[HOWTO] Change your SpringBoard's StatusBar and StatusIcons (Default/FSO)

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  1. SkylarEC

    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    I was asked about a month or so ago how to change SpringBoard's default StatusBar to something a little more Tiger like. Well, I finally stopped being lazy and took a look into how to do that. The answer was so easy, that I decided I'd post a step by step.

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    For the DIY types:
    1. Using SSH, SFTP, SCP, iBrickr, or whatever your favorite method of accessing the iPod is, navigate to ~/Library/Preferences/
    2. Once in there, look for com.apple.springboard.plist. Rename that to com.apple.springboard.plist.backup.
    3. Open that file.*
    4. Scroll down to the com.apple.springboard key and change the integer to 0. It will look like this:
      HTML:
      		<key>com.apple.springboard</key>
      		<dict>
      			<key>SBDefaultStatusBarModeKey</key>
      			<integer>0</integer>
      		</dict>
    5. Save the file as com.apple.springboard.plist.
    6. Reboot or Respring the iPod.


    * Note, Windows users will most likely need to find some sort of binary to xml converter. I'd suppose binary to plain text will also work.
    ** For those who don't like to get their hands dirty, I will be posting a pre-modified SpringBoard.app a little later on. Don't forget to save a backup of your original.
  2. bddckr

    bddckr Active Member

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    Hmmm? What does this do? Can't u just make this with Customize?

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  3. SkylarEC

    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    This does exactly as advertised, it displays an alternate StatusBar for your SpringBoard. And while you can do this via SMBPrefs, doing the change this way causes the matching StatusIcons to be loaded, so that they are readable. Go back and look at the screenshot I posted. The text is black instead of white; and, the icons are all colored in.

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  4. ipodtouchlover

    ipodtouchlover New Member

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    thanks for posting this tutorial
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    bddckr Active Member

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    Ahh, now i understand it, i will use it, thx for that tut.

    Btw: i thought of SMBPrefs but i wrote Customize

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  6. sprigner

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    hmm this sounds stupid but what status bar does it change : S
  7. SkylarEC

    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    This changes SpringBoard's StatusBar. as seen in the screenshots I posted.
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    Exocet New Member

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    Nice find, but is there a way to change the statusbar you see in, for instance, the settings menu or music player to the dark one in the home screen?
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    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    Yes there is. Open up the same file, com.apple.springboard.plist, and scroll to those apps' definitions and change their StatusBarModeKey to 3, although I don't think they'd look all that good with that StatusBar.
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    bddckr Active Member

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    Skylar do u know which png the picture behind the Unlock text is?
    The gradient in locked screen on bottom of the screen...

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