[GUIDE] How To Install iWidgets using iFile
If you’ve taken a look through the “Show us your iPhone home screen” threads here at iMore, you’ve no doubt seen some wonderful screens courtesy of jailbroken themes and iWidgets. Now that you've learned how to download and install the actual jailbreak, there’s still a few steps left before you can start enjoying one of the many themes or iWidgets offered through various websites.
One way to do so is by using a program called iFile. iFile is a free program found in Cydia that lets you interact with your phone like Windows Explorer does with your computer. It is one of those programs that is on a must have list for anyone who is considering jailbreaking but the actual program isn’t used all that much but at the same time, used for lots of things.
Using iFile to install a theme or an iWidget is relatively simple.
The first step is to make sure your iPhone is jailbroken. iWidgets can not be used without a jailbreak.
If you haven’t installed iFile, download it from Cydia.
I get a lot of themes and widgets from different websites. One of my favorite widgets came from iPhantom’s site. She has a lot of themes and iWidgets (Some free, some you must purchase) and other ad ons for your jailbroken phone.
For this tutorial, I’m installing the iWidget called AppleiWidget from iPhantomthemes.net. Using Safari, go to the webpage where the iWidget is located.
Select the widget by tapping the download link and the page will take you to the Dropbox site for the iWidget.
After you tap download, it will take you to the page where you download the iWidget. On some themes, it'll take you to a DropBox page or similar site like this one does. Select Open in iFile
When iFile opens, select Unarchiver
iFile will then unzip the file that you have downloaded. When you get to this screen, select done.
After you select done, iFile will take you back to the original screen and from here, you'll need to cut the entire folder from this location and move it in iFile so your iPhone will know where to find the file so you can use it.
Select Edit in the upper right hand corner
Next select the little clip board icon in the lower right hand corner:
Then select the file that you'd like to move:
Then select cut:
Now that the file is in your clip board, you must paste it in to the proper folder so your iPhone will recognize the program when you try to use it. For iWidgets the path is
Var ---> Mobile ---> Library --> iWidgets
When you get to this screen, select Edit once again
Then select the clipboard again at the bottom:
And finally, select paste:
Your iWidget is now ready to use on your iPhone!