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  • [Review] Change the Background Image of Notification Center

    Now you can easily change the background of your Notification Center.

    There have been numerous attempts to make the Notification Center customizable. Whether it be by themes or by SSH, neither situation was pleasant to deal with. Today, a new jailbreak tweak called Custom NC Background has found itself onto the Cydia store. It's by the same iOS developer that brought us Applocker; Ori Kadosh. Before you say that you could always do this in the past, read on and you will find out why this is a more viable and easy solution than what you have been exposed to.

    Normally when you want to change a background image for Notification Center you would have to painstakingly SSH into your device, rename files, and add new ones. Additionally, if you ever wanted to change it, you would have to go back into that directory all over again. If you were one of the people that used WinterBoard themes to change the background, then you were running a piece of software that slowed down the performance of your iDevice and caused weird after effects with the icon names such as shadow problems. I wasn't happy with those results, so I turned to Ori Kadosh to see if he could construct a tweak that would let you set an image from your Camera Roll as your Notification Center background - not only that, but also for it to be as simple as doing it in your Settings application. Here is what it looks like:



    Ori Kadosh did a beautiful job constructing Custom NC Background. As you can see above, it is as simple as picking an image from your Camera Roll and enabling the tweak with the switch. If you want the background to revert back to the default iOS Notification Center background, then all you have to do is disable the tweak. There is no respringing required, no lag, and it takes effect immediately. To avoid image mutation and stretching, Ori recommends that you use an image with a resolution of 640x960 for retina display devices such as the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and iPhone 4S. If you are using any standard display device such as an iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3G, then you should use an image with a resolution of 320x480.

    Custom NC Background is compatible with all devices running iOS 5 only. This is because iOS 5 is the only firmware that lets you have Notification Center. Since the tweak only replaces the background image of Notification Center with another image, there is NO lag adopted from using it. Keep in mind that photographs taken with the camera are not of retina screen resolution and could be warped when setting them as the Notification Center background. You can use wallpaper applications from the App Store or search Google to find the wallpaper that is right for you. All you have to do is save them onto your camera roll either by screenshot or by some other kind of transfer method and you will be able to use it. It does what it was intended to do very well; nice job Ori!

    Name: Custom NC Background
    Price: FREE
    Repo: Modmyi
    Version: 0.0.2-5
    Developer: Ori Kadosh
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    What are your thoughts about Custom NC Background? Will you be downloading it? Do you have any ideas for it? Share in the comments.

    Sources: Ori Kadosh
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Change the Background Image of Notification Center started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. GunHo198's Avatar
      GunHo198 -
      Notification Center the way it should be.
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      I remember a tweak that blurred whatever was in the background when you opened Notification center. It's called "Blurried NC Background". Does said tweak cause lag? or would you recommend getting this tweak instead.

      I only ask since I don't have a jailbroken iDevice to test on yet.
      thanks
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Are you the Anthony that he credits for coming up the idea?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      Are you the Anthony that he credits for coming up the idea?
      Yes.

      Quote Originally Posted by babyydaveyy View Post
      I remember a tweak that blurred whatever was in the background when you opened Notification center. It's called "Blurried NC Background". Does said tweak cause lag? or would you recommend getting this tweak instead.

      I only ask since I don't have a jailbroken iDevice to test on yet.
      thanks
      Use this one if you want to use an image, or the other one if you want to customize transparency.
    1. DQEight's Avatar
      DQEight -
      I've gotten a retina resolution picture and set it up in the settings but my notification center does not change, I've even disabled winterboard theme and resprung to no avail.
      Help anyone?
    1. pim-plex's Avatar
      pim-plex -
      Don't work on ios 5.0.1
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by DQEight View Post
      I've gotten a retina resolution picture and set it up in the settings but my notification center does not change, I've even disabled winterboard theme and resprung to no avail.
      Help anyone?
      I had to toggle it off and on the first time I used it.
    1. frijoleroh's Avatar
      frijoleroh -
      Doesn't work iOS 5.0.1
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I really liked it until I realized it only looks good for one orientation depending on what you choose for a picture. Maybe there should be separate portrait and landscape settings?
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      I disabled NC with springtomize. I never really used it anyway.
    1. cjori's Avatar
      cjori -
      Hey guys, if you're having trouble with getting Custom NC Background to work and you have ********** on your device please wait for tomorrow's update. It fixes that issue. (Please don't pirate apps, though)
      If you don't have and never had ********** just turning Custom NC Background off and then on should make it work.
      Feel free to email me from Cydia if you continue to have trouble with this tweak (or any other tweak of mine :P)

      Edit: Oops, it seems that ModMyi censors this app name, well, for a good reason. In any case: if you have the app used to pirate App Store apps then that's the conflicting app that ModMyi censors its name.

      About the orientation issue, I fixed it in the update coming up tomorrow.
    1. Bigred4430's Avatar
      Bigred4430 -
      Did not work on iOS 5.0.1 with no piracy apps at all. Sad day this is something id def use. Update please!!!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Update is coming out in Cydia right now. It works fine, but there are prerequisites (warez won't work with it). If you don't use warez, then follow the below steps to make it work properly:

      To fix the issue open iFile and go to /var/mobile, then tap the blue arrow next to documents.

      Next, where it says Access Permissions, Change both GROUP and WORLD to "Read, Write, Execute."

      Now, go into the Custom NC Background settings, disable it, and enable it again. It will work.

      Custom NC backgrounds doesn't work with warez. Sorry.
    1. sstroud's Avatar
      sstroud -
      it worked fine for me on 5.0.1. just had to disable and re-enable under settings.
    1. Spyruf's Avatar
      Spyruf -
      doesnt work for me
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spyruf View Post
      doesnt work for me
      Please follow the directions I provided above. OR wait for the update that Ori just submitted.
    1. DQEight's Avatar
      DQEight -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Please follow the directions I provided above. OR wait for the update that Ori just submitted.
      I hope the update fixes it, I've always wanted to change my nc background without all that hassle
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Doesn't work with iPad.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Doesn't work with iPad.
      The iPad has a different Notification Center layout than the iPhone and iPod touch. I wouldn't expect support for the iPad until Ori gets an iPad to play with.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      The iPad has a different Notification Center layout than the iPhone and iPod touch. I wouldn't expect support for the iPad until Ori gets an iPad to play with.
      Gotcha, thanks for the heads up. Be nice to mention in the tweak