How to customize your iPhone or iPod Touch with SummerBoard

SummerBoard is an extension to the iPhone and/or iPod Touch SpringBoard user experience. SummerBoard adds a variety of useful and fun features to your iPhone/iPod Touch, including scrolling icons, wallpaper and themes.

Please note: SummerBoard does still exist, but it’s very old and has been replaced by other software. As such, this guide should be considered a ‘historical archive’ rather than something to use in 2020 – unless of course you have a very, very old iPhone.

Get started by installing SummerBoard – if you’re using the iPhone/iPod Touch firmware 1.1.3 or higher, you can use Installer.app. Otherwise, head to the SummerBoard home page and manually install it (instructions are found inside the .zip file).

  1. Once SummerBoard is installed, you’ll have a SMBPrefs button on your SpringBoard
  2. smbprefs springboard icon
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  3. Select it and from here you can customize your SpringBoard
  4. SummerBoard prefs
    SummerBoard Preferences
    the rest of the SummerBoard prefs
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  5. One of the first things you’ll want to do is check out some of the themes. Select the Themes entry from the top of the SummerBoard prefs. There are 4 themes included with SummerBoard – Leopard, Louie Mantia, Panther and SummerBoard
  6. default list of SummerBoard themes
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    Default SummerBoard Themes

    Leopard theme for SummerBoard
    Leopard Theme
    Louie Mantia theme for SummerBoard
    Louie Mantia Theme
     
    Panther Theme for SummerBoard
    Panther Theme
    SummerBoard theme for SummerBoard
    SummerBoard Theme
  7. To install more Themes, open Installer.app, select Install from the bottom button bar, and scroll down to Themes (SummerBoard).
  8. Installer.app categories
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  9. From here you’ll have dozens (hundreds?) of themes to choose from.
  10. SummerBoard Themes list in Installer.app
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  11. There are a number of other things you can do to customize your SpringBoard with SummerBoard. One is to “Skip Last Row” – which will set your iPhone/iPod Touch to use one less row, increasing the “black” space between your apps and the Dock.
  12. springboard with last row skipped
    First screen of apps
    another view of the springboard with last row skipped
    Second screen of apps
  13. You can also hide your Icon (app) labels..
  14. hidden icon names in the SpringBoard
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  15. or hide your Dock labels.
  16. Dock labels hidden in SpringBoard
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  17. Play around with the various SummerBoard options until you’ve customized your SpringBoard to suit you :)

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