Change SMS Background Without Winterboard

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  1. macattack87 macrumors member

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    the title says it all... anyway to change the background without winterboard

    maybe threw SSH?
     
  2. Lamplighter77 macrumors member

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    I want to do the same thing. From what I can tell it was possible on iOS 3 but I haven't seen anything from anybody doing it on iOS 4...
     
  3. MrThompsonR macrumors 6502

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    Look for SMSBackground.png. Rename/ delete the current file... Copy your new file with the same name, repring and your new background should be there. Per ModMyi thread ".. whatever theme your using, find the folder for it and place whatever picture you named smsbackground into it. Thats all. Make sure its named correctly with the right capitilizations and what not. Thats all."
     
  4. macattack87 thread starter macrumors member

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    to do what you're talking about u need winterboard


    i wanna do this WITHOUT winterboard
     
  5. maturola macrumors 68040

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    Search in Cydia for "Desktop/SMS Background"

    that will allow you to do it wihtout winterboard, I am not sure if it have been updated for iOS4 or iP4.
     
  6. macattack87 thread starter macrumors member

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    tried it

    doesnt work for ios4/ip4
     
  7. MrThompsonR macrumors 6502

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    Why not use Winterboard?
     
  8. IMADV8 macrumors member

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    Replace Default.png and/or Default@2x.png at /var/stash/Applications/MobileSMS.app with the desired background.
     
  9. Mess-I-Ah macrumors member

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    So if I use BiteSms, this should still work? I mean replacing it in the MobileSMS.app folder?
     
  10. maturola macrumors 68040

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    If you use Bitesms then you need to do it in the BiteSMS folder. ;)
     
  11. Mess-I-Ah macrumors member

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    You rock. Thanks!
     
  12. Mess-I-Ah macrumors member

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    One more thing... what should the dimensions of the new background be, in order to work in both portrait & landscape mode?
     
  13. maturola macrumors 68040

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    I believe they should be same size as wallpapers, 640×960.

    copy the original to your PC and check the size on those.

    This is just expectation on my site, please confirm with someone that maybe have done it already.
     
  14. Lamplighter77 macrumors member

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    Default.png is 320X460 and Default@2x.png is 640X920, I pulled the originals off and checked them when I tried this.

    Unfortunately it didn't work for me. When I start up the SMS app or biteSMS I do see the image I tried to set as the background pop up for a second. Almost like a really quick startup splash screen. When I open a text from my list the background is still the same old grey...I also replaced both default and default@2x in both my MobileSMS.app and my biteSMS.app folders.

    Anybody had success with this?
     
  15. Mess-I-Ah macrumors member

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    Damn. Would've been cool.
     
  16. IMADV8 macrumors member

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    Are you saying it switches to the default background when you open a conversation, or that it does it automatically without you doing anything?

    In BiteSMS.app, try replacing Default-fw3.png as well.
    In MobileSMS.app, try replacing Default-smsanswer.png and/or Default-smsanswer@2x.png. I'm pretty sure you only need to replace @2x on iPhone 4 and the other one for all other iPhones.
     
  17. Mess-I-Ah macrumors member

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    Has this worked for you? Could you possibly share a screenshot?
     
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  19. macattack87 thread starter macrumors member

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    changing those two files does not change the background

    i was messing around with those all of last night with no luck


    and the reason why i don't want to use winterboard is because it conflicts with lockinfo
     
  20. IMADV8 macrumors member

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    It does show up, but it's almost immediately covered by the original background. I ran into a similar issue while manually reskinning the dialer a while back, but can't for the life of me remember what the solution was.
     
  21. macattack87 thread starter macrumors member

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    there has to be a way to do it, this doesnt make sense to me

    if you replace the original .png then where the hell is the phone still loading it from?


    unless those files we are all modifying aren't the actual background for the sms app :confused:
     
  22. Lamplighter77 macrumors member

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    This is what I'm thinking it has to be, like you said if we replace the file the phone couldn't just recall it...
     
  23. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

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    anyone figure this out???

    i've been searching how to do this and am coming up with nothing. the default.png's are "splashscreens" while the app loads... where are the actual background files for sms?

    i use winterboard but the solution through that doesn't let you use a high res picture. SMSBackground@2x.png doesn't work! argghhh where the heck is the original file?! ha. it has to be hiding somewhere!
     
  24. polobreaka macrumors 6502a

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    bump. id like to know if anyone has been able to get this to work.

    thanks.
     
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