02:27 AM
just wanted to say thanks for the bubbles and all the info in this thread. works perfectly on 3gs! also worked fine on bitesms :)

BeatleJohn
Feb 11, 2011, 03:14 AM
when i tried this i just replaced the original bubbles with the ones at the start of this topic. but i didnt make a theme so they can be turned on and off. i just went into my phone using iphone explorer and changed the defult ones putting _ping there so they would just sit there for later and then i just put the new bubbles in as named in the thread. anyway i accidently deleted the names of the original bubbles and id like to know how to restore it. whats the file name for the 3gs bubbles? im on the latest update for the phone i think its 4.2? not sure. anyone help me?
thanks

Xhita
Feb 11, 2011, 03:23 AM
What about putting this theme in Cydia?... :p

nsabbath
Feb 17, 2011, 09:23 AM
I don't get the whole SSH thing, and I've had my phone jailbroken for a few months but am still new to all of this. My knowledge extends to Cydia, and Winterboard. And sometimes iFile.

Anyways, since I am learning the whole SSH deal, I've tried to change the SMS bubble colors through Cydia. And, I found the exact colors, I've gone to iFile, changed the name to the Balloons_1@2x~iphone.png and everything, then restarted it.
I no longer see the green and gray, but instead of being a full bubble, it's a line that crosses out the first sentence, with a tiny bubble attached to the end.

How do I fix this? /:
268215

There are four files in all

Balloon_1@2x~iphone.png
Balloon_1~iphone.png

Balloon_2@2x~iphone.png
Balloon_2~iphone.png

u get this problem if u overwrite the "Balloon_1~iphone.png" and "Balloon_2~iphone.png".

To fix this problem copy back the original "Balloon_1~iphone.png" and "Balloon_2~iphone.png" files

Kev-O
Feb 17, 2011, 03:44 PM
I'm making this post because I spent all day yesterday looking for a package of iPhone SMS bubbles for my iphone 4. No such luck. They were all either too small or stupid colors or matte or all grouped together on one picture. So for anyone who wants an easy way to change their SMS bubbles QUICKLY, I've made a few in various colors. **NOTE** These are for an iPhone 4 since most of the ones I found were for 3G/3GS. They are already the right size and right format (PNG) so all you need to do is:

1. Save whichever color to your desktop
2. Rename the file to either Balloon_1@2x.png (for sent messages) or Balloon_2@2x.png (for received messages)
3. SSH into your phone (make sure hidden files are visible) and go into /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ChatKit.framework and drag and drop balloon file inside.
4.Respring device and there you go.

Hope this helps somebody!
_Skitz

When I SSH my iphone through fugu.. chatkit.framework doesn't show up.. Any help would be nice.. Thanks

shakeman0
Feb 17, 2011, 08:19 PM
my theme
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk184/djsunny1/iphone/IMG_0491.jpg

Would you mind sharing this? It looks really nice.

Mickrg123
Feb 24, 2011, 11:09 PM
I can not get bubbles to show I followed instructions and no bubbles. The files are in ChatKit.framework. Do you have to delete the original bubbles? Does this work with Vzw Iphone? what am I missing here?

Mickrg123
Feb 26, 2011, 11:24 PM
I finally got it to work, with no help from this forum!

jackson1714
Mar 21, 2011, 09:20 PM
so i did all the following steps. i got the outgoing to work but the incoming is all jacked up and i cant fix it? please help im on 3gs! please!

stewp97
Mar 22, 2011, 05:23 PM
ok since your on OS4.1 you have to name slightly different

name the

Balloon_1@2x~iphone.png

and

Balloon_2@2x~iphone.png


now to make this a "theme" in winterboard so you can turn on and off do the following

make a folder on your desktop call it whatever you want it called in winterboard

ie: custom sms theme

in this folder you can add a background if you do not it uses that default background, custom background needs to be 480x480pxls and needs to be called

SMSBackground.png (case sensitive) this goes in the main custom theme folder, then make another folder called Bundles then inside that make a folder called com.apple.MobileSMS

put the two png files in this folder

copy theme to the var/stash/theme.xxxxx file on your phone open winterboard slect respring and you should be good


and to be clear there is a _ after Balloon its hard to tell because it underlines it all but you need the _ after Balloon

Thanks for the writeup, and to the OP for posting the bubbles. Just did a theme and it works great! For those having problems, check the capitalization. As has been said, it is VERY case sensitive. Even the file extensions need to be as shown.

