Change app icons on iPhone 3GS?

Nghia Nguyen

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Apr 11, 2010
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Is there any possible way to change existing app icons on an iPhone? I tried googling but couldn't find any solution for Mac users. And does it have to involve with Cydia and stuff?

Thanks.
 

pixelated

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Oct 21, 2008
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FW?
on 3.x applications are in /var/stash/applications.xxx & var/mobile/applications

replace either the icon.pnp or application.png in the application.app dir.

The method is not platform specific.

Alternatively you could just use winterboard
 

pixelated

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Oct 21, 2008
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I'm on 4.0 fw.
Can you please put it into more details please?
I am unsure of 4.0 file locations.
I believe the system now uses a single encrypted package for app icons, which, if you would want to edit, you would have to decrypt, unpack, edit and repack.
Winterboard from cydia is probably a much more viable option until hackers have worked out more.
 

andy071202

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Jul 14, 2010
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I am unsure of 4.0 file locations.
I believe the system now uses a single encrypted package for app icons, which, if you would want to edit, you would have to decrypt, unpack, edit and repack.
Winterboard from cydia is probably a much more viable option until hackers have worked out more.
Is winterboard stable for 4.0
 

thelatinist

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Aug 15, 2009
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You can change the application icons by simply replacing the icon.png file in the application's folder. Unfortunately, the application can be hard to locate because they are in strangely-named paths like this one:

/var/mobile/Applications/0D93CEFE-F762-4943-A198-17892FEFB7BA/SolFree.app/icon.png

There are a couple of easier ways to locate the particular folder you need. iFile will display the app name above the long hex string, making it easier to browse to the correct folder. If you prefer SSH, you can first use an app called AppLinks from Cydia, which will create links to your apps in the folder /var/mobile/AppLinks.
 

MrThompsonR

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Dec 15, 2009
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You can change the application icons by simply replacing the icon.png file in the application's folder. Unfortunately, the application can be hard to locate because they are in strangely-named paths like this one:

/var/mobile/Applications/0D93CEFE-F762-4943-A198-17892FEFB7BA/SolFree.app/icon.png

There are a couple of easier ways to locate the particular folder you need. iFile will display the app name above the long hex string, making it easier to browse to the correct folder. If you prefer SSH, you can first use an app called AppLinks from Cydia, which will create links to your apps in the folder /var/mobile/AppLinks.
I created a "Themed icons" folder. Dragged it into the "themes" folder thru SSH. Turned it "on" with Winterboard, resprung and saw the new icons displayed.
 
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