How do I get themes onto my iPhone (firmware 1.1.4 and below)?

Here are some instructions on how to get themes onto your iPhone and/or iPod Touch. These are instructions for firmware 1.1.4 and below. If you need instructions for firmware 2.x please see THIS post.

If a theme is not available through the installer, you will have to add it manually yourself. First, you will need to use the and install OpenSSH on your iPhone.

You will then need to install WinSCP on your computer. Macs come with openssh but if you’d like some alternatives check here. To connect to WinSCP you will need to go into your settings on your iPhone into Wi-fi, click on the little arrow next to the Wi-Fi you are connected to and get the ip address. Now open WinSCP on your computer….the Host Name is your ip address (with the periods) the user name is root and the password is alpine. Don’t worry about the Private key file, you don’t need to put anything there. Hit login.

Once WinSCP opens, the themes go into the var/root/library/SummerBoard/Themes folder on 1.1.2 and lower and in the var/mobile/library/SummerBoard/Themes folder on 1.1.3 and above. . Once you are in that folder you will see all the themes that are on your iPhone. This is where you will want to add your new themes.

Create a folder somewhere on your computer that is the title of the theme you would like to add (ex…Chalkwork) then inside of the Chalkwork folder create another folder called Icons (with a capital “I”). Inside the Icons folder put all of the icon images that you would like to have. They must be named the same as the Title of the app, starting with a capital (Ex…Calendar, Customize, SummerBoard, Photos, Stocks….). You can also add a Dock and Wallpaper to the Chalkwork folder, they also need to be capitalized (do not put them in the Icons folder…just in the main Chalkwork folder). Once you have a folder of the theme with a folder of icons inside it you just drag the whole folder, Chalkwork, into Themes on WinSCP and hit Copy. Once it is done transferring you can go on your iPhone into SummerBoard and select the theme you just added. Note: your iPhone has to be on for the file to transfer!

If you are downloading a theme that is in a zip file…you will have to open the zip file and then create a folder on your computer that is the same name as the theme you are trying to download. Then copy the Icons folder from the zip file into the folder you created on your computer. This unzips the file so that you can add it to SummerBoard through WinSCP. You can also copy the wallpaper and dock out of the zip file into the file you created if you would like them too.

If you have any further questions…email
If you would like to add information about this process please use the comments!! Thanks!

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  1. is any of this possible without a WiFi Connection? I have a jailbroken phone, but no connection to wifi.

  2. My WinSCP will not work. I used my ip address, and all it says is “host has not answered for 15 seconds. Still waiting… ”
    Help please!

  3. var/mobile/Library/SummerBoard/Themes

    the above folder is where i found all my SMB themes. Copied the newly created theme to this folder, and it worked like a charm….

  4. is there a way to change the slider icon?

  5. Is there any program to organize photos as you take them? i have pictures of my son and pictures of girls doing bad things next to each other. I was hoping to be able to add folders and organize it alittle bit. Thanks

  6. hey someone knows how can i get vista 3.0 theme

  7. I’m trying to figure out the whole adding themes to my iphone and I installed WinSCP, but when I put in the user name and password, it won’t authenticate the password. Any ideas?

    • @MHarms

      You’re using a WiFi connection right? Go into ‘Settings’, go to ‘WiFi’, click the little arrow to the right of whatever your wifi is called, then click “Static”. Change the IP address one digit higher (so if it’s currently, change it to, and try to connect again using WinSCP.

      Host: (or whatever you put in)
      Username: root
      Password: alpine

  8. this is great info..thanx a lot. was able to transfer themes to iphone with a fly..

  9. hello i cant see the thems when i puted on mu iphone why !? i rest the summer bord by default what i can do to see the thems ???

  10. if i do something wrong.. can i damage my iphone or lock it?

  11. can’t we use a lot of memory to install applications? instead of using all of it in music and videos??

  12. how i can uploard my iphone applications to my iphone into my computer

  13. HELP is there a sourse or something that i can use on youtube because it doesnt work it says “cannot connect to youtube” so if someone knows something please tell meeeeee ok.

  14. Trying to connect with FUGU and have 1.1.4 on iphone jailbroken. Can not get it to connect. Entered IP address and user of root and also tried user of mobile but it just times out and goes back to connect screen. Never get password screen. Any ideass???

  15. network error: connection refused
    and do i need to put something in port number?

    i just want to get customize on my iphone 3g but i find it impossible i cant download installer or cydia because a blue question mark appears on jailbreakme!

  16. Do i have to have a wi-fi connection? And i tried to install the on my phone but it didn’t have the right version? because my phone says it has version 2.0.1 or modem firmware 01.48.02 and the says 1.0.0, 1.0.1, & 1.0.2??

  17. Hey, this has nothing to do with themes but,

    When I tried to install something using installer on ipod touch it always says host cannot be found. Please help!!!! I really want to get games onto it, and it doesn’t work. Is there a way to add in the apps manually? Please help!!! Thxx!

  18. I open the WinSCP and entered my IP Adress and the user name and pass but when i click login it says error connection refused. Any ideas. Help me out here? Thanks

  19. i have a summerboard theme and i dont know how to remove it and put my photo as a wallpaper i tried it as set as wallpaper but its not going the summerboard

  20. hey i cant find my var/root/library/SummerBoard/Themes folder on my WinSCP do i need to download or wht?

  21. i downloaded the quickpwn and launched it, i did the steps but its not progressing, is there any other way i can get themes on my iphone?

  22. i cant jailbreak my iphone on my laptop, im using vista, i tried it many times bbut still dont work, what should i do to jailbreak it?

  23. what is the ip adress, how do i find it?

  24. HEy there, Can u help me to Download themes to an A530 iphone that I have bought.. i guess its a replica of the original and am just wondring if I will be able to change the theme…. if so then lets do it..


    • lol… it might sorta look like an iPhone, but there isn’t anything on here that is going to help you with that phone

  25. Oh , shiiiiity.

    what a rubbish I have bought then………

  26. Problem Solver says

    THOSE WHO CANT FIND THE THEMES FOLDER IN var/mobile/library/SummerBoard/Themes…GO TO var/stash/ AND PASTE YOUR THEMES THERE!!!

  27. weiß irgendjemand wo man die themen übersicht herbekommt was für themen es alle bei cydia gibt und wenn das nicht geht wie man gedownloadete themen aufs i phone zieht mit I tunes?? oder wie

  28. I am unable to dowmload themes on my Iphone… Can you please let me know the procedure of how can i do that….

    And Even I dont have installer function on my Iphone…

  29. Confussed says

    I have a jailbrooke Iphone 3g and a mac…
    but i dont have cydia….
    is there anyway i can download it!!!!

  30. Im trying to get the HTC theme, I can open winscp fine and i found my themes..

    but I cant paste the theme into the folder.. ive downloaded the themes, and i copy it, but then i cant paste it or even drag it in..

    please help!!

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