How To Customise Your Jailbroken iOS Lockscreen

The default iOS lockscreen is little more than a glorified wristwatch; functional, but not very useful for much else than checking the date. Having a jailbroken iOS device opens up a Pandora's box of possibilities, allowing you to add more info and a personal touch to the most basic of your phone's functions: the lockscreen.

There are a lot of one-click themes already available on Cydia (the jailbreaker's App Store), but they're not always perfect. Today we'll be loading up a sleek, easily customisable lockscreen that gives you the date, the time, and the weather in a stylish format. When you've finished, you'll have a lockscreen like in the image above (which you can also customise if you wish).

Before You Start, You'll Need...

  • A jailbroken iPhone
  • iPhone Explorer or some variantion
  • Cydia (should install when you jailbreak your phone)
  • From Cydia, you'll also need to install:

    • Lockscreen Clock Hide
    • Winterboard
    • CleanStatus

    Step 1

    Download the theme appropriate for your current version of iOS.

    [iOS 4.1 and below]

    [iOS 4.2.1]

    Step 2 Unzip the download and locate LockBackground.html. Open this with your plain-text editor of choice (Notepad/TextEdit will do), find "var locale: Los Angeles, California," and input your own location. This will give you the weather for your area. Save and close.

    Step 3 Open up iPhoneExplorer and navigate to Root/Library/Themes.

    Step 4 Copy the entire unzipped theme folder into your "Themes" folder.

    Step 5

    Open up your Settings on your iPhone and go to Clock Hide. Enable Clock Hide. As the name suggests, this will hide the default clock on the lockscreen.

    Step 6

    Go to CleanStatus. Enable CleanStatus. Turn "on" Carrier Name and anything else you want to hide in your status bar.

    Step 7

    Go to Winterboard. Go to Select Themes. Select the theme we just set up.

    Step 8

    Go back to Winterboard. Respring.

    Ta-da! You will now have a customised lockscreen on your iPhone! It should look something like the image to the left. If you'd like to change the wallpaper for the lockscreen background, just overwrite the background.jpg with your wallpaper of choice in the theme folder.

    Sources & Other Starter Themes This is a basic starting point, but you can continue customising beyond this to fit your needs. For more resources, check out:

    If you're a veteran iOS customiser, let's hear what apps and hacks you turn to when you want to bend iOS to your whim in the comments.


    Works great for me. Only issue is how do I customise to use Celsius?

      To change to Celsius in about 4 lines below where you enter your location, "var isCelsius = false" change this to true. :)

      search for "celsius" in the html file you changed your hometown. change the setting from false to true. true.

    Love this theme btw. perfect. thank you.
    Now if only, by holding the weather or date as you slide to unlock it brought you straight to those apps.....

    How do i change the weather to canberra, australia?
    because going canberra, ACT doesn't work

    THIS is the stuff that tempts me to go ios...

    tempting. If only it wasn't so actively fought-against by Apple.

    Lockinfo from Cydia is what I use for my lockscreen. It has upcoming calendar events, alerts and emails, even weather. Found a nice HTC-like plugin for it too, to make it look that little bit nicer.
    It costs a little money, but it's worth it.

      Lockinfo continually crashes for me.

    Dilpreet - I got Sydney to work by changing the location to 'Sydney, Australia' (as that's how it was listed on the site, where the theme gets its info from)

    Hey thanks for this awesome tutorial

    I can't copy the unzipped theme file to iPhone Explorer. Or at least, it won't let me.

    I'm having this problem, I was wondering if anyone could help me get rid of that ugly slider bar container thing please.

      I am having the the same problem. using ios 4.3.1. other than that, it works fine.

        ok i found the solution in the LS Nimbus Deviant Art Comments:

        "~omma2289 5 days ago
        I found the solution for the slider bar problem.

        -Open the theme folder.
        -Go to "LS Nimbus/Bundles/" (here's where the lockscreen icons are stored)
        -Here you need to add 3 clear (transparent) png images with exactly the following names (case-sensitive):

        [email protected]png

        For this you can copy-paste 3 times any of the background images already in that folder like "bottombarbkgnd.png" and then rename each copy

        -Once you have those images respring or restart your device and the slide bar shouldn't be visible anymore."

    Does anyone know if the iOS 4.2.1 theme will work with iOS 4.3.1?

    Has anyone tried?

      This works with 4.3.3. But in my experience, the background picture size must be 480x320 NOT 960x640 even on iPhone4.

      Thanks Simon, that fix works wonderful.. (but just search around for, it was in some other folder).

      Good job lifehacker for putting this nice lockscreen mod up!

    Is there any way to change the signal bar and wireless bar icons?

    Does anyone know how to make the time display in 24 hours?

    Everything works absolutely fine, easy instructions. Except, my old slider remains and the wi-fi and service icons haven't changed. Any ideas?

      The wifi and service changing bits aren't part of this break. I use Zeppelin to change my service thing, but I don't know how to change the WiFi symbol.

    You know the weather picture thing that shows wether it's like cloudy, sunny etc? My screen shows it as a white ? mark in a box (like the picture is unavailable or incompatible or somthing) Anyone know if their's a way to fix this? And I don't know if this is related but on my computer it showed it like that too (the question mark) Thanks...

    Oh by the way, is there a way to take off the slider background (the slide and unlock part) and camera icon?

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