Halibrooke
Mar 30, 2011, 05:16 PM
How do you SSH into your phone? I just bought the app but I still can't figure it out. :(

pman219
Mar 31, 2011, 08:16 AM
I finally got it to work, with no help from this forum!

^ This made me lol.


Anyway to change the background of the "conversation list" screen ?

NWI73
Mar 31, 2011, 08:53 AM
Can you provide any insight? I tried messing with it one time to no avail.

wolverine9827
Mar 31, 2011, 03:07 PM
Thanks to this thread and the excellent info, I changed mine to purple and yellow on the first try using iFunBox. I haven't changed the background as of yet - and probably won't since it contrasts nicely.

Thanks everyone!

biteSMS looks even better now! :)

iPhone 4 on JB 4.2.1

Incidentally, does anyone know what the other PNG files present in that folder are used for? Some are obvious but others that are similar to the ones changed aren't... and I'm just a curious little monkey... lol

essstar
Oct 6, 2011, 11:38 AM
Has anyone considered a wider (window-filling) SMS bubble? It's puzzling why they're so stocky and take up thickness (height) when they could be stretched out and read across less lines.

Has anyone manage to change these or address this issue?

Thanks.

nattienat7
Oct 6, 2011, 03:35 PM
awesome thanks

abhi987
Oct 7, 2011, 08:58 AM
Thanks a ton. Been looking for a way to do this for weeks.
same here

shones7
Oct 19, 2011, 12:57 AM
Can you please explain to me how to "SSH into your phone"
Im new to the iphone but am very keen to change the text bubble colours and this is the best thread iv found so far.

heisenberg123
Oct 19, 2011, 07:06 AM
Can you please explain to me how to "SSH into your phone"
Im new to the iphone but am very keen to change the text bubble colours and this is the best thread iv found so far.

mac or pc??

polobreaka
Oct 19, 2011, 07:27 AM
Can you please explain to me how to "SSH into your phone"
Im new to the iphone but am very keen to change the text bubble colours and this is the best thread iv found so far.

i find that its much easier if you download afc2dd from cydia, then use your apple usb cable to connect to your cpu/laptop. download iexplorer (windows) or iphone browser (mac) to drag and drop instead.

shones7
Oct 23, 2011, 04:33 AM
mac or pc??

pc :)

JrFreak
Dec 29, 2011, 02:14 PM
I'm making this post because I spent all day yesterday looking for a package of iPhone SMS bubbles for my iphone 4. No such luck. They were all either too small or stupid colors or matte or all grouped together on one picture. So for anyone who wants an easy way to change their SMS bubbles QUICKLY, I've made a few in various colors. **NOTE** These are for an iPhone 4 since most of the ones I found were for 3G/3GS. They are already the right size and right format (PNG) so all you need to do is:

1. Save whichever color to your desktop
2. Rename the file to either Balloon_1@2x.png (for sent messages) or Balloon_2@2x.png (for received messages)
3. SSH into your phone (make sure hidden files are visible) and go into /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ChatKit.framework and drag and drop balloon file inside.
4.Respring device and there you go.

Hope this helps somebody!
_Skitz

I savd the blue one and added it. Why am I getting the black box around it? Hmmm...

kkate
Dec 31, 2011, 12:55 PM
can someone please tell me how to do step 3?? so confused

JrFreak
Jan 8, 2012, 01:51 PM
I savd the blue one and added it. Why am I getting the black box around it? Hmmm...

