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Enable Home Screen Wallpaper in iOS 4 on iPhone 3G without Redsn0w

If you have jailbreaked iOS 4 on iPhone 3G using PwnageTool and Sn0wbreeze then you might have noticed that there is no option to set an image as your SpringBoard's background. Well you can easily set any image as your SpringBoard's background after doing the hack explained below. Acc. to Steve Jobs, Apple didn't provided the custom wallpaper option in iOS 4 on iPhone 3G to ensure an optimal user experience. However i didn't feel any performance issue after enabling this option.

After adding the hack strings to my N82AP.plist file, i got the following three options for every image saved in my "Camera Roll" and "Wallpaper Section":

  1. Set Lock Screen
  2. *Set Home Screen
  3. Set Both

Homescreen Wallaper Demo

Enable Home Screen Wallpaper Option on iPhone 3G Running iOS 4

  1. First step is to install iFile on your iPhone / iPod Touch. You can find step-by-step guide here for iFile installation on iOS 4.0
  2. Open "iFile" and and go to "root" directory. Tab on top left corner of your screen, it will take you root (/) directory.
  3. iFile Root Directory

  4. Go to /System/Library/CoreServices/ and look for N82AP.plist file.
  5. N82AP.plist File

  6. Once you will open N82AP.plist file, you will see the coding regarding your iPhone functions, you will need to edit the file and add "Home Screen Wallpaper" function to it and set it to "TRUE".
  7. Tab on "Edit" on top left corner of your screen.
  8. To enable Home Screen Wallpaper add following strings to N82AP.plist file.
  9. <key>homescreen-wallpaper</key>

    Home Screen Wallpaper

  10. One you are done with adding these strings, just tab on "Save" and "Done" and close the iFile app.
  11. Restart or respiring your iPhone 3G and now you can set any image in your iPhone as a home screen wallpaper.

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    jazmen8 years, 6 months ago


    jd8 years, 7 months ago

    thank you so much…………..have it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    jd8 years, 7 months ago

    where to find the “root” directory??? omg!

    islim8 years, 7 months ago

    ???? ????? ???? ??? ???? ???????thanx so helpfull , and it’s better to an apps from cydia ;)

    James8 years, 7 months ago

    Wow, something that actually works finally! I have no technological knowledge at all so this scared at me first and thought I was going to end up with a potato as a phone but this worked a treat! Thanks whoever you are!

    Vladimir8 years, 7 months ago

    Blagodarq mnogo / thank you very much !

    EMIL8 years, 8 months ago


    micko8 years, 9 months ago

    thanks a lot!

    Nicolas8 years, 9 months ago

    Thank You….

    joey8 years, 9 months ago

    thank you

    shyam8 years, 11 months ago

    Ben ur a Genius ….Thank u Very Very Much …Dont know how boring Iphone 3g was before ..with this I got some life in to the Iphone… Thank u once again and Wish u many Tweaks ahead …. :D

    Decker9 years ago

    Ohh damn, it was sooo easy… :D Thanks alot!

    Weed18779 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks man!

    Vargasergio_939 years, 6 months ago

    the iphone got stucked and doesnt turn back on!!

      Pesmerga9 years, 6 months ago

      Which are you stuck? Is it on recovery mode?

    Ankush9 years, 6 months ago

    thank u soo much.It works like a charm

    Flame Izzy9 years, 7 months ago


    Heyitsmeken9 years, 7 months ago

    thanks a lot!!! my iphone 3g 4.1 is already a year older. When i first got this, setting a homescreen wallpaper was possible but when i accidentally updated the phone it totally went dead. I went to Apple Store to have the phone fixed. The phone was restored but i couldn’t enable homescreen wallpaper. I was using an iphone with a black homescreen for a year. But now, i can already enable homescreen wallpaper. It’s perfectly workin! Im so happy! Thank you so much! :-)

    Asdfghj9 years, 7 months ago

    Thank you so much!!!!

    Egnis Bustos Viales9 years, 7 months ago

    i did it but doesn’t work

    Janiz Fernandez9 years, 7 months ago

    great! thanks so much!

      E Me9 years, 7 months ago

      worked like a charm …Thank you so much!

    Pascal pascal9 years, 8 months ago

    Thank you so much!

    namnt9 years, 9 months ago

    This amazing! Thank you so much!

    Omar Mendoza9 years, 9 months ago

    finally works! you are a teacher, look for this for a long time and finally found it! Congratulations for the post! this amazing!

    Texan_GirL10 years, 3 months ago

    Thank you so much it worked for me yeeeeeeeeeeeeey

    Genji10 years, 3 months ago

    Thank It works man …

    And I also Found that if anyone having a springboard laggy issues after doing this simply rename or delete this 3 file ( WallpaperIconDockShadow~iphone.png, WallpaperIconShadow~iphone.png and WallpaperGradientPortraitTop~iphone.png ) your Phone Sprinboard should become much more smoothe.

    Syma10 years, 3 months ago

    ThankS! Worked Perfectly!!

    paul10 years, 4 months ago

    It worked on my 4.0 3g !!! so happy!!! thanks master!!!!

    Randz10 years, 4 months ago

    It worked with my iphone 3g 4.2.1…. Thank you very much man! You’re a genius!

      Pramod10 years, 4 months ago

      Glad to know this helped. Enjoy. :)

    hardik dabhi10 years, 5 months ago

    thanks a lot sir…………………

    Eric Wong10 years, 6 months ago


    Suhayb10 years, 6 months ago

    Yep works fine. thank you.

    Kobe Bryant10 years, 6 months ago

    hey, thank you so much, it was pissing me off so much that I couldn’t set a home screen wallpaper

    Frida10 years, 7 months ago

    For you guys that haven’ made it work on 4.2.1:

    I added the string to the n82ap and it didn’t work, so I double checked to see what did I did wrong.
    Then I realized that there was already a homescreen-wallpaper in the list, but it was set to false. So I deleted the doubled entry and set the one that was already there to true, and that did it!

    luis espinoza10 years, 8 months ago

    that’s cool !! thx so much !!!1 :D

    lichi10 years, 9 months ago

    I’ve just tried it in the 4.2.1 software, it worked great!

    alan10 years, 10 months ago

    I’ve 3g and 4.1, I’m folow your your step but unable ti to edit the N82ap.plist, error message “the n82ap.plist was not able to be written”. need help?

      William Lewis10 years, 9 months ago

      I had the same problem so I did it via ssh with WinSCP and it worked great!

    Sam11 years ago

    Thanks alot. I’m using a 3G 4.0 and this solved my problem.

    Thanks again

    Alan Zdancewicz11 years ago

    Thanks man you r awesome!

    Kekke11 years, 1 month ago

    You sir are an angel!

    Thank you so much :-)

    A Young11 years, 2 months ago

    Will you please help. I followed these directions, but nothing changed. Did i miss something… i typed everything as instructed. when i went back to see if it was there.. it was.. i rebooted the phone.. but when i went into “wallpaper” there was not option for homescreen.. just the normal wall paper option.

    thank you in advance