How to Change the Messages Background on an iPhone to a Picture

By John Granby

Add a custom background to your jailbroken iPhone SMS window.
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Business uses for the iPhone have increased dramatically since the hit the smartphone market due to the large number of applications available that make it easier to manage your day. Since your iPhone has become such a central device to your professional life, you may want to personalize the settings more to make it more pleasant to work with all day. The iPhone is preprogrammed to allow you to change the Home and Lock screen of your device, but if you want to change the background of your SMS window, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone to install a special modification application.

Tap the "Cydia" icon on your jailbroken iPhone and wait for the package updates to complete, which usually happens if you have not launched Cydia for a few days.

Tap the "Search" icon in the bottom menu, and search for "Desktop/SMS Background."

Tap the "Desktop/SMS Background" item in the search results.

Tap the "Install" button and tap "Confirm."

Tap the "Restart SpringBoard" button after the installation is complete.

Tap the "Settings" icon and tap "Wallpaper."

Tap "Camera Roll," and select the picture you want as your SMS background.

Tap the "i" character in the upper left corner to set your SMS background.


To remove the background image from your SMS window, follow the same steps above but in the final step tap and hold the upper left "i" character for a few seconds which will remove the SMS background image.


Remember that even though jailbreaking your phone is legal, Apple does not support jailbroken devices. Jailbreaking will void the warranty on your phone.