Still can't figure this out. If I take the default icon and copy it into paint it shows a black box around it, but it doesn't show in the SMS app... but the blue one does.

Anyone?

guera1902
Mar 6, 2012, 02:43 PM
I saved the bubbles I want but what does it mean to SSH your phone?? Where do I go from the point of saving them to my desktop?

I'm making this post because I spent all day yesterday looking for a package of iPhone SMS bubbles for my iphone 4. No such luck. They were all either too small or stupid colors or matte or all grouped together on one picture. So for anyone who wants an easy way to change their SMS bubbles QUICKLY, I've made a few in various colors. **NOTE** These are for an iPhone 4 since most of the ones I found were for 3G/3GS. They are already the right size and right format (PNG) so all you need to do is:

1. Save whichever color to your desktop
2. Rename the file to either Balloon_1@2x.png (for sent messages) or Balloon_2@2x.png (for received messages)
3. SSH into your phone (make sure hidden files are visible) and go into /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ChatKit.framework and drag and drop balloon file inside.
4.Respring device and there you go.

Hope this helps somebody!
_Skitz

jasonaprk98
Mar 6, 2012, 11:42 PM
I have the iPhone 3GS jailbroken iOS5 5.0.1 and I tried this.
All I keep getting are black boxes. What is wrong?

Edit; Nevermind. I fixed it. But I would recommend changing the sizes to 43x32 if you want them to work properly.

Jreneau88
Apr 27, 2012, 07:25 PM
Can someone help me step by step. I have downloaded the winter board ssh and color bubbles I want to make the change permanent on my phone for when I text anyone and everyone.

midniter
May 30, 2012, 01:41 PM
Will this work for BiteSMS ? :D

HiDEF
May 30, 2012, 02:13 PM
Will this work for BiteSMS ? :D

Truly doubt it but I believe BiteSMS is working on themes.

midniter
Jun 1, 2012, 02:52 AM
I figured it out thank you :)


For anyone who has BiteSMS:

Go in.............. System/Library/PvtFrameworks/Chatkit >
Change

Balloon_1@2x.png --> Send Delayed msg
Balloon_2@2x.png --> Recieve msg
Balloon_Blue@2x.png --> Send msg

iBar
Jun 21, 2012, 02:38 AM
When I saved the file it saved it as Balloon_1@2x.PNG when it needed to actually be .png

The simple difference between the lowercase and upper case file extension screwed it up but after changing that it worked perfectly. Well done!

Linsel906
Oct 30, 2012, 06:19 PM
I'm sorry but I'm new to all of this. What does SSH mean and how do I get winterboard? Is it an app that I need to download? Also, once I find a color I want, how do I save it on my desktop?

James twinli
Oct 30, 2012, 07:26 PM
Nice work done. Been looking for these for a while.

JPNFRK7
Oct 30, 2012, 08:07 PM
Can anyone make the send button in the same gloss red that the OP posted?

Pressed:
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i412/RossRacing7x/SendButtonPressed2xcopy.png

Unpressed:
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i412/RossRacing7x/SendButton2xcopy.png

Thank You

davehutch
Nov 5, 2012, 01:07 PM
For everybody who's asked about Step 3. (SSH), please see here:
http://www.simonblog.com/2009/05/17/how-to-use-ssh-to-transfer-file-on-iphone/

RcTyger
Dec 2, 2012, 09:12 PM
How can i create my own bubbles?

is there a way to put a picture for the sms conversation background WITHOUT winterboard?

iPhone 3G 4.2.1

samcrosamprice
Dec 19, 2012, 07:33 AM
I am soo lost I just got the new iPhone 5 and I have no idea how to use it. I have a macbook so I know some things about apple.

All I am trying to do it change the colors on my sms bubbles. I know everywhere it tells me to jailbreak my phone and I want to I just don't know how! Is anyone please willing to take the time to walk me through it step by step from the beginning pleaseeeee I would appreciate it so much thanks!

ManhattanBeach
Oct 24, 2013, 06:54 PM
Thank you!