Simple Background Cydia Tweak: Enable Scrolling Wallpaper On Your iPhone And iPod Touch

I’ve been using the iPhone for almost 3 years now, and have never thought about getting a different phone. When I do get a chance to have a look at another device and/or operating system, usually one of the things I’m interested in it how they incorporate themes and backgrounds. I think it was an Android device I saw, one time, that had this cool effect where, when you swiped through your pages, the background moved with you, but had perspective, so the background looked “far away”.

Today, I downloaded “Simple Background” from Cydia, and found that this was the feature I was looking for, since I had seen that other device! This new tweak gives you a panoramic type wallpaper, so you can now have widescreen backgrounds, and get to see the whole thing, when swiping through pages.

Here’s the official description from Cydia:

Simple Background allows you to have a perspective wallpaper on the Home Screen. This SpringBoard extension uses the minimum amount of memory your Home Screen requires (for 5 pages, it’s less than 2 MB) and is compatible with WinterBoard (also works without WinterBoard).

You can set a Home Screen wallpaper exactly where you’ve always set the Lock Screen wallpaper. Now, a prompt asks on which screen the wallpaper should be set:

  • In Settings > Wallpaper, after selecting Set Wallpaper.
  • In the photo library, after tapping the share button, then selecting Set Wallpaper.

Compatible with WinterBoard! This package places itself above your WinterBoard Home Screen wallpaper.

Currently, you can only set photos from the Wallpaper gallery or camera roll. You aren’t allowed to set photos from your photo library yet (they also are reduced to a very small resolution, being pretty bad for a panoramic wallpaper). This will be worked out in the future.

Unknown issues:

  • Grabbed icons (when moving them around) appear below other icons and dock.
  • After stopping to move icons around, the wallpaper may end up with a slightly wrong size. It fixes itself soon after.

I know it’s hard to picture what this can do, so I made a quick demo video:

Simple Background also brings you one of the features from iPhone OS 4. You can set different wallpaper for your lock screen and home screen, without using WinterBoard.

Simple Background is available now in Cydia, for jailbroken devices, for free!

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  1. I just downloaded Simple Background, works good! This is so cool :P

  2. Almegalli says:

    WOW…. was lookin' for something like this for while.
    thanks a lot pal.

  3. Doesn't seem to work on iPhone 4, sadly, and appear to be the only free panoramic background app around.

  4. Unfortunately it doesn't work with iOS4… (tried on a 3GS, New bootrom).

  5. Chesterflaps says:

    It doesn't work on my 3G on IOS4. When I select my pic as wallpaper and then select simplebackground instead of ios background it just says it failed to set it. Any ideas what I'm doingg wrong?


  6. is there a way to cascade multiple pictures – as in saurik’s example theme in Winterboard?

  7. I have an iPhone 4, which was running Simple Background on 4.0.1 well for a few days, until it crashed. What would happen was no apps would be able to open properly (they opened at 1/4 the size in the top left corner and the touch response was almost non functional). The home page and springboard worked fine however. I had to break my jailbreak and upgrade to 4.1 in order to fix the phone. When I jailbroke my phone at 4.1, I installed it again, and sure enough the same thing occurred. This issue has been noted before as well on the modmyi forums. It would be appreciated if the developers looked into this. Thanks!

  8. I update to 4.2 and this isn’t working any more any idea? Have a nice day

  9. hi there,
    i really want to install the simple background app, but my springboard is everytime crashing down after installing. you’re writing in your description its working with iOS4.1. well i got iOS 4.2.1. is there a main difference to the 4.1?
    i would be very happy if you could fix this problem :)

  10. It doesn’t work on my 3g (4.2.1)… After I select set as wallpaper… nothing actually happens..

  11. Kookie1194 says:

    can you jailbreak a apple ipod touch for free

  12. Amirtal2000 says:

    one year passed – still does not work.
    installed but has no effect…

  13. Mr. Beastly says:

    try ztoggle it work app @ cydia

  14. Theronisbored says:

    How do I change the background and make it scroll? iOS 5.1.1 and running Simple Background 2.0 on my iPhone 4. 

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