How do I add a dock onto my iPhone (firmware 1.1.4 and below)?

This is a very frequently asked question (and has been added to our f.a.q. page!). The instructions below are for firmware 1.1.4 and below. If you are on firmware 2.x, please see our How do I get themes onto my iPhone (firmware 2.x)? post.

If you are trying to create your own theme and add a dock to it…please see our How do I get themes onto my iPhone (firmware 1.1.4 and below)? post.

However, if you would like to add the dock to Customize so that it can be added to your themes that way…here are some instructions:
First, you will need to use the and install OpenSSH on your iPhone.

For a PC…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 docks are in the var/root/library/dockswap folder. Once you are in that folder you will see all the docks that are on your iPhone. This is where you will add your new dock.

Now, you will want to create a folder on your computer that contains the docks that you would like to add to Dock Backgrounds in Customize. Whatever you decide to name the folder containing your docks is what will show up as a new category under Dock Background in Customize. For example, if you title the folder My Docks…all your docks will be under the header My Docks in Dock Backgrounds in Customize. Or you could title your folder something like Transparent Docks and put only the transparent docks that you have downloaded into that folder it will then be categorized that way in Customize. So, sort them what ever way works best for you. Once you have the folder created on your computer…just drag it into var/root/library/dockswap in WinSCP and hit copy. Once it is done transferring you can go on your iPhone into Customize and select the dock you just added. Note: your iPhone has to be on for the file to transfer!

If you would like information on how to change the number of icons in your dock please see our CustomizeNM page.

